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In honor of Black History Month, which begins next week, we asked a group of contemporary black poets to share poems they think are essential reading for the month and to write about why. Here are their picks; visit Poets.org to read more about them.
"I am a seed / Of the tree of knowledge. // I arrived here / In mother's steel womb—" begins Soul Vang's new poem "Song of the Cluster Bomblet," featured in this month's installment of our series about Hmong American poets, curated by Walt Whitman Award winner Mai Der Vang. Read the poem and a short interview about what inspired it.
P.O.P: Linda Susan Jackson
Watch Linda Susan Jackson read Rita Dove's "Hades' Pitch" and her own poetic tribute to Etta James and the resonance of music, "What Yellow Sounds Like," in this latest installment of Rachel Eliza Griffiths's P.O.P video series.
Check Stanza each Wednesday for our weekly roundup of the newest teaching, administrative, programming, development, and editorial jobs in the arts. This week's jobs include positions at Columbia University Press and the Independent Book Publishers Association, among many others.
Poetry Breaks: Martín Espada
Watch this new video in our archival Poetry Breaks series, in which Martín Espada recounts his first experience with political dissent in his poem "The Year I Was Diagnosed with a Sacrilegious Heart."
There's Something New to Love in the Poets Shop
Whether you're treating yourself or sharing your feelings with someone else, celebrate Valentine's Day with our new Chocolove chocolate bars. Available in seven unique flavors, each bar is wrapped in a mystery love poem, adding an extra aww to the whole experience.
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.
Thanks for being a part of the Academy of American Poets community. To learn about other programs, including National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day, the annual Poets Forum, and more, visit Poets.org.
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