If You're a White Man Who Can't Get Published Under Your Own Name, Take the Hint

Let’s raise a big glass of curdled identity politics to Michael Derrick Hudson, whose poem “The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve” has made it into 2015’s Best American Poetry after only 40 rejections under his real name (Michael Derrick Hudson) and 9 under the assumed name to which it… »9/08/15 12:10pm9/08/15 12:10pm

A Visit to Rubbin' Buttz BBQ for White Appreciation Day

I drove to Milliken, Colorado in my boyfriend’s grandmother’s Mercury Sable and an orange gingham skirt. I hello-ma’am’ed it up in lipstick and chunky heels, wore my favorite Hidden Folk perfume with katafray in it—this wasn’t drag, it was so no one would assume anything slant about my body or ask questions about my… »7/02/15 2:10pm7/02/15 2:10pm

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 4:40pm4/30/14 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 1:40pm4/18/14 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 6:10pm4/02/14 6:10pm

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 2:00pm2/23/14 2:00pm

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 3:45pm12/16/13 3:45pm