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American Poets

Rhyme flies when you're having fun: why poet stanza 'bove the rest

As children, poems are our first introduction to language and story. Nursery rhymes and many of the best-loved books for babies and preschoolers tell their stories through poetry's rhythms.

Sunday, 12 February, 2012, 12:00am

Grin & bare it

Ai Weiwei is a big, brawny hulk of an artist who has given his weight as 280 pounds (127kg). He has a tiger's back and a bear's waist, with a bearded face that shows he's from the north. His good-natured smile hides a certain scorn. He is not loquacious but when he speaks, his words are sharp and to the point. He has a vast knowledge of political reality in the mainland.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Out of the Vinyl Deeps

Out of the Vinyl Deeps by Ellen Willis University of Minnesota Press (e-book)

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Dead Poets Society

Starring: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke Director: Peter Weir Year of original release: 1989 Genre: School drama


1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

In a ghostly manor

The Dead of Winter Chris Priestley Published by Bloomsbury ISBN 978 4088 0013 3

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Macabre tale of suspense unfolds in eerie ancestral home

The Dead of Winter By Chris Priestley Published by Bloomsbury ISBN 978 4088 0013 3

29 May 2011 - 12:00am


After hard-hitting documentaries about the marginalisation and persecution of gay people (The Celluloid Closet, Paragraph 157, The Times of Harvey Milk), Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman make their feature-film debut with a biopic of one of the most iconic gay men in recent times.

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Poetic touch that frees your mind

For Carina Chan Yibei, creating her own poem is a new experience. 'In our school, we only recite poems written by others. I've never written a poem myself,' says the 17-year-old student from Shanghai Minli High School.

1 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

The Typewriter is Holy

The Typewriter is Holy by Bill Morgan Free Press HK$224

This book about the Beat Generation poets and novelists plays out like an intellectual soap opera.

4 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

The Editor's Note

Walt Whitman's epic poem about travel, Song of the Open Road, includes the line: 'The soul travels, the body does not travel as much as the soul.' Whitman was trying to capture how travel changes us, reshapes our imagination and provides new inspirations. Whitman's poem also talks of leaving behind daily life and abandoning the familiar. The underlying theme is that travel involves a risk.

8 May 2009 - 12:00am

The Sorrows of an American

The Sorrows of an American

by Siri Hustvedt

Sceptre, HK$104

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Friends a 'masterpiece ofnature'

A few days ago, someone asked me 'Do we really need friends?'

My answer was: 'Absolutely!'

Friends are important. When I am happy, they share my joy. When I am sad, they comfort me. When I am shy, they give me courage and, when I am disappointed, they give me encouragement.

My friends always stand by me. Otherwise, life would be colourless.

5 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

BOOK (1957)

On the Road

Jack Kerouac (Penguin)

Truman Capote dismissed On the Road with one of the most withering put-downs in literary history: 'This isn't writing, it's typing.' Bob Dylan said it changed his life, and that of everybody else he knew.

30 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Teacher uses poetic licence to jazz up the Wanch

The Wanch doesn't exactly conjure visions of Langston Hughes or Jack Kerouac, but that's where writer Viki Holmes is hosting an evening of jazz poetry tonight for this month's Poetry OutLoud, swapping the literary night's Fringe Club atmosphere for the boozy Wan Chai hangout.

23 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Times have certainly changed

I was having a beer with a buddy the other day. My friend, who learned recently there will be a new addition to his family, tells me his wife wants to quit her full-time job to look after the kids. Common sense says this is a good idea. After all, what could possibly be more important than nurturing the young minds of our progeny?

24 May 2008 - 12:00am