Poetry and journalism seem to be opposite forms of writing — one is creative and fabricated; the other sticks to facts. But there is some cross over between the two.
Ezra Pound wrote, “Poetry is news that stays news.” So can language remain newsworthy?
Here are a few interesting examples of news and poetry overlapping:
- Times Haiku: The New York Times has developed an algorithm that automatically detects poetry hidden in the paper’s front page. The best ones are published on this Tumblr.
- L.A. Times Haiku: This Twitter handle offers L.A. Times headlines in haiku form.
- American Life in Poetry: While not necessarily haikus, this project by Ted Kooser, the U.S. poet laureate from 2004-2006, offered newspapers a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems.
These news haikus and Kooser’s project highlight great literary moments with articles and offer readers a different way into stories. And some of them are just beautiful.
Journalists and poets can learn from each other. Some poets write documentary-style poems about world events and the human condition, and journalists often use stylistic techniques to convey emotion, perspective and details to a reader, according to an article on the intersection of poetry and journalism in The Huffington Post. Ultimately, both rely on having someone on the other end read their words.
Pizza is the currency of newsrooms. Very classy, Chicago Tribune.