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The second annual Chicago Poetry Block Party proves that poetry belongs to everyone

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On Saturday, July 29, Crescendo Literary presented the second annual Chicago Poetry Block Party at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Founded by prolific Chicago-based poets Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall, Crescendo is an arts and educational organization devoted to the principle that artists enrich their communities and vice versa—and the block party doubles as an incubator for writers who want to combine their creative work with community organizing.

Ewing, who’s also an essayist, visual artist, and postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, says the point of the block party was to take poetry out of the ivory tower and increase its accessibility.

“Poetry is not a luxury,” she says, quoting Audre Lorde. “To me that means that poetry is something human beings have been doing forever and ever. It’s a chance for self-expression that belongs to all people, no matter where you come from or who you are.”

Intrepid filmmaker Morgan Elise Johnson captured the block party’s all-inclusive guiding principle in action.

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‘I Think He’s Crazy’: Senators Caught Talking About President Trump on a Hot Mic

By: Madeline Farber

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UNITED STATES – MARCH 25: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with reporters as she arrives in the Capitol for a vote on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) forgot to turn off her microphone after a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, and was accidentally recorded talking about President Donald Trump and the Texas Republican congressman Blake Farenthold.

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Madonna Files Order to Stop Auction of Tupac Breakup Letter

Pop star seeks temporary restraining order against Gotta Have It Collectibles to halt sale of 20 personal items

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Madonna filed a request for a temporary restraining against the auction house Gotta Have It Collectibles to stop the sale of several personal items, including a breakup letter from Tupac ShakurReuters reports. Read More

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What to Know About Rumi, the Poet Beyoncé and JAY-Z Named Their Baby After

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Since JAY-Z and Beyoncé got Rumi and Sir trademarked following the birth of their twins, fans have been speculating that those were the names the power couple had chosen for their newborns. When Beyoncé confirmed that those were in fact their names with a majestic birth announcement photo Friday (July 14), the public was thrilled to hear the news, but it begs the question — what inspired their names?  Read More

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