The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets.org, the Academy’s popular website; American Poets, a biannual literary journal; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. Since its founding, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization.
Alessandra Lynch is the author of three books of poetry, including Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment (Alice James Books, 2017). She serves as poet-in-residence at Butler University and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The insect was yellow with crumpled-black banded legs and shellacked back that would outlast us and wistful eyes from what I could discern on that trail between fields, and we laid him out in the open air under a sky fast-blue