a poem

by Michael Meyerhofer FOR AHMAUD ARBERY, AN UNARMED BLACK JOGGER KILLED FOR ALLEGEDLY LOOKING IN THE WINDOW OF A HOUSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION   I was twenty-two, white, in love that day I wasn’t shot for trespassing. It happened nearly two decades ago. We started out in the backseat   of her parents’ oxblood Subaru, heading [...]

GIVING

This morning I compared the message of an essayist to "The Gift." That poem by Li-Young Lee describes how self-discipline was taught to a young boy by his father, who calmly tells him a story while removing a splinter. Search for that story and you will find it. "to get the news from poems . [...]

BRING BACK OUR MIGHTY DREAM

Let America Be America Again Langston Hughes  (1902-1967) Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed— Let it be [...]

LET THERE BE JOY

Academy of American Poets 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901 New York, NY 10038 info@poets.org Dear Friend, Please join us in congratulating our Chancellor Joy Harjo on being named our nation’s newest Poet Laureate! Harjo was elected an Academy Chancellor earlier this year and received the Academy’s Wallace Stevens Award for proven mastery in the art [...]