Star Wars & poetry, as well as packed stadiums to hear poetry readings

First things first. “Star Wars Galaxies: The House of Poetry in focus” appears to give online gamers, who also happen to be poets, the ability to express themselves and discuss poetry on a regular schedule. This is an interesting concept blending online gaming, the Star Wars franchise and poetry.

I imagine Jedi Knights must write haiku and renga; droids probably crank out concrete and list poems; and the Sith produce sonnets and sestinas aplenty.

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“The Power of Verse,” by Anna Malpas from The Moscow Times, reports that Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko will perform at a stadium in Russia with 17,000 seats. While Yevtushenko could pack a stadium with his readings in the 60’s and 70’s, it will be interesting to see if he can do so again, especially after he’s been living in America since the 90’s and currently teaches poetry and film at the University of Tulsa.

Personally, I just recently discovered Yevtushenko’s poetry, and it is quite good. If you’re able, I recommend hunting down one of his collections.

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