Ohio is one of six states in the country that do not have poet laureates. That, however, may soon change.
“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.
On this day in 1830, Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Known for her prolific writing and life of isolation, Dickinson is a figure of mystery in the literary world and was relatively unknown during her lifetime. However, Dickinson, with her signature dashes and unexpected capitalization, soon became known as one of the seminal writers in American literature and, along with Walt Whitman, the founder of a uniquely American poetic voice.
It's been another great year for poetry. Over the next few weeks we'll be 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 first installment:
Today, we celebrate poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who was born on December 4, 1875, in Prague. Regarded as a master of verse, Rilke was the author of numerous collections of poetry and prose, most famously the Duino Elegies (1923) and the Sonnets to Orpheus (1923). Perhaps Rilke's most famed poem is "Archaic Torso of Apollo."
Every Christmas from 1929 to 1962, in an elaborate spin on the typical, run-of-the-mill holiday greeting, Robert Frost would send a poem—usually an original piece—to his friends and loved ones. These holiday greetings were printed as special, limited edition letterpress chapbooks and are still treasured today. However, Frost isn’t the only poet known for his original holiday cards; this winter, Poets House is exhibiting a variety of greetings from many other beloved lyricists.
In recognition of December 1, World AIDS Day, we’ve gathered a group of poems by contemporary poets that address the AIDS epidemic through a personal and social lens. For more information on how to recognize and honor World AIDS Day, visit the awareness section of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.
Poems for World AIDS Day
We were deeply saddened to learn that Mark Strand passed away today at his daughter's home in Brooklyn, New York. In 1979, Strand received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and in 2004, he was awarded the Wallace Stevens Award; jury chair at the time Rosanna Warren wrote of Strand’s poetry: "The language is beautifully poised and is a deep instruction against self-pity. His work is unmistakable.
A holiday of gratitude, sharing, and remembrance, Thanksgiving is a celebration of friends, family, and an abundant harvest. As you gather around the table with your loved ones this Thursday, share words of thanks from our selection of poems for Thanksgiving.
The Miami Book Fair International—one of the largest and most diverse literary festivals in the country—began this week, and at 4 p.m. today select events will be available for viewing via livestream.