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.
“Adore” was my song Back in ’87— Cool beans, I liked to say, Desperately uncool. Except for you. Florida, a dirty hand Gesture; the state, pay dirt. Headphones on, I heard, In a word, you were sex, Just in
Jealousy. Whispered weather reports.
The lure of the land so strong it prompts
gossip: we chatter like small birds
at the edge of the ocean gray, foaming.
Now sand under sand hides
the buried world, the one in which our fathers failed,
the palm frond a dangerous truth
they once believed, and touched. Bloodied
is only something on which to hang
your long overcoat; the slender snake asleep
in the grass; the umbrella by the door;
the black swan guarding the pond.
This ? has trouble in mind: do not ask
why the wind broods, why the light is so unclean.
It is summer, the rhetoric of the field,
its yellow grasses,