To help you celebrate Valentine's Day, we've put together a selection of classic and contemporary poems. Take a look!
“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.
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.
February 1 marked the start of Black History Month, an annual, national celebration of the achievements of African Americans and a reflection on the African American experience.
Don't miss the opportunity to submit to our translation prizes. The $25,000 Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship is given for a translation of modern Italian poetry into English; the winner also receives a five-week residency at the American Academy in Rome. The $1,000 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award is given for a published translation of poetry from any language into English and published in the previous calendar year.
In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2014 as part of the Chancellor Discussions—a series of intimate talks that examine issues central to poetry today—award-winning poet C. D. Wright discusses her approach to revision, which, she says, is an often an interchange between expression and discernment: "You have to have tremendous resistance to inhibition…and then you have to install your own inhibitors."
In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2014 as part of the panel discussions on contemporary poetry, Joseph Fasano, author of two collections of poems, discusses the influence the late poet Larry Levis has had on his work. "I think his great theme is banishment," Fasano says. "He has an image, he has a motif, he has an idea, and when it goes away it goes away, but it's always there in the background."
“Where will meanings be when the words are forgotten?” asks W. S. Merwin in Language Matters with Bob Holman. Merwin’s question addresses the thousands of languages that are under threat of extinction. According to the film, “There are over 6,000 languages in the whole world. We lose one every two weeks.
We are pleased to welcome Alicia Suskin Ostriker to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors. She is the author of more than ten poetry collections, including The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014) andThe Crack in Everything (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), which was a National Book Award finalist and won both the Paterson Poetry Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award.
We are pleased to welcome Linda Gregerson to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors. Her books of poetry include The Selvage (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012); Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007), a finalist for the National Book Award; and Waterborne (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Alexander to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 (Graywolf Press, 2010), and American Sublime (Graywolf Press, 2005), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2009, she was selected to compose and recite a poem for President Barack Obama’s first Presidential Inauguration.