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Sep 18

National Book Award contenders Edward Hirsch, Claudia Rankine, and Brian Blanchfield, as well as MacArthur Fellow Khaled Mattawa, will share their poetry at this year’s Poets Forum, October 16-18 in NYC. Don’t miss it. Save 10% through Sept. 30.

National Book Award contenders Edward Hirsch, Claudia Rankine, and Brian Blanchfield, as well as MacArthur Fellow Khaled Mattawa, will share their poetry at this year’s Poets Forum, October 16-18 in NYC. Don’t miss it. Save 10% through Sept. 30.

“The natural world has been one of the recurring subjects of poetry, frequently the primary one, in every age and every country. Yet we cannot easily define nature, which, as Gary Snyder points out in his preface to No Nature (1992), ‘will not fulfill our conceptions or assumptions’ and ‘will dodge our expectations and theoretical models.’” — Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Nature Poetry

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Laura Gilpin’s 1976 The Hocus-Pocus of the Universe.
Submissions for the 2015 Walt Whitman Award, a $5,000 first-book publication prize, are accepted now through November 1. The winning manuscript will be published by Graywolf Press!Submit here.

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Laura Gilpin’s 1976 The Hocus-Pocus of the Universe.

Submissions for the 2015 Walt Whitman Award, a $5,000 first-book publication prize, are accepted now through November 1. The winning manuscript will be published by Graywolf Press!

Submit here.

Sep 17

Visit us at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, booth #707. We’ll have American Poets magazines and poets buttons for all.

Visit us at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, booth #707. We’ll have American Poets magazines and poets buttons for all.

Sep 13

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

Advice to young poets from Sherman Alexie.

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

Sep 11

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Sep 10

Taking a lead from the German critic A. W. Schlegel, Samuel Taylor Coleridge distinguished between mechanic form and organic form in an essay on Shakespeare:

The form is mechanic when on any given material we impress a pre-determined form, not necessarily arising out of the properties of the material — as when to a mass of wet clay we give whatever shape we wish it to retain when hardened.
—Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Organic Form

Taking a lead from the German critic A. W. Schlegel, Samuel Taylor Coleridge distinguished between mechanic form and organic form in an essay on Shakespeare:

The form is mechanic when on any given material we impress a pre-determined form, not necessarily arising out of the properties of the material — as when to a mass of wet clay we give whatever shape we wish it to retain when hardened.

Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Organic Form

Sep 06

Advice to young poets from Sophie Cabot Black. 
To see more postcards from our 2012 Poets Via Post program, visit poets.org.

Advice to young poets from Sophie Cabot Black. 

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

(Source: poetsorg)

Sep 04

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Karen Snow’s 1978 Wonders.
Submissions for the 2015 Walt Whitman Award are now being accepted through November 1. Award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith will judge.

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Karen Snow’s 1978 Wonders.

Submissions for the 2015 Walt Whitman Award are now being accepted through November 1. Award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith will judge.