5 Poetry Applications for The iPad!

1. Poetry Daily- Poetry Daily is a poetry application that sends you a new poem everyday from a wide range of mediums. This application is good for discovering new poetry from obscure publications all over the world. This application is easy to use and navigate as the idea is as straight forward as the interface.

2. Verses Notebook- This is a notebook application similar to many found on different interfaces from the iPad to an Android to a PC computer. The twist of this application that makes it poetry related is that this notebook helps aspiring poets by finding rhyming words for the poet. Along with the traditional application, allowing poets to log their collection of work, the application really is an essential for poets.

3.Poetry Everywhere- This is a poetry collection from a host of well known poets reading their own works. This application is fun because it is more interactive than a lot of the poetry collection applications. This applications is more interactive through the multitude of videos which engage the user to be more active in their poetic experience. Cool application really easy to use.

4.American Poetry- This application was cool but, i thought they could have done it better. This application has a library of the 50 best American poets and a collection of over 5000 poems. I like how comprehensive they got but, this application is limited. I think this application would be better with the top 50 poets from all nations (or at least a few from each of the smaller countries). This would allow for this application to be popular outside of America and American poet enthusiasts.


5. Poetry Notes- Is a good application for poets looking for feedback on their poetry. Sometimes when writing poetry it is hard to get an objective point of view. This application will analyze the form, structure, and overall feel of your poems and give you unbiased feedback. Although, the application costs 0.99 cents per analysis I think for some poets this tool could really be beneficial for them to grow in their art form.    


5 Additional Poetry Blogs to Check Out

1. Blog-http://zicoydelia.wordpress.com/category/david-bowie/

Many of David Bowie’s songs have qualities and characteristics that could be associated with poetry but, what really caught my attention to this blog was a machine called the Verbalizer. This is a machine created by apple that takes random words from its infinite vocabulary and makes sentences out of them. This allows for a greater type of creativeness as artists can pick and choose from sentences and structures that they never thought of before. 

2. Blog-http://latenightpoets.com/poet-to-poet/

This blog is a mix of textual and concrete poetry. The layout of this blog is easy to navigate and there is a ton of unique poetry. Some of the poetry is professionally done and some of the poetry is user generated making for a diverse variety of interesting reads. 

3.Blog- http://blkbuttaflie.wordpress.com

This is an amateur blog produced by a wife and mother based out of a small town in Texas, She uses this blog to let off steam while pursuing her dream to become a professionally published poet. This blogger has a unique perspective and it really comes out in her poetry. Take a look if you enjoy a truly thought provoking perspective. 

4. Blog- http://phillipharrisonsblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/

This blog is done by a writer named Philip Harrison. Harrison gives tips and tricks for up and coming poets to use to help getting over things like writers block. This blog is a good read for young poets who need a little help getting started or just need a little push in the right direction. 

5. Blog- http://journeyintopoetry.wordpress.com/

This blog is by a woman named Christine who has multiple sclerosis which definitely gives her a unique perspective. The name of this website is what first intrigued me as I always say it is not about the destination but it is about the journey. Christine understands that she has a unique perspective because of her ailment. However, she does not want her ailment to define her or her poetry. This is a wonderful site, easy to navigate and a great story behind its conception. 

Sesame Street Poetry!

This is a video I came across on YouTube and it sparked my interest. I found it interesting how Sesame Street was teaching poetry to the youth of today by parodying a popular television show creating a distinct televisual experience for both child and parent. By using a well known show Sons of Anarchy Sesame Street is trying to keep kids engaged and parents somewhat interested. The television here is the technological medium where Sesame Street can reach the youth of today shaping and molding their minds.

Dylan Garity talks the broken American Education System.

This video of a poetry slam at the National Poetry Slam competition really jumped out at me for two main reasons. The first reason is the message Dylan Garity is portraying through spoken word. Garity uses poetry to convey that English as a second language is a significant topic that deserves the attention of policy makers in the United States. The medium of spoken word also allows for Garity to put more emphasis on an increasingly nuanced topic cutting through the nonsense and getting straight to the point. The second reason that this poetry slam interested me was without the use of technology this message may not have been able to penetrate the 240.000 Youtube viewers along with the hundreds of people that were live at the competition. Garity speaks so passionately and eloquently about this sensitive and under appreciated subject however, without the use of something as simple as a microphone he would not have been able to reach as many peoples ears has he did. In addition, without the use of recording technologies this poetry slam would not have been seen by 240.000 people on Youtube. Technology helps usher this message of inequality and other equally important message into the forefront where it can not be ignored. Without these technologies imperative issues could get left behind or lost in the sea of equally important ideas.

Ron Silliman


Ron Silliman


One reoccurring theme that popped up when navigating through the, If Polis is This: Charles Olson and The Persistence of Place article was that the films accuracy was limited through a multitude of different problems which in turn lowered the quality of the film. The films shortcomings started with the time allotted  to try and describe the life of Charles Olson. An hour of time to describe any mans life is too short. Moreover, because the film was so short it left out the later years of Olson’s life. The later years  were regarded very important by many as some of the most influential events leading up to Olson’s death happened later in his life. In addition, important people (his mistress Frances Boldereff), important events (the death of his wife), and the lifestyle that shaped his work (his alcoholism) all were omitted from the documentary.

If these facts were explored in more detail by the directors of the documentary it would have painted a more vivid picture of Charles Olson’s thought process later in life. This would allow for a possibly more in depth review of his poetry. Poems like Maximus, to himself would become more clear through knowing the state of mind of Olson at that time.  Overall the limitations of the documentary detract from the life of Olson and do not give a good overall impression on who the man truly was.

Christian Bok

christian bok

This idea put fourth by Christian Bok to make living poetry is quite interesting. This is a prime example of how technology (more specifically modernity) and poetry intersect as poets are becoming more creative in their deployment of their art. Christian Bok successfully being able to recreate the Ecoli virus through a poem written in the chemical alphabet is truly ground breaking.

Think of all the great literature we have lost through the book burning in past wars. This idea of creating a living poem has the ability to withstand the tests of time and the ignorance of man. This could allow for some of our most influential poems, books and teachings to out live the human race. As technology grows through modernity it also greatly affects one of the oldest arts of communication in print culture.

Here is a link to a BBC news article on Christian Bok outlining some more of his accomplishments in the field of DNA poetry. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13001382