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Video from last year’s Poets Forum.

We hope you can join us this year for our eighth annual Forum: NYC, October 16-18. More than 30 award-winning poets will be in attendance, including Richard Blanco, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Claudia Rankine, and C. D. Wright. Purchase tickets now to save 20%! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/poets-forum-2014-october-16-18-tickets-11871486937

Lafcadio Hearn coined the phrase naked poetry for one of his general lectures at the Imperial University in Tokyo (1896–1903). He said:
I want to make a little discourse about what we might call Naked Poetry … that is, poetry without any dress, without any ornament, the very essence or body of poetry unveiled by artifice of any kind.
—Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Naked Poetry

Lafcadio Hearn coined the phrase naked poetry for one of his general lectures at the Imperial University in Tokyo (1896–1903). He said:

I want to make a little discourse about what we might call Naked Poetry … that is, poetry without any dress, without any ornament, the very essence or body of poetry unveiled by artifice of any kind.

—Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Naked Poetry

BIG NEWS! Walt Whitman Award winners will now be published by Graywolf Press and receive an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. Submissions open September 1, and poet Tracy K. Smith will judge.

BIG NEWS! Walt Whitman Award winners will now be published by Graywolf Press and receive an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. Submissions open September 1, and poet Tracy K. Smith will judge.

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

Advice to young poets from Leah Umansky.

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

Summer in NYC is all about the poetry. LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Justin Marks, and Bianca Stone close out our 2014 Summer Reading Series on August 5 at New York Public Library.

Summer in NYC is all about the poetry. LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Justin Marks, and Bianca Stone close out our 2014 Summer Reading Series on August 5 at New York Public Library.

Have you seen the Poets Forum lineup yet? Over 30 celebrated poets are coming to NYC Oct. 16-18.

Have you seen the Poets Forum lineup yet? Over 30 celebrated poets are coming to NYC Oct. 16-18.

The prose poem, which often seems like a French import, has had a strong underground American life.
Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Prose Poem.
The Academy of American Poets Summer Series in NYC continues on the beautiful and historic Governors Island TOMORROW at 4 p.m with Poets Lynn Melnick, Kamilah Aisha Moon, and Danniel Schoonebeek as part of the New York City Poetry Festival. Please join us!

The Academy of American Poets Summer Series in NYC continues on the beautiful and historic Governors Island TOMORROW at 4 p.m with Poets Lynn Melnick, Kamilah Aisha Moon, and Danniel Schoonebeek as part of the New York City Poetry Festival. Please join us!

One of the new features on Poets.org is our series of collections—select essays, poems, videos, audio, and other texts—organized around a central theme. This month we look at Poetry & Sports. 

One of the new features on Poets.org is our series of collections—select essays, poems, videos, audio, and other texts—organized around a central theme. This month we look at Poetry & Sports. 

From the video vault. Happy brunching.