Poetry Sounds: Robert Pinsky, “The Shirt”

July 28, 2013

Poetry Sounds is a new segment at Tate Street High Society that features poets reading aloud their work.  Sometimes, as readers, we forget that poetry is an intensely visceral form, one that began with ancient storytelling and song in which bards interpreted and communicated the  heroics of the [...]

Sophocles’ Antigone, Modernized

July 3, 2013

Seamus Heaney brings his skill of translation to the ancient Greek tragedy, “Antigone,” first written by dramatist Sophocles in the 4th century BC.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 79 pages. While Heaney’s “The Burial at Thebes” play translation was published in 2004, the [...]

Inauguration Poems

November 10, 2012

As the political fanfare expires, we can look to the poets to prepare for the inauguration.  Although the tradition is not a staple of American politics (President Kennedy started the tradition with Robert Frost in 1961), we hope that our president, the poet will consider to uphold his decision to [...]

Postmodern Poetry

October 9, 2012

Since August, every Friday, the Huffington Post has created a poetry based on an aggregation of the most recent headlines.  The outcome is surprising and often hilarious and/or disturbing.  Is it poetry? Is it madness? Is it just fun? Found Poet Juli Weiner on October 5th writes: I. Scalia on [...]

And the Winners are…

September 29, 2012

We had a great turn out of writers at the Tate Street Festival try their pens (or rather our sweet new TSHS pencils) at flash poetry. All of the poems were read and vetted by Tate Street High Society Members, and our final judge, Elly Bookman (winner of the Stanley Kunitz Prize at APR and graduate [...]

Tate Street Festival Flash Poetry Contest

September 22, 2012

What a day! Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Tate Street Festival Flash Poetry Contest!  We’ll be reading through the poems and announce our winners within the next week. Stay posted! In the meantime, check out our post on other poetry contests for this fall, read about some great [...]

Fall Contest Time (Poetry Edition)

September 12, 2012

Ah, the smell of wood fires and the crackle of leaves under foot! Along with the sounds and smells of fall, come the fall poetry contests.  With the return of many colleges and universities to session, they bring with them new places to showcase your writing.  While most contests charge a fee [...]

Royal Poetry

August 31, 2012

The British Empire has been in the news quite a bit this year, particularly with the stellar ceremonies and nearly flawless production of the 2012 Summer Olympics (minus some last-minute security issues).  The Queen even parachuted out of the plane with James Bond as a stunt to commemorate the [...]

Summer Poems

July 2, 2012

July is a rich time for poetry; a time for summer poems. We love the nostalgia of the heat, the summer camps, thunderstorms, the plenty of the farm, tanned legs, and even slugs.  Here are a few of our favorite summer poems. Sharon Olds: “The Summer-Camp Bus Pulls Away from the Curb“ [...]