From the car, 
Landscapes momently recede; the trees
Are an arcade of motion
Sweet, reasonable and fast.

— from Robert Pinsky’s “The View from the Road" published in Poetry in 1971

Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito driving former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky around after the presentation of Favorite Poem Project: Chicago

to upend drawersslam doors, to shatterthe glass of you,— from “Litany" by Elise Paschen

to upend drawers
slam doors, to shatter
the glass of you,

— from “Litany" by Elise Paschen

Are you heading back to school in a Poetry Cab?
Archive Editor Jim Sitar loves the Learning Lab, which features articles for students and teachers, essays on poetic theory, a searchable glossary of poetic terms, and poem learning guides.

Are you heading back to school in a Poetry Cab?

Archive Editor Jim Sitar loves the Learning Lab, which features articles for students and teachers, essays on poetic theory, a searchable glossary of poetic terms, and poem learning guides.

Poetry sneak peak!

Douglas Kearney’s poems, notes, & drafts, “preemptive ekphrasis” relating to Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins, an oratorio for solo voice and electronics Kearney wrote with experimental musician and sound artist Val Jeanty, make up a portfolio in the September issue of Poetry magazine. 

Come to the Poetry Foundation for a performance of the oratorio on Saturday, September 20.

Adam Fitzgerald, Tom Healy, John Ashbery and Robert Polito with Erna the Dachshund.

Adam Fitzgerald, Tom Healy, John Ashbery and Robert Polito with Erna the Dachshund.

Are these Young Chicago Authors taking Peter Kahn’s Poetry Cab to get to August 28th’s YCA Teaching Corps Performance?
7:00-8:30 PM next Thursday. We hope you can make it!

Are these Young Chicago Authors taking Peter Kahn’s Poetry Cab to get to August 28th’s YCA Teaching Corps Performance?

7:00-8:30 PM next Thursday. We hope you can make it!

alternate names for black boys
by Danez Smith


1. smoke above the burning bush
2. archnemesis of summer night
3. first son of soil
4. coal awaiting spark & wind
5. guilty until proven dead
6. oil heavy starlight
7. monster until proven ghost
8. gone
9. phoenix who forgets to un-ash
10. going, going, gone
11. gods of shovels & black veils
12. what once passed for kindling
13. fireworks at dawn
14. brilliant, shadow hued coral
15. (I thought to leave this blank
but who am I to name us nothing?)
16. prayer who learned to bite & sprint
17. a mother’s joy & clutched breath

As the world watched the tumultuous events in Ferguson, Mo., over the last week, a new hashtag was born: #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. The meme was photographic: what images would the media use if I died? But the question, at its heart, was one of naming.

Kid or criminal? Victim or threat? Brother, son, friend — or thug? One of us, or other?

Danez Smith grapples with the power of naming, and the powerlessness of being named, in this poem. Poetry Magazine tweeted it out earlier today, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

— Camila

(via nprbooks)

(via nprbooks)

"Hank Williams falls again
in the backseat of a Cadillac.”
— from “Battlefield”
Mark Turcotte rides a Poetry Cab! 
"Hank Williams falls again
in the backseat of a Cadillac.”
— from “Battlefield

Mark Turcotte rides a Poetry Cab! 

Poetry Cab Staff Picks!
Receptionist and Fiscal Assistant Patrick Samuel’s current favorite poetryfoundation.org feature is Callie Siskel’s essay “It’s Cooking” about Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems.
And CFO Caren Skoulas loves Margaret Walker’s Lineage

Poetry Cab Staff Picks!

Receptionist and Fiscal Assistant Patrick Samuel’s current favorite poetryfoundation.org feature is Callie Siskel’s essay “It’s Cooking about Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems.

And CFO Caren Skoulas loves Margaret Walker’s Lineage

Quraysh Ali Lasana going a “long way home" in a Poetry Cab!