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Celebrate #WorldPride and #Stonewall50 this weekend with poems: poets.org/poems-more-lgbtq-pride-month
06/27/2019

Celebrate #WorldPride and #Stonewall50 this weekend with poems: poets.org/poems-more-lgbtq-pride-month

i taste in my natural appetitethe bond of live things everywhere.—Lucille Clifton, born #OTD poets.org/poem/cutting-gree...
06/27/2019

i taste in my natural appetite
the bond of live things everywhere.

—Lucille Clifton, born #OTD
poets.org/poem/cutting-greens

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,   When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—When he beats his bars and he wou...
06/27/2019
Paul Laurence Dunbar | Academy of American Poets

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
When he beats his bars and he would be free

—Paul Laurence Dunbar, born #OTD in 1872

Paul Laurence Dunbar - Paul Laurence Dunbar, born in 1872 and the author of numerous collections of poetry and prose, was one of the first African...

Come, O love, whene'er you may,    And you are welcome, welcome.—Paul Laurence Dunbar, born #OTD in 1872poets.org/poem/i...
06/27/2019

Come, O love, whene'er you may,
And you are welcome, welcome.

—Paul Laurence Dunbar, born #OTD in 1872
poets.org/poem/invitation-love

where are my gangs,my teams, my mislaid sisters?all the women who could have known me,where in the world are their names...
06/27/2019
Lucille Clifton | Academy of American Poets

where are my gangs,
my teams, my mislaid sisters?
all the women who could have known me,
where in the world are their names?

—Lucille Clifton, born #OTD

Lucille Clifton - Lucille Clifton, the author of Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988–2000 (BOA Editions, 2000), which won the National...

may you in your innocencesail through this to that—Lucille Clifton, born #OTD in 1936poets.org/poem/blessing-boats
06/27/2019

may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

—Lucille Clifton, born #OTD in 1936
poets.org/poem/blessing-boats

come celebratewith me that everydaysomething has tried to kill meand has failed.—Lucille Clifton, born #OTD in 1936poets...
06/27/2019

come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

—Lucille Clifton, born #OTD in 1936
poets.org/poem/wont-you-celebrate-me

We take offto the museumand watch the individual colorsas they surfacein the late works of Matisse.They move the wayyour...
06/26/2019
Great Art by Tim Dlugos - Poems | Academy of American Poets

We take off
to the museum
and watch the individual colors
as they surface

in the late works of Matisse.
They move the way
your heart moves, the way we breathe.

—Tim Dlugos
#WorldPride

Great Art - for Donald Grace Underneath your skin, your heartmoves. Your chestrises at its touch. A small bumpappears, everysecond. We watch...

This week's #JobsforPoets has over twenty arts and literary opportunities available at organizations such as PEN America...
06/26/2019
Jobs | Academy of American Poets

This week's #JobsforPoets has over twenty arts and literary opportunities available at organizations such as PEN America, Politics and Prose Bookstore, Stanford University Press, and Split This Rock.

Jobs - If you’re an employer and want to submit a job for consideration in Jobs for Poets, email [email protected].

let him enter the lion’s cage& find a field of lilacs—Danez Smith  poets.org/poem/little-prayer
06/26/2019

let him enter the lion’s cage
& find a field of lilacs

—Danez Smith
poets.org/poem/little-prayer

Beyond these walls, there's only the snowed-infield, an egg just opened but empty.—Paul Otremba, RIPpoets.org/poem/weavi...
06/25/2019

Beyond these walls, there's only the snowed-in
field, an egg just opened but empty.

—Paul Otremba, RIP
poets.org/poem/weaving

Read a sampler of new poems from the March, April, and May 2019 issues of Words Without Borders, with work by Reem Allaw...
06/25/2019
Poets.org

Read a sampler of new poems from the March, April, and May 2019 issues of Words Without Borders, with work by Reem Allawati, Aisha al-Saifi, Linnéa Axelsson, and Nino Mick, among others.

poets.org - The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets.

I give and I ask for only one thing— Hear me. Hear me. Hear me. Hear me. Hear me. Hear me. —Joshua Jennifer Espinoza#Pri...
06/25/2019

I give and I ask for only one thing—

Hear me. Hear me. Hear me. Hear me. Hear me.
Hear me.

—Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
#PrideWeek #WorldPride
poets.org/poem/things-haunt

Our love carries all those and the contrary.It is most incandescent.So, I vow to be brave.Clear a path through jungles o...
06/25/2019
Vows (for a gay wedding) by Joseph O. Legaspi - Poems | poets.org

Our love carries all those and the contrary.
It is most incandescent.

So, I vow to be brave.
Clear a path through jungles of shame and doubt and fear.
I’m done with silence. I proclaim.

—Joseph O. Legaspi
#WorldPride

Vows (for a gay wedding) - What was unforeseen is now a bird orbiting this field.

Celebrate #WorldPride and #Stonewall50 and explore the rich tradition of LGBTQ poets and poetry by browsing our newly up...
06/25/2019
LGBTQ Poetry | Academy of American Poets

Celebrate #WorldPride and #Stonewall50 and explore the rich tradition of LGBTQ poets and poetry by browsing our newly updated selection of poems, essays, audio, & more.

LGBTQ Poetry - Browse our newly updated selection of poems & audio from LGBTQ poets past and present.

WeJazz June. —Gwendolyn Brookspoets.org/poem/we-real-cool
06/25/2019

We

Jazz June.

—Gwendolyn Brooks
poets.org/poem/we-real-cool

And then the other clans, the children of those clans, their children,And their children, all the way through time—To no...
06/24/2019

And then the other clans, the children of those clans, their children,
And their children, all the way through time—
To now, into this morning light to you.

