National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets.
There are many, many online resources to celebrate!
The New York Times created a Tumblr to feature Haiku poetry, updated during the day. An algorithm checks the New York Times homepage for newly published articles. Then it scans each sentence looking for potential haikus by using an electronic dictionary containing syllable counts. http://haiku.nytimes.com/
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I love the National Poetry Foundation’s website with its Poet digest and a free download of it current issue. About Harriet is the Poetry Foundation’s blog for poetry and related news. The website also offers a Poem a day for email delivery.
For the most up-to-date information about the National Student Poets’ events, please visit Scholastic’s media room.
The Summer Day
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
from New and Selected Poems, 1992 Beacon Press, Boston, MA
Amazon to Buy Goodreads (GalleyCat) Amazon has just revealed that they will acquire Goodreads, the social network for readers which was also a TechBFF on this blog way back in 2010. The online retailer did not share the terms of the deal and expects to finalize the acquisition by the second quarter of 2013. Publisher’s Weekly writes, “The purchase comes amid mounting rumors that Goodreads, which CEO Otis Chandler launched in 2007, might start selling books directly from its site.” paidContent explains, “In an interview Thursday, Chandler and Amazon’s VP of Kindle content Russ Grandinetti stressed that Goodreads will not change for the worse following its acquisition by Amazon.” AppNewser reports, “Twitter users are already lamenting the news.” TechCrunch predicts, “This type of social integration could give Amazon a major advantage over e-sellers like Apple, who have no social components to their product whatsoever. With people actually discussing and sharing the books that they’re into, having an Amazon direct connect makes complete sense. The site can offer special deals to Goodreads users, which in essence is now Amazon’s book-reading social network.” ~content via MediaBistro
On This Day in 1976…
Apple Computer was founded on this date in 1976. The company was formed by Steve Jobs, his friend Steve Wozniak, and a man named Ronald Wayne, who had worked with Jobs at Atari. The partners planned to produce and sell Apple personal computer kits, hand-assembled by Wozniak. They weren’t personal computers as we think of them today, but were rather just motherboards.
The company was incorporated the following January, but this time without Wayne; he had lost his nerve after a couple of weeks, and sold his 10 percent share back to Jobs and Wozniak for a little over $2,000. Had he held onto it, that share would be worth around $22 billion USD today.
Wayne said later that he did not regret selling the stock—he said, “I made the best decision with the information available to me at the time.” He went into the stamp and rare coin business, and didn’t own an Apple computer until he was given an iPad 2 a few years ago. Source: The Writer’s Almanac
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