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.
Yesenia Montilla was born and raised in New York City. She received a BA from Hunter College and an MFA from Drew University. She is the author of The Pink Box (Aquarius Press, 2015). A 2014 Cantomundo Fellow, Montilla lives in New York City.
Which is to say that like a good theoretical objectified body, my identity was created not by me but by the various desires and beliefs of those around me.
– Daniel Borzutzky
My body is a small cave door
it’s a slick whale a jubilant
sea of tall grass that sways
& makes its
Some maps have blue borders like the blue of your name or the tributary lacing of veins running through your father’s hands. & how the last time I saw you, you held me for so long I saw whole lifetimes flooding by me small tentacles reaching