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The Glorious Thing
Jorie Graham & Mark Wunderlich discuss influences, trends, and responses to contemporary poetry.

A Common Language
A candid interview with Robert Hass about the Poet Laureate position and the role of poetry in America.

In Intervals
Robert Pinsky & Tom Sleigh talk about the influence of jazz and improvisation.

Openhearted
Stanley Kunitz & Mark Wunderlich discuss issues facing a new generation of poets.

Where Poetry Begins
Eavan Boland answers questions about the differences between Irish and American poetry.

Poet at the Dance
Rita Dove & Robert McDowell. Dove discusses her new poems inspired by dance.

Women of the New Gen
An essay by Diann Blakely on contemporary British poetry.

Forewards, Afterwards
Cynthia Ozick responds to the eternal question: "What is Poetry About?"

Robert Duncan & Romantic Synthesis
Michael Palmer shares his thoughts on the influential poet.

A Singing Kind of Seeing
Heather McHugh & Christine Hume discuss wit, influences, new media and the definition of an American idiom.

A Close Look at Frost
John Hollander investigates Frost's poem "The Oven Bird."

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American Poet

Launched in 1996, American Poet is the Academy's biannual journal, released in April and October each year. A year's subscription to the magazine is included in all levels of Academy membership. The publication's aim, like the aim of all Academy programs, is to provide a panorama of the contemporary poetic landscape.

The features in American Poet are written by some of today's most acclaimed and influential poets. The journal's many notable essays have included: Frank Bidart on Robert Lowell's revision process, Mark Doty on metaphor, Terrance Hayes on sentimentality, Christine Hume on hybrid poetries, Thylias Moss on poetry's limits, Gerald Stern on Hart Crane, and Rosemarie Waldrop on contemporary French poetry.

The Emerging Poet series has introduced over forty promising cutting-edge poets, many of whom obtained publishing contracts shortly after appearing in American Poet.

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Interviews have highlighted conversations with such luminaries as Eavan Boland, Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, Philip Levine, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, and James Tate. The Books Noted section gives readers a helpful perspective on the world of poetry publishing. And of course, each article—be it a manifesto or a memorial—is accompanied by remarkable poems.

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    Contents by Issue

    Volume 42: Sandra Beasley, Elana Bell, John Berryman, Tina Chang, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Peter Gizzi, Albert Goldbarth, Lyn Hejinian, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jane Hirshfield, Cathy Park Hong, Fanny Howe, Devin Johnston, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joan Larkin, Karen An-Hwei Lee, Nathaniel Mackey, Eileen Myles, D.A. Powell, Lola Ridge, Martha Ronk, Terese Svoboda, Arthur Sze, Juliana Spahr, Tomas Transtromer, C.D. Wright

    Volume 41: Jeffrey Angles, Malachi Black, Tada Chimako, Henri Cole, Hart Crane, Michael Dickman, Kelly Forsythe, Thomas Harrison, Harmony Holiday, Fanny Howe, Mark Jarman, Noelle Kocot, Dora Malech, Charles Martin, Christina Mengert, W.S. Merwin, Carol Muske-Dukes, Lorine Niedecker, Meghan O'Rourke, Carl Phillips, Matthew Rohrer, Michael Ryan, Tomaz Salamun, Dominic Siracusa, Tracy K. Smith, Gerald Stern, Emilio Villa, Kevin Young, Matthew Zapruder

    Volume 40: Carl Adamshick, Elizabeth Alexander, Marvin Bell, Elizabeth Bishop, Sharon Dolin, Timothy Donnelly, Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Galway Kinnell, John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Khaled Mattawa, Laura Mullen, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Adrienne Rich, Ed Roberson, Evie Shockley, Wislawa Szymborska, Brian Teare, Jean Valentine, Anne Waldman, Rosmarie Waldrop, C.K. Williams, John Yau, Dean Young

