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By Edward Hirsch

A poetry primer for the uninitiated.

Articles for Teachers
By Stephanie Burt

Classroom tips for approaching poetry, based on what matters most to you and your students.

Poem Guides
Teach with Poetry
    • Discussion Guide

      New Looks at Gwendolyn Brooks.

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine A Street in Lawndale

      By Patricia Smith
      i. the old marrieds

      But why the moon rose so cruelly, neither of them would say.
      Though a listless jazz buzzed obediently beneath their day,
      and he had seen the hand-in-hands dotting the dim streets.
      And she had heard the morning skillet scorch its...

    • Prose from Poetry Magazine

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine How Difficult It Is to Live

      By Mark Levine

      Learning from Philip Levine.

Essays on Poetic Theory
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      From Poem Videos

      Using simple, illuminative paper-cut puppetry, this enchanting video imagines the moment of witness that inspired Gwendolyn Brooks to write her landmark poem, “We Real Cool.”

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      From Poem Videos

      Created in partnership with Motionpoems, this animated film explores the complex and multifaceted beauty that can be overlooked by unobservant eyes.

    • Illustration of giant walking through small village.
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      From Poem Videos

      Created in partnership with Motionpoems, this animated film explores Rhina P. Espaillat’s meditative poem on the cycle of life and the beauty and wisdom that accompany aging.