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May 2, 2018

Poems for Mother's Day


Celebrate Mother's Day this month by reading and sharing these poems about mothers and motherhood.


"My Mama moved among the days" by Lucille Clifton
"The Persistence of Scent" by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez
"The Blue Dress" by Saeed Jones
"Mother o' Mine" by Rudyard Kipling
"Self-Portrait as C-Section Scar" by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
"Getting Close" by Victoria Redel
"Mother" by Lola Ridge
"My Mother on an Evening in Late Summer" by Mark Strand
"Hours Days Years Unmoor Their Orbits" by Rachel Zucker

Browse more poems, essays, books, and more for Mother's Day.

Read our collection of poems for graduation.

Find poems about flowers for spring celebrations.

May Guest Editor: Matthew Shenoda


The Poem-a-Day guest editor for May is Matthew Shenoda, the author of three books of poetry, including Tahrir Suite (TriQuarterly Books, 2014). Sign up for Poem-a-Day to receive poems specially curated by Shenoda.


Asian/Pacific American Heritage


May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the culture and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders past and present. Browse a selection of poems, videos, books, essays, and more for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month on


Introducing Three New Chancellors


This year we welcomed three new poets to our distinguished Board of Chancellors: Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, and Marie Howe. In this Q&A, the new Chancellors discuss new poetic trends, their poetic lineage, artistic collaborations, and more.


Poems from the Kenyon Review


Read this selection of poems from the Kenyon Review's November/December 2017 issue, featuring work by Jim Moore, Diane Seuss, Monica Sok, Bruce Smith, Analicia Sotelo, and more.


Submit: American Poets Prizes


There's only one week left until submissions close for the $5,000 James Laughlin Award for a forthcoming second book of poetry and the $25,000 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the most outstanding poetry collection published in the previous year. Submit by May 15.


In Case You Missed It


The Poet Laureate Wants You to Read This Poem
PBS Newshour talks to U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith about her process curating Poem-a-Day in April.


Jenny Xie Writes a Sightseer's Guide to the Self
Dan Chiasson reviews Eye Level, by 2017 Walt Whitman winner Jenny Xie, in The New Yorker.


Uma Thurman, Patty Griffin Among Readers at Poetry Tribute
The Associated Press, via The New York Times, reports on our Poetry & the Creative Mind gala.


Elizabeth Alexander Named ESSENCE 2018 'Woke Woman'
ESSENCE has named Academy Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander one of its 100 "Woke Women" working for change.


Read T a Poem
Award-winning actress Glenn Close reads Jenny Xie's poem "Old Wives' Tales on Which I was Fed" in this video from T: The New York Times Style Magazine.


12 Portraits of Poets
Buzzfeed features B. A. Van Sise's inventive portraits of poets like Academy Chancellor Terrance Hayes and former Chancellors Rita Dove, Mark Doty, Jane Hirshfield, and more.


RIP J. D. McClatchy (1945–2018) and Sam Hamill (1943–2018)
Read more about McClatchy and Hamill on


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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