    Volume 39: John Ashbery, Sandra Beasley, Claire Becker, Julie Carr, Anne Carson, Luis Cernuda, Norma Cole, Nicole Cooley, Bei Dao, Cornelius Eady, Lynn Emanuel, Reginald Gibbons, Edith Grossman, Bob Hicok, Christine Hume, Stephen Kessler, Wayne Koestenbaum, Campbell McGrath, Jason Myers, Frank O'Hara, Camille Rankine, Prageeta Sharma, Adriano Spatola, Elizabeth Spires, Jennifer K. Sweeney, Roberto Tejada, Brian Turner, Paolo Valesio, Paul Vangelisti, Derek Walcott, C.D. Wright, Andrew Zawacki

    Volume 38: Will Alexander, David Baker, David Berman, Mark Bibbins, Eliseo Diego, Kate Greenstreet, Linda Gregerson, Linda Gregg, Terrance Hayes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Brenda Hillman, Philip Levine, Sabrina Orah Mark, J. Michael Martinez, Bernadette Mayer, Heather McHugh, Harryette Mullen, Naomi Shihab Nye, Danielle Pafunda, Stanley Plumly, Marie Ponsot, James Richardson, Jason Shinder, Carmen Giménez Smith, Gerald Stern, Susan Stewart, James Tate, Jean Valentine, G. C. Waldrep, Emily Wilson

    Volume 37: John Balaban, Constantine Cavafy, Stefan Augustin Doinas, Rita Dove, Jack Gilbert, Langston Hughes, Randall Jarrell, Gillian Kiley, Noelle Kocot, Adrian Matejka, Christina Mengert, Dunya Mikhail, Wayne Miller, Rusty Morrison, Sawako Nakayasu, D. G. Okpik, Peter O’Leary, George Oppen, Robert Polito, D. A. Powell, Claudia Ran kine, Ira Sadoff, Frederick Seidel, Avi Sharon, Arthur Sze, Brian Teare, Marjorie Welish, Emily Wilson, Rosmarie Waldrop, Rachel Zucker

    Volume 36: Linda Bierds, Roberto Bolańo, Joseph Ceravolo, Lucille Clifton, Henri Cole, William Cowper, Hart Crane, Emily Dickinson, James Galvin, Barbara Guest, Louise Glück, Marilyn Hacker, Laura Healy, David Hinton, Li Po, Edward Hirsch, Kimberly Johnson, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dana Levin, Sarah Lindsay, Maureen N. McLane, Idra Novey, Carl Phillips, Donald Revell, Ron Silliman, Charlie Smith, Jonathan Thirkield, Walt Whitman, James Wright, Jeffrey Yang

    Volume 35: Carl Adamshick, Patrick Barron, Charles Bernstein, Christian Bök, Marianne Boruch, Coral Bracho, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ciaran Carson, Clare Cavanagh, Robert Creeley, H. D., Clayton Eshleman, Tonya Foster, Graham Foust, Forrest Gander, Jorie Graham, Eamon Grennan, Marilyn Hacker, Major Jackson, Robert Kelly, Caroline Knox, Kenneth Koch, Dorianne Laux, Cecily Parks, G. E. Patterson, Kevin Prufer, Jerome Rothenberg, Muriel Rukeyser, John Rybicki, Brenda Shaughnessy, Wallace Stevens, Tess Taylor, Natasha Tretheway, Cesar Vallejo, Jonathan Williams, William Carlos Williams, C. D. Wright, Adam Zagajewski, and Andrea Zanzotto

    Volume 34: Mary Jo Bang, Sven Birkerts, Hart Crane, Victor Hernández Cruz, Timothy Donnelly, Allen Grossman, Robert Hass, Andrew Joron, Bob Kaufman, David Keplinger, August Kleinzahler, Joanna Klink, Cate Marvin, Heather McHugh, James McMichael, Carsten René Nielsen, Alice Notley, Ron Padgett, Grace Paley, Don Paterson, Robert Pinsky, Marie Ponsot, Adrienne Rich, Prageeta Sharma, Charles Simic, Christopher Stackhouse , May Swenson, James Tate, Sally Van Doren, Karen Volkman, G. C. Waldrep, and Charles Wright

