stanza

“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.

Nov 11 2016
United States Armed Forces

Poems for Veterans

Though World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, fighting in “The Great War” had stopped seven months earlier, when, on November 11, 1918, the Allied nations and Germany agreed to an armistice. The following November, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day, a day to celebrate veterans of World War I and rally for the cause of world peace.
Nov 11 2016

People Are Turning to Poems Post-Election

More poems from Poets.org have been shared in the past two days than in any other forty-eight-hour period in the past four years. People are turning to poems seeking language, powerful and precise, to cope with this moment in our country when divisiveness has become so painfully clear.
Nov 10 2016
Philip Levine

Philip Levine's The Last Shift

“He was a poet of the night shift, a late, ironic Whitman of our industrial heartland, and his life’s work is a long assault on isolation, an ongoing struggle against the enclosures of suffering,” writes Edward Hirsch of the late poet Philip Levine in the new essay “Philip Levine, On the Job.”
Nov 09 2016
Jobs for Poets

Jobs for Poets: November 9, 2016

Every Wednesday we share literary and arts jobs posted by our fellow organizations, universities, and schools. Take a look at the opportunities available for poets in the workforce now.
Nov 08 2016
Your Vote Counts Button

Poetry for Election Day 2016

As people across the country flock to their local poll locations to vote in a historic presidential election, it’s difficult not to think of the broader implications of the election: how we interpret certain rights and responsibilities, how we understand the truth of the issues, how we may hold ourselves accountable as citizens in a democracy, and how we may define America—the good and the bad, the political and the personal, the historical and the current.
Nov 07 2016
Joy Harjo

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

This month marks the start of Native American Heritage Month, a time for us to recognize the contributions the first Americans made in our country, as well as all the contributions Native Americans continue to make in our country today.
Nov 04 2016
Audio Poem Playlist

Your Weekend Audio Poem Playlist

Start off your weekend by listening to this new playlist of poets Adam Clay, Anaïs Duplan, Ansel Elkins, Lynn Emanuel, Michele Glazer, Marie Howe, Airea D. Matthews, Paisley Rekdal, and Natasha Trethewey, recently featured in Poem-a-Day, reading new poems.
Nov 03 2016
Float by Anne Carson

Books Noted: Your 2016 Fall-Winter Reading List

In the Fall–Winter 2016 edition of American Poets, poet Jennifer Michael Hecht reviews twelve of the year’s most anticipated poetry collections, featuring new works by Rae Armantrout, Anne Carson, W. S. Merwin, Marie Ponsot, Paisley Rekdal, Monica Youn, and more.
Nov 02 2016
Jobs for Poets

Jobs for Poets: November 2, 2016

Every Wednesday we share literary and arts jobs posted by our fellow organizations, universities, and schools. Take a look at the opportunities available for poets in the workforce now.
Oct 31 2016
Graveyard

A Witch's Brew of Poetry for Halloween

“Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch’s brew,” said Anthony Hecht.

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