Do you claim surprise
At what she wants, the poor girl, pelted with despair,
Who flits from grief to grief? Isn’t it you she seeks?
—Tracy K. Smith

Semi-Splendid by Tracy K. Smith
There are rituals to do, like counting leaves on the sky’s loom.
—Pascale Petit

Square de la Place Dupleix
If you were to return
I would give you more, for all you have given us, for
your going first.
—Sharon Olds

Whenever I Saw You I Handed You a Bouquet, and by Sharon Olds
Monstrous was what I often felt myself, now I understood that feeling as the verge of a poem. Monstrous of voice. Monstrous in the truth I had to tell.
—Honor Moore in this month's Reading List #fridayreads

Reading List: February 2017
We are still America. We
know the rumors of our demise. We spit them out. They die
—Joy Harjo

An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo
Poets ages 21–31: Submissions for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships will be open from March 1 through April 30, 2017, but you can see the guidelines and start prepping your application now!

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
“Black writers—most of them poets plus—have always been barometers, even when America kept bell jars on them. Have always been / still are / will be.”

Kyla Marshell's essay on Sarah Webster Fabio's role in black revolutionary poetry and her unfortunate obscurity today.

Mother of Black Studies by Kyla Marshell
They chased her and they named her and they boiled her tears and bathed her.
—Jill Alexander Essbaum

She Spent a Year Hallucinating Birds by Jill Alexander Essbaum
For nearly three years now, journalist and filmmaker Jennifer Crandall has traveled around Alabama like a latter-day Walker Evans or Dorothea Lange, asking strangers to let her record them. On sidewalks and by the side of the road, on their front porches and in their workplaces, in their living rooms and at their schools, Crandall approaches potential subjects and asks them to read a verse...
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Making the Words Ours by Kathleen Rooney
gonna live, though — long enough to know you’re going
to go as quickly as you came
—Yona Harvey

Necessarily by Yona Harvey
"If traffic at the Poetry Foundation's website is any indication, modern love is romantic, nostalgic, morbid and ironic — in roughly that order." Nara Schoenberg delves into love poetry and page views

Poetry Foundation lists 10 most popular love poems
Happy Valentine's Day!
[love is more thicker than forget] by e. e. cummings was published in POETRY magazine in January 1939!
I’m a poet and not a researcher is something I said in a recent conversation with an editor. The editor thought I encompassed both. I balked at the idea, even though they meant it as a favorable observation, even though it was a perceptive recognition of my intellectual preoccupations, mixed materials, and impassioned methods.
-- Hai-Dang Phan on the Harriet Blog

#PoemResearch: Notes on Researching as a Poet
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