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Hal Sirowitz's special education students in the New York City public school system were doubly lucky: Their devoted teacher was also an award-winning poet. Now retired after 25 years as an educator, Hal is the author of four books of poetry including Mother Said and Father Said -- delicious dry humor based on his parents' harping. From 2001 to 2003 the borough of Queens honored Hal by naming him their "Poet Laureate." We spoke to him about his poetry and how he incorporated it into his teaching.

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Poetry a Day

"Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives," The Library of Congress's Poetry 180 website proclaims. It's designed to for students to read a poem a day for every one of the 180 school days of a year. But you don't have to be a student to enjoy this selection of poems, of course. Click here to see the complete list of poems.
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Blog Du Jour

Poetry

These sites offer poets, poems, even tips on how to "win" at poetry workshops:

Poetry.org

Poetry X

The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church

Poetry Slam Incorporated

Electronic Poetry Center

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Poetry Books

Want to conjure more powerful poetry, vivid verse or delectable doggerel? These books on writing poetry can help:

A Poetry Handbook

The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry

In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop

Writing Poetry

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We gather in the poetry corner of the Lounge this month to spend some time with a good old-fashioned poem written back in the day when rhyme and meter were an expected part of the package. Along the way, we marvel at the staying power of a few sturdy English words.  Continue reading...
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Veneta Masson has practiced nursing for 35 years, mostly in inner-city Washington, DC. Along the way, she found an outlet to express everything she was witnessing and experiencing -- poetry. Veneta started putting together essays and poems about her nursing life and today has two collections in print, Ninth Street Notebook (short pieces) and Rehab at the Florida Avenue Grill (poems). She's also part of a community of nurses who write verse influenced by their profession. Call them Nurse Poets.

VT: How did you get started writing poetry?

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Nurse Poet's Books

Veneta Masson, the nurse and poet we interviewed recently for our "Word Count" section, recommends these anthologies to get a taste of nurses' writing:

Between the Heartbeatsand Intensive Care, both edited by Cortney Davis and Judy Schaefer, were published by U. of Iowa Press. They include nurses' stories in both poetry and prose.

The Poetry of Nursing was edited by Judy Schaefer and consists of poems and commentary by fifteen nurse poets.

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