Poems for Mother's Day & Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

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May 2024

poems to read and share

Mother’s Day is May 12. Celebrate with kid-friendly poems about mothers and motherhood:

From Grandmother’s Garden” by Meena Alexander
I am in another country. On a morning of clear sunlight ...

Sleeping in Late with My Mother” by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
She apologizes. It’s not like her. She’s usually up by six ...

Dear Mama (4)” by Wanda Coleman
when did we become friends?

i know the grandmother one had hands” by Jaki Shelton Green
but they were always in bowls ...

The Raincoat” by Ada Limón
When the doctor suggested surgery ...

Signals” by Gloria Muñoz
Every mother stitches her children ...

How Becoming a Mother is Like Space Travel” by Catherine Pierce
The astronaut told us / he didn’t look out the window ...

The courage that my mother had” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Went with her, and is with her still:...

lesson plans to teach

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Bring the work of AAPI poets into the classroom and browse lesson plans featuring work by Meena Alexander, Kimiko HahnOcean Vuong, and many other classic and contemporary poets.

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more poems to share

Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with poems to read and share:

[I come weary,]” by Matsuo Basho
My Father. A Tree.” by Tina Chang
On How to Use this Book” by Sarah Gambito
From Blossoms” by Li-Young Lee
The Gift of India” by Sarojini Naidu
Fire Dragon” by Sage Uʻilani Takehiro
Kissing in Vietnamese” by Ocean Vuong
Music from Childhood” by John Yau

poems for graduation

On graduation day, friends and family often turn to poetry to express what they would like to pass on to the next generation—a few lines of guidance, a gesture toward possibility. Find poems by Robert FrostLangston Hughes, Joy Harjo, and others:

Relax” by Ellen Bass
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities” by Chen Chen
For the Graduation: Bolinas, 1972” by Robert Creeley
That Everything’s Inevitable” by Katy Lederer
Next Time Ask More Questions” by Naomi Shihab Nye
Aspiration” by Henrietta Cordelia Ray
The Future Is Here” by Bianca Stone
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Eclipse Season” by Tracy Fuad
I Didn’t Apologize to the Well” by Mahmoud Darwish
Accepting Heaven at Great Basin” by Nathalie Handal
 “Do/Do Not” by Nisha Atalie
On Joy and Sorrow” by Kahlil Gibran
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you for your work bringing poetry into the classroom year-round. We’re happy to be able to offer hundreds of free lesson plans, essays, and other resources, and we wish you and your students health and safety.
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