watch this!

August 23, 2017

The Poetry Foundation has posted a lovely new series of short animated films for all ages. Motion Poems is a selection of contemporary poems retold from the filmmaker’s perspective, created in partnership with Motionpoems (previously mentioned here and here), an independent animation studio that brings poetry to life through film.


poetry to keep you company

January 27, 2017

Poetry Off the Shelf

Poetry Off the Shelf is a twice-monthly podcast series offered free by The Poetry Foundation. In each audio segment, producer Curtis Fox “explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries.” With podcasts dating back to April 2006, you will find new and favorite poets as well as conversations addressing topics timely and traditional. Have a listen.

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Thanks to Sheila Sondik for the suggestion



November 24, 2016

Mark Mcginnis - Thanksgiving

Thanks to you for your visits, likes, subscriptions, and comments on The Poetry Department, and thanks to The Poetry Foundation for offering a feast of poems for our Thanksgiving table.

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illlustration by Mark McGinnis


listen in

July 13, 2016

Jacket 2 poemtalk

If you enjoy listening to podcasts while you’re driving, cooking or on the treadmill, you’ll find a collection of informative and intelligent conversations in PoemTalk. A collaboration of the Kelly Writers House, PennSound and the Poetry Foundation, the PoemTalk series began in 2007 and just released its 103rd episode, a conversation about “Skunk Hour” by Robert Lowell. The 45-minute episodes generally invite three poet/scholars to join producer and host Al Filreis in a discussion of a single poem.

See the complete, linked list of episodes on the Jacket2 PoemTalk page or find PoemTalk on iTunes.


poetry to go

June 15, 2016

the Poetry Foundation's POETRY mobile appNeed to hear a little more poetry? There’s an app for that.

The POETRY Mobile App for iPhone and Android has been around since 2013, includes “thousands of poems by classic and contemporary poets” and is free for iPhone, iPad and Android.

As long as we’re talking apps, Poetics is “a visual poetry app that combines moveable text with photographic imagery.” $1.99


get some Poetry

April 12, 2015


In honor of National Poetry Month, the Poetry Foundation is offering free downloads of the April edition of Poetry magazine, including audio and video. Get your Poetry now.

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