New Resources for Teaching Iambic Pentameter

By Artie on April 7

We’ve made a few improvements. Come and see! So good, we even had to tell our blog. Yes, for 2021, faced with a second National Poetry Month conducted via Zoom school, Bicycle Comics revisited our classic 2013 poetry lesson plan “Foundations of the Sonnet” and made some long-overdue updates. We’ve expanded our original worksheets with […]

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No Buts About It

By Artie on January 9

Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons are problematic. So is the word many of its critics keep using. Over the past two years, I’ve become obsessed with buts. One T. The conjunction. Buts have always been around, but lately they are too visible, to commonplace. In the two days since the Charlie Hebdo killings, I’ve tried to kick this […]

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Toxic? A Response to Robert Boucheron’s Article in The Review Review

By Artie on October 14

Lighten up. Seriously. Pretty sure we’ve read that somewhere. Oh wow. My designer and I are going to make blackout poetry of this article during lunch, and I can already tell it will be AMAZING. But first, to engage with the text itself: #5. No search results Internet search engines cannot find the magazine by […]

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What is an “Indie” Press?

By Artie on July 15

When anyone can upload a Word .doc and call it an E-book, what are we “independent” from? Yesterday on Twitter, eBookNoir asked a question: @eBookNoir “Indie” is more of an umbrella term, comprising self-pub and small press. — Bicycle Comics (@BicycleComics) July 15, 2014 We had a lengthy back-and-forth on Twitter, but to summarize my […]

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The Completely Effable Business of Poetry

By Artie on June 20

I’m not wild about linking to William Logan’s article, but even MY MOM is cutting it out of the New York Times and MAILING it to me: I’ll save you the bother of reading it. Every New York Times op-ed with a headline such as “Nobody Buys Poetry Books Anymore” is the victim of poor […]

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Carrie Rudzinski tours the Bay Area, then PNW.

By Artie on June 4

Bicycle Comics author and 2014 WoWPS Finalist Carrie Rudzinski is touring the West Coast this month. She’ll be at the Berkeley Poetry Slam on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, and at San Francisco’s New Sh!t Show on Friday, June 6, 2014. Details on Carrie’s Tumbr. Later this month, she’ll tour through Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver with […]

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Announcing the 2016 Pushcart Prize Winners

By Artie on May 31

Made you look! (Hey, at least we didn’t Rickroll you.) But seriously, WHY are the Pushcart dates so confusing? Here are some date inconsistencies that are less confusing than Pushcart Prizes: The groundbreaking TIME Magazine cover that hit shelves yesterday is dated June 9th. Anything that goes down between Dec. 21 and Dec. 31 happens […]

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Teaching Iambic Pentameter in Schools (update)

By Artie on March 2

National Poetry Month is a month away, but we’re seeing a pronounced uptick from teachers requesting our iambic pentameter worksheets and our sonnet puzzles. Two things: We will only E-mail answer keys to teachers/professors who provide a bona fide .edu or .org E-mail address. If we can’t find you with a quick Google or LinkedIn […]

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How to Make a Poetry Anthology for Amazon Kindle: An HTML and EPUB Primer

By Artie on February 27

It’s time for anthologies without apologies. The Yellow Buick Review is a groundbreaking new poetry anthology. It is also totally fake. The poems of the first issue (spoiler alert!) are the first seven paragraphs of Lorem Ipsum nonsense text. It’s available now for all major E-reader platforms. We worked really, really hard on it. Which […]

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The Venn Diagram of Internet Stupid.

By Artie on December 5

There’s stupid, and then there’s Internet Stupid. Internet Stupid is way worse, but fortunately, it’s curable if caught early.

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