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 fully furnished with updates throughout the week about new jobs for poets, our Chancellors and programs, plus new essays, video and audio, lesson plans, and other poetry resources. Click each title below to read more.

Jan 19 2015

How to Create an Anthology

It’s quick and easy to create an anthology of poems—on a specific theme or a collection of favorites—to share with students or friends.

Jan 14 2015
Leaves of Grass

Take a Walk through Leaves of Grass with Allen Ginsberg

Walt Whitman was—and is—America’s poet, the man who, in the words of Allen Ginsberg, “began to define his own person, who began to tell his own secrets, who outlined his own body, and made an outline of his own mind, so other people could see it.” The greatest evidence of this is his seminal book Leaves of Grass.

Jan 13 2015
Larry Levis

Exile on Main Street by Joseph Fasano

In his new essay, Joseph Fasano writes about the work of the late Larry Levis whose poems, Fasano writes, “provide us with the inevitable impression that their speakers are deeply invested in our response, in our revival, even in our repair.”

read the essay

Jan 08 2015
Poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths opening a teacher meetup with a reading of her poems.

Poets in the Field

Since our Educator-in-Residence Madeleline Fuchs Holzer joined us last fall, we have partnered with the New York City Department of Education and New Visions for Public Schools to host a series a teacher meetups.

Jan 06 2015
A Poet's Glossary by Edward Hirsch

This Week's Poetry Term: Bhakti Poetry

Don't miss this week's term from Edward Hirsch’s A Poet's Glossary: bhakti poetry. As Hirsch writes, "In Hinduism, bhakti is a mystical devotion to God. The Bhagavad Gita ('Song of God,’ fifth to second century BCE) was the first text to use the term bhakti to designate a religious path. Medieval bhakti poetry is the devotional genre of love poetry.

Jan 01 2015

Ron Padgett's Poetic Beginnings

In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2012 as part of our panel discussions on contemporary poetry, Ron Padgett discuss his influences and hear his take on why labels and movements don't help poets write poetry.

*For highest quality playback, change your YouTube quality settings (the gear icon) to 720p HD.

Dec 19 2014

Ringing in the Holiday Season with Poetry

In his poem “Winter-Time,” Robert Louis Stevenson shares his vision of a wintry landscape:

     Black are my steps on silver sod;
     Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
     And tree and house, and hill and lake,
     Are frosted like a wedding-cake.

Dec 15 2014

Standout Books of 2014

This week we continue highlighting standout poetry collections published in 2014. If you haven't had a chance to catch up on your reading or if you're still looking for that perfect holiday gift, we hope our list will help.

Here is the second installment:

Dec 10 2014
Ohio State Seal

Ohio Legislature Passes Poet Laureate Bill

Ohio is one of six states in the country that do not have poet laureates. That, however, may soon change.

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