Contemporary Poetry

  • 07/21/2012

    Feature Poet: Natasha Trethewey

    Her creations are personally and historically invigorating

    “That’s how language works—how we change and rewrite ourselves.”

    —Natasha Trethewey

    On June 7, 2012 James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, named forty-six-year-old Natasha Trethewey the nineteenth US Poet Laureate.  Brilliantly gifted...

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  • 01/01/2013

    Feature Poets: Marilyn Nelson, Claudia Rankine and C. D. Wright

    2013ís new chancellors of the Academy of American Poets

    Introducing the Academy of American Poets’ Newest Chancellors!

    Congratulations to Marilyn Nelson, Claudia Rankine and C. D. Wright, 2013’s new Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets!  Selected by the current Board of Chancellors, Nelson, Rankine, and Wright will serve as ambassadors of poetry and endorse the organization’s...

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  • 01/14/2013

    Inaugural Poet 2013

    Poetry read at presidential swearing-in ceremonies

    Five times in US history, poetry has been read at presidential swearing-in ceremonies.   Presidential-elect John F. Kennedy personally asked celebrated American poet Robert Frost to recite a poem at his 1961 presidential inauguration.  Frost agreed and read “The Gift Outright,” making him the first inaugural poet in the history...

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  • 04/01/2013

    Feature Poet: Pablo Neruda

    20th-century Chilean poet

    Regarding the Twentieth century Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, New York Times Book Review critic Selden Rodman remarks, “No writer of world renown is perhaps so little known to North Americans.”  While Neruda has been acclaimed by countless critics as the greatest poet writing in Spanish during his lifetime, troubles—including...

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  • 07/01/2013

    Verses of Voyage: Summertime and Travel Poetics

    Travel poetics belongs to the genre of travel writing

    Summer is the season for the great outdoors and travel!  Whether it’s a vacation to an exotic land, a weekend camping trip, a picnic in a local park or a trek on a nearby trail, most everyone takes time to explore natural surroundings and reserves his or her vacation days for these warmer months to capitalize on the abundance of sun by...

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  • 07/14/2013

    Feature Poet: e. e. cummings

    20th-century American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright

    Whoever says you have to fit the mold to make it big need only become familiarized with the work and life of 20th century American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright, e. e. cummings to change his or her philosophy.  Edward Estlin Cummings (who later abbreviated and adapted the decapitalized version of his name) epitomized experimentation...

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  • 07/07/2014

    Summer Reading 2014

    Top suggestions for your summer list

    Summer is a magical time for reading—maybe because it’s vacation time, or the heat makes for the perfect excuse to sit still and get lost in a story, or it’s just an old habit repeated year after year—whatever the reason, here are top suggestions for your summer list.

    The 2014 Notable Books List—an annual literary...

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