Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Find Lines of Love for Valentine’s Day

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February 7, 2017

Verses for Valentine's


In his poem "This Union," Persian poet Hafez celebrates a "union we all need with love," and it's love—in romance, in friendship, in kinship, in community—that we aspire to, now of all times. Read these poems for Valentine's Day.


"She Walks in Beauty" by George Gordon Byron
"Holding Pattern" by Timothy Liu
"Untitled" by Rachel McKibbens
"The Heart Is a Foreign Country" by Rangi McNeil
"Chess" by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
"Having a Coke with You" by Frank O'Hara
"corydon & alexis, redux" by D. A. Powell
"Twenty-One Love Poems [Poem II]" by Adrienne Rich
"[Do you still remember: falling stars]" by Rainer Maria Rilke
"The Emperor" by Matthew Rohrer

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POP: Jacqueline Jones LaMon

P.O.P: Jacqueline Jones LaMon


In the latest installment of Rachel Eliza Griffith's P.O.P video series, Jacqueline Jones LaMon reads a poem by Cornelius Eady and a poem of her own and discusses the importance of claiming and writing one's personal experiences.


Submit: Translation Prizes


Translators, this is your last week to submit to the $25,000 Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship, for the translation of modern Italian poetry, and the $1,000 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, for a poetry collection translated from any language into English and published in the previous calendar year. Deadline: February 15.


Jobs for Poets


Find out what new opportunities are out there for you with Jobs for Poets, our free weekly roundup of jobs in the arts. This week's listings will include jobs at Columbus State University, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and W. W. Norton, among others. Check Stanza every Wednesday for more.

Poetry Breaks: Li-Young Lee

Poetry Breaks: Li-Young Lee


"I find five irises, and call them lovely. / As if a woman, once, lay by them awhile, / then woke, rose, went, the memory of hair/ lingers on their sweet tongues," reads Li-Young Lee in this week's new Poetry Breaks video, featuring his poem "Irises."


Up Your #pingame with a New Enamel Walt Whitman


Order your very own Walt Whitman pin—one you can wear around town—and be among the first to receive this must-have totem.




Join us this Thursday, February 9, through Saturday, February 11, in Washington, D.C., at the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair, where we'll be hosting some of our Chancellors as well as a Saturday night reading with Rita Dove, Terrance Hayes, and Ocean Vuong. Check out our events schedule and stop by our booth #406 at the Bookfair to say hello!


In Case You Missed It


Poetry in a Time of Protest
Author Edwidge Danticat turns to poetry in The New Yorker.


The Poem That Redefined the Statue of Liberty
On Emma Lazarus's "The New Colossus."


Mai Der Vang on Balance, Endurance
2016 Walt Whitman winner Mai Der Vang writes an essay for the espnW's series on moving forward.


How Ron Padgett Spends His Sundays
Former Chancellor Ron Padgett walks the Times through a typical Sunday.


"The Second Coming" by Mohammed Fairouz
Composer Mohammed Fairouz, who joined us at our Poetry & the Creative Mind gala last year, presents a choral piece inspired by Yeats's famous poem.


RIP Thomas Lux (1946–2017)
Read about Lux on


RIP Harry Mathews (1930–2017)
Read about Mathews on


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