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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. 
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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.’
Poet Elaine Equi joins J. D. McClatchy and Charles Simic at The Morgan Library & Museum this Thursday, June 26, as part of the Academy of American Poets Summer Reading Series at historic venues in NYC. 

Poet Elaine Equi joins J. D. McClatchy and Charles Simic at The Morgan Library & Museum this Thursday, June 26, as part of the Academy of American Poets Summer Reading Series at historic venues in NYC. 

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

Advice to young poets from Tarfia Faizullah.

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

Our Summer Reading Series in NYC continues this Thursday, June 26, with award-winning poets Elaine Equi, J. D. McClatchy, and Charles Simic at The Morgan Library & Museum. The poets will share poems and discuss works by authors featured in The Morgan’s exhibition “Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection,” including Allen Ginsberg, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and others. We hope to see you there!

Our Summer Reading Series in NYC continues this Thursday, June 26, with award-winning poets Elaine Equi, J. D. McClatchy, and Charles Simic at The Morgan Library & Museum. The poets will share poems and discuss works by authors featured in The Morgan’s exhibition “Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection,” including Allen Ginsberg, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and others. We hope to see you there!

One of the new features on Poets.org is our series of collections—essays, poems, videos, audio, and more, organized around a central theme. This month, we’re taking a look at the importance of place in American poetry, just in time for your summer travels.

One of the new features on Poets.org is our series of collections—essays, poems, videos, audio, and more, organized around a central theme. This month, we’re taking a look at the importance of place in American poetry, just in time for your summer travels.