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National Poetry Month is a registered trademark of the Academy of American Poets.


Take your poetic license and hit the road in 2010. Just in time for National Poetry Month, also known as April, we're launching Poem on the Range, an ongoing and collaborative multimedia-mapping project, and we want to see your views of poetry in the world.

Contribute to the map by uploading and geotagging your videos or photos of poetic landmarks, cities, dwellings, streets, roadside ephemera, and other places immortalized by iconic poems. Go the extra mile by capturing your poetic pilgrimage on video as you read the poem on location.

Post your footage to the Academy's Poem on the Range Flickr Group, or add it to our Google Map for Poem on the Range. Include the poet's name and title of the work in the caption. Need poems to roam by? Get lost (and started) with the some of the places and poems listed below.

Submit to the map by April 21, 2010 and you may be one of three people we send packing with a commemorative piece of hand-engraved jewelry from Jeanine Payer and a back-breaking load of poetry books and more. Happy trails!

Explore the National Poetry Map to find poetry-related sites in your neighborhood.

Poems to Roam By

I See Chile in My Rearview Mirror
by Agha Shahid Ali

Passing through Alburquerque
by John Balaban

In the Waiting Room
by Elizabeth Bishop

Talking About New Orleans
by Jayne Cortez

The Shark's Parlor
by James Dickey

The Changing Light
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

A Supermarket in California
by Allen Ginsberg

Degrees of Gray in Phillipsburg
by Richard Hugo

Facing It
by Yusef Komunyakaa

The New Colossus
by by Emma Lazarus

Paul Revere's Ride
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Skunk Hour
by Robert Lowell

Recuerdo
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Once in the 40s
by William Stafford

Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio
by James Wright

POETS' HOMETOWNS & HOUSES

James Wright's Martins Ferry, OH

James Wright's Martins Ferry, OH
"The poems of James Wright infuse his hometown of Martins Ferry, Ohio with so true an emotional core that the town has taken on an almost mythic quality."

Edna St. Vincent Millay's Camden, ME

Edna St. Vincent Millay's Camden, ME
"Atop Mt. Battie in Camden is the Whitehall Inn, where Millay recited 'Renascence' to a captivated audience."

Homes of Elizabeth Bishop and Others: Key West, FL

Homes of Elizabeth Bishop and Others: Key West, FL
"Long before the overseas highway connected it to the mainland and cruise ships made it a regular port of call, Key West was a tropical frontier town."

Emily Dickinson's Home: Amherst, MA Emily Dickinson's Home: Amherst, MA
The Homestead is believed to be the first brick home built in Amherst and is the place where Dickinson spent the majority of her life.
Theodore Roethke's House: Saginaw, MI Theodore Roethke's House: Saginaw, MI
Built in 1909, just after the poet’s birth, it housed Roethke until he left for the University of Michigan in 1925.
The Frost Place: Franconia, NH The Frost Place: Franconia, NH
During his brief residence, Frost managed to publish three highly-acclaimed books, securing his place among America’s finest poets.

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from"Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe


from "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman


View Poem on the Range: Mapping places through iconic American poems in a larger map
Landmarks, Memorials & More

Brooklyn Bridge The Brooklyn Bridge: New York City, NY
Spanning the East River, between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, the architectural grace and strength of the Brooklyn Bridge has inspired artists of all disciplines.
The Graves of Poets The Graves of Poets: National
For those who visit gravesites of poets they admire, it is not about the grandeur of the spot, but about communing with the individuals.
Anne Bradstreet: Essex County, MA The Search for Anne Bradstreet: Essex County, MA
Though there are numerous documents and portraits of her husband and father, Anne Bradstreet left only her poems behind. There is no tattered journal, no marble bust, not even a headstone.
Berkeley Poetry Walk: Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Poetry Walk: Berkeley, CA
"The walk is made up of 128 cast-iron poetry panels, each weighing fifty-five pounds and containing a poem."

Robert Hayden's Bus Route: Ann Arbor, MI

Robert Hayden's Bus Route: Ann Arbor, MI
"Hayden lived not far from campus; however, his severe nearsightedness made it impossible for him to drive. As a result, Hayden regularly took the #5 bus that ran along Packard Street."

California Gulch Trail: La Grande, OR

The California Gulch Trail: La Grande, OR
"A two-mile long interpretive trail that recreates the Pacific Northwest logging community of the 1800s."

Walking Tour of Harlem Walking Tour: Langston Hughes's Harlem, NY
A guided tour of literary Harlem, including homes of influential poets and poetry advocates, inspiring views, and colorful anecdotes from Harlem's own Langston Hughes.

Dixon Bar: Dixon, MT
"'Home. Home. I knew it entering,' opens the poem by Richard Hugo set in Dixon Bar, the sole bar in Dixon, Montana."

White Horse Tavern: New York, NY
"The White Horse holds the dubious distinction of being the place where Dylan Thomas drank his last whiskey."

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