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New P. O. P. video with Tracy K. Smith.

The Academy of American Poets Summer Reading Series continues on July 15 at 6 p.m. Brenda Coultas, Geffrey Davis, and Brian Teare come together at The New York Public Library to share poems from the library’s historic archival collection as well as their own poems. Please join us at this free event.

The Academy of American Poets Summer Reading Series continues on July 15 at 6 p.m. Brenda Coultas, Geffrey Davis, and Brian Teare come together at The New York Public Library to share poems from the library’s historic archival collection as well as their own poems. Please join us at this free event.

This week’s poetic term:

Epigram

To quote Edward Hirsch, “An epigram is a short, witty poem or pointed saying…The ‘vinegar’ of the epigram was often contrasted with the ‘honey’ of the sonnet, especially the Petrarchan sonnet, though the Shakespearean sonnet, with its pointed final couplet, also combined the sweet with the sour.”

Try writing one of your own!

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Our friends at redpoppyart are hosting a Neruda celebration this Thursday, 7/10, in San Francisco. Check it out!

Our friends at redpoppyart are hosting a Neruda celebration this Thursday, 7/10, in San Francisco. Check it out!

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.

Don’t miss out!
         8th Annual Poets Forum
         OCT. 16 - 18, NYC
         Inspiring readings and provocative conversations.
         More than 30 celebrated poets. 
Buy All-Events Passes now & SAVE 20%    

Don’t miss out!

         8th Annual Poets Forum

         OCT. 16 - 18, NYC

         Inspiring readings and provocative conversations.

         More than 30 celebrated poets. 

Buy All-Events Passes now & SAVE 20%    

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

Advice to young poets from Christopher Deweese.

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

Here’s another Throwback Thursday classic featuring Charles Simic and David Lehman at the 1992 Best American Poetry reading. 
The Academy of American Poets 2014 Summer Reading Series continues TONIGHT with Charles Simic, Elaine Equi and J. D. McClatchy at The Morgan Library & Museum.

Here’s another Throwback Thursday classic featuring Charles Simic and David Lehman at the 1992 Best American Poetry reading.

The Academy of American Poets 2014 Summer Reading Series continues TONIGHT with Charles Simic, Elaine Equi and J. D. McClatchy at The Morgan Library & Museum.

Happy Throwback Thursday! Here’s J. D. McClatchy and James Merrill at the 1988 Howard Moss Memorial. McClatchy joins poets Elaine Equi and Charles Simic at The Morgan Library & Museum tonight as part of our annual Summer Reading Series at historic venues in NYC. Please join us! 

Happy Throwback Thursday! Here’s J. D. McClatchy and James Merrill at the 1988 Howard Moss Memorial. 

McClatchy joins poets Elaine Equi and Charles Simic at The Morgan Library & Museum tonight as part of our annual Summer Reading Series at historic venues in NYC. Please join us

The free-verse poem fits no mold; it has no preexistent pattern. The reader supplies the verbal speeds, intonations, emphasis. Or as Frank O’Hara says: ‘You just go on your nerve.’