Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Browse Poems for Mother's Day, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month & More

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May 9, 2017

Poems for Moms on Mother's Day


Share this selection of poems with the mother in your life, and read our Mother's Day roundup for a selection of brand-new poems, essays, books, and more.


"Another Poem for Mothers" by Erin Belieu
"Translation for Mamá" by Richard Blanco
"The Blue Dress" by Saeed Jones
"Mother o' Mine" by Rudyard Kipling
"Nurse" by Dorianne Laux
"Mother" by Lola Ridge
"For My Mother" by May Sarton
"The First Person Who Will Live to Be One Hundred and Fifty Years Old Has Already Been Born" by Nicole Sealey
"My Mother's Lips" by C. K. Williams

P.O.P: January Gill O'Neil

P.O.P: January Gill O'Neil


Watch this week's new P.O.P video for Mother's Day, in which January Gill O'Neil talks about her writing process and reads "Prayer," a reverent love poem from a mother about her daughter.


Watch Cyrus Cassells read his poem "The Dreams" in this week's Poetry Breaks video.


It's the last week to submit to the Laughlin Award and Marshall Prize. Deadline: May 15.


Check out Jobs for Poets, our free weekly listing of arts jobs around the country.


Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month


Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month this May by checking out this new selection of poems, essays, videos, and more by and about Asian and Pacific American poets.


Exclusive: An Interview with Gwendolyn Brooks


In this new archival feature exclusive to, we present an interview with Gwendolyn Brooks that was distributed in pamphlet form by the Illinois Bell Telephone Company in the 1960s. Read this and more about Brooks in honor of her centennial celebration.


In Case You Missed It


Congress reached bipartisan agreement on a bill to give the NEA and NEH slight increases through fall 2017.


The New Yorker on Afterland
Dan Chiasson reviews Mai Der Vang's Afterland, winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award.


How Poetry Works
The popular podcast Stuff You Should Know on the history of poetry and what's great about the art form.

NBC features 2016 Whitman winner Mai Der Vang and others for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

Celebrating the Laureateship of Juan Felipe Herrera
Remembering former Chancellor Juan Felipe Herrera's tenure as U.S. poet laureate, which recently ended.

Surveillance and the Black Experience
Chancellor Claudia Rankine teams up with choreographer Will Rawls for a collaborative, multidisciplinary project, "What Remains."


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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