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Aug 21

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for April Bernard’s 1988 Blackbird Bye Bye.
Submissions for 2015 the Walt Whitman Award accepted September 1-November 1. Tracy K. Smith to judge. And don’t miss two exciting changes to the award, making it the most valuable first-book award for poetry in the U.S.

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for April Bernard’s 1988 Blackbird Bye Bye.

Submissions for 2015 the Walt Whitman Award accepted September 1-November 1. Tracy K. Smith to judge. And don’t miss two exciting changes to the award, making it the most valuable first-book award for poetry in the U.S.

Aug 19

“stanza: The natural unit of the lyric: a group or sequence of lines arranged in a pattern…The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian— ’a station,’ ‘a stopping place’—and each stanza in a poem is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place.” — Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Stanza.

Aug 18

Poets Forum 2014: 3 inspiring days in NYC with more than 30 celebrated poets. Only 2 weeks left to SAVE 20%.

Poets Forum 2014: 3 inspiring days in NYC with more than 30 celebrated poets. Only 2 weeks left to SAVE 20%.

Aug 16

Advice to young poets from Naomi Shihab Nye.
To see more postcards from our 2012 Poets Via Post program, visit poets.org.

Advice to young poets from Naomi Shihab Nye.

To see more postcards from our 2012 Poets Via Post program, visit poets.org.

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Aug 13

“Lorca reminds us that cradle songs were invented by women desperate to put their children to sleep. The women soothe their children by expressing their own weariness.” —  Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Lullaby.

Aug 11


New P.O.P video starring Terrance Hayes.

New P.O.P video starring Terrance Hayes.

Aug 09

Advice to young poets from Kim Dower. 
To see more postcards from our 2012 Poets Via Post program, visit poets.org.

Advice to young poets from Kim Dower. 

To see more postcards from our 2012 Poets Via Post program, visit poets.org.

Aug 08

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Aug 06

Lafcadio Hearn coined the phrase naked poetry for one of his general lectures at the Imperial University in Tokyo (1896–1903). He said:
I want to make a little discourse about what we might call Naked Poetry … that is, poetry without any dress, without any ornament, the very essence or body of poetry unveiled by artifice of any kind.
—Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Naked Poetry

Lafcadio Hearn coined the phrase naked poetry for one of his general lectures at the Imperial University in Tokyo (1896–1903). He said:

I want to make a little discourse about what we might call Naked Poetry … that is, poetry without any dress, without any ornament, the very essence or body of poetry unveiled by artifice of any kind.

—Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Naked Poetry

Aug 05

BIG NEWS! Walt Whitman Award winners will now be published by Graywolf Press and receive an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. Submissions open September 1, and poet Tracy K. Smith will judge.

BIG NEWS! Walt Whitman Award winners will now be published by Graywolf Press and receive an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. Submissions open September 1, and poet Tracy K. Smith will judge.