Watch 2013 Academy Fellowship recipient Carolyn Forché talk about her experiences around the world as a poet and human rights activist in this year's Blaney lecture, "Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness" presented at the seventh annual Poets Forum this past October in New York City.
When poet Richard Blanco was invited to write a poem for President Obama's Inauguration last year, he had no idea how significantly the experience would change his life. Blanco charts his journey of being Inaugural Poet in his new book, For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey, published in November by Beacon Press. Read an exclusive interview with the poet about how he approached writing the inaugural poem, plus an excerpt from the new book.
Poet Toi Derricotte
The author of several books of poetry, Toi Derricotte is a Chancellor of the Academy of the American Poets and cofounder of Cave Canem, a national poetry organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
Essay 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.