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Black History Month 2018: The Universal Poet, June Jordan

"Jordan makes us think of Akhmatova, of Neruda. She is among the bravest of us, the most outraged. She feels for all. She is the universal poet."-Alice Walker

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Happy World Poetry Day! What’s Your Favorite Poem?

March 21st has been carved out as the day to celebrate verse since UNESCO made it so in 1999. We're meant to promote the writing and reading of poetry internationally—but what I really want is to hear about your faves. You can tell a lot about a person by the poems they love.

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Dark J.R.R. Tolkien Poem About a Magical, Malevolent Woman to Be Republished

She "span dark spells with spider-craft, / and as she span she softly laughed."

J.R.R. Tolkien's poem "The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun" has been out of print since it was published in The Welsh Review 71 years ago, but HarperCollins is republishing the poem as part of an anthology November 3rd.

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Hollywood’s Looking to Whitewash a Muslim Poet for Historical Biopic

David Franzoni is working on a (potentially whitewashed) biopic on Jalaluddin al-Rumi, a historic Muslim poet born in what's considered modern-day Afghanistan.

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CHVRCHES Singing Angsty Teenage Poetry About Unrequited Love Is Too Good for Words

Mortified, a podcast that features people reading their embarrassing teenage poetry, diary entries, and letters featured Chvrches singing "Laurel," a poem one Nat Miller wrote to his crush when he was 14.

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Margaret Cho Provides an Outlet for Fellow Rape Survivors in Her #12DaysofRage Campaign

Margaret Cho, in addition to being hilarious, has always been an outspoken feminist. Now, she is using the lead-up to her new video not only to speak about about her own rage regarding sexual assault she's experienced, but she's encouraging others to do the same during her 12 Days of Rage.

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The Mary Sue Poetry Contest: SpaceBling’s New Horizons Jewelry and Pluto Flyby Accessories

In celebration of NASA's New Horizons Pluto Flyby, awesome Etsy shop SpaceBling is debuting its Pluto flyby jewelry and New Horizons fashion accessory line, and offering some of their space swag up to TMS readers!

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Things We Saw Today: Danny Brown Is Writing A Book About Self-Esteem In Black Girls

Rapper Danny Brown told an Australian radio station that he's writing a Dr. Seuss-style book for his daughter "about self-esteem in black girls." Brown says the book focuses on "how black women do so much—process their hair, change their eye color. It’s really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself and she realizes she’s just better off the way she is." Sell it. Please. Sell it. (via Nerdist, image via DeShaun Craddock)

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Things We Saw Today: Incredible Liara T’Soni Cosplay

She's a master at effects.

Professional makeup artist Jen of Soylent Cosplay as Mass Effect's Liara T'Soni. Bow down.

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Let’s All Celebrate Lena Headey’s Birthday With a Poetical Tribute to Drunk Cersei

Don't act surprised here.

Happy birthday to our favorite drunk royal (and one of our favorite people, let's be honest) Lena Headey. I could have let this occasion go by unremarked upon, disappearing into the sands of time for another year. Or. I could write a poem about Drunk Cersei, complete with gifs, as all poems should be. I think you know what I chose.

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Star Wars Fan Captures The Essence Of A New Hope In Haiku Form

Aren't you a little short for a poem?

Star Wars aficionado Craig W. Chenery recently took a break from other projects on his website to re-tell the tale of A New Hope through nearly 200 haikus, an impressive majority of which follow the traditional 17-syllable format.

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Above Average’s “Gassy Walt Whitman” Is Our New Favorite Meme

We must fart my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger.

The Internet loves a good meme, but in their series "Memes That Never Made It" Above Average looks at some of the misses. Today they released another round of "Gassy Walt Whitman" images that take lines from Whitman's poems and turn them into fart jokes. Highbrow? Not really, but that doesn't make us love it any less.

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Here’s Samuel L. Jackson Performing a Boy Meets World Slam Poem. TOPANNNGGAAAA! [VIDEO]

Samuel L. Jackson put in a guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show on Tuesday, where he performed a slam poem tribute to that most wonderful of '90s TV shows starring Ben Savage, Boy Meets World. How does he keep a straight face throughout the entire thing? He's Samuel L. Motherf***ing Jackson, that's how. (via: The Hollwood Reporter) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Is Emoji Poetry the Ultimate Form of Those Dumb Little Icons?

The poems are great, but work on your portmanteau game.

You kids and your emojis. Just type words! Or, at the very least, if you're going to use emojis use them well. As an example, here are two pieces of emoji poetry, somehow not called emojetry. It's exactly what it looks like. Poems written with emojis. Enjoy.

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NASA Sending Crowd-Sourced Poetry to Mars, Martians Probably Impressed

NASA is awesome / Don’t you want to go to Mars? / Ugh, haikus are hard

Now that the US Senate has re-authorized NASA, the much-maligned Space Agency is going out of its way to convince Congress and the tax-paying public that exploring the final frontier is an essential service (essentially rad, in my humble opinion.) To that end, NASA is sending your haikus to boldly go where no poetry has gone before: the red planet!

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Felicia Day Shares Her Pre-teen Video Game Poetry; Is Braver Than I Am

Our Adorable Past

If I was already paying good money to keep everything that I wrote at the age of twelve inside a storage space, you can be sure nobody else'd see it. Hats off, Ms. Day. Or berets off. (via Kotaku.)

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White House Petition Seeks to Name John Darnielle From The Mountain Goats U.S. Poet Laureate

There's no experience quite as entertaining as scouring the petition board on the White House's official website and reading the truly offbeat ones, but sometimes, between the fits of laughter and the wiping away of a jovial tear, we find a few that make us wish we had thought of it first. On December 26th, an apparently enthusiastic fan of the Mountain Goats posted a petition seeking that the band's sole permanent member, John Darnielle, be recognized as the United States Poet Laureate. Here's hoping that one fan's dream can become a reality, assuming he can get the required 25,000 signatures by the end of January to get a review.

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Why Is Tom Hanks Doing Slam Poetry About Full House? Who Cares, It’s Amazing!

And Now For Something Completely Different

In one of the most random and bizarre instances of celebrity appearances this year, the always lovely Tom Hanks went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform slam poetry. But what would he slam about? Politics? His recent curse-slip on morning television? Promote his new film, Cloud Atlas? No, the 1980s/90s ABC family sitcom, Full House. Because, well, obviously. (via Geek Tyrant) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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The Father Of Modern Olympics Won An Olympic Gold Medal In Literature

This isn't exactly breaking news, but since the London 2012 Summer Olympics begins tomorrow, we thought we'd impart some knowledge in case it hasn't yet been imparted. Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, was awarded a gold medal in 1912 Summer Olympics for his poem Ode Au Sport. Yes, they used to give out medals for poems, and yes, the guy who revived the Games won one. And yes, that's his facial hair.

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Love Poem Written Entirely with Song Titles

A fellow named Benjamin Oláh Lindholm came up with a clever, geeky way to show his affection for his girlfriend Elizabeth: He used digital music service Spotify to assemble twenty-six different song titles into a love poem. Who knew there was a song called "As"?

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