    Volume 33: Kim Addonizio, Raffaello Baldini, Marvin Bell, Adria Bernardi, Wendell Berry, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Geoffrey Brock, Charles Bukowski, Hayden Carruth , Inger Christensen, Michael Collier, Mark Doty, Judson Evans, Robert Fagles, Nick Flynn, Forrest Hamer, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Zbigniew Herbert, Janet Holmes, Cathy Park Hong, William Meredith, Christopher Merrill, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Susanna Nied, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Donald Revell, Wislawa Szymborska, Anne Sexton, Virgil, Sasha West, John Yau, Kevin Young, and Louis Zukofsky

    Volume 32: Elizabeth Alexander, John Ashbery, W. H. Auden, Eavan Boland, Stephen Burt, Michael Earl Craig, Mark Doty, Annie Finch, Forrest Gander, Linda Gregg, Lyn Hejinian, Rick Hillis, Brenda Hillman, Tony Hoagland, Fanny Howe, Elizabeth Hughey, Eleanor Lerman, Jennifer Maier, Taha Muhammad Ali, Sharon Olds, Michael Palmer, Carl Phillips, Muriel Rukeyser, Kay Ryan, Frederick Seidel, Martha Serpas, Tracy K. Smith, Michael Theune, Quincy Troupe, Kirmen Uribe, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Liz Waldner, Ellen Doré Watson, and Anne Pierson Wiese.

    Volume 31: Sherman Alexie, Rae Armantrout, John Balaban, Willis Barnstone, Robin Becker, Elizabeth Bishop, Joăo Cabral de Melo Neto, Margaret Cavendish, John DuVal, Phebus Etienne, S.G. Frazier, Sandra M. Gilbert, Peter Gizzi, Albert Goldbarth, Barbara Guest, Seamus Heaney, Rodney Jones, Stanley Kunitz, Mark Levine, Ada Límon, James Longenbach, Sarah Manguso, Joseph Massey, Paul Muldoon, Gregory Orr, Michael Palma, Carl Phillips, Barbara Jane Reyes, Michael Ryan, Carlo Alberto Salustri, Floyd Skloot, Tom Thompson, William Wordsworth, and Richard Zenith.

    Volume 30: Joshua Beckman, Louis Begley, Dan Chiasson, Robert Creeley, Toi Derricotte. Rita Dove, Michael Dumanis, Robert Frost, Louise Glück, Donald Hall, Mark Halliday, Matthea Harvey, Terrance Hayes, Bob Hicok, Cate Marvin, W. S. Merwin, Simone Muench, Camille Norton, Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Pinksy, Claudia Rankine. Paisley Rekdal, Adrienne Rich, David Romtvedt, Kay Ryan, Robyn Schiff, Gerald Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson, Brian Turner, Richard Wilbur, Anne Winters, and Dean Young.

    Volume 29: Meena Alexander, Kazim Ali, David Baker, Charles Bernstein, Linda Bierds, Eula Biss, Gillian Conoley, Robert Creeley, Richard Eberhart, Carolyn Forché, Dobby Gibson, Joanna Goodman, Garth Greenwell, Linda Gregerson, Barbara Guest, Daryl Hine, Andrew Hudgins, Ann Lauterbach, Gerard Malanga, Mary Oliver, Mary Rose O’Reilley, Alan Michael Parker, Victoria Redel, Maggie Robbins, Kay Ryan, Soraya Shalforoosh, Gustaf Sobin, Mark Strand, Arthur Sze, Lorenzo Thomas, David Trinidad, Liz Waldner, and Matthew Zapruder

