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.
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,