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Beautiful video poem by Kai Carlson-Wee.

There’s only one week left to save 20% on tickets to Poets Forum in New York City, October 16-18. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from and talk with some of the most celebrated poets in the United States.

There’s only one week left to save 20% on tickets to Poets Forum in New York City, October 16-18. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from and talk with some of the most celebrated poets in the United States.

Advice to young poets from Eloise Klein Healy.
To see more postcards from our 2012 Poets Via Post program, visit poets.org.

Advice to young poets from Eloise Klein Healy.

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

New P.O.P video. Have a good weekend. 

#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.

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.
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%.

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.

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.