Poetry 180: 10 New Poems to Celebrate!

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 of the City

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. The students I work with live in one of the most densely populated, bustling, suburban areas in the United States: Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, […]

Spotlight on Humorous Poetry

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Last month I wrote in support of engaging students with literary analysis, which asks them to use critical thinking and close reading skills. These skills […]

New “Poetry of America” Recordings: Muriel Rukeyser and Lisa Jarnot

Here’s a treat for your poetry-craving brain: We’ve just added two new audio recordings to our “Poetry of America” series. As of today, you can now tune in to hear Linda Gregerson discuss Muriel Rukeyser’s “Poem Out of Childhood,” and Elizabeth Willis as she explores Lisa Jarnot’s “The Bridge.” First launched in 2013 as a counterpart […]

U.S. Poet Laureate: Poetry Leads to ‘Profound Conversation’

The following post is by Ryan Woodard, communications consultant for the South Dakota Humanities Council. This post originally appeared on the South Dakota Humanities Council blog following Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s “American Conversations” visit to South Dakota from October 5-6, 2018.  According to legendary playwright/poet Oscar Wilde, memory is “the diary that we all carry about […]

Literary Treasures: Margaret Atwood reads her poetry at the Library of Congress, 1970

The following post is part of our monthly series, “Literary Treasures,” which highlights audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. By showcasing the works and thoughts of some of the greatest poets and writers from the past 75 years, the series advances the […]

Poetry of America: Denise Levertov and Gwendolyn Brooks

Here’s some good news for your Thursday: We’ve added two new recordings to our online “Poetry of America” series. Join Juan Felipe Herrera as he reads and discusses Denise Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,”  and Patricia Spears Jones as she reads and discusses Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell.” The […]

“I don’t understand it”: Why you should read our newly relaunched poetry interview series

The following is a guest post by Anastasia Nikolis, the poetry editor for our newly relaunched Interview Series. Poetry has a reputation of being eccentric and esoteric; of being stunningly opaque but deeply meaningful. This is why people say they “don’t understand it,” won’t often read it, and more often turn to poems at times […]

Beginning with Poetry

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. One way to show students the importance of poetry is to start sharing poems at the beginning of the school year, even perhaps on the […]