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Some Preliminary Thoughts on Contemporary Poetry

Natasha Trethewey during the Witter Bynner Fellowships Awards Ceremony
“Poetry is a very large house, and there are many kinds of poetry.”—Sam Hamill, poet, translator, former publisher, and cofounder of Copper Canyon PressRead More »

Re-discovering America’s Popular Poet: Carl Sandburg

Chicago skyline at dawn
“I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun. . . . I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.” —Carl Sandburg interview with Frederick Van Ryn, This Week Magazine (January 1953)Ask your students to recall the last time they heard a poet read from their work on television or the Internet. Chances are they won’t be able to remember such a time, in the media or anywhere.Read More »
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“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Winter Fairyland Parts of these woods
“Throughout the poem—brief in actual time, but with the deceptive length of dream—we are being drawn into silence and sleep, yet always with the slightest contrary pull of having to go on.” —Reuben A. Brower, The Poetry of Robert Frost: Constellations of Intention                                          Read More »
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Democracy in the Poetry of Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes

Statue of Liberty National Monument
O, yes, I say it plain, American never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath— America will be!From “Let America Be America Again”Read More »
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Academy of American Poets Forum 2015

The Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets
For the past ten years as the leaves begin to turn in mid-October, poetry lovers from all over the country have converged on New York City for the Academy of American Poets annual Poets Forum. During the event-filled weekend, the public is invited to hear chancellors of the academy, and acclaimed poets, present readings and converse on the state of the art.Read More »
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