    Volume 28: David Baker, Mary Jo Bang, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Jeff Clark, Russell Edson, Kevin Goodan, Noah Eli Gordon, Saskia Hamilton, Anthony Hecht, Ernest Hilbert, Nathan Hill, Brenda Hillman, Laura Hinton, Jane Hirshfield, Justin Jamail, Megan Johnson, Dana Levin, Jackson Mac Low, Andrew McCarron, Christopher Nealon, Robert Pinsky, Donald Revell, Kay Ryan, James Schuyler, Susan Stewart, Mark Strand, Matthew Thorburn, Jean Valentine, Mona Van Duyn, C. K. Williams, Anne Wright, James Wright, and Kevin Young

    Volume 27: Henri Cole, Robert Creeley, Geri Doran, Andrew Frisardi, Robert Hass, Anselm Hollo, Richard Howard, Donald Justice, Rika Lesser, Phillis Levin, Charles Martin, Czeslaw Milosz, Michael Morse, Ovid, Pentti Saarikoski, Giuseppi Ungaretti, Rosanna Warren Emerging Poets Feature: Janet Holmes on Kerri Webster, Paul Hoover on Roxane Beth Johnson, D.A. Powell on Patricia Hartnett, Claudia Rankine on Sabrina Orah Mark

    Volume 26: Mary Ruefle, Dean Young, Robert Wrigley, Eamon Grennan, Li-Young Lee, Tina Chang, Campbell McGrath, Vijay Seshadri, Kathryn Maris, Heather McHugh

    Volume 25: Susan Howe, Philip Levine, Heather McHugh, C.D. Wright, Tony Tost, Robert Bly, W.S. Merwin, Michael Palma, Rita Dove and Robert McDowell in Conversation, Emerging Poets Feature: Marilyn Chin on Severino Reyes, Henri Cole on Spencer Reece, B.H. Fairchild on Chad Davidson, Cole Swenson on Sandra Miller

    Volume 24: Kenneth Koch, Richard Howard, Dorthea Tanning, Michael Collier, Nathaniel Mackey, J.D. McClathchy, Rosanna Warren, Joshua Beckman, Matthew Rohrer, Denise Duhamel, Maureen Seaton, Galway Kinnell, Ruth Stone, Sharon Olds, Michael S. Harper, Madeline DeFrees, Karen Volkman, Daniel Hall

    Volume 23: June Jordan, Marie Ponsot, H.D., Yusef Komunyakaa, Sue Kwock Kim, Carolyn Forché, Stephen Sartarelli, Emerging Poets Feature: Mary Jo Bang on Mónica de la Torre, Lynn Emanuel on Eve Alexandra, Carl Phillips on HeidiLynn Nilsson, Ed Roberson on Deborah Richards

    Volume 22: Agha Shahid Ali, Langston Hughes, Eliot Weinberger, George Oppen, Susan Howe, John Ashbery, Philip Levine, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Ann Lauterbach, Fanny Howe, Marilyn Nelson, Peter Johnson, Harlem Renaissance Feature: Anthony Walton on Jessie Redmon Fauset, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Georgia Douglas Johnson

    Volume 21: A.R. Ammons, Gwendolyn Brooks, Gregory Corso, Elizabeth Willis, Lorine Niedecker, Sherod Santos, John Canaday, Ron Padgett, Clayton Eshleman, Emanuel di Pasquale, Emerging Poets Feature: John Koethe on Andrew Zawacki, Susan Mitchell on Chritopher Dunn, Harryette Mullen on Julie Patton, Afaa Michael Weaver on Vincent Woodward

    Volume 20: Stanley Kunitz, Marie Howe, Gerald Stern, Yehuda Amichai, Chana Bloch, Lawrence Joseph, Grace Schulman, Philip Schultz, Robert Mezey, Dick Barnes, Linda Gregg, Michael Harper, Robert Hayden, Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, Michael Palmer, Lyn Hejinian

    Volume 19: Mark Doty, Clayton Eshleman, Will Alexander, Mary Kinzie, Lyn Emanuel, Liz Waldner, May Swenson, Emerging Poets Feature: Kimiko Hahn on Noel Sikorski, Tom Sleigh on Joshua Weiner, Susan Wheeler on Jordan Davis

