Ars Poetica

Briefly It Enters, and Briefly Speaks by Jane Kenyon
I am the blossom pressed in a book,
Poet's Work by Lorine Niedecker
Poetry by Marianne Moore
I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond
Ground Swell by Mark Jarman
Is nothing real but when I was fifteen,
Broadway by Mark Doty
Under Grand Central's tattered vault
What He Thought by Heather McHugh
We were supposed to do a job in Italy
Endnote by Hayden Carruth
The great poems of
Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich
First having read the book of myths,
Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish
A poem should be palpable and mute
Arthur's Anthology of English Poetry by Laurence Lerner
To be or not to be, that is the question
Take the I Out by Sharon Olds
But I love the I, steel I-beam
Always on the Train by Ruth Stone
Writing poems about writing poems
Speech Alone by Jean Follain
It happens that one pronounces
The Poem as Mask by Muriel Rukeyser
When I wrote of the women in their dances and
Ars Poetica (cocoons) by Dana Levin
Six monarch butterfly cocoons
The Poems I Have Not Written by John Brehm
I’m so wildly unprolific, the poems
This Bridge, Like Poetry, is Vertigo by Marie Ponsot
Envoi by William Meredith
Go, little book. If anybody asks
A True Poem by Lloyd Schwartz
I'm working on a poem that's so true, I can't show it to anyone
Prefix: Finding the measure by Robert Kelly
Finding the measure is finding the mantram
A Book Of Music by Jack Spicer
Coming at an end, the lovers
Workshop by Billy Collins
I might as well begin by saying how much I like the title
The Bear by Galway Kinnell
In late winter
The Uses of Poetry by William Carlos Williams
I've fond anticipation of a day
Because You Asked about the Line Between Prose and Poetry by Howard Nemerov
Sparrows were feeding in a freezing drizzle
O Black and Unknown Bards by James Weldon Johnson
O black and unknown bards of long ago
Teaching the Ape to Write Poems by James Tate
They didn't have much trouble
How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual by Pamela Spiro Wagner
First, forget everything you have learned
Blue or Green by James Galvin
We don't belong to each other.
Poetry as Insurgent Art [I am signaling you through the flames] by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
I am signaling you through the flames
If It All Went Up in Smoke by George Oppen
that smoke
Languages by Carl Sandburg
There are no handles upon a language
Adam's Curse by W. B. Yeats
We sat together at one summer's end
The Art of Poetry [excerpt] by Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
Gently make haste, of Labour not afraid
The Composition of the Text by Adriano Spatola
an adjective breathing the window open
The Indications [excerpt] by Walt Whitman
The words of the true poems give you more than poems
The Difference between a Child and a Poem by Michael Blumenthal
If you are terrified of your own death