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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

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.

#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.

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

Advice to young poets from Carl Phillips

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

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Judy Jordan’s 1999 Carolina Ghost Woods.
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 Judy Jordan’s 1999 Carolina Ghost Woods.

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.

Verbless poetry: Poems without verbs…the verbless poem can create a static quality, a sense of the arrested moment…
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 American Poets Prizes! 

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 American Poets Prizes

Beautiful video poem by Kai Carlson-Wee.