“Llewd did I live, and evil I did dwell.” Sotades, ancient Greek poet I spent most of my summer break traveling between Seoul, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Warsaw and Almelo. You have heard of the first four cities, but the fifth one might be a little obscure. Almelo is my hometown. The days I spent there were … More Palindrome Poetry
It is no secret that we like good poetry here at Writer’s Block. But if there’s one thing that brightens our day more than good poetry, it’s bad poetry. Luckily for us, there is a special day, every year, which seemingly functions as a magnet to forced rhymes, nonexistent meters and toe-curling similes: Valentine’s … More WB Valentine’s Poetry
You might already have heard of her through Instagram or Tumblr, or maybe you’ve seen her book lying beside all of the other ‘cool’ books in the book section of the Urban Outfitter’s store. Rupi Kaur is a Canadian author, feminist activist and illustrator in her twenties who has published two books of poetry accompanied … More Rupi Kaur’s poetry in the age of social media
I love Shakespeare and is there anything more amazing than combining his legendary poetic style with the narcissistic, pompous, and contemporary enigma that is Kanye West? Methinks not. Watch the clip here.
During the last winter months, I dedicated the majority of my time to the creation of my bachelor thesis, which concerned the enigmatic oeuvre of the Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso. Due to a remarkably minimalist and contemplative style, as well as the foregrounding of ‘time’ and ‘duration’ rather than ‘action’ and ‘motion’, his films are … More Erasure Poem: I Would Like to Know
A couple of weeks ago, I read the short story Traumnovelle for an elective course on the various interplays between literature and film. Also known as Dream Story, this novella was written in 1926 by the Austrian Arthur Schnitzler, a kindred spirit of Sigmund Freud. In 1999, the acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick turned Schnitzler’s book … More Erasure Poem: Dream Actually Happened
As a preparation for what most definitely will become an awesome year at the Writer’s Block editorial board, I ventured into some unknown literary territory during the last summer holidays. I never read much poetry, so I decided to finally do something about that and ended up reading an anthology published by the British Black … More Are You Really Here, or Are You a Figment of My Imagination: The Poetry of Sarah Chapman
Read on to the end for an additional exercise! You haven’t been to the loo yet (the loo, loo, if you know what I mean) and feel your stomach going up and down and making loud noises and you’re all clogged up inside and have to stop running after 5 minutes for fear of exploding. … More Why writing poetry is better than going to the gym