The Academy of American Poets presents Summer Camp, a new newsletter series distributed in July that we hope you will find helpful as you continue to seek ways to engage the students and young people in your life with meaningful activities, and, of course, poetry.
Especially in this time, we believe that reading, sharing, and writing poems helps us to process the world around us while we learn. Thank you for joining us for Summer Camp.
As we approach July 4 and our nation’s annual commemoration of the Declaration of Independence, we do so in the context of historic calls for justice and acknowledgement of the truth about how our country was founded and built through the colonization of indigenous lands, the enslavement and genocide of millions, and the continuous oppression of the people.
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In an essay about the relationship between poetry and music, Claudia Emerson writes, “We all know that poetry is not one thing; the spectrum from lyric to narrative in the category of ‘poem’ is vast and encompasses much; so, too, the spectrum of formal to freer verse. The same goes for song, for music itself.”
“Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.
Not all things are blest, but the
“History has to live with what was here,
clutching and close to fumbling all we had—”
“Look back only for as long as you must,
Then go forward into the history you will make.”
When considering essential movements in American poetry, no conversation would be complete withou
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