Last month, high schools around the nation settled in to start the second half of the academic year. We’re a little late to the celebration, but we hope you’ll still share our excitement: To mark this milestone, former Poet Laureate Billy Collins has added 10 new poems to Poetry 180!
Launched in 2002 as Collins’ laureateship project, Poetry 180 is designed to give high school students a chance to listen to or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. “Hearing a poem every day, especially well-written, contemporary poems that students do not have to analyze, might convince students that poetry can be an understandable, painless and even eye-opening part of their everyday experience,” Collins said of the project’s inception.
Of course, you don’t have to be a high school student or teacher to appreciate what Poetry 180 has to offer. No matter who or where you are, we hope you enjoy these 10 new additions:
- “Today” by Frank O’Hara
- “An Apology” by F. J. Bergmann
- “Bedecked” by Victoria Redel
- “I Ask My Mother to Sing” by Li-Young Lee
- “Video Blues” by Mary Jo Salter
- “We Lived Happily During the War” by Ilya Kaminsky
- “A Walk in Kensington Gardens” by Dorothy Porter
- “Ox Cart Man” by Donald Hall
- “Something” by James Valvis
- “Shakespearean Sonnet” by R. S. Gwynn
To keep up with Poetry 180, make sure to subscribe to the RSS feed or daily e-mail blast. You can learn more about the program on the Poetry 180 website, which includes the full list of poems currently in rotation. Look out for another batch of new poems in the fall!