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Today’s new poem is "Thek" by Thom Donovan.

Today’s new poem is "Thek" by Thom Donovan.

Farewell to National Poetry Month & hello to the new Poets.org! Let’s share poetry all year long: http://www.poets.org/

Farewell to National Poetry Month & hello to the new Poets.org! Let’s share poetry all year long: http://www.poets.org/

Today’s new poem is "Star in the Throat, Fire in the Cupboard" by Catie Rosemurgy. 

Today’s new poem is "Star in the Throat, Fire in the Cupboard" by Catie Rosemurgy. 

Today’s new poem is "Representative Character" by Brett Fletcher Lauer.

Today’s new poem is "Representative Character" by Brett Fletcher Lauer.


If it wasn’t for libraries, I would not have had a place to dream as a young teen, or place to listen to music or to explore volumes of art from the Renaissance to the Surrealists, 
or walk across the aisles and read titles of poetry books sideways, 
or simply sit on a beautiful wooden desk and stack books and write or draw or sit back and be part of the world of literature, knowledge and a community of friends 
and librarians that gave me advice and somehow allowed me to check out incredible mountains of book and barely carry them to my parent’s apartment a few blocks away.
Libraries were always a place of solace and buzzing creativity and curiosity for me. To this day.  
                                         — Juan Felipe Herrera

If it wasn’t for libraries, I would not have had a place to dream as a young teen, or place to listen to music or to explore volumes of art from the Renaissance to the Surrealists,

or walk across the aisles and read titles of poetry books sideways,

or simply sit on a beautiful wooden desk and stack books and write or draw or sit back and be part of the world of literature, knowledge and a community of friends

and librarians that gave me advice and somehow allowed me to check out incredible mountains of book and barely carry them to my parent’s apartment a few blocks away.

Libraries were always a place of solace and buzzing creativity and curiosity for me. To this day. 

                                         — Juan Felipe Herrera

(Source: californiastatelibrary, via washingtonpost)

There’s still time for students in grades 3-12 to have their poems published on Poets.org as part of our Poet-to-Poet Project for National Poetry Month. Deadline is April 30! 

There’s still time for students in grades 3-12 to have their poems published on Poets.org as part of our Poet-to-Poet Project for National Poetry Month. Deadline is April 30

Thank you so much to everyone who packed the house last night to help us celebrate our 80th anniversary at Poetry & the Creative Mind at Lincoln Center. We are so grateful for your support! 

Today’s new poem is "from Two Inch Fables" by Marilyn Chin. 

Today’s new poem is "from Two Inch Fables" by Marilyn Chin. 

Curtain up! Light the lights!
TONIGHT: Tina Fey, Meryl Streep, Patrick Stewart, Julianna Margulies, Esperanza Spalding, Billy Crudup, Carrie Mae Weems, Kevin Kline, Parker Posey, Chip Kidd, Rosie Perez, Drew Nieporent, and National Student Poet Michaela Coplen come together at Lincoln Center to perform great American poems. 
Use code MNX738 to SAVE 10%

Curtain up! Light the lights!

TONIGHT: Tina Fey, Meryl Streep, Patrick Stewart, Julianna Margulies, Esperanza Spalding, Billy Crudup, Carrie Mae Weems, Kevin Kline, Parker Posey, Chip Kidd, Rosie Perez, Drew Nieporent, and National Student Poet Michaela Coplen come together at Lincoln Center to perform great American poems. 

Use code MNX738 to SAVE 10%

It’s Poem in Your Pocket Day!
Take a snapshot of your #pocketpoem and share it with the world.

It’s Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Take a snapshot of your #pocketpoem and share it with the world.