Did you know the title of Frost’s first collection A Boy’s Will is an allusion to the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem “My Lost Youth”? “A boy’s will is the wind’s will,/ And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.” —from “My Lost Youth” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Read the whole poem here, then check out this fantastic article from …
It’s never too late to start writing poetry. Read Diana Goetsch’s essay “Teaching William Zinsser to Write Poetry” featured in The New Yorker. Then apply to the 2018 Conference on Poetry and Teaching for your chance to work side-by-side with Diana.
At the beginning of Navajo time, the Holy People (Diyin Dine’é) journeyed through three worlds before settling in Dinétah, our current homeland. Here they took form as clouds, sun, moon, trees, bodies of water, rain and other physical aspects of this world. That way, they said, we would never be alone. Today, in the fourth world, when a Diné (Navajo) baby is born, the umbilical cord is buried near the family home, so the child is connected to its mother and the earth, and will not wander as if homeless. . .
In this lecture at the Browne and Nichols School on May 10, 1915, Frost discusses his theory of the ‘sound of sense’ and even breaks down “The Pasture” line by line. Check it out for #NationalPoetryMonth #NPM16. Look at your own poems or the poems of others—do you see the distinct ‘tones’ in their lines …
“Almost everyone should almost have experienced the fact that a poem is an idea caught fresh in the act of dawning.”
A boy’s will is the wind’s will,/
And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.
Inside, read about Tiana Clark, how she feels as winner of the 2016 Chapbook Competition, her thoughts on writing and reading poetry, and listen to her read a poem from her winning chapbook Equilibrium.