In the spirit of Rainer Maria Rilke‘s Letters to a Young Poet, in which Rilke replies to letters from a young military cadet and aspiring poet asking for his advice, the Academy of American Poets is inviting students to engage with poetry by handwriting letters to some of the poets who serve on the Academy’s Board of Chancellors. Please share the information below with the students in your community!
Any young person is encouraged to participate! Here’s how:
1) Read some of the poems written by the Academy’s Chancellors. Here are some suggested poems to read and respond to:
Latin & Soul by Victor Hernández Cruz
Cherry Blossoms by Toi Derricotte
Broadway by Mark Doty
[Where do words come from?] by Vénus Khoury-Ghata, translated by Marilyn Hacker
You and I Belong in This Kitchen by Juan Felipe Herrera
Fall by Edward Hirsch
A Hand by Jane Hirshfield
Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye
Nothing in That Drawer by Ron Padgett
This Bridge, Like Poetry, is Vertigo by Marie Ponsot
Comet Hyakutake by Arthur Sze
Fast-Speaking Woman by Anne Waldman
2) Compose a one to two page handwritten letter sharing your questions and thoughts about the poem with its author. (Be sure to include your age and grade, along with a return address if you hope to receive a response).
3) Send your letter to:
Dear Poet Project c/o Academy of American Poets75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901
New York, NY 10038
Select letters may receive a reply from the poet and be featured on the Academy’s website, Poets.org!
The Academy of American Poets celebrates Poem In Your Pocket Day today!
Below is the description of the celebration from the Academy of American Poets:
The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you on Poem In Your Pocket Day, sharing it with co-workers, family, and friends.
Celebrate on April 26, 2012.
Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2002, and nationwide since 2008. Each year, parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues burst with open readings of poems from pockets.
Click a pocket below to download and print poems to share with others, or browse other poems for your pocket.
I’d love to hear what poems you shared today!!!
A friendly hello
Easy exchange of ideas
Lightness of being
by Michelle Lynn Thompson 04/14/2012
On April 1, the Academy of American Poets will kick off its 2nd annual celebration of “30 Days, 30 Poets” for National Poetry Month. This April, 30 dynamic poets will take over curation of the Academy’s Tumblr. Each featured poet will have 24 hours to post an array of ephemera—in the form of text, images, audio, and video—before passing the baton. The Tumblr takeover follows 2011’s lauded “30 Days, 30 Poets” on the Academy’s Twitter feed.
Follow the Academy of American Poets on Tumblr to keep up-to-date on the latest poetry posts: http://poetsorg.tumblr.com.
The 2012 National Poetry Month poster, designed by Chin-Yee Lai.
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. Poets.org hopes to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.
Visit poets.org for information about how you can engage in the celebration!