As schools around the country ring in a new academic year, we’re excited to announce that former Poet Laureate Billy Collins has added five new poems to Poetry 180!
If you’re new to Poetry 180, here’s a little background: Billy Collins launched Poetry 180 as his signature poet laureate project in 2002, with the goal to give high school students a chance to listen to or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. “Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure. I hope Poetry 180 becomes an important and enriching part of the school day,” Collins said about the project’s aim.
Without further ado, here are the five new additions for the first half of the school year:
- “Can We Touch Your Hair?” by Skye Jackson
- “Wife” by Ada Limón
- “Rabbits and Fire” by Alberto Ríos
- “Making a Fist” by Naomi Shihab Nye
- “On the Psychological Effect of Living with Houseplants” by Stephanie Bishop
Enjoy these new poems, and remember to share Poetry 180 with all the poetry lovers in your life.