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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. 

From the video vault. Happy brunching.

The Academy of American Poets Summer Series continues on the beautiful and historic Governors Island on Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m. Poets Lynn Melnick, Kamilah Aisha Moon, and Danniel Schoonebeek will share their poems on stage at the New York City Poetry Festival. The event is free, and so is the ferry, so bring a blanket and be a part of this poetry filled afternoon!

The Academy of American Poets Summer Series continues on the beautiful and historic Governors Island on Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m. Poets Lynn Melnick, Kamilah Aisha Moon, and Danniel Schoonebeek will share their poems on stage at the New York City Poetry Festival. The event is free, and so is the ferry, so bring a blanket and be a part of this poetry filled afternoon!

The Academy of American Poets Summer Reading Series continues TOMORROW, July 15, at 6 p.m. Brenda Coultas, Geffrey Davis, and Brian Teare will be sharing poems from the New York Public Library’s historic archival collection as well as their own poems. Please join us at this free event.

The Academy of American Poets Summer Reading Series continues TOMORROW, July 15, at 6 p.m. Brenda Coultas, Geffrey Davis, and Brian Teare will be sharing poems from the New York Public Library’s historic archival collection as well as their own poems. Please join us at this free event.

The Academy of American Poets Summer Reading Series continues on July 15 at 6 p.m. Brenda Coultas, Geffrey Davis, and Brian Teare come together at The New York Public Library to share poems from the library’s historic archival collection as well as their own poems. Please join us at this free event.

The Academy of American Poets Summer Reading Series continues on July 15 at 6 p.m. Brenda Coultas, Geffrey Davis, and Brian Teare come together at The New York Public Library to share poems from the library’s historic archival collection as well as their own poems. Please join us at this free event.

Our friends at redpoppyart are hosting a Neruda celebration this Thursday, 7/10, in San Francisco. Check it out!

Our friends at redpoppyart are hosting a Neruda celebration this Thursday, 7/10, in San Francisco. Check it out!

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.’
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.

nationalbook:

theparisreview:

A manuscript page by William Stafford, from his 1993 Art of Poetry interview.
His son Kim included the following note: “He wrote the poem at Yaddo, then sent it to many magazines. The Paris Review is one of almost a dozen who rejected what eventually became the title poem in his collection, Traveling Through the Dark, which won the National Book Award in 1962. I believe my father would have enjoyed the irony, as I hope you do, of this poem appearing in this form in Paris Review lo these thirty-five years later.”

Wonderful!

nationalbook:

theparisreview:

A manuscript page by William Stafford, from his 1993 Art of Poetry interview.

His son Kim included the following note: “He wrote the poem at Yaddo, then sent it to many magazines. The Paris Review is one of almost a dozen who rejected what eventually became the title poem in his collection, Traveling Through the Dark, which won the National Book Award in 1962. I believe my father would have enjoyed the irony, as I hope you do, of this poem appearing in this form in Paris Review lo these thirty-five years later.”

Wonderful!