—Joy Harjo, who has been named the first Native American poet laureate
poets.org/poem/once-world-was-perfect

Then a flash of sun on a waiting hill—Paul Laurence Dunbar#Summer poets.org/poem/summer-south
06/23/2019

Then a flash of sun on a waiting hill

—Paul Laurence Dunbar
#Summer
poets.org/poem/summer-south

Don’t worry.The heart knows the way though there may be high-rises, interstates, checkpoints, armed soldiers, massacres,...
06/23/2019

Don’t worry.
The heart knows the way though there may be high-rises, interstates, checkpoints, armed soldiers, massacres, wars, and those who will despise you because they despise themselves.

—U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo
poets.org/poem/calling-spirit-back-wandering-earth-its-human-feet

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.—Joy Ha...
06/22/2019

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

—Joy Harjo, the next U.S. poet laureate
poets.org/poem/perhaps-world-ends-here

Remember the sun's birth at dawn, that is thestrongest point of time. —Joy Harjo, who on Wednesday was appointed the nex...
06/22/2019

Remember the sun's birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time.

—Joy Harjo, who on Wednesday was appointed the next U.S. poet laureate
poets.org/poem/remember-0

I have heard trees talking, long after the sun has gone down:Imagine what would it be like to dance close togetherIn thi...
06/22/2019
Speaking Tree by Joy Harjo - Poems | Academy of American Poets

I have heard trees talking, long after the sun has gone down:

Imagine what would it be like to dance close together
In this land of water and knowledge. . .

To drink deep what is undrinkable.

—Joy Harjo

Speaking Tree - Some things on this earth are unspeakable:

#SummerSolstice #firstdayofsummer poets.org/poem/summer-stars
06/21/2019

#SummerSolstice #firstdayofsummer poets.org/poem/summer-stars

Celebrate the #SummerSolstice and #firstdayofsummer with poems for summer and the longest day of the year: poets.org/cel...
06/21/2019

Celebrate the #SummerSolstice and #firstdayofsummer with poems for summer and the longest day of the year: poets.org/celebrating-summer-solstice

They are the bravest people on earth right now,don’t dare look down on them.—Naomi Shihab Nye#WorldRefugeeDay poets.org/...
06/20/2019

They are the bravest people on earth right now,
don’t dare look down on them.

—Naomi Shihab Nye
#WorldRefugeeDay
poets.org/poem/mediterranean-blue

Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have theirtribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,lis...
06/19/2019
Remember by Joy Harjo - Poems | Academy of American Poets

Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,
listen to them. They are alive poems.

—Joy Harjo, who has just been named the first Native American U.S. poet laureate

Remember - Remember the sky that you were born under,

Tired of waiting.Forever.And ever.And ever.—Joy Harjo, the next U.S. poet laureatepoets.org/poem/all-tired-horses-sun
06/19/2019

Tired of waiting.
Forever.
And ever.
And ever.

—Joy Harjo, the next U.S. poet laureate
poets.org/poem/all-tired-horses-sun

Teachers, browse lesson plans featuring poems by Joy Harjo, who has just been named the next U.S. poet laureate:
06/19/2019
Materials For Teachers: Joy Harjo | Academy of American Poets

Teachers, browse lesson plans featuring poems by Joy Harjo, who has just been named the next U.S. poet laureate:

Materials For Teachers: Joy Harjo - Browse a collection of lesson plans from Teach This Poem based on Joy Harjo's poetry. Teach This Poem is a...

Everyone laughed at the impossibility of it,but also the truth. Because who would believethe fantastic and terrible stor...
06/19/2019
Anchorage by Joy Harjo - Poems | Academy of American Poets

Everyone laughed at the impossibility of it,
but also the truth. Because who would believe
the fantastic and terrible story of all of our survival
those who were never meant
to survive?

—Joy Harjo

Anchorage - This city is made of stone, of blood, and fish.

Open the door, then close it behind you.Take a breath offered by friendly winds. They travel the earth gathering essence...
06/19/2019
Poets.org

Open the door, then close it behind you.

Take a breath offered by friendly winds. They travel the earth gathering essences of plants to clean.

Give it back with gratitude.

—Joy Harjo

Teachers, share this poem with your students for the end of school:

poets.org/lesson-plan/teach-poem-calling-spirit-back-wandering-earth-its-human-feet-joy-harjo

poets.org - The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets.

We are truly blessed because weWere born, and die soon within aTrue circle of motion, Like eagle rounding out the mornin...
06/19/2019

We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done
In beauty.
In beauty.

—Joy Harjo
poets.org/poem/eagle-poem

Check out this week's Jobs for Poets with arts and literary opportunities available at ABRAMS Books, Coffee House Press,...
06/19/2019
Jobs | Academy of American Poets

Check out this week's Jobs for Poets with arts and literary opportunities available at ABRAMS Books, Coffee House Press, Literary Hub, and Poets & Writers.

Jobs - If you’re an employer and want to submit a job for consideration in Jobs for Poets, email [email protected].

"Without poetry, we lose our way."—Joy Harjo#PoetLaureate
06/19/2019
Joy Harjo | Academy of American Poets

"Without poetry, we lose our way."

—Joy Harjo
#PoetLaureate

Joy Harjo - Joy Harjo was appointed the new United States poet laureate in 2019. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1951, Harjo is a member of the...

A spark of kindness made a light.The light made an opening in the darkness.Everyone worked together to make a ladder.—Jo...
06/19/2019

A spark of kindness made a light.
The light made an opening in the darkness.
Everyone worked together to make a ladder.

—Joy Harjo
poets.org/poem/once-world-was-perfect

Read all of Joy Harjo's iconic poem "Deer Dancer": poets.org/poem/deer-dancer
06/19/2019

Read all of Joy Harjo's iconic poem "Deer Dancer": poets.org/poem/deer-dancer

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