"And as we forgot the dark, we forgot even the rain"

 
 
 
May 8, 2024
 

asian / pacific american heritage month

My Father’s Accent” by Kaveh Akbar
Even the Rain” by Agha Shahid Ali
Ode to Anger” by Marilyn Chin
Seawall soliloquy number two: she built a seawall” by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner
Moonlight on Manila Bay” by Fernando M. Maramág
The Gift of India” by Sarojini Naidu
Mediterranean Blue” by Naomi Shihab Nye 
Lei Kukui, Lei Kuahu” by Mahealani Perez-Wendt
in our chant of the creation of the world” by leilani portillo
Kissing in Vietnamese” by Ocean Vuong
Rootless” by Jenny Xie

Photo credit: Dorothy Alexander
From our archives: Academy Chancellor and former United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo at the Southwestern Poetry Festival, New York Historical Society, March 12–14, 1991.
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jewish american heritage month

Teach the sea to sing, the soul 
To drink its own imagining


Read poems by Alvin Feinman from Corrupted into Song: The Complete Poems of Alvin Feinman (Princeton University Press, 2016):

Stone Anatomies
The Innocents
Day, Daylong
Stare at the Sea
Pilgrim Heights
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this month’s guest editor

Noʻu Revilla
“In Hawai‘i, our word for sight is also our word for knowledge: ‘ike‘Ike can be ‘to see,’ ‘to know,’ ‘to distinguish.’”

Read an interview with Noʻu Revilla, our Poem-a-Day Guest Editor for May. 
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poet laureate fellows

Join 2023 Poet Laureate Fellow and Cincinnati and Mercantile Library Poet Laureate Yalie Saweda Kamara for Keep the Lights On: A Polyvocal Poetry Installation. Showcasing the projections of four unique polyvocal poems and accompanying art by Cincinnati’s diverse creative community. Free and open to the public. RSVP here

#poetrynearyou pick of the week

Jenny Holzer: Light Line opens on May 17 at the Guggenheim Museum. A solo exhibition of work by the American artist activates the iconic building and highlights the power of the written word. Open late May 17–19 with the artist’s projection illuminating the museum’s facade from sundown. 1071 5th Ave., New
York, NY 10128. Academy members: receive $5 off admission tickets from May 17–24 using your member code. (Sponsored)
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upcoming deadlines

  • The 2024 James Laughlin Award recognizes a poet’s second book forthcoming in 2025. Publishers can learn more here and apply by May 15.
     
  • The 2024 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in 2023. Publishers can learn more here and apply by May 15.

jobs for poets

  • Oberlin College & Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio, is seeking a full-time visiting assistant professor of creative writing in fiction
     
  • University of Illinois Press in Urbana is seeking a full-time publicity coordinator
     
  • Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon, is seeking a full-time managing director. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to applications@literary-arts.org with the subject line “Managing Director.” Applications will be accepted through May 17. 

last week’s poem-a-day

Revisit last week’s Poem-a-Day selections on Poets.org:

April 28: “Parable” by Nickole Brown
April 29: “The Reasons” by David Mura
April 30: “Prayer to the Gods of the Night, II” by Roger Reeves
May 1: “Spiral” by Hari Alluri
May 2: “Default Taupou” by Grace Iwashita-Taylor
May 3: “He Mea Māloʻeloʻe #3” by Donovan Kūhiō Colleps
May 4: “Nachum: Spring Songs” by Moses ibn Ezra
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