Engaging Poetry

In “Engaging Poetry,” Sharan Strange considers the larger humanistic aims of poetry through examining the craft of poems that are courageous (and playful) in their truth-telling, and that invite us to more deeply see, feel, think about, and connect with the experiences of others. The hope is that readers of this blog will be inspired to engage—with new insights and new approaches—the empathetic impulses that frame their writing.

Through the Words of Miss Brooks," 2017 (Cover illustration by Tyrue Slang Jones for the June 2017 issue of Poetry) Over the past few months, I’ve…
“…I was trying to hear a kind of hum, trying to feel it, and if I could hear or feel that hum, then the words just came and perched on that hum. If I…
"Godzilla vs. Gigan" (original Japanese movie poster) April is the time of the 30/30 challenge—when many poets write a poem a day for National Poetry…
Wanda Coleman “…a poet’s consciousness is improvisational and open to transformation…” — Carolyn Forché Posit these United States as inherently hybrid…
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice How can poems draw us in? How might they enter us…open us? How can poems speak in our collective social…
With this inaugural post I am ushering in 2019 on the inspirational theme that has preoccupied my poetry and my discussions of poetry in recent years…