Back in December, we introduced the Poetry Coalition, 25 nonprofit poetry organizations working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Beginning this month, the inaugural effort of the Poetry Coalition is Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration. “For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of migration.” The projects are inclusive, original, wide-ranging, relevant and engaging.

You can see how each of the organizations describes its projects on the Academy of American Poets Because We Come from Everything page and you can also see many images from the project on Twitter #WeComeFromEverything.

According to an uplifting article in The Guardian, poetry is thriving in Britain. Using the R-word (renaissance), the article states, “Poetry book sales have gone up by more than 50% in four years, while there are now more than 30 annual events devoted to celebrating spoken and written verse.” Read all about it.

on poetry

March 22, 2017

“There’s a lot of waiting around until something happens.”
Billy Collins
(b. March 22, 1941)

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signs of the times

March 19, 2017

Meanwhile, in San Antonio… Word Around Town is a public art project created by Jennifer Khoshbin. She has installed two illuminated signs in the yards of corner houses; the signs display a micropoem on each side. The initial set of poems (uncredited on the signs) comes from poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Jenny Browne, current poet laureate of San Antonio. Khoshbin anticipates that other poets will contribute works in the coming weeks.

Read about Word Around Town in The Rivard Report.
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photo by Bonnie Arbittier

on poetry

March 18, 2017

“It is the job of the poet to make the reader cry.”
Michael S. Harper
(March 18, 1938 – May 7, 2016)

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quote from Bill Moyers, The Language of Life, 1995

on poetry

March 9, 2017

“It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?”
Vita Sackville-West
(March 9, 1892 – June 2, 1962)

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photo by E.O. Hoppé

your daily dose

March 7, 2017

The New Yorker announced this week the launch of The New Yorker Poetry Bot. Accessed via Twitter or Facebook Messenger, the bot will send an excerpt of poetry from the magazine’s archives each day for the next 92 days along with a link to the full text of the poem. Some poems will have audio files. Get the sign-up instructions here.

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