New York, NY (May 7, 2021)— Sharing poems on Mother's Day is a special way to honor the mothers and mother figures we know, whether or not it’s possible to visit with loved ones in person. For the upcoming occasion, the Academy of American Poets and recommends 21 popular poems from its collection to help celebrate and remember these individuals: 


Elizabeth Akers Allen, “Rock Me to Sleep

Edna St. Vincent Millay, “The courage that my mother had

Edgar Allen Poe, “To My Mother” 

Alexander Posey, “Mother and Baby

Lola Ridge, “Mother” 

Christina Rossetti, “To my Mother

Robert Louis Stevenson, “To My Mother


Ellen Bass, “Indigo

Erin Belieu, “Another Poem for Mothers

Wanda Coleman, “Dear Mama (4)

Katie Condon, “Big with Dawn

Angelo Geter, “Wonder Woman

Lupe Mendez, “La suavecita

Li-Young Lee, “I Ask My Mother to Sing

Poems of Remembrance:

Dorianne Laux, “My Mother’s Colander” 

Lisel Mueller, “When I Am Asked

Kiki Petrosino, “Ghosts

Stanley Plumly, ”At Night

Luther Hughes , “My Mother, My Mother” 

Paul Celan, “Aspen Tree

David Young, “Mother’s Day” 

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 Academy 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 Academy also produces, the world’s largest publicly-funded website for poets and poetry; originated and organizes National Poetry Month; 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 together to promote the value poets bring to the country’s culture.