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Larry King Performs a ‘Farewell Poem’ For Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson will be leaving The Late, Late Show on December 19th. In honor of Ferguson’s departure, Larry King read a “farewell poem” during his appearance. The video embedded above features King’s full performance—what do you think?

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Neil Gaiman Recites ‘Jabberwocky’ From Memory

Once again, Neil Gaiman agreed to perform a reading of a beloved children’s story for a Worldbuilders fundraising venture. The choices included Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll, Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss, and Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd.

‘Jabberwocky’ received the most votes and the organization has raised more than $639,000.00. The video embedded above features Gaiman in the woods delivering a dramatic recitation of Carroll’s famous nonsense poem from memory—what do you think?

NYPL to Host the ‘Emily Dickinson: Musician and Poet’ Exhibit

nyplThe New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is hosting the “Emily Dickinson: Musician and Poet” exhibition. It celebrates Dickinson’s connection to music and how music has influenced her as a writer.

Curators collected letters and poems for this display. This pop-up exhibit will open on December 10, 2014 (Dickinson’s 184th birthday) and close on March 06, 2015.

’14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

Doc Luben wrote a poem called “14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes.” He recited the piece at the Individual World Poetry Slam.

The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Luben’s performance and it has since drawn over 29,000 views. Follow this link to read the full text.

Scroobius Pip Crafts Poem in Praise of Libraries

Are you a fan of libraries? Scroobius Pip (pictured, via), a spoken word poet and hip hop artist, crafted a poem to praise these beloved public institutions.

The video embedded above features an animated clip of Pip’s piece commissioned by Chris Hawkins for BBC 6 Music. What do you think?

Slam Poet Performs a Piece in Response to the Ferguson Tragedy

Danez Smith, an author and poet, wrote a piece in response to the tragedy in Ferguson called “Not an Elegy for Mike Brown.” Smith recited the poem during the preliminary rounds at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam.

The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Smith’s performance earlier this month and it has since drawn more than 17,000 views. What do you think? (via Upworthy)

Singer Mary Lambert Performs Slam Poetry

Many people may not know that Mary Lambert, the singer featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hit trackSame Love,” is an award-winning spoken word poet. The video embedded above features Lambert performing a slam poetry piece called “Pistol Whip.” What do you think?

‘Fat Girl’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

Megan Falley, a spoken word poet and an author, wrote a poem called “Fat Girl.” Falley recited the piece during semifinals at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring her performance earlier this month and it has since drawn over 28,000 views. What do you think?

‘Another Rape Poem’ Video Goes Viral

Brenna Twohy wrote a poem called “Another Rape Poem.” Twohy recited the piece at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam.

The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video featuring her performance earlier this month and it has since attracted more than 25,000 views. What do you think? (via Upworthy)

‘YOU’ Poem Goes Viral

Jackson “Jack” Harries, co-founder of the JacksGap blog and video project, has written a poem called “YOU.” Throughout the piece, Jack talks about being a content creator in the modern age.

Jack’s recitation was posted on the JacksGap YouTube channel earlier this month. The video embedded above has attracted more than 748,000 views and over 9,000 “likes” on Facebook—what do you think?

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