W. S. Merwin

With the holidays upon us, November is a month of gathering together and celebrating the many communities we're part of. Below you'll find poets writing and thinking about family, literary friendship, and how the online world and poetry connects us.

Poems About Community 
"sisters" by Lucille Clifton
"The Reading Club" by Patricia Goedicke
"You & I Belong in This Kitchen" by Juan Felipe Herrera
"End Words" by Randall Mann
"How I Am" by Jason Shinder
"Friend" by Jean Valentine 

Watch a clip of Ben Mirov, author of the poetry collection Ghost Machine (Caketrain, 2010), discussing his first forays into the poetry community in San Francisco, and the unexpected effects social media had on his writing process. 


Essays: Community as Collaboration
"We've always been interested in collaboration and the idea that being an artist or a writer in a community becomes a form of collaboration," write Joshua Beckman and Matthew Rohrer in an essay about their co-authored poetry collection, Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002). Read the essay by Beckman and Rohrer, and another by Denise
Duhamel and Maureen Seaton--who have been collaborating for over fifteen years--about their experience working together, as well as their advice outlined in "The 10 Commandments of Collaborations." 


Left to right: Denise Duhamel (credit: Gary Lanier) and Maureen Seaton. 
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