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    Volume 18: Donald Justice, Robert Mezey, Edgar Bowers, Frank Bidart, Susan Howe, Ben Doyle, Marie Ponson, Cola Franzen, Robert Lowell

    Volume 17: Cornelius Eady, Elizabeth Alexander, John Hollander, Wallace Stevens, Carolyn Kizer, Louise Bogan, Marjorie Perloff, Gertrude Stein 

    Volume 16: William Bronk, Rosanna Warren, Claudia Rankine, Lyn Hejinian, Carolyn Forché, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Les Murray, Adrienne Rich, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Creeley, Jackson Mac Low, Marilyn Hacker, Wanda Coleman

    Volume 15: Ted Hughes, Eavan Boland, Seamus Heaney, W.S. Merwin, Paul Muldoon, Yusef Komunyakaa, Tory Dent, Emerging Poets Feature: Dionisio D. Martínez on Mary Elizabeth Pérez, Jacqueline Osherow on Aaron Fogel, Arthur Sze on Sherwin Bitsui, C.D. Wright on Magdalena Zurawski

    Volume 14: Harry Ford, Henri Cole, Peter Davison, Kenneth Koch, Alice Quinn, James Tate, Judy Jordan, William Jay Smith, W.D. Snodgrass, Lucille Clifton, Robert Creeley, Louise Glück, Yusef Komunyakaa, Heather McHugh, Michael Palmer, Adrienne Rich, Rosanna Warren, Charles Wright

    Volume 13: Edward Hirsch, Philip Levine, Walt Whitman, Charles Wright, Charles Simic

    Volume 12: David Ignatow, Grace Schulman, Harvey Shapiro, Robert Bly, Virginia R. Terris, Heather McHugh, Christine Hume, Thylias Moss, Safiya Henderson-Holmes, Jay Wright, A.R. Ammons, Charles Simic, Mark Jarman

    Volume 11: Julia Alvarez, Hilda Morley, Robert Phillips, Robert Francis, Mary Jo Salter, Amy Clampitt, Charles Simic, Judith Moffett, Stephen Vincent Benét, Sandra Alcosser, Richard Howardm John Ashbery

    Volume 10: Denise Levertov, Wendell Berry, C.K. Williams, John Haines, David Lehman, A.R. Ammons, Alice Fulton, Jan Heller Levi, Louis Simpson, Rachel Hadas, Stephen Yenser, Harryette Mullen

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    Volume 9: James Laughlin, Eliot Weinberger, Hayden Carruth, John Hollander, Robert Frost, Rosemarie Waldrop

    Volume 8: William Matthews, W.S. Merwin, Anthony Hecht, Glyn Maxwell, Edward Thomas, Mark Doty, Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott

    Volume 7: Anne Carson, Guy Davenport, Richard Howard, John Haines, Stanley Kunitz, Mark Wunderlich, James Cummins

    Volume 6: Cynthia Ozick, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Levine, C.K. Williams, Barbara Ras, David Hinton, Rosemarie Waldrop, Charles Wright

    Volume 5: James Dickey, Richard Howard, Michael Palmer, Robert Duncan, Edward Hirsch, Eavan Boland, A.R. Ammons

    Volume 4: M.L. Rosenthal, Barry Wallenstein, Sherod Santos, Grace Schulman, Diann Blakely Shoaf, Charles Wright, Philip Levine, Susan Wheeler

    Volume 3: Philip Levine, Lary Levis, Jay Wright, Jorie Graham, Mark Wunderlich, Heather McHugh, David Rivard, Alfred Corn

    Volume 2: Raymond Patterson, Langston Hughes, Alice Quinn, Rosanna Warren, Les Murray, Paul Muldoon, Adrianne Marcus, William Dickey, Donald Hall, Willis Barnstone

    Volume 1: Joeseph Brodsky, Anthony Hecht, Richard Howard, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Cynthia Macdonald, Cornelius Eady, Molly Peacock, Mark Rudman, Hilda Morley, Robert Hass, Grace Schulman, Lenore Marshall, John Haines, Eliot Weinberger

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