Marie Ponsot chancellor, Academy of American Poets
Poems for the Season 
"New years' morning" by Carl Adamshick
"January" by Betty Adcock
"Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
"Winter Field" by Joanna Klink
"Burning the Old Year" by Naomi Shihab Nye
"Approach of Winter" by William Carlos Williams
Video: Poetic Inspiration
Rachel Eliza Griffiths discusses her poetic inspirations

Rachel Eliza Griffiths discusses the inspiration behind her poetry collection Mule & Pear (New Issues, 2011), which gives voice to characters in books by Toni Morrison, Jean Toomer, and Alice Walker, at Poets Forum this past October in New York City.


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Life Lines

In December, we asked you to share with us those lines of poetry that sustain you throughout the year. Thank you to the hundreds of you who did. Here are a few excerpts from poems that many of you return to again and again.

"I learn by going where I have to go."

--From "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke


"Do what you are going to do, and I will tell about it." 

--From "I Go Back to May 1937" by Sharon Olds 


"All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,

And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier."

--From "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman


"I am filled with things seen for the last time"  

--From "Eurydice Saved" by Linda Gregg




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February 15

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