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Classic Poetry or the Book of Songs written in traditional Chinese characters against a Chinese painting.
Julie Shu, March 06, 2019

Ancient Chinese classic poems are complex works of art. As far back as 3,000 years ago, Chinese poets composed the beautiful work called Book of Songs and Elegies of the South. They later created more splendid poetry during the Tang and Song dynasties.


Classic Poetry or the Book of Songs written in traditional Chinese characters against a Chinese painting.
Julie Shu, February 05, 2019

Ancient Chinese classic poems are complex works of art. As far back as 3,000 years ago, Chinese poets composed the beautiful work called Book of Songs and Elegies of the South. They later created more splendid poetry during the Tang and Song dynasties.


The Walrus and the Carpenter speaking to the Oysters
Linda Israelson, April 19, 2018

April is National Poetry Month! Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, this festive celebration aims to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.


Haiku Poetry written in Japanese characters
Keith Chaffee, April 10, 2018

April is National Poetry Month. We take the opportunity to celebrate one of the most popular poetic forms, the haiku.


Illustration of cherry blossom tree
Christa Deitrick, March 20, 2018

In 1999, the United Nations selected March 21st as its official World Poetry Day. The idea was to set aside one day each year to celebrate poetry’s unique ability to express the deepest and most universal aspects of the human condition.


North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains. Photo by Henry Hooper.
Luis J. Rodriguez, May 21, 2016

North Carolina has some of the most diverse terrain of any state—from the Great Smoky Mountains, which includes the Blue Ridge peaks of the massive Appalachian mountain range, to the Outer Banks on the Atlantic coast. The state is rich in bio-diversity, history, and people.


Sheryn Morris, April 05, 2016

April is National Poetry Month, “Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 ...


Luis reading at L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC, April 2015
Luis J. Rodriguez, January 21, 2016

On historic Central Avenue near East 45th Street, the Vernon Branch Public Library looks like a jail—tall fences surround the circa 1915 building and a fenced walkway leads up to the doorway. Like the surrounding neighborhood, the library appears worn, beaten down.


John Trudell
Luis J. Rodriguez, December 14, 2015

Crazy Horse
We hear what you say
One Earth one Mother
One does not sell the Earth


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