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    Launched in 1996, American Poets is published in April and October each year exclusively for the members of the Academy of American Poets— devoted individuals who make our free programs possible. The magazine showcases work by poets past and present, including Ai, Richard Blanco, Gwendolyn Brooks, Natalie Diaz, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Jorie Graham, Lyn Heijinian, Edward Hirsch, Li-Young Lee, Robert Lowell, Dawn Lundy Martin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tracy K. Smith, Walt Whitman, and C.D. Wright. The Books Noted section features reviews of not-to-miss new poetry collections. And, of course, each and every article is accompanied by memorable poems. Browse a selection of American Poets features: 

    Richard Blanco

    Richard Blanco on His Poem "Mother Country" and His Work Today

    Excerpted from How to Love a Country: Poems (Beacon Press, 2019).

    Walt Whitman

    Poetry & Democracy: Khaled Mattawa on Whitman's Democratic Vistas

    In his essay Democratic Vistas (1871) Walt Whitman writes, “Democracy... is a great...

    Solmaz Sharif, Photo credit: Arash Saedinia

    Eileen Myles and Solmaz Sharif: A Conversation Across Generations

    Eileen Myles moved from Boston to New York City to become a poet in 1974. Since then, she has...

    Sandra Beasley

    Flexing the Form: Contemporary Innovation in the Sestina

    The sestina has been around for more than eight centuries—and has received, in the past few...

    Mónica de la Torre

    Emerging Poet: On Mónica de la Torre

    No one I know writes like Mónica de la Torre. Many...