This Math Equation Is Also A Limerick

This week's Sunday Puzzle looks like a mathematical equation. Well, it is a mathematical equation. But hidden in that equation is a poem. Can you recite it back to us? » 12/28/14 1:45pm 12/28/14 1:45pm

Poet Calls Out World Leaders in Stirring Speech on Climate Change

If you need yet another reality check on the very real climate changes issues we face, watch this video of Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner's wonderful presentation to the United Nations. » 9/23/14 6:15pm 9/23/14 6:15pm

If You Don't Understand Why People Love Erotic Fanfic, Watch This Now

In her slam poem Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them, Brenna Twohy quickly gets to the heart of why so many people love their erotica attached to familiar fictional characters while powerfully critiquing certain types of mainstream pornography. » 8/20/14 7:40pm 8/20/14 7:40pm

This Is the Best Response to "She Was Asking For It" You Will Ever Hear

Anna Binkovitz has an important message for anyone using the "she was asking for it" defense when it comes to rape: "Stop asking people's clothing to have sex with you, and start asking people." And that's just the beginning. » 6/10/14 7:00pm 6/10/14 7:00pm

First Grader Writes Adorable Poem About Personal Space

In addition to being National Humor Month, National Pecan Month, and Stress Awareness Month, April has been designated as National Poetry Month. And now that the dust from all of the raging monthlong poem-battles has settled, it seems that Poetry has a new champion — a six-year-old from the Lower East Side of… » 4/30/14 4:40pm 4/30/14 4:40pm

Dad's Passionate Poem: 'To the Boys Who May One Day Date My Daughter'

A video of Jesse Parent performing at a poetry slam is being passed around this week. In the clip, the tattooed, scowling writer recites, "To the boys who may one day date my daughter: I have been waiting for you. Since before her birth, since before my spark* took hold and ignited the fire in her mother's belly, I… » 4/18/14 1:40pm 4/18/14 1:40pm

Nebraska Won't Let Kid Read Macklemore Lyrics on TV, Shitstorm Ensues

Every year, the winners of Nebraska's state high school speech and drama competition are invited to perform their winning material on public TV. But this year, they're running things a little differently. One of the winners in the poetry category, you see, made the mistake of choosing "controversial" material that… » 4/02/14 6:10pm 4/02/14 6:10pm

Watch Samuel L. Jackson Perform Slam Poetry About Boy Meets World

America's best shouting dramatic actor, Mr. Samuel L. Jackson takes on a daring and bold slam poetry performance for Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show. » 4/02/14 12:35am 4/02/14 12:35am

This Health Scare Article from TIME Is Full of Unfortunate Haikus

When a reader sends a particularly poetic message to the Jezebel inbox, some of the writers will notice the message's linguistic symmetry and gleefully announce, "Haiku!" Truthfully, most of these messages aren't perfect haikus (or "hokkus" for all those Ezra Pound fascists lurking in the comments), but they are very… » 2/23/14 2:00pm 2/23/14 2:00pm

Great News, Citizens of Lesbos! Two New Sappho Poems Found

Attention, luxuriant Graces and beautiful-haired Muses! Scholars have confirmed that they've found two heretofore undiscovered poems by the 7th-century-BC master Sappho. In case you haven't studied your Classics (and/or you never had that one asshole cousin who snorted "LOL UR FROM LESBOS" at every opportunity),… » 1/30/14 7:45pm 1/30/14 7:45pm

Watch Nikki Giovanni Perform 'Ego Tripping' on Melissa Harris-Perry

While promoting her new book "Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid," poet Nikki Giovanni blessed MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" show on Sunday with a live performance of her poem, "Ego Tripping." I screamed when I saw this clip, because Giovanni is an American treasure who really does have "Thug Life" tattooed on her arm — yes,… » 12/16/13 3:45pm 12/16/13 3:45pm

Police Release Rape-Themed Version of 'The Night Before Christmas'

Police in Nottinghamshire, England have managed to offend both the rape-averse and Disneyphiles with their new Christmas anti-rape PSA which they've called "The Nightmare Before Christmas." It's like "The Night Before Christmas," but with rape. » 12/13/13 1:10pm 12/13/13 1:10pm

"It sort of feels empty, not like I'm swollen with words." — Ntozake Shange, poet and author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, who is battling a neurological disorder. » 10/29/13 6:40pm 10/29/13 6:40pm

The Most Poetic Police Report You'll Ever Read

On a recent late summer day, the cops were called during a fight between two 22-year-old women in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The ladies were cited for disorderly conduct. Officer William Heine filed what The Smoking Gun is calling a "succinct" report, adding: "While not exactly a haiku, Heine’s 16-word narrative… » 9/23/13 4:05pm 9/23/13 4:05pm

Adult Wants Kids to Stop Sexting and Start Sending Love Poems

In "this will never work in a hundred million years or in any other dimension or astral plane" news, the UK's Education Secretary Michael Gove is suggesting kids ditch the dick pics in favor of tender sonnets about budding love and mutual respect. Good luck with that! » 9/23/13 10:00am 9/23/13 10:00am

I Read the Bachelorette Winner's Book of 'Poetry' So You Don't Have To

The Bachelorette is a television show in which they lock a rag-tag band of mostly white hotties in a house and force them to compete over the heart of a woman. To do so, the captive hotties utilize muscles, tongue-kissing, and generic combinations of the phrases "looking for a real relationship," "family really… » 8/30/13 12:30pm 8/30/13 12:30pm

Man Accused Of Sending Employee Illustrated, Laminated Erotic Poems

A supervisor at a white-shoe law firm accused of sexually harassing one of his employees allegedly sent the woman laminated, illustrated erotic poems with lines like, “I enjoy you so. Your thick legs and all of the voluptuous plumpness that accents your womanhood." » 7/13/13 12:30pm 7/13/13 12:30pm

New Jersey Mayor Wrote Hilariously Unromantic Poetry to Mistress

East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser is currently the subject of a discrimination suit that stems from a long-term extramarital affair he was having with his research assistant. But things weren't always so bleak for the high-minded Bowser. During the affair, he would write the assistant, Corletta Hicks, romantic poetry… » 5/05/13 1:24pm 5/05/13 1:24pm

Poet Sharon Olds Scores a Sweet Pulitzer, Chills on Her Sweet Porch

Sharon Olds sits on the porch of her home , Monday, April 15, 2013 in Pittsfield, N.H. Olds won the Pulitzer in poetry for Stag's Leap, a collection of poems. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) » 4/15/13 9:45pm 4/15/13 9:45pm