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Poetics - Poetics, Poetry Schools and Techniques, Poetry Tools, Poetic Analysis, Poetry Criticism
Our articles on poetics, poetry schools and techniques, poetic analysis and criticism, plus links to online tools for poets, lit crit journals and essays on poetry.

Poetry Books, Records and Films - Reviews and Recommended Lists of Poetry Books, Records and Films
Reviews and recommended lists of poetry books, audio and video poetry recordings, and films about poets and poetry, with links to online archives of poem texts, audio and video poetry.

Films about Poets and Poetry
Our articles on feature films about poets and poetry — documentaries, biographies of famous poets, and fiction films featuring poets as characters.

Poetry Play, Word Games & Online Poetic Collaborations
Poetry in its playful mode—word games, puzzles, spoofs and parodies, literary humor, collaborative poems.

Poetry Tools
Online tools for working poets - rhyming dictionaries, poetic glossaries and other references.

Selected Essays on Poetry
Links to interesting essays and commentary on the poetry scene, selected and annotated by your About Poetry guides, Bob Holman & Margery Snyder.

Video Poetry Archives and Anthologies
Poetry has long had a home on the screen, whether video or film or Netcast — check these links to where you can see poetry films and videos online, selected and annotated by your About Poetry guides, Bob Holman and Margery Snyder.

Poetic Schools and Movements
Articles on the groups of poets that have come together in poetic schools and movements, formulating literary styles and poetic philosophies that have influenced the craft and practice of poetry through history.

Poetry Book Reviews
Selected poetry books reviewed by your Poetry Guides and other poetry readers.

Poetic Terms
A glossary of terms pertaining to poetry, poetics and prosody.

Poems After the Attack – Our September 11th Anthology
An collection of poems written during the “War on Terrorism” after the September 11, 2001 attack on America, from poets around the Net and in the About Poetry Forum.

Poems After the Attack, Links to other collections
An appendix to About Poetry's Poems After the Attack anthology: Links to other collections of pertinent poetry. Page 2.

Poems by Robert Frost
Our library of poem texts – selected poems by Robert Frost, in chronological order.

Do You Know What Is a Trochaic Foot in Poetry?
Overview of trochee, or trochaic foot, 1 of 5 basic rhythms that poets like William Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe have used in their poetry.

Poets by name, S
Poets from all eras, indexed by name: Ed Sanders, William Shakespeare, Hal Sirowitz, Gary Snyder, Wallace Stevens...

20th Century Poets, R - Z
Net resources on 20th century poets, indexed by name: Carl Rakosi, Theodore Roethke, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, William Carlos Williams, W.B. Yeats...

Guide Picks: Poets’ Novels
Find here the secret dynamic of top flight fiction -- it’s POETS that wrote ’em! Here are ten poets’ novels recommended by your Poetry Guide Bob Holman.

Poems - Theme Poem Collections, Poem Libraries by Individual Poets, Indexes of Poems
Indexes to all the poems published at About Poetry, whether in our libraries of work by individual poets or our lists of topics and kinds of poems, or our seasonal and other themed poem collections.

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Bird Poems - a Collection of Classic Poetry
An anthology of classic poems about, addressed to or inspired by birds, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Wallace Stevens, Thomas Hardy, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, D.H. Lawrence and William Butler Yeats.

A Collection of Traditional and Literary Ballad Poems
A collection of ballads, both traditional folk ballads and the often anonymous song-poems sung and resung for centuries before they were written down.

Anthology of Classic and Contemporary Poems for Peace
We began gathering new poems for peace from contemporary poets around the world during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the necessary successor to our Poems After the Attack collection of 9.11.01 poems, and have since added poems on the theme of peace by the great poets of history.

A Collection of Classic Poems on Gardens and Gardening
A collection of classic poems inspired by the spirit, the work and the experience of gardening and the special environment of an enclosed garden, from the Garden of Eden to the actual and metaphorical gardens cultivated in poems by William Shakespeare, Andrew Marvell, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Matthew Arnold, Walt Whitman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, E.E. Cummings and Robert Frost.

Carpe Diem - Poems to “Seize the Day”
A collection of classic poems on the passage of time and the human impulse to “Seize the Day,” from the original “carpe diem” poem among the odes of Horace, to expressions of the theme in English poems by William Shakespeare, Samuel Daniel, Thomas Jordan, Robert Herrick, Andrew Marvell, John Gay, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charles Baudelaire, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, William Ernest Henley, Ernest Dowson, A.E. Housman, Sara Teasdale, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Robert Frost.

A Collection of Classic and New Poems for Father's Day
A collection of classic poems about fatherhood, including classics by Su Tung-p’o, Robert Greene, Ben Jonson, Anne Bradstreet, Robert Burns, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Edgar A. Guest, Rudyard Kipling, Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Butler Yeats, plus father poems contributed by contemporary poets.

Storm Poems - Collection of Classic Poems on Tempests
A collection of classic poems inspired by stormy weather—tempests, tornadoes, hurricanes and all manner of storms, by William Shakespeare, William Cullen Bryant, Walt Whitman, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, Siegfried Sassoon and Jean Toomer.

Classic Poems of War and Remembrance
A collection of classic war poems, by Li Po, William Shakespeare, William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Sophie Jewett, Stephen Crane, Thomas Hardy, Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, John McCrae, Rupert Brooke, Amy Lowell, Carl Sandburg, Wilfred Owen, Alan Seeger, Robert Frost, Siegfried Sassoon, William Butler Yeats, Robert Graves, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Charlotte Mary Mew and Thomas McGrath.

A Collection of Classic Poems of Sailors and Seafarers
An anthology of classic poems inspired by mariners, the sailing life and the sea itself, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and more.

Spring Poems (Classic and Contemporary) Collection
A collection of poems for spring, including classics by Tu Fu, William Shakespeare, Thomas Nashe, John Webster, Thomas Carew, Robert Herrick, Matsuo Basho, Kobayashi Issa, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Louis Stevenson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Clare, Carl Sandburg, e.e. cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay and A.E. Housman, plus new poems from contemporary poets around the world.

Poems for Mothers
A collection of classic poems about motherhood, by Anne Bradstreet, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, Henry Van Dyke, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes and Claude McKay.

