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Excerpt from today’s new poem: “Another Country” by Ryan Teitman. 
"The days unfoldlike maps. Fresh dirtin the garden, blackas cake, grows warm.”
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Excerpt from today’s new poem: “Another Country” by Ryan Teitman.
 

"The days unfold
like maps. Fresh dirt
in the garden, black
as cake, grows warm.”


Read more and subscribe!

Today’s poem: “Paper Swallow” by Stanley Moss.
"Francisco Goya y Lucientes,I dedicate this paper swallow to you and fly itfrom the balcony of San Antonio de la Floridapast the empty chapels of the Four Doctors of the Church.”

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Today’s poem: “Paper Swallow” by Stanley Moss.

"Francisco Goya y Lucientes,
I dedicate this paper swallow to you and fly it
from the balcony of San Antonio de la Florida
past the empty chapels of the Four Doctors of the Church.”


Read the full poem and subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get new, unpublished poems delivered to your inbox five days a week!

Submissions are now open for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize: $25,000 for the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in 2013. And, the James Laughlin Award: $5,000 and distribution to Academy members to recognize and support a poet’s second book. Submissions for both awards are accepted from January 1 to May 15. 
For guidelines and entry forms, visit poets.org/awards.
James Laughlin Award: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/109Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize:  http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/108

Submissions are now open for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize: $25,000 for the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in 2013. And, the James Laughlin Award: $5,000 and distribution to Academy members to recognize and support a poet’s second book.

Submissions for both awards are accepted from January 1 to May 15

For guidelines and entry forms, visit poets.org/awards.

James Laughlin Award: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/109
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize:  http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/108

Today’s poem: “Measurement Fable” by Rusty Morrison.

"Eggs, transparent and sometimes red-veined as insect wings, might be hidden in bark crevices / or a scatter of tawny leaves." 


Read the full poem and subscribe to Poem-A-Day to get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

Today’s poem: “Measurement Fable” by Rusty Morrison.

"Eggs, transparent and sometimes red-veined as insect wings, might be hidden in bark crevices / or a scatter of tawny leaves." 

Read the full poem and subscribe to Poem-A-Day to get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

theparisreview:

“I write with experiences in mind, but I don’t write about them, I write out of them.” —John Ashbery

theparisreview:

“I write with experiences in mind, but I don’t write about them, I write out of them.” —John Ashbery

Today’s poem: “Mrs. Cavendish and the Dancer” by Stephen Dunn. 
"Mrs. Cavendish desired the man in the fedorawho danced the tarantella without regardfor who might care.”
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Today’s poem: “Mrs. Cavendish and the Dancer” by Stephen Dunn. 

"Mrs. Cavendish desired the man in the fedora
who danced the tarantella without regard
for who might care.”


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Today’s poem: “Hospital Writing Workshop” by Rafael Campo.
 
"Arriving late, my clinic having runpast 6 again, I realize I don’thave cancer, don’t have HIV, like them,these students who are patients, who I leadin writing exercises, reading poems.”

Today’s poem: “Hospital Writing Workshop” by Rafael Campo.

"Arriving late, my clinic having run
past 6 again, I realize I don’t
have cancer, don’t have HIV, like them,
these students who are patients, who I lead
in writing exercises, reading poems.”

Today’s poem: “Ephemeral Stream” by Elizabeth Willis.

"This is the way water thinks about the desert.The way the thought of water gives you something to stumble on. A ghost river.”


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Today’s poem: “Ephemeral Stream” by Elizabeth Willis.

"This is the way water 
thinks about the desert.
The way the thought of water 
gives you something 
to stumble on. A ghost river.”

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Today’s poem is all about the new year: “New years’ morning” by Carl Adamshick 
A low, quiet music is playing—distorted trumpet, torn bass line,white windows. My palmsare two speakers the sizeof pool-hall coasters.I lay them on the dark tablefor you to repair.

Today’s poem is all about the new year: “New years’ morning” by Carl Adamshick 

A low, quiet music is playing—
distorted trumpet, torn bass line,
white windows. My palms
are two speakers the size
of pool-hall coasters.
I lay them on the dark table
for you to repair.

To our supporters: THANK YOU for your generous end-of-year donations that will help us support poets & poetry in 2014. Happy New Year. 

To our supporters: THANK YOU for your generous end-of-year donations that will help us support poets & poetry in 2014. Happy New Year.