New York, NY (May 5, 2022)— Sharing poems on Mother's Day is a special way to honor the mothers and mother figures we know. For the upcoming occasion, the Academy of American Poets and recommend 12 popular poems from its collection to help celebrate and remember these individuals: 


Song” by H. D.

The courage that my mother had” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

To My Mother” by Edgar Allan Poe

Mother” by Lola Ridge

For My Mother” by May Sarton

To My Mother” by Robert Louis Stevenson


Sleeping in Late with My Mother” by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

My Mama moved among the days” by Lucille Clifton

The Blue Dress” by Saeed Jones

I Ask My Mother to Sing” by Li-Young Lee

The Raincoat” by Ada Limón

My Mother on an Evening in Late Summer” by Mark Strand

Visit for a curated collection of more than 100 additional poems for Mother’s Day or a selection of meaningful lines to share in your own personalized, poetic greeting.

About the Academy of American Poets

Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry with supporters in all fifty states. The organization annually awards more funds to individual poets than any other organization through its prize program, giving a total of $1.25 million to more than 200 poets at various stages of their careers. The organization also produces, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; established and organizes National Poetry Month each April; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; provides award-winning resources to K–12 educators, including the Teach This Poem series; hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and coordinates a national Poetry Coalition working to promote the value poets bring to our culture.