Summer Poems – Collection of Classic and New Poems
A collection of poems for summer, including an anonymous medieval lyric and classics by Li Po, Thomas Nashe, William Shakespeare, Alexander Pope, William Blake, Henry David Thoreau, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, John Greenleaf Whittier, John Clare, Walt Whitman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Russell Lowell, Amy Lowell, Carl Sandburg, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edgar A. Guest and Edna St. Vincent Millay, plus new poems from contemporary poets around the world.

A Collection of Classic and New Poems for Winter
A collection of poems for winter, including classics by William Shakespeare, Thomas Campion, Robert Burns, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Charlotte Brontë, Walt Whitman, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Meredith, Emily Dickinson, Robert Bridges, Thomas Hardy, William Butler Yeats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens—plus a selection of contemporary poems submitted by poets around the world..

A Collection of Classic Spooky Poems for Halloween
A collection of classic Halloween poems, including a selection from Shakespeare's Macbeth, the traditional ballad “Tam Lin” and poems by John Donne, Lord Brooke Fulke Greville, Robert Herrick, Robert Burns, George Gordon Lord Byron, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christina Rossetti, Walt Whitman, Abram Joseph Ryan, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edith Wharton, Adelaide Crapsey, Robert Frost, Winifred M. Letts, Carl Sandburg and Thomas Hardy.

Collection of Classic Christmas Poems
A collection of classic Christmas poems, by William Shakespeare, Robert Herrick, Henry Vaughan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Clement Clark Moore (or Major Henry Livingston, Jr.), Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christina Rossetti, G.K. Chesterton, Sara Teasdale, Walter de la Mare, Thomas Hardy, Robert Frost & William Butler Yeats.

A Collection of Classic Nursery Rhymes
A collection of classic English and American nursery rhymes—the lullabyes, counting games, riddles and rhymed fables.

A Collection of Autumn Poems Both Classic and New
A collection of poems for the fall season, including classics by William Shakespeare, William Blake, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Clare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Walt Whitman, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Trumbull Stickney, T.E. Hulme, Sara Teasdale, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Carl Sandburg, William Butler Yeats, Amy Lowell, Adelaide Crapsey and Robert Frost, plus new poems from contemporary poets around the world.

HipHop, Performance Poetry, Spoken Word, Slam Definitions
Definitions of 'open mic,' 'poetry slam,' 'spoken word,' 'performance poetry,' 'poetry,' 'hiphop' & 'rap' from Eman, 16-year-old poet & host of two weekly open mics. 'If you’re looking for the definitions of the New Poetry from the younger generation, she’s the one to ask.'

HipHop, Performance Poetry, Spoken Word, Slam
An in-depth interview with Eman, 16-year-old poet & host of two weekly open mics in New York City. Page 2.

Transgressing the Literary Zeitgeist with Absurdist Poet Ananda Osel — An interview by Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright interviews Ananda Osel, whose work “lives at the logical meeting point of philosophy and Dirty Realism, or minimalism. Not surprisingly, at nearly every turn his work and personal philosophy run antithetical to the prevailing mood of the literary establishment.”

Transgressing the Literary Zeitgeist with Absurdist Poet Ananda Osel — An interview by Andrew Wright, page 2
More of Andrew Wright’s interview with Ananda Osel, who expects his readers to take what they want from his poems, relying on the “projection that allows the reader to consume a poem with very vague language and still take pleasure in it.”. Page 2.

Poetry Writing Apps - iPad and Smart Phone Tools
Apps designed to help you write poems on your smart phone or iPad — these new-fangled tools bring the ancient art into our 21st century devices.

Nanao Sakaki — Profile of the poet Nanao Sakaki
A reference page on Nanao Sakaki, Japanese earth walker and environmentalist poet (1923 - 2008).

Poets Laureate of the U.S.A
A Net-annotated list of all the poets who have served the Library of Congress as Consultant (the old title) or Poet Laureate Consultant (the new title), linked to biographies and reference sites.

Poetry: What Is the History and Definition of a Ghazal?
Overview of ghazals, short lyrical poems that have been adapted into many languages by famous poets like Goethe and Lorca.

A Word To the Wise – On Entering Your Poems in Competition
Our friend Kurt Heintz has some sage advice for the poet who asked this question: 'What is the reliability of the hundreds of poetry contests being run on the Net? Is it prudent to submit manuscripts to them?'

Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Victor Infante Interviews Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Victor Infante interviews Ferlinghetti on the Poet as Outsider: “Poetry is news, and it’s important when it articulates a new vision of reality or an old vision in a surprising way. When it subverts the dominant paradigm.”

Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Links To Read More of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Work
Links to read Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poems online and to buy his books, plus a biographical note and list of other articles written for About Poetry by Victor Infante, who interviewed Lawrence Ferlinghetti on the poet as outsider for us in 1998. Page 2.

The Schoolboy by William Blake
Summer Poems: “The Schoolboy” by William Blake (from Songs of Experience, 1794)

Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines by Pablo Neruda, English translation by W.S. Merwin
“Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines” by Pablo Neruda (1924, English translation by W.S. Merwin)

Audio Poetry Archives and Anthologies
Links to online libraries of audio poetry recordings, where you can listen to the real thing, poetry as an aural art, in the human voice.

Theme Poem Collections - Topic Poetry Anthologies
Poems gathered into anthologies for the four seasons of the year, for various holidays, and for the essential themes of human life—classic love poems, poems of war, poems for peace, poems on the passage of time...

Poets by name, W
Poets from all eras, indexed by name: Anne Waldman, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Koon Woon, William Wordsworth...

Study Guides for Classic Poems
Brief essays on context, content, and form, with added commentary and quotations from other readers, to help you understand how these great poems work their magic.

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17th Century Poets
Poets of the Restoration period, the 17th century, indexed by name... Donne, Herbert, Milton, Marvell, Rochester...

18th Century Poets
Poets of the Enlightenment, the 18th century, indexed by name... Swift, Pope, Gray, Blake...

19th Century Poets
Poets of the 19th century, the Romantic and Victorian periods, indexed by name... Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Dickinson, Whitman...

