National Poetry Month 2021
Amanda Gorman inspired many on January 20th, with her inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb.” With her words, her performance and presence, and her radiance, she invoked past orators and poets, referenced the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and looked toward a collective future: “Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed / a nation that isn’t broken / but simply unfinished.” In his inauguration eve COVID memorial, President Biden said, “To heal, we must remember.”
Poetry Month Contest
Submit 1-3 poems of any form or style that speak to Remembering/Reckoning as a response to the traumas of 2020
C. Kubasta shares Avalon Felice Lee’s “Gershwin & Sons” as the winner of our 2021 National Poetry Month contest, with shortlist poems by Sara Maher, Angelita Hampton, Mallika Khan, Deborah Pless, and Laya Reddy.
Alyssa Gruett shares insights into her process with art therapy, poetry, and grief.
Poetry selections from the final week of our 2021 National Poetry Month contest
Chase Dimock on “sentinel species,” poetry, & our relationship with the natural environment.
Charles Valle on poetry, parenthood, and grieving in the era of late-stage capitalism.
Poetry selections from the third week of our 2021 National Poetry Month contest
For National Poetry Month, Latonya Pennington recommends five YA verse novels by Black authors.
Poetry selections from the second week of our 2021 National Poetry Month contest
C. Kubasta reviews Angela Voras-Hills’s LOUDER BIRDS, a poetry collection that engages ideas of home, the corporeal, life, and loss.
Angela Voras-Hills writes about motherhood, anxiety, and consumerism, in verse and essay.