The end of the year brings with it both celebration and reflection. Below you'll find a video of this year's standing-room-only Blaney lecture by Academy Fellow Carolyn Forché; poems by each of our 2013 Academy Award winners--plus a few by past winners and Chancellors whose books were nominated for other major awards this year--an essay on the life and legacy of Sylvia Plath, and more.
Video: The Blaney Lecture by Carolyn Forché
Watch 2013 Academy Fellowship recipient Carolyn Forché talk about her experiences around the world as a poet and human rights activist in this year's Blaney lecture, "Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness" presented at the seventh annual Poets Forum this past October in New York City.
Photo: Winners of the 2013 Academy of American Poets Awards (left to right) Chris Hosea, Philip Levine, Patricia Smith, Jillian Weise, John Taylor, Carolyn Forché, Cynthia Hogue, and Sylvain Gallais.
Laying Blame: The Legacy of Sylvia Plath
by Mark Wunderlich
As the fiftieth anniversary of her death comes to a close, poet and teacher Mark Wunderlich writes about the life and legacy of Sylvia Plath: "I had been thinking about Plath and talking about her with other poets and readers for years. In almost every conversation, the matter of her suicide was inevitably mentioned....How was it that we had come to see her creative work as a sort of extended suicide note, rather than as the work of an emerging poet whose career and output had been cut short by a tragic, early death?"
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