20th Century Poets - Poetry Net Links
An alphabetical catalog of links to poets of the 20th century, indexed by name... Eliot, Bukowski, Ginsberg, Micheline, Paz, Plath, Pound, Roethke, Thomas, Williams...

Classical Poets - Index of ancient classical poets
Poets still speaking to us from 1,000 or more years ago, now immortalized on the Net and indexed here by name... Homer, Li Po, Sappho, Virgil...

Contemporary Poets
An alphabetical catalog of poets living and writing today, in the 21st century, indexed by name...

Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Poetry
All about nursery rhymes, nonsense rhymes, traditional songs, Mother Goose rhymes and their derivations, and other poems for children.

Poets by Time Period - Poetry History
Poets from every era, indexed by time period, articles on the lives of poets through history, and selected links to the best places for further reading and research about individual poets of past and present elsewhere on the Web.

Imagism: Modern Poetry of Directness, Distillation, Tradition
A brief history of the Imagist movement in modernist poetry, summarizing its principles as outlined by Ezra Pound and Amy Lowell.

Poems Read at Inauguration Ceremonies for US Presidents
Robert Frost in 1961, Maya Angelou in 1993, Miller Williams in 1997, Elizabeth Alexander in 2008 and Richard Blanco in 2013.

The Lonesome Death of Hart Crane, by Janet Hamill
Janet Hamill offers a remembrance of the death of poet Hart Crane, who was not yet 33 when he committed suicide by jumping off a ship in 1932, and her poem in his memory, “The Lonesome Death of H. Crane.”

A Collection of Classic Poems for Abraham Lincoln
A collection of classic poems written about President Abraham Lincoln, by Walt Whitman, James Russell Lowell, Julia Ward Howe, Vachel Lindsay, Carl Sandburg, Witter Bynner and Hyam Plutzik, for President’s Day reading.

Jupiter Hammon, the Father of African-American Poetry
Biography of Jupiter Hammon, the slave who became the first African-American poet published in the United States.

A selection of classic poems about America for the 4th of July
A selection of classic poems about America for Independence Day, by William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emma Lazarus, Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Stephen Vincent Bent and Claude McKay.

A Collection of Classic Love Poems for Valentine’s Day
A collection of classic love poems by Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John Donne, Robert Herrick, Anne Bradstreet, and much more.

Iamb - What Is an Iambic Foot in Poetry
Iamb defined, in our glossary of poetic terms.

Poems for Thanksgiving Day – A selection of mostly American poems for the Thanksgiving holiday
A selection of mostly American poems for Thanksgiving Day, including a translation of a traditional Iroquois song by Harriet Maxwell Converse and classic poems by Robert Herrick, Lydia Maria Child, John Greenleaf Whittier, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Kate Seymour Maclean, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Thornton W. Burgess and Carl Sandburg.

A Guide to William Butler Yeats’ Poem “The Second Coming”
Notes on context, form and content, commentary and quotations on William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” (1920).

Study Guide to The Second Coming - Notes on Form, Study Guide to The Second Coming
Notes on the form of William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” (1920). Page 2.

Study Guide to The Second Coming - Notes on Content, Study Guide to The Second Coming
Notes on the content of William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” (1920). Page 3.

Study Guide to The Second Coming - Quotations and Annotations, Study Guide to The Second Coming
Commentary, related quotations and annotations on William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” (1920). Page 4.

Study Guide to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Poem “Kubla Khan”
Notes on context, form and content, commentary and quotations on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” (1798).

Notes on Form, Study Guide to Kubla Khan
Notes on the form of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” (1798). Page 2.

A Guide to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan”
Notes on the content of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” (1798). Page 3.

Study Guide to Kubla Khan - Quotations and Commentary, Study Guide to Kubla Khan
Commentary, related quotations and annotations on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” (1798). Page 4.

Fibonacci Poems – A New Mathematical Form
All you need to know about Fibonacci poems, a new math-based poetic form that is proliferating on the Internet, by Georgia Luna Smith Faust.

How Do Poets Make a Living? A Writer's Response
Here’s a journey into the dailiness of the lives of the poets—how do we make a living? Adapted from a piece by Robert Phillips first published in The Associated Writing Programs’ Chronicle of December 1997, who granted permission.

Poets Laureate - A Brief History
A brief history of the custom of appointing an official poet to serve country, state or community.

Christina Rossetti - Biographical profile
A reference page on Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), gifted successor to Elizabeth Barrett Browning as the best woman poet in 19th century England and “queen of the Pre-Raphaelite school,” remembered today for lyric sonnets and roundels, devotional religious poems and essays, and feminist allegory in narrative ballads.

What Is a Limerick?
A five-line joke of a poem—witty, usually involving place names and puns, and most often bawdy, sometimes unprintable

What Is a Pantoum? (Definition and Examples)
The pantoum defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to read examples of pantoums written in English.

What Is a Rondeau? - Poetry
Rondeau defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of poems written in rondeau form.

Poetry of Sport
Classic poems on themes of sports, athletics and competition.

What Is the Definition of a Triolet?
The triolet defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to samples of poems written in the triolet form.

Nursery Rhyme Types - Annotated List With Examples
Nursery rhymes come in many different shapes, sizes and types. Here’s an annotated list of some of the varieties of nursery rhymes, with linked examples.

Reading Notes on Robert Frost’s Poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”
Notes on reading Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” an extremely compressed lyric on the evanescence of value and the inevitability of a fall, from his 1923 collection, New Hampshire.

Study Guide to Tintern Abbey - Notes on Context
Notes on context, form and content, commentary and quotations on William Wordsworth’s poem “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” (1798).

Study Guide to Tintern Abbey - Notes on Form, Study Guide to Tintern Abbey
Notes on the form of William Wordsworth’s poem “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” (1798). Page 2.

Study Guide to Tintern Abbey - Notes on Content, Study Guide to Tintern Abbey
Notes on the content of William Wordsworth’s poem “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” (1798). Page 3.

Study Guide to Tintern Abbey - Quotations and Commentary, Study Guide to Tintern Abbey
Commentary, related quotations and annotations on William Wordsworth’s poem “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” (1798). Page 4.

