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Happy birthday to Allen Ginsberg! 

Happy birthday to Allen Ginsberg! 

Read Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy,” which inspired Maya Angelou’s famous memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Read Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy,” which inspired Maya Angelou’s famous memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Maya Angelou: 1928-2014

Maya Angelou: 1928-2014

From the video vault: Mark Bibbins reading at Bryant Park, NYC, in 2006.

Today’s new poem is "Idaho" by Matthew Zapruder.

Today’s new poem is "Idaho" by Matthew Zapruder.

This week’s term: Lament.
Have a song about grief or loss? Try writing one of your own using poems from poets.org to guide you. 

http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poets-glossary-lament

This week’s term: Lament.

Have a song about grief or loss? Try writing one of your own using poems from poets.org to guide you. 

http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poets-glossary-lament

dorothealasky:

I am so excited for The Frank O’Hara Fire Island Pines Poetry Festival on 7/12/14! (See details in picture.)

dorothealasky:

I am so excited for The Frank O’Hara Fire Island Pines Poetry Festival on 7/12/14! (See details in picture.)

Today’s new poem is "The Fire" by Katie Ford.

Today’s new poem is "The Fire" by Katie Ford.

Today’s new poem is "Translator’s Confession, 3 a.m." by Idra Novey.

Today’s new poem is "Translator’s Confession, 3 a.m." by Idra Novey.