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.
This is not an age of beauty, I say to the Rite-Aid as I pass a knee-high plastic witch whose speaker-box laugh is tripped by my calf breaking the invisible line cast by her motion sensor. My heart believes it is a muscle
of love, so how do I tell it it is a muscle of blood?