Study Guide to The Tyger - Notes on Form, Study Guide to The Tyger
Notes on the form of William Blake’s poem “The Tyger” from Songs of Experience (1794). Page 2.

William Blake's "The Tyger" Study Guide
Notes on the content of William Blake’s poem “The Tyger” from Songs of Experience (1794). Page 3.

Study Guide to The Tyger - Commentary and Quotations, Study Guide to The Tyger
Commentary and quotations on William Blake’s poem “The Tyger” from Songs of Experience (1794). Page 4.

Burning Questions: Guide to William Blake’s “The Tyger”
Notes on context, form and content, commentary and quotations on William Blake’s poem “The Tyger” from Songs of Experience (1794).

Acrostic Poem — What Is an Acrostic Poem?
Acrostic poem defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of classic acrostic poems.

Haiku - Turning Through the Seasons in Three Brief Lines
Haiku defined, in our glossary of poetic forms.

Definition of the Sonnet in English
The sonnet defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of classic sonnets.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Profile of the Poet
A reference page on Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861), British Romantic poet of the Victorian era, best known for her Sonnets from the Portuguese, love poems written for her husband Robert Browning, with whom she eloped to Italy at the age of 40.

Our Language by Reesom Haile - Eritrean Poem Our Language by Reesom Haile in Tigrinya and English
“Our Language,” an Eritrean poem by Reesom Haile in Tigrinya, with English translation by Charles Cantalupo.

Knowledge by Reesom Haile - Eritrean Poem Knowledge by Reesom Haile in Tigrinya and English
“Knowledge,” an Eritrean poem by Reesom Haile in Tigrinya, with English translation by Charles Cantalupo.

Learning from History by Reesom Haile - Eritrean Poem Learning from History by Reesom Haile in Tigrinya and English
“Learning from History,” an Eritrean poem by Reesom Haile in Tigrinya, with English translation by Charles Cantalupo.

The Next Generation by Reesom Haile - Eritrean Poem The Next Generation by Reesom Haile in Tigrinya and English
“The Next Generation,” an Eritrean poem by Reesom Haile in Tigrinya, with English translation by Charles Cantalupo.

Poem Collections for Children
Selected anthologies of poems especially for reading aloud with your children.

How to Put Together a Poetry Manuscript for Publication
A simple step-by-step outline to help you gather your poems in manuscript form for submission to publishers or publication contests, transforming your sheaf of assorted poems into a book manuscript.

11 Poems Everyone Should Know Chosen by Bob Holman
A list of 11 essential poems everyone should know, selected by Poetry Guide Bob Holman—these are talisman poems, crucial revelations in his journey of exploration in the world of poetry.

Desta by Reesom Haile - Eritrean Poem Desta by Reesom Haile in Tigrinya and English
“Desta,” an Eritrean poem by Reesom Haile in Tigrinya, with English translation by Charles Cantalupo.

List of Classic Poems Everyone Should Know
A list of essential poems everyone should know, selected by Poetry Guide Margery Snyder—these are classics of the English language, old poems that linger in the memory of English speakers and shape our thoughts.

Introduction to Eritrean Poems - Introduction to Eritrean Poems by Reesom Haile Translated into English
Tigrinya poet Reesom Haile brings African poetry into the 21st century—here is a sequence of his short poems, translated into English for us by Charles Cantalupo.

Varieties of Poetry - Prose Poems
Notes on the history of the prose poem, brought into English by the influence of Charles Baudelaire on the early 20th century Modernists, and a collection of classic prose poems by Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, Amy Lowell, Carl Sandburg and William Carlos Williams.

CD Recordings of Classic Poems Set to Music
A selection of the best contemporary CDs on which classic poems are set to music, old poems made into new songs.

Online Recordings of Classic Poems Set to Music
Online links to hear classic poems set to music, old poems made into new songs.

Poems for President George Washington's Birthday
A collection of classic poems written about President George Washington, by Phillis Wheatley, George Gordon, Lord Byron, James Russell Lowell, John Greenleaf Whittier and Carl Sandburg, for President’s Day reading.

Li Po - Profile of the Chinese Poet
A reference page on the classical Chinese poet Li Po (aka Li Bai or Li T’ai Po), who was both a rebel wanderer and a courtier in the T’ang Dynasty, revered together with his contemporary Tu Fu as one of the two greatest of Chinese poets.

Favorite Baseball Poems
Our favorite baseball poems, selected for reading while you’re watching a game.

Favorite Baseball Poems
Our favorite baseball poems, selected for reading while you’re watching a game.

Robert Frost’s Poem “Acquainted With the Night”
Notes on reading Robert Frost’s poem “Acquainted with the Night,” an American sonnet which is also an example of terza rima used in English.

Reading / Studying Poems
Experiencing poetry as an educated reader: collections of classic and contemporary poems to read, study guides and notes on the great poems, examples and glossaries of poetic forms and techniques, poetry book reviews and shopping lists.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Maud Gonne: Irish Heroine in Yeats' "No Second Troy"
This is the story of Maud Gonne, the Irish patriot who inspired Yeats's famous poem

Kinds of Poems - Collections of Special Types of Poetry
Poems gathered into anthologies representing the different kinds of poetry—concrete or visual poems, nursery rhymes and children’s poetry, epic poems, ekphrastic poems...

Online Lit Zines and Poetry Anthologies
An alphabetical listing and links to online lit zines, poetry anthologies and the online sites of print poetry magazines—from online versions of established print poetry journals, to ephemeral, experimental zines whose only medium is pixels.

Poems of WWI: "Comrades" and "Back" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Wilfrid Wilson Gibson's 1915 poems

Calendars & Local Poetry Organizations, US Southeast
Here's where you’ll find reading and performance schedules, local venues and poetry groups, poetry activists and activities in the Southeastern US.

Poetic Forms - Definitions and Examples of Poetic Forms
Our articles on poetic forms both classic and new, native to English poetry and imported, with definitions and examples of the various kinds of formal poems, from sonnets, sestinas and haiku to found poems, Fibonacci poems and “the Pollock.”

