"I hear again the laughter  Of children and see fireflies  Bursting tiny explosions in  An Arkansas twilight.”
- Maya Angelou
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"I hear again the laughter
Of children and see fireflies
Bursting tiny explosions in
An Arkansas twilight.”

- Maya Angelou

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The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill   
of things unknown   
but longed for still   
and his tune is heard   
on the distant hill   
for the caged bird   
sings of freedom.



RIP Maya Angelou
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The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill   

of things unknown   

but longed for still   

and his tune is heard   

on the distant hill   

for the caged bird   

sings of freedom.

—Jane Hirshfield, Poetry, January 2014Read more of Jane Hirshfield’s poems in honor of her birthday. Subscribe to Poetry.

—Jane Hirshfield, Poetry, January 2014

Read more of Jane Hirshfield’s poems in honor of her birthday.

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—W.H. Auden, Poetry, October 1952It’s Auden’s birthday. At the Hudson Review:

Greatness, exhibit A: The poetry of W. H. Auden compels reading—at least for me. He could not do everything. He was not a great dramatist, not a creator of characters beyond certain allegorical bounds. But he could write unforgettable lyrics and charge massive intellectual structures with vital thinking and feeling. Even his more antipoetic sentences arise apparently from a fully developed human being. He could step into the public squares of politics and religion without losing the sense of a private, suffering person. And he left more wonderful lines behind than just about anybody this side of the Bard.

—W.H. Auden, Poetry, October 1952

It’s Auden’s birthday. At the Hudson Review:

Greatness, exhibit A: The poetry of W. H. Auden compels reading—at least for me. He could not do everything. He was not a great dramatist, not a creator of characters beyond certain allegorical bounds. But he could write unforgettable lyrics and charge massive intellectual structures with vital thinking and feeling. Even his more antipoetic sentences arise apparently from a fully developed human being. He could step into the public squares of politics and religion without losing the sense of a private, suffering person. And he left more wonderful lines behind than just about anybody this side of the Bard.

—from “Valentine" by Lorna Dee CervantesThis poem is shaped like half of a heart - check it out! Find more lines for your valentine on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and choose the perfect one to record on SoundCloud as a gift!

—from “Valentine" by Lorna Dee Cervantes

This poem is shaped like half of a heart - check it out! Find more lines for your valentine on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and choose the perfect one to record on SoundCloud as a gift!

—Maxine Kumin, Poetry, November 1990Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner and former Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin has died at the age of 88.

—Maxine Kumin, Poetry, November 1990

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner and former Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin has died at the age of 88.

Five fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets

Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine.

—Jamaal May, Poetry, February 2014Subscribe to Poetry.

—Jamaal May, Poetry, February 2014

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—John Ashbery, Poetry, August 1987Join us for a screening of “Ostensibly” this Thursday at the Poetry Foundation, one of four ‘music videos for poems' by Rudy Burckhardt that we'll be sharing in conjunction with our current exhibition. Read the rest of the poem.

—John Ashbery, Poetry, August 1987

Join us for a screening of “Ostensibly” this Thursday at the Poetry Foundation, one of four ‘music videos for poems' by Rudy Burckhardt that we'll be sharing in conjunction with our current exhibition.

Read the rest of the poem.