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.
Siwar Masannat is the author of 50 Water Dreams (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2015) and is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She splits her time between Amman, Jordan, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
before we became we flyfollowed / our homelands puzzle clouds we / traced chamomile in bags / door to door / steeped in mud of our / remaining trickle of river/ though small we sipped / they simply toured / sand & soil