Poetry Readings and Poet Communities - Online and Real World Poetry Communities and Readings, Festivals, Workshops, Conferences, Boards
This is a guide to all the varieties of poetic community—online workshops and conferences, email newsletters and discussion lists, real-world poetry festivals and readings. Here are on-scene reports of live poetry events, resources for exploring online and offline poetry communities, and advice on organizing, giving and promoting poetry readings.

Poets by name, O
Poets from all eras indexed by name: Frank O’Hara, Mary Oliver, Ovid...

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Suggestions to Get You Writing Poems Again When You're Blocked
A list of suggestions to get you writing poems again when you’re blocked. About Poetry Guide Bob Holman has lots of ways to unblock, tap your poetic springs, get the poems flowing, write first time, every time.

Robert Burns and the Scots Language
A brief history of the Scots language, its subjugation and sublimation into standard English, and Robert Burns’ blending of Scots into English in his poetry, part of the “Vernacular Revival” in the 18th century.

Robert Burns – Biographical Profile
A biographical profile of Robert Burns, the national bard of Scotland and forerunner of the British Romantic poets.

About Poetry: Guide to the World's Poems and Poets
Discover a large collection of classic and contemporary poems, biographies of popular poets, and tutorials on how to write poetry yourself.

How to Memorize a Poem
You memorize because you have to, the poem was written for you and you must make it your own, step-by-step you learn it by heart.

Definition of Sestina Form in Poetry
The sestina defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of classic sestinas.

Cento — What is a cento
Cento defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of poems written in cento form.

Poems for the New Year – A Collection of Classic New Year's Poems
A collection of classic poems to mark the turning of a new year, by Robert Burns, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, William Cullen Bryant, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Helen Hunt Jackson, Francis Thompson, Thomas Hardy, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, D.H. Lawrence and John Clare.

Emily Dickinson – Biographical profile of the American poet
A biographical profile of Emily Dickinson, reclusive 19th century poet who became known as the “Belle of Amherst” and a pervading influence on American poetry after the posthumous publication of her work.

Reading Emily Dickinson in the 21st Century
Emily Dickinson’s poems did not partake of the public life of her own day, yet contemporary readers cannot help but be struck by their breathtaking relevance to current events in the 21st century.

How To Get Started Submitting Poems to Publications
A simple step-by-step outline to help you manage the process of submitting your poems for publication in print.

Amy Lowell - Biographical profile
A biographical profile of Amy Lowell, who was born into a prominent New England family, essentially educated herself and became a truly independent woman, Imagist poet, critic and biographer of Keats.

Liu Xiaobo - Profile of the Poet, Democracy Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner
A reference page on Liu Xiaobo, Chinese poet, literary critic and activist for democracy and free speech, who was imprisoned in 2009 and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

Sonnets
The sonnet is a fixed poetic form, confined to 14 lines, but it has paradoxically proven to be a most flexible container for all kinds of poetic ideas. Here’s a collection of classic sonnets, arranged chronologically to reveal the evolution of the sonnet form in English.

Villanelle - Definition, Description and Examples
About the villanelle, a 19-line form of repeating refrain lines drawn from the Renaissance troubadours, with examples of its 19th and 20th century flowering in English.

Poets Imprisoned for Speaking Out - A list of contemporary poets whose poems or public speech put them in jail
Way too many news stories in recent years have featured poets being thrown into jail in government attempts to suppress their poems, or to punish the authors for speaking out. Here are some of the contemporary poets whose poems or public speech put them in jail.

The Selkirk Grace by Robert Burns
Poems for Thanksgiving Day: “The Selkirk Grace” by Robert Burns (1794)

20th Century Poets, O - Q
Net resources on 20th century poets, indexed by name: Dorothy Parker, Kenneth Patchen, Octavio Paz, Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound...

Sylvia Plath – Biographical profile of the mid-20th century poetic icon
A reference page on Sylvia Plath, brilliant young confessional poet who committed suicide at the age of 30 amid the upheaval of her failed marriage to Ted Hughes, and became a poetic and feminist icon after her death.

Lost Poems Rediscovered in the Library, the Attic, the Auction House
Lost poems rediscovered: the precious new poems by Sappho found on a tattered papyrus mummy casing... Shelley's anonymously published pamphlet that surfaced after 200 years only to be sold into oblivion... a new addition to the Shakespeare canon... a war poem by Robert Frost handwritten and hidden away...

The Artilleryman's Vision by Walt Whitman
Poems of War: “The Artilleryman’s Vision” by Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, first published in the 1871-72 edition)

Flying Metaphors, Soaring Songs—Bird Poems
Their flight, their songs, their colors, their feathers, their strangeness and their familiarity—practically everything associated with birds and

A selection of American poems for Election Day
A selection of classic American poems for Election Day, by Walt Whitman, John Greenleaf Whittier, Vachel Lindsay & William Carlos Williams, and a contemporary post-election blues by Jim Finnegan.

Poems A-Z - An Alphabetical Index of Poems at About.com Poetry
A comprehensive index of all the poems posted at About.com Poetry, alphabetically by title (or first line if the poem is untitled).

Poems by title, V
Poetry.

Ghost House by Robert Frost
Halloween Poems: “Ghost House” by Robert Frost (1915)

William Blake - Visionary Pre-Romantic Poet, Printer and Artist
A reference page on William Blake, visionary poet and artist who created his own mythology, wrote epics and children's rhymes, and made illustrated books that are admired icons centuries after his death.

Biographical Profile of William Wordsworth
A reference page on British Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850), whose theory of poetry began the Romantic movement in English poetry at the end of the 18th century, and whose poems immortalize the sublime landscapes of his beloved Lake District.

Banned Poems: Read Them Out Loud in Public
Some of the best poets have seen their work censored or banned, but the truth will out and good poetry will find its audience—facts that are celebrated in late September each year during Banned Books Week, when poems are among the once-banned literary works read aloud in public all across the US.

Poems by title, M
Poetry.

Poems by title, O
Poetry.

Poems by title G
Poetry.

Poetry Around the World - Local / Multilingual / Worldwide
Poets and poems in the life of the larger world, poetic activities in particular places, local poetry calendars and organizations, and multilingual poetry and translation.

