Readers' Choice: Poem-A-Day 2012  

Books Noted: Recommended Reading

Video: Marilyn Hacker on Adrienne Rich 

In Memoriam: A Tribute


We asked. You voted! As a year of Poem-A-Day
comes to a close and we get ready to ring in 2013 with all new poems, we asked you to vote for the poems you liked best in 2012. Thank you for reading poetry with us this year!  

Iscariot Rising Sutra by Ben Kopel
Failing and Flying by Jack Gilbert
Red Wand by Sandra Simonds
Reluctance by Robert Frost
Untitled [Tracks carve through Florida florid wetlands

by Megan Kaminski
Love Song for Love Songs by Rafael Campo
Saw You There by Ander Monson
Folly Stamp by Prageeta Sharma
Elegy in X Parts [Kafka said a book] Matt Rasmussen
Twenty Questions

by Jim Moore

essayNotable Books from 2012 

Looking for a new book of poetry to pick up this holiday season? 
Browse reviews of notable books from 2012 by Mary Jo Bang, Hoa Nguyen, C.K. Williams, John Yau, and more.

This collection of notable books appears in the forthcoming issue, volume 43, of American Poet, the biannual journal of the Academy of American Poets.
audioVideo Exclusive: Marilyn Hacker on Adrienne Rich

"It seems clear that one intention of Adrienne Rich as a poet was, at least since the 1960s, to do something useful--and not only useful to younger poets." In this video clip, filmed during the 2012 Poets Forum, Marilyn Hacker considers the political and aesthetic implications of Adrienne Rich's work.

"Still, for that
little while, we visited
our possible life."
- Jack Gilbert, from "Going There"
Please join us in remembering the many literary luminaries who left us in 2012. We are fortunate to have their poems forever in our world.
Stacy Doris (1962-2012)
Jack Gilbert  (1925-2012)
Daryl Hine (1936-2012)
Dick McBride (1928-2012)
Irene McKinney (1939-2012)
Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)
Louis Simpson (1923-2012)
Edmund Skellings (1932-2012)
Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012)
Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012)
Reed Whittemore (1919-2012)
lessonNew Lesson Plan: From Light to Dark and Back
In this new lesson plan, students focus on poems that  consider the qualities of dark and light--just in time for the winter solstice--including work by Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Robert Hayden, and Mark Strand.
This lesson plan is aligned with Common Core standards and has been prepared by a curriculum specialist.
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Thanks for being a part of the Academy of American Poets community. To learn about other programs, including National Poetry Month, Poem In Your Pocket Day, the annual Poets Forum, and more, visit Poets.org. Sharon Olds and Marilyn Hacker photographs by Brian Palmer.