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10 Poems for World Poetry Day, Get Your Free Poster for National Poetry Month Poster 2017

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March 21, 2017

World Poetry Day


To celebrate World Poetry Day today, and our special initiative Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration, read these poems by poets from around the world.


"Lot's Wife" by Anna Akhmatova
"On the Gallows Once" by Kofi Awoonor
"Passerby, These are Words" by Yves Bonnefoy
"I Belong There" by Mahmoud Darwish
"You Tell Us What to Do" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
"And the City Stood in its Brightness" by Czeslaw Milosz
"The Resistance and Its Light" by Pier Paolo Pasolini
"Proem" by Octavio Paz
"Nothing Twice" by Wislawa Szymborska
"The Sea Is History" by Derek Walcott

Because We Come From Everything


We've devoted Monday through Friday of this week's Poem-a-Day series to poems on the theme of migration, as part of the Poetry Coalition's special monthlong project, Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration. Read poems by Chen Chen, Juan Felipe Herrera, Solmaz Sharif, Mai Der Vang, and Ocean Vuong, and share your favorite lines with #WeComeFromEverything. 


Writing From the Absence


This month we present the next installment of Writing From the Absence: Voices of Hmong American Poets, a five-part series curated by 2016 Walt Whitman winner Mai Der Vang. Read Andre Yang's new poem "Off the Blossom Trail" and a Q&A with him.


Browse more poems about migration.


Submit to the James Laughlin Award, deadline May 15.


Submit to the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, deadline May 15.


Jobs for Poets


Support the arts and make a living doing it with our weekly Jobs for Poets, featuring positions at colleges and universities, arts advocacy organizations, museums, art councils, publishers and presses, performing arts centers, and more. This week, check out jobs at City Lights Books and Johns Hopkins University Press, among others.

P.O.P: Anne Marie Macari

P.O.P: Anne Marie Macari


Watch this week's new P.O.P video, featuring Anne Marie Macari, who reads her poem "After the Caves," as well as Muriel Rukeyser's poem "The Flying Red Horse," and talks about the importance of being aware of, and present in, the body.


Watch this week's Poetry Breaks video, of Lucille Clifton reading "the lost baby poem."


Watch the new videos in this year's Dear Poet series, featuring our Chancellors.


Listen to audio of our Fall Conversation Series: Anne Waldman and Meredith Monk.


Get Your 2017 NPM Poster


National Poetry Month is just around the corner—make sure to get your free 2017 National Poetry Month poster, designed by Maira Kalman, for your home, office, library, or classroom.


In Case You Missed It


"Arts Funding Is Not Expendable"
Former Chancellor Mark Doty on the importance of the arts and arts funding in the New York Daily News.


"I Am Your Negro Sometimes"
Chancellor Terrance Hayes on the new James Baldwin documentary.


Quiet: A Poetry Reading for Agnes Martin
Check out this video of the event, held this past January at the Guggenheim with support from the Academy. 


Serena Williams Meets Rudyard Kipling
The athlete transforms "If—" into an ode to women.


RIP Mari Evans, James Tolan, and Derek Walcott
Read about Evans, Tolan, and Walcott on



Today is Arts Advocacy Day, and your support is more important than ever. Learn more about how you can help. 


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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