How To Give a Good Reading of Your Poems — from Gary Mex Glazner’s The Barbaric Yawp
A simple step-by-step outline to prepare yourself for giving a polished, professional reading of your poetry — adapted from Gary Mex Glazner’s book, How To Make a Living as a Poet.

How To Read a Poem - Approaches and Attitudes to Keep in Mind as You Read Poetry
Just because it carries the name “poetry,” just because it’s supposed to be denser and more difficult than “ordinary” prose, just because it’s constructed with special poetic “tricks,” a poem can seem intimidating to the reader who approaches it. Here are a few approaches and attitudes to keep in mind when you come to read a new poem.

Reading Notes on Robert Frost’s Poem “The Pasture”
Notes on reading Robert Frost’s poem “The Pasture,” originally published as the preface to his first American book, North of Boston, and often chosen by Frost as the introductory poem when he gave a reading.

Reading Notes on Robert Frost’s Poem “Mending Wall”
Notes on reading Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall,” a narrative meditation on entropy, neighbors and boundaries that was published as the first poem in his first American book, North of Boston (after “The Pasture,” which served as preface to the collection).

Study Guide to The Road Not Taken - Notes on Form and Content
Notes on form and content, commentary and annotations on Robert Frost’s beloved but “tricky

Study Guide to The Road Not Taken - Commentary and Quotations
Notes on content on Robert Frost’s beloved but “tricky

20th Century Poets, D - I
Net resources on 20th century poets, indexed by name: James Dickey, Larry Eigner, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes...

Biographical profile of Robert Frost - America’s Farmer/Philosopher Poet
A biographical profile of Robert Frost, celebrated American poet whose work is rooted in New England farm life, combining a modernist sensibility and sense of language in traditional verse forms.

Historical Poems of Social Protest and Revolution
A collection of historical poems of social protest, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Edwin Markham, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Carl Sandburg.

Definition and Examples of Terza Rima
Terza rima defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of the form in English.

Allen Ginsberg’s American Sentences – An Introduction to His Variation on Haiku
An introduction to Allen Ginsberg’s variation on haiku, The American Sentences: “One sentence, 17 syllables, end of story. It makes for a rush of a poem....”

William Butler Yeats - Profile of the Great Irish Poet/Playwright
A biographical profile of mystical/historical Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), a towering figure in 20th century literature in English, master of traditional verse forms and at the same time idol of the modernist poets who followed him.

The Death of Edgar Allan Poe
At both ends of his earthly existence, “Master of the Macabre” Edgar Allan Poe lingered at the threshold between life and death, and mysteries surround his own tragic passage across that threshold at the age of 40.

Ezra Pound - Biographical profile of the poet
Biographical profile of the great Modernist poet Ezra Pound: genius, anti-Semite, author of cantos and translations, he singlehandedly forced Modernism into vaudeville USA, spun language on ear, cut words to bone, edited T.S. Eliot until he said “Truth.”

Edgar Allan Poe – Biographical profile of the American Romantic Balladeer and Teller of Tales
A reference page on Edgar Allan Poe, American Romantic poet, balladeer, journalist and inventor of the modern detective story and horror tale.

Library of Poems by William Butler Yeats
Our library of poem texts – selected poems by William Butler Yeats, in chronological order.

Poems by title, E
Poetry.

Poems by title, F
Poetry.

Poems by title, B
Poetry.

Poems by title, C
Poetry.

Poems by title, I
Poetry.

Cento links
Links pertaining to the cento, a “patchwork poem” created from lines stitched together from different poems.

Poetry Publishers - Independent, Underground and Traditional Poetry Publishers
Links to poetry publishers and their online catalogs—the independents, the underground, the hard-to-find sources of poetry books, chapbooks and recordings, as well as the big traditional poetry publishers.

Poetry Newsletters & Mailing Lists
Links to poetry email newsletters & listserv discussion groups -- the best way to keep your ear to the virtual ground & know first what’s doing in the poetry world.

Langston Hughes - Profile of the Poet
A reference page on Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), unofficial poet laureate of Black American life and culture, radical democrat at the center of the Harlem Renaissance.

Baseball in Poetry, Poetry in Baseball
Baseball is the most literary of sports—the game is bursting with metaphor, image and rhythm, and there are lots of places where you can find baseball in poems, and locate the poetry in baseball.

How Shelley’s Poetical Essay Against War Surfaced and Sank Down Again
Percy Bysshe Shelley’s long poem, A Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things was published anonymously in 1811, got him kicked out of Oxford University, disappeared for nearly 200 years, was rediscovered in 2006, and soon sank again into oblivion.

Reading Notes on Poems
Notes from your Guides and contributing readers on the poems in our libraries.

George Gordon, Lord Byron - Biographical profile
Lord Byron was both a nobleman and a revolutionary, the most flamboyant of the British Romantic poets, whose own scandalous and extravagant life made him the model for the iconic Byronic hero.

Poems by title, T
Poetry.

Poems by title, D
Poetry.

Poems by title, P
Poetry.

How To Locate the Text of a Poem Online
A simple step-by-step outline of how to find the text of a poem on the Net when you can only remember one line.

Poetry Competitions - Links to Online Poetry Competitions, Contests and Prizes
Links to online poetry contests, and to online listings of offline competitions (those that require you to submit your entry on paper).

Poems by title, W
Poetry.

Poems by title, R
Poetry.

Poems by title, A
Poetry.

Poem Libraries / Poet Collections / Classic Poetry Text Archives
Our libraries contain selected poems by the major poets, and we have also gathered links to other large collections of classic and popular poetry etexts.

Sonnet links
Links pertaining to the sonnet: From its Italian origins to its English florescence, the 14-line sonnet in all its variations is the best-known means of compressing passion into a short poem until it glows.

20th Century Poets, J - N
Net resources on 20th century poets, indexed by name: Laura (Riding) Jackson, Jane Kenyon, d.a. levy, Jack Micheline...

A Poet's Ideal Library: Classic Essays on Poetry and Poetics
Classic essays on poetry and poetics that belong in a poet's library, suggested by Jim Finnegan and the members of the NewPoetry discussion list.

National Book Critics Circle award nominees in poetry, 2006
The five poetry books selected by the National Book Critics Circle as the best published in 2006, with links to purchase them online.

