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It’s Letter Writing Day, and while that seems made up, it’s as good a reason as any to get out that fancy stationary you’ve never used and write someone.

It’s Letter Writing Day, and while that seems made up, it’s as good a reason as any to get out that fancy stationary you’ve never used and write someone.









Today’s poem: Howard Altmann’s “in Vino Veritas.”"And I gave myself to the poem.And the poem gave to me.And I gave myself to the sky.And the sky gave to me. And I gave myself to the wind. And the wind took what I gaveand passed it to the sky.” Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.
Today’s poem: Howard Altmann’s “in Vino Veritas.”


"And I gave myself to the poem.
And the poem gave to me.
And I gave myself to the sky.
And the sky gave to me. 
And I gave myself to the wind. 
And the wind took what I gave
and passed it to the sky.” 


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Today’s poem: Afaa M. Weaver’s “Flux.”
"I am a city of bonesdeep inside my marrow,a song in electric chords…”
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Today’s poem: Afaa M. Weaver’s “Flux.”

"I am a city of bones
deep inside my marrow,
a song in electric chords…”


Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

Merriam-Webster announces “Science” as the 2013 Word of the Year. (More info.)
Which word would you nominate? 

Merriam-Webster announces “Science” as the 2013 Word of the Year. (More info.)

Which word would you nominate? 

Today’s poem: Alli Warren’s “My Teacup.”
"trees are steamingever more vital pliant DINKI can’t see a thing in the sky”

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Today’s poem: Alli Warren’s “My Teacup.”

"trees are steaming
ever more vital pliant DINK
I can’t see a thing in the sky”

Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

Celebrating Poet Muriel Rukeyser’s Centenary: This month poetry organizations and publishers will mark Rukeyser’s centenary with three public events in NYC.
12/5, 7-9pm: NYU School of Law12/13, 6pm: CUNY’s Center for Humanities.12/14, 2-5pm: Poets House
More details here.

Celebrating Poet Muriel Rukeyser’s Centenary: This month poetry organizations and publishers will mark Rukeyser’s centenary with three public events in NYC.

12/5, 7-9pm: NYU School of Law
12/13, 6pm: CUNY’s Center for Humanities.
12/14, 2-5pm: Poets House

More details here.

Today’s poem: Carl Phillips’s “At Bay.”
"Coral-bells purpled the fallen sycamore leaves, dead, the dead / versus those who attempted death, versus those who effectively / fashioned out of such attempts a style akin to electric guitar / shimmer swelling and unswelling like starlings when they first / lift off…"

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Today’s poem: Carl Phillips’s “At Bay.”

"Coral-bells purpled the fallen sycamore leaves, dead, the dead / versus those who attempted death, versus those who effectively / fashioned out of such attempts a style akin to electric guitar / shimmer swelling and unswelling like starlings when they first / lift off…"

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Our Cyber Monday sale ends tonight at midnight. Everything’s 35% off at the Poets.org store! Discount code: poets35off. Your purchases help support our programs, so go shop your heart out!  http://bit.ly/1cOfQXB

Our Cyber Monday sale ends tonight at midnight. Everything’s 35% off at the Poets.org store! Discount code: poets35off. Your purchases help support our programs, so go shop your heart out!  http://bit.ly/1cOfQXB

Today’s poem: Lisa Robertson’s “Hotel Couplets.”
"It was a clandestine winter of television;We were so tired of the fashion blogs.” 
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Today’s poem: Lisa Robertson’s “Hotel Couplets.”

"It was a clandestine winter of television;
We were so tired of the fashion blogs.” 


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Everything’s 35% off today at the Poets.org store! Discount code: poets35off. Your purchases help support our programs. Thank you!