Today’s Dear Poet video features Academy of American Poets Chancellor Arthur Sze, author of nine books of poetry, including Compass Rose (Copper Canyon Press, 2014);The Ginkgo Light (Copper Canyon Press, 2009); and Quipu (Copper Canyon Press, 2005).

About his work, Jackson Mac Low has said, “The word ‘compassion’ is much overused—‘clarity’ less so—but Arthur Sze is truly a poet of clarity and compassion.”

Watch Arthur Sze reading his poem “The Chance,” and have your students participate in the Dear Poet project during National Poetry Month. We invite young people grades five through twelve to send us their letters in response to the poem for a chance to have them featured on

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