Elegies
An anthology of classic elegies - poems written for mourning or in memory of the dead, by Catullus, Lord Brooke Fulke Greville, John Milton, Aphra Behn, Thomas Gray, George Gordon, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Walt Whitman and A.E. Housman, plus two contemporary elegies written for Gwendolyn Brooks by Patricia Smith and Quraysh Ali Lansana.

How To Get Started Hosting a Poetry Reading — Creating a Local Poetry Community
A simple step-by-step outline on setting up and hosting a local poetry reading series — it’s a big commitment, but you’ll be creating a community of poets and readers in your town.

Pablo Neruda – Profile of the poet Pablo Neruda
A reference page on Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973), Nobel laureate, diplomat, exile and returned native son of Chile, most respected and beloved Latin American poet, often called “the people’s poet.”

Open Mic: Featured Readers, Etiquette
Bob Holman discusses the ins & outs of having featured poets at an open mic, and lays down the 10 Commandments of Open Mic Etiquette, plus Bob’s Ironic Rules for open mic poets. Page 3.

Open Mic: The O’Debra Twins’ Handy Dandy “Show & Tell” Lawbook
Rules & games for the open mic hosted by the O’Debra Twins: their renowned “Show & Tell,” every Monday night at 10 at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. Page 4.

The Two Voices by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Terza Rima: “The Two Voices” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1842)

Ode 11 from the First Book of the Odes of Horace - Three translations into English
Carpe Diem Poems: Ode 11 from the First Book of the Odes of Horace – Three translations into English, by Sir Thomas Hawkins (1625), Christopher Smart (1756) and John Conington (1863)

A Girl's Garden by Robert Frost
Garden Poems: “A Girl’s Garden” by Robert Frost (from Mountain Interval, 1920)

Winter-Time by Robert Louis Stevenson
Winter Poems: “Winter-Time” by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)

The Ballad of East and West by Rudyard Kipling
Ballads: “The Ballad of East and West” by Rudyard Kipling (1889)

Online Lit Zines & Anthologies, B
An alphabetical library of links: From online versions of established print poetry journals, to ephemeral, experimental zines whose only medium is pixels... poetry publications are flowering everywhere on the Web.

Online Lit Zines & Anthologies, D
An alphabetical library of links: From online versions of established print poetry journals, to ephemeral, experimental zines whose only medium is pixels... poetry publications are flowering everywhere on the Web.

Online Lit Zines & Anthologies, I - J
An alphabetical library of links: From hyperlinked Net anthologies, new forms of poetry publication sprouting in this new medium, to netizens' private collections of poetry, to the online sites of print poetry magazines... poetry publications are all over the Web.

Online Lit Zines & Anthologies, Pa - Poesy
An alphabetical library of links: From hyperlinked Net anthologies, new forms of poetry publication sprouting in this new medium, to netizens' private collections of poetry, to the online sites of print poetry magazines... poetry publications are all over the Web.

Online Lit Zines & Anthologies, T
An alphabetical library: Whether published as numbered journals or everlasting archives, plain text or combined with art or audio, poetry collections are everywhere on the Net -- you'll find great reading in these links selected and annotated by your About Poetry guides, Bob Holman & Margery Snyder.

Online Lit Zines & Anthologies, U - V
An alphabetical library: Whether published as numbered journals or everlasting archives, plain text or combined with art or audio, poetry collections are everywhere on the Net -- you'll find great reading in these links selected and annotated by your About Poetry guides, Bob Holman & Margery Snyder.

Poetry Workshops, Residencies & Retreats links
Links to Web sites with the details on poetry workshops, residencies & retreats -- all the places you can go to get away from your everyday life & concentrate on writing poetry.

Festivals & Live Poetry Events links
Links to Web sites about real-world poetry events -- slams, academic conferences, big & small poetry festivals -- wherever poets get together to talk about & do Po.

InterBoard Poetry Competition Judges
Brief biographies of the poets and editors who have served as judges for the monthly InterBoard Poetry Competition, with links to read their work online or buy their books.

Calendars & Local Poetry Organizations, Australia & the Pacific
Here's where you'll find reading & performance schedules, local venues & poetry groups, poetry activists & activities in Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific islands.

Contemporary Poets, O
Contemporary poets indexed by name: Mary Oliver, Amy Ouzoonian...

Contemporary Poets, Q
Contemporary poets indexed by name: (none currently indexed)

Contemporary Poets, S
Contemporary poets indexed by name: Sal Salasin, Ed Sanders, Hal Sirowitz, Patricia Smith, Gary Snyder, Stephanie Strickland...

Contemporary Poets, V
Contemporary poets indexed by name: Reetika Vazirani, Janine Pommy Vega...

Calendars & Local Poetry Organizations, Britain & Europe
Here's where you'll find reading & performance schedules, local venues & poetry groups, poetry activists & activities in Britain & Europe.

Contemporary Poets, C
Contemporary poets indexed by name: Jim Carroll, Hayden Carruth, Lucille Clifton, Wanda Coleman, Laura Conway, Cid Corman...

Contemporary Poets, E
Contemporary poets indexed by name: Big Poppa E, Louise Erdrich, Clayton Eshleman...

Contemporary Poets, Y
Contemporary poets indexed by name: (none currently indexed)

20th Century Poets, A - C
Net resources on 20th century poets, indexed by name: Steven Jesse Bernstein, Elizabeth Bishop, James Broughton, Lord Buckley, Charles Bukowski, Hart Crane...

Poem Reading / Analysis
Reading notes on selected poems from our libraries and more extensive study guides on classic poems.

General Poetry References and Resources
Links to national poetry organizations, archives and general online information resources on poetry.

Ghazal links
Links pertaining to the ghazal (an Urdu-Persian form of poetry dating back to the 12th century).

Medieval Poets - Index of poets of the medieval period
The earliest practitioners of poetry in English and the vernacular Romance languages, indexed by name... anonymous troubadours, Boccaccio, Chaucer, Langland, Petrarch...

Poetry Blogs - Read the Most Interesting Poetry Blogs
Links to the most interesting poetry blogs - poets' journals, diaries and notebooks, now online in the new medium of the Web log.

