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A poem from a father to his youngest son.

 
Timothy TB
"A poem from a father to his youngest son." by Timothy TB

About This Poem

 

This poem is published in partnership with Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, an organization based in Washington, DC, that is committed to elevating and amplifying the voices of those directly impacted by the prison system. Through creative writing, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, Free Minds assists members, who are incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults, in realizing their own potential. The poet's last name is withheld on request in consideration of their privacy. 

"Ethel's Sestina" by Patricia Smith

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"Hoodie" by January Gill O'Neil

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"A Young Man" by Jericho Brown

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February Guest Editor: Clint Smith

 

Thanks to Clint Smith, author of Counting Descent (Write Bloody Publishing, 2016), who curated Poem-a-Day for this month's weekdays. Read a Q&A with Smith about his curatorial approach this week and find out more about our guest editors for the year.

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"A poem from a father to his youngest son." by Timothy TB

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Celebrating and Standing with Women

 

This March, honor Women's History Month with the lives and voices of women across time by reading and sharing this poem round-up from Poets.org.


"Batter My Heart, Transgender'd God" by Meg Day
"The Soul selects her own Society (303)" by Emily Dickinson
"I Sit and Sew" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
"Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)" by Nikki Giovanni
"Bring Back Our Girls " by Marwa Helal
"Poem about My Rights " by June Jordan 
"How to Triumph Like a Girl" by Ada Limón
"Exclusively on Venus " by Trace Peterson
"Diving into the Wreck" by Adrienne Rich
"On Virtue" by Phillis Wheatley 

What is your favorite Edna St. Vincent Millay poem?

 

In anticipation of a fall reading in New York City celebrating the life and work of the poet, which will be hosted by New York State Poet and Academy Chancellor Alicia Ostriker, let us know your favorite Millay poem.

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Addressing Mass Incarceration through Poetry

 

In 2018, Mahogany L. Browne was awarded a fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund in support of her work to document, through the lens of writing and poetry, communities most harmed by mass incarceration—especially women and children. As part of Browne's work, we have partnered with her to present a series of original essays and related poems curated from our collection over the months ahead.

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One Month Left: Submit to the Marshall and Laughlin Awards.

 

There's still time left to submit to the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, a $25,000 award that recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in 2018, and the James Laughlin Award, a $5,000 award given to recognize and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in 2020.

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The New National Poetry Month Poster

 

For the first time, the official National Poetry Month poster features artwork by a high school student: tenth grader Julia Wang from San Jose, California. Order your free 2019 National Poetry Month poster now by completing the poster request form on our site.

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Dear Poet 2019

 

Bring poetry into your classroom this National Poetry Month with Dear Poet, a multimedia project that invites students to write letters in response to poems written and read by our Chancellors. In this video, Brenda Hillman reads her poem "The Letters Learn to Breathe Twice."

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In Case You Missed It

 

"Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community"
Check the National Endowment for the Humanities project, which includes videos of poets reading their work accompanied by lesson plans prepared by our own Educator-in-Residence Madeleine Fuchs Holzer.

 

How Artists of All Ages Keep Their Creative Spirit Alive

Read this Time magazine article which showcases nine artists, including Academy of American Poets Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander, and what keeps them at work in connecting with others. 

 

Dear Poet 2019
Are you a teacher? You can have students participate in this year's Dear Poet project by watching the videos of Chancellors reading and discussing one of their poems.


 

 

The Academy of American Poets is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Celebrating Women's History Month, Addressing Mass Incarceration through Poetry, and more.