The Academy of American Poets, the producer of—one of the world’s most popular online resources for poems with tens of millions of visits each year—invites you to share love poems this Valentine’s Day. Here are twenty-one selections from our collection for the upcoming occasion:


W. H. Auden, “The More Loving One

Djuna Barnes, “Serenade

Willa Cather, “Evening Song

E. E. Cummings, “Amores (II)

Federico García Lorca, “[To find a kiss of yours]

Sadakichi Hartmann, “Why I Love Thee?

Claude McKay, “To O. E. A.

Frank O’Hara, “Having a Coke with You

Jalal al-Din Rumi, “What Was Told, That

Bertrand N. O. Walker, “An Indian Love Song


Diannely Antigua, “Anniversary

Anne Carson, “O Small Sad Ecstasy of Love

Meg Day, “Once All the Hounds Had Been Called Home

Heid E. Erdrich, “How

Benjamin Garcia, “Bliss Point or What Can Best Be Achieved by Cheese

Christopher Gilbert, “How the Stars Understand Us

Maureen N. McLane, “Syntax

Anis Mojgani, “Hon or We have both traveled from the other side of some hill, one side of which we may wish we could forget

Xandria Phillips, “Edmonia Lewis and I Weather the Storm

Adrienne Rich, “Twenty-One Love Poems [Poem III]

Sonia Sanchez, “Haiku [for you]

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