Well Into Summer
Longer days. Shorter nights. A season of growth and renewal.
Here are are some poems offered for your for your summer reading by
The Academy of American Poets.
"Vacation" by Rita Dove "In Summer" by Paul Laurence Dunbar "Spain" by Major Jackson "Long Island Sound" by Emma Lazarus "Travel" by Edna St. Vincent Millay "Back Yard" by Carl Sandburg "The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens
Be sure to check the "Related Poems" links on each page.
A few suggestions: use concrete, specific images; try to say something fresh that gives readers a new insight
— or even a laugh.
America's New Lightning Rod
Juan Felipe Herrera, America's newly appointed Poet Laureate, succeeds Charles Wright as " the nation's official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans."
To learn more about him and his poetry, watch the video:
Write a companion poem to
the apostrophe you wrote for Poem 1, this time writing from the perspective of whomever or whatever you addressed the first time.
You may choose not to reveal the speaker's identity.
That is, if you wrote #1 to an eagle, you would now write from an eagle's point of view, but might not let on that an eagle is the poem's speaker. Read more ...
are authentic .
They come from a place inside of us that is real. They are spoken in our own voices and touch on matters that genuinely concern us.
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A poem's form is partly visual: its look on the page. George Herbert's " Easter Wings" is an example of striking visual form, as is e. e. cummings' " r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r." But visual form also works in less obvious ways. The lean, spare look of most Emily Dickinson poems complements her terse style, while the long, sweeping lines of Walt Whitman accentuate his bold, expansive message. Read more ...