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Happy National Poetry Month!  

Join the largest literary celebration in the world by participating in the Poet-to-Poet Project and Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 24.

Poet-to-Poet Project  

Anne Waldman

Calling all young poets… here’s your chance to be published on! Simply watch videos of award-winning poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors, sharing and discussing their poetry, and then write and submit a poem in response.

Watch the Poet-to-Poet Videos >

Poem in Your Pocket Day  

On April 24, poetry fans throughout the United States will select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others. Tell us what poem you’re carrying this year by using the hashtag #pocketpoem on Twitter.

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Apr 17, 2014
Etta's Elegy
by Maureen Seaton
This is where the poem holds its breath,...
Get Poem-A-Day Every Morning


James Merrill Poet
James Merrill
The son of Charles Merrill, cofounder of the brokerage firm Merrill Lynch, James Ingram Merrill was born in New York City on March 3, 1926.
The Book of a Thousand Eyes [To achieve reality]

by Lyn Hejinian
"Lady Lazarus" and the Received Form

by Frank Bidart
Spotlight Video
The Great Figure: On Figurative Language

by D. A. Powell
If rhythm is the heart and breath of poetry, then surely figurative language is its beguiling and sexy skin and musculature....[W]hether we're reading Homer or Williams or a contemporary poet, the figure is what carries us rumbling through the dark. Without it, the poem is simply a mass of words, a clanging that does not move us.





Poetry & the Creative Mind: Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Patrick Stewart, and others celebrate eighty years of American poetry this April 24.

Poetry Unites: New York State residents, send an essay about your favorite poem and its importance in your life by April 15, 2014.

Shop Poetry: Browse the best gifts for poetry lovers in the Academy’s store.

Listen Up: Classic recordings by Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and others. Hear them all.


We are grateful to the sponsors and partners who help make National Poetry Month possible, including: 826 National, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, Scholastic, T. S. Poetry Press, and others.

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