A Note to Our Community

The Poetry Society of America recognizes that silence is complicity, that the time for change is now, and that it’s important to raise our voices to sustain the momentum against racial violence and discrimination by standing in solidarity with anti-racist efforts.

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Reading in the Dark

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, we asked poets to write about the poems they return to in difficult times—to find solace, perspective, or even a moment of delight.

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Poetry & Protest

Curated reading lists presented as part of the Poetry Coalition's annual theme.

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Poems on Wheels

Poems delivered through Citymeals on Wheels

In partnership with Citymeals on Wheels our new program, Poems on Wheels delivers poems printed on keepsake cards with meal trays to individuals who are home-bound due to age, disability, or illness.

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In Their Own Words

Poets and translators on their work.

Deborah Paredez on “A Show of Hands”

How to de-familiarize ourselves, how to make strange, the familiar language and images that have informed us about and inured us to the effects of war and violence? How might a focus on Latinx experiences of war and violence, and the vexed relationship Latinx communities have with "documentation," help us interrogate the visual and rhetorical terms and tropes of documenting disaster? I take up these questions in my book, Year of the Dog, a Latina feminist chronicle of the Vietnam War era.

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Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion® places poetry in the transit systems of cities throughout the country exposing it to millions of viewers every day. It was launched by MTA New York City Transit and the Poetry Society of America in 1992. It currently appears in Los Angeles, Nashville, Providence, San Francisco, and New York City.


Enjoy a Poem

Lucille Clifton

Let there be new flowering

let there be new flowering
in the fields let the fields
turn mellow for the men
let the men keep tender
through the time let the time
be wrested from the war
let the war be won
let love be
at the end






"Let there be new flowering" from good woman: poems and a memoir 1969-1980 by Lucille Clifton. Copyright © 1987. Reprinted with the permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.