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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.

Taking a lead from the German critic A. W. Schlegel, Samuel Taylor Coleridge distinguished between mechanic form and organic form in an essay on Shakespeare:

The form is mechanic when on any given material we impress a pre-determined form, not necessarily arising out of the properties of the material — as when to a mass of wet clay we give whatever shape we wish it to retain when hardened.
—Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Organic Form

Taking a lead from the German critic A. W. Schlegel, Samuel Taylor Coleridge distinguished between mechanic form and organic form in an essay on Shakespeare:

The form is mechanic when on any given material we impress a pre-determined form, not necessarily arising out of the properties of the material — as when to a mass of wet clay we give whatever shape we wish it to retain when hardened.

Edward Hirsch on this week’s poetic term: Organic Form

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 American Poets Prizes! 

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 American Poets Prizes

BIG NEWS! Walt Whitman Award winners will now be published by Graywolf Press and receive an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. Submissions open September 1, and poet Tracy K. Smith will judge.

BIG NEWS! Walt Whitman Award winners will now be published by Graywolf Press and receive an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. Submissions open September 1, and poet Tracy K. Smith will judge.

Summer in NYC is all about the poetry. LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Justin Marks, and Bianca Stone close out our 2014 Summer Reading Series on August 5 at New York Public Library.

Summer in NYC is all about the poetry. LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Justin Marks, and Bianca Stone close out our 2014 Summer Reading Series on August 5 at New York Public Library.

Have you seen the Poets Forum lineup yet? Over 30 celebrated poets are coming to NYC Oct. 16-18.

Have you seen the Poets Forum lineup yet? Over 30 celebrated poets are coming to NYC Oct. 16-18.

The Academy of American Poets Summer Series in NYC continues on the beautiful and historic Governors Island TOMORROW at 4 p.m with Poets Lynn Melnick, Kamilah Aisha Moon, and Danniel Schoonebeek as part of the New York City Poetry Festival. Please join us!

The Academy of American Poets Summer Series in NYC continues on the beautiful and historic Governors Island TOMORROW at 4 p.m with Poets Lynn Melnick, Kamilah Aisha Moon, and Danniel Schoonebeek as part of the New York City Poetry Festival. Please join us!

One of the new features on Poets.org is our series of collections—select essays, poems, videos, audio, and other texts—organized around a central theme. This month we look at Poetry & Sports. 

One of the new features on Poets.org is our series of collections—select essays, poems, videos, audio, and other texts—organized around a central theme. This month we look at Poetry & Sports.