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Poetry Foundation

It's never too early to get in the mood for the Poetry Out Loud National Finals , which will take place April 29-30 in Washington, DC. Check out this powerful recitation of Wilfred Owen's poem, "Strange Meeting" by Vermont's Claude Mumbere, the 2012 POL second-place winner. [3:48] Note: This year's...
J. Patrick Lewis. Photo by Robert Donaldson After years of working as an economics professor at Ohio’s Otterbein College, J. Patrick Lewis picked up a passion that made little economic sense: children’s poetry. In 1998, he turned to writing full-time, and has since published some 80 books and...
Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate 2008-2010. Photo by Christina Koci Hernandez, used courtesy of The Library of Congress I just rediscovered some great poetic audio in our digital archives. Hearing the brilliant contemporary poet Kay Ryan read the not-so-contemporary Emily Dickinson was like finding...
Washington, DC Great Hall. Detail of cherubs representing the literary genres [Poetry is in the middle holding the scroll] on the Grand staircase by Philip Martiny. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. February may be the shortest month of the year, but it seems twenty-...