Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Elegies for America's Soldiers, Archival Video of Galway Kinnell & More

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May 23, 2017

Elegies for Soldiers Lost


Begin your celebration of Memorial Day, a holiday commemorating all the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, by reading this new selection of poems.


"the sonnet-ballad" by Gwendolyn Brooks
"The Long Deployment" by Jehanne Dubrow
"Spoken From the Hedgerows" by Jorie Graham
"Before Marching and After" by Thomas Hardy
"Grenade" by Yusef Komunyakaa
"Shiloh: A Requiem" by Herman Melville
"Ode in Memory of the American Volunteers Fallen for France" by Alan Seeger
"Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night" by Walt Whitman
"The Battle Autumn of 1862" by John Greenleaf Whittier

Whitman in a Time of War


In this brand-new feature on, we look at Walt Whitman's lesser-known collection, Drum-Taps, and how the poet was shaped by his experiences during the Civil War.


Read about the poetic form, the elegy.


Browse more poems about war.


Browse poems about history.

Poetry Breaks: Galway Kinnell

Poetry Breaks: Galway Kinnell


Watch this week's new Poetry Breaks video, featuring Galway Kinnell reading his poem "Saint Francis and the Sow," in which he observes, "everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing."


Watch this week's new P.O.P video, featuring Iain Haley Pollock.


Browse poems for graduation.


Check out the 40+ new jobs in our Jobs for Poets roundup.


Take a Minute to Celebrate


The Poets Shop has great gifts for new graduates, from desk accessories to blank books, and more. Recognize their accomplishments, and the road ahead, with something special.


In Case You Missed It


Elizabeth Alexander and Sheryl Sandberg on Loss
Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander talks with tech executive and author Sheryl Sandberg about writing in the aftermath of loss in The New York Times.


State Lines: Mai Der Vang's "Transmigration"
The San Francisco Chronicle features a poem by 2016 Walt Whitman winner Mai Der Vang.


Elizabeth Alexander at The Universe in Verse
Watch Alexander perform a poem for The Universe in Verse, a recent event we cohosted with Brain Pickings and Pioneer Works.


RIP Chana Bloch (1940–2017)
Read about Bloch on


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