Incredible Bridges

Incredible Bridges

The Academy of American Poets and the EDSITEment Project at the National Endowment for the Humanities invite you to bring contemporary poetry resources to your students with our new online initiative, “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community.”

Incredible Bridges Websites

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Academy of American Poets

Produced by the Academy of American Poets, this site contains biographies of poets and the texts of hundreds of poems, many with images and sound files.

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Because We Come From Everything

Because We Come From Everything

The Academy of American Poets in conjunction with the newly formed Poetry Coalition presents programs and projects on the theme of poetry and migration.

Incredible Bridges Student Resources

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Corbin Harney Water Song

Companion audio for “Remember” by Joy Harjo, lesson plan. introduce your students to the rhythm and sound of a Native American song, ask them to listen to the PBS audio recording of Corbin Harney of the Western Shoshone tribe singing “Water Song.” (Courtesy of Philomath Films, www.philomathfilms.com)

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<a href="/student-resource/cotton-candy-edward-hirsch">“Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch</a>

“Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch

This video of the poet, Edward Hirsch, offering a little backstory, then reading the poem “Cotton Candy.” Companion lesson plan “Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch

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<a href="/student-resource/every-day-we-get-more-illegal-juan-felipe-herrera-video">“Every Day We Get More Illegal” by Juan Felipe Herrera. Video</a>

“Every Day We Get More Illegal” by Juan Felipe Herrera. Video

This video is the third in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series.  It provides a video of the United State Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, reading the poem “Every Day We Get More Illegal” and a companion lesson with a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

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<a href="/student-resource/citizen-vi-train-woman-standing">“from Citizen, VI [On the train the woman standing]”</a>

“from Citizen, VI [On the train the woman standing]”

Poet Claudia Rankine reads her poem "from Citizen, VI [on the train the woman standing]” as part of "Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community," a project developed by the Academy of American Poets in partnership with EDSITEment.

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<a href="/student-resource/gate-4-naomi-shihab-nye">“Gate A-4” by Naomi Shihab Nye</a>

“Gate A-4” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem "Gate A-4" as part of "Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community," a project developed by the Academy of American Poets in partnership with EDSITEment, the educational website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), during the NEH’s 50th anniversary year-long celebration.

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<a href="/student-resource/peaches-adrienne-su">“Peaches” by Adrienne Su</a>

“Peaches” by Adrienne Su

This is an audio recording of the poet, Adrienne Su, reading the poem “Peaches.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

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<a href="/student-resource/praise-song-day-elizabeth-alexander-video">“Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander, Video</a>

“Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander, Video

This video is the seventh in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series. It provides a video recording of the poet, Elizabeth Alexander, reading the poem “Praise Song for the Day” composed for President Barak Obama’s 2009 inauguration ceremony. The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

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<a href="/student-resource/remember-joy-harjo-video">“Remember” by Joy Harjo, video</a>

“Remember” by Joy Harjo, video

This video is the ninth in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series. The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

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<a href="/student-resource/great-migration-minnie-bruce-pratt-audio">“The Great Migration” by Minnie Bruce Pratt, Audio</a>

“The Great Migration” by Minnie Bruce Pratt, Audio

This audio file is a recording of the poet, Minnie Bruce Pratt, reading the poem “The Great Migration.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

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<a href="/student-resource/translation-mam-richard-blanco-video">“Translation for Mamá” by Richard Blanco. Video</a>

“Translation for Mamá” by Richard Blanco. Video

This video is of the poet, Richard Blanco, reading the poem “Translation for Mamá.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.