“The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian...and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place,” writes Edward Hirsch in A Poet’s Glossary. Stanza is now fully furnished with updates throughout the week about our Chancellors and programs, plus new essays, video and audio, lesson plans, and other poetry resources. Click each title below to read more.

Feb 15 2015
Philip Levine. Photo credit: Jim Wilson

Philip Levine, 1928-2015

We were deeply saddened to learn today that master poet Philip Levine has died. Phil was the 2013 Wallace Stevens Award winner and a former Academy Chancellor. read more
Feb 13 2015

How to Embed a Poem or Anthology

Poems—of all artforms—should be shared, and when we embarked on the redesign of last year, we had just that idea in mind.Now, any poem or anthology you create on can be easily shared by embedding it on your blog or website. (Learn more about creating anthologies.) In fact, the Smithsonian is currently featuring an anthology of water poems we compiled for them.
Feb 13 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

To help you celebrate Valentine's Day, we've put together a selection of classic and contemporary poems. Take a look!read more
Feb 11 2015
A Poet's Glossary

Irish Dream Poems in A Poet's Glossary

In this week's poetic term from A Poet’s Glossary, poet Edward Hirsch defines aisling, which means "dream" in Irish. "The aisling (pronounced “ashling”) is a vision or dream poem, which developed in Gaelic poetry in Munster during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It has its origins in the Old French reverdie, which celebrates the arrival of spring, often in the form of a beautiful woman.