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#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Nicole Cooley’s 1995 Resurrection.
Submit now to the 2015 Walt Whitman Award for an opportunity to receive $5,000 and your first book published by Graywolf Press!

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Nicole Cooley’s 1995 Resurrection.

Submit now to the 2015 Walt Whitman Award for an opportunity to receive $5,000 and your first book published by Graywolf Press!

The elegy does what Freud calls ‘the work of mourning.’ It ritualizes grief into language and thereby makes it more bearable. The great elegy touches the unfathomable and originates in the unspeakable, in unacceptable loss. It allows us to experience mortality.
Don’t forget… the Poets Forum 2014 discount ends tomorrow. Purchase All-Events Passes before October 1 to save 10%.

Don’t forget… the Poets Forum 2014 discount ends tomorrow. Purchase All-Events Passes before October 1 to save 10%.

The letter poem is addressed to a specific person and written from a specific place…But unlike an actual letter, the letter poem is never addressed to just its recipient; it is always meant to be overheard by a third person, a future reader.
Students save at least 50% on day passes to this year’s Poets Forum, Oct 16-18 at The New School and NYU.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to talk with and be inspired by some of the most celebrated poets of our day.

Students save at least 50% on day passes to this year’s Poets Forum, Oct 16-18 at The New School and NYU.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to talk with and be inspired by some of the most celebrated poets of our day.

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

Advice to young poets from Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

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

National Book Award contenders Edward Hirsch, Claudia Rankine, and Brian Blanchfield, as well as MacArthur Fellow Khaled Mattawa, will share their poetry at this year’s Poets Forum, October 16-18 in NYC. Don’t miss it. Save 10% through Sept. 30.

National Book Award contenders Edward Hirsch, Claudia Rankine, and Brian Blanchfield, as well as MacArthur Fellow Khaled Mattawa, will share their poetry at this year’s Poets Forum, October 16-18 in NYC. Don’t miss it. Save 10% through Sept. 30.

The natural world has been one of the recurring subjects of poetry, frequently the primary one, in every age and every country. Yet we cannot easily define nature, which, as Gary Snyder points out in his preface to No Nature (1992), ‘will not fulfill our conceptions or assumptions’ and ‘will dodge our expectations and theoretical models.’
#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Laura Gilpin’s 1976 The Hocus-Pocus of the Universe.
Submissions for the 2015 Walt Whitman Award, a $5,000 first-book publication prize, are accepted now through November 1. The winning manuscript will be published by Graywolf Press!Submit here.

#tbt: Walt Whitman Award book cover for Laura Gilpin’s 1976 The Hocus-Pocus of the Universe.

Submissions for the 2015 Walt Whitman Award, a $5,000 first-book publication prize, are accepted now through November 1. The winning manuscript will be published by Graywolf Press!

Submit here.

Visit us at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, booth #707. We’ll have American Poets magazines and poets buttons for all.

Visit us at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, booth #707. We’ll have American Poets magazines and poets buttons for all.