These Four Poets Had the Oddest Jobs and You’ll Never Guess What They Were

These Four Poets Had the Oddest Jobs and You’ll Never Guess What They Were

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Famous poets. We only know them for their enchanting verse. Many late great poets didn’t start out writing in verse, or if they did, they had to do something else to support that habit, as they didn’t come from money or fame. Enter some really odd jobs you wouldn’t otherwise expect of young bards.   4-Maya Angelou   image via amazon   Before Maya Angelou wrote I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings or won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she found a job as a San Francisco streetcar conductor. In fact, she sat every day for two weeks in …

Here Is The Shortlist For The T.S. Eliot Prize

Here Is The Shortlist For The T.S. Eliot Prize

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The T.S. Eliot Foundation announced the shortlist for the 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize. Considered one of the most prestigious prizes any poet can win, the winner of this prize will receive 25,000 pounds with the 10 shortlisted poets receiving 1,500 pounds each. The list itself includes some noticeable standouts.     Jay Bernard is a debut poet and was nominated for Surge, a collection of poems about the 1981 New Cross Fire that killed 13 black people. He joins previous T.S. Eliot prize winner Sharon Olds who was nominated for her poem Arias, following the intimate thoughts of a young …

Adaptations Round-Up! 10 Adaptations Coming out This Year!

Adaptations Round-Up! 10 Adaptations Coming out This Year!

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Adaptations galore is coming this fall season! What are the ones that you should look forward to most? Well, stay tuned!     It Chapter 2   Image Via Vanity Fair   A sequel to the horrifying film It, the ‘Loser’s Club’ is back twenty-seven years later (or two years later). The group returns to Derry, Maine, where the Losers must finish what they started: destroy Pennywise. Who from our lovely ‘Loser’s Club’ will be lost in the ensuing bloodbath? How will these losers defeat Pennywise? Well, it’s based on a Stephen King novel that was released back in 1986, …

T.S. Eliot Would Have Approved of ‘Cats’ Film, Estate Says

T.S. Eliot Would Have Approved of ‘Cats’ Film, Estate Says

The trailer for the upcoming musical adaptation Cats debuted last week, and the responses ranged from “curious” to “horrified”. The CGI-versions of the main cast as anthropomorphic cats was widely criticized on social media, but not from the estate of the author whose poems inspired the musical.     Speaking to The Guardian, Clare Reihill, who administers the Elliot estate, said that the late author would have been pleased with how disturbing the characters look within the film.   “I think Eliot might have enjoyed the rich strangeness of the blurring of the boundary between human and cat in the …