Poets by name, N
Poets from all eras, indexed by name: Pablo Neruda, bpNichol, Alice Notley, Naomi Shihab Nye...

Poets by name, Q
Poets indexed by name: (none currently indexed)

Poets by name, T
Poets from all eras, indexed by name: Dylan Thomas, Quincy Troupe, John Trudell, Tu Fu (aka Du Fu)...

Renaissance Poets
Poets of the Renaissance period, the 15th and 16th centuries, indexed by name... Spenser, Sidney, Marlowe, Shakespeare...

Limerick links
Links pertaining to the limerick (a five-line joke of a poem named for the town in Ireland) and to read examples of limericks on the Net.

Pantoum links
Links to read examples of the pantoum (a poetic form made of interlocking repeated lines, originally from Malaysia).

Poets by name, I
Poets from all eras indexed by name: David Ignatow, Bowerbird Intelligentleman...

Poets by name, K
Poets from all eras indexed by name: John Keats, Robert Kelly, Jane Kenyon, Kenneth Koch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stanley Kunitz...

Poets by name, B
Poets from every era indexed by name: Elizabeth Bishop, William Blake, Eavan Boland, Richard Brautigan, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charles Bukowski, Robert Burns...

Poets by name, D
Poets from all eras indexed by name: Ruth Daigon, James Dickey, Diane di Prima, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Norman Dubie...

Poets by name, F
Poets from all eras indexed by name: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Annie Finch, Charles Henri Ford, Robert Frost...

Sestina links
Links pertaining to the sestina, a complex form in which six line-ending words are repeated in an intricate specified pattern, which dates back to the 12th century French troubadours, and links to read some of the most famous sestinas in English.

Calendars & Local Poetry Organizations
Links to online calendars, poetry venues, sponsors, organizers & local poetry groups from all over, selected and annotated by your About Poetry guides, Bob Holman & Margery Snyder.

Word Games & Online Poetry Collaborations
Links to collaborative poems, online writing exercises, puzzles & word games, selected and annotated by your About Poetry guides, Bob Holman & Margery Snyder.

Live Poetry, Festivals and Readings
Our articles and links on poetry slams, academic conferences, big and small poetry festivals, as well as guidance on how to host and publicize a live reading of your own.

Poetry Journals & Reviews
Links to scholarly or academic journals focusing on poetry, review periodicals, and collections of poetic lit crit.

InterBoard Poetry Competition
All about the InterBoard Poetry Competition (now known as the InterBoard Poetry Community), a monthly series of competitions among the most active poetry workshops and discussion forums on the Net (including the About Poetry Forum): the rules, judges, and archives of winning poems and poems entered representing our Forum.

Poetry Publishing - Contests - Prizes
Our articles on poetry publishing, poetry competitions and prizes, advice on submitting your work for publication or in award competitions, and links to poetry publishers, catalogs and online poetry contests.

Poets by name, Z
Poets indexed by name: (none currently indexed)

Villanelle links
Links pertaining to the villanelle, a formal poem of 19 lines with alternating repeated refrain lines & a strict rhyme scheme, which evolved from the pastoral songs of Renaissance troubadours, and links to read some of the most famous villanelles in English.

Poets A to Z - An Alphabetical Index of Poets from Every Era
A comprehensive alphabetical index where poets and poetry readers/listeners can find all the poets published, profiled or interviewed here at About.com Poetry, plus selected links to the best places to read about individual poets elsewhere on the Web.

Multilingual Poetry & Translations
Links to poetry translation sites & multilingual poems, selected and annotated by your About Poetry guides, Bob Holman & Margery Snyder.

Open Mic – Definitions, Rules, Etiquette, Irony – All about poetry open mics
Bob Holman defines & explains the phenomenon of the poetry open mic,

Open Mic: Sign-Up Sheets, Structure, Time Limits
Bob Holman outlines the structure of a poetry open mic: sign-up sheets, random selection, time limits... everything the poetry host needs to think about in setting up an open mic poetry reading series. Page 2.

Waka Waka Bang Splat! The World's First Internet Special-Characters Poem
A poem created entirely of special characters -- it can only be properly appreciated by reading it out loud.

Poems for Peace: 'Holy War'
Hugh Hodge's contribution to the About Poetry anthology of peace poems

Abecedarian Poem — What is an abecedarian poem
Abecedarian poem defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of poems written in abecedarian form.

Ten Thousand Lives (Maninbo) — A review of the new English translation of selections from Ko Un’s masterwork
Poetry Guide Margery Snyder introduces Ten Thousand Lives (selections from the first 10 volumes of Maninbo) by Ko Un, translated from Korean to English by Brother Anthony of Taiz, Young-moo Kim & Gary Gach, with an introduction by Robert Hass (Kobenhavn & Los Angeles: Green Integer Books, 2005).

Making Poetry / Writing, Publishing, Recording and Performing Poems
Writing, publishing, recording and performing poetry: tools for poets, books on poetics, poetry workshops, articles on submitting poems for publication, entering poems in competition, poetry award scams, organizing and promoting poetry readings, small press publishers, performance poetry, spoken word, hip hop, open mikes, poetry slam.

Richard Eberhart
A reference page on Richard Eberhart (1904 - 2005), prize-winning poet, laureate, teacher and mentor to generations of poets.

InterBoard Poetry Competition Winners, 2011 Archive
Archive of the winning poems in the monthly InterBoard Poetry Competition in 2011, posted at About Poetry.

The InterBoard Poetry Competition - How It Works
The About Poetry Forum is one of six original online poetry forums participating in the InterBoard Poetry Competition, founded in 2000. This page is a reference summary of the rules, with links to the IBPC home site, participating boards, background information on the IBPC judges, and our archives of the winning poems and the poems entered representing the About Poetry Forum.

Poetry Business - Publication, Recording, Distribution & Touring
Our articles & other resources on Po-Biz, the practical aspects of publishing, recording, distribution, performance & touring.

Multimedia Poetry, Poetry Recordings and Films
Our CD store, reviews of poetry recordings and videos, films about poets and poetry, and links to audio and video poetry online.

Library: Poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Our library of poem texts -- selected poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in chronological order.