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NPM Contributors

Our big 'Event every year is a series of essays on the nature of poetry, its varied forms, and its relevance in the present day. The series features some of the material from the collection, but in the last few years, the emphasis has shifted to focus on recent poets, their works, and the things that drive them. Joining Nelson (Howard) Miller, Bob Blair, and myself, are two special contributors: Chicago poet Kashiana Singh, and Robin Martin Berard, whose portfolio would fill up the entire page if I listed everything.

National Poetry Month

While we follow the American calendar schedule, celebrating Poetry Month in April each year, our coverage is broad and inclusive, discussing poets from all over the world - some who write in English, and some who write in other languages. It's an interesting event, with intriguing individuals, incisive commentary, and, hopefully, valuable take-aways for our readers.

-- Steve Spanoudis

2020 National Poetry Month Selections:

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  1. Thermopylae by Amy Clampitt

  2. The Truisms by Louis Macneice

  3. The Lemons by Eugenio Montaldo

    Natalie Diaz
  4. Haiku by Etheridge Knight

  5. Carbon Paper by Marin Sorescu

  6. To the Oppressors by Pauli Murray

  7. The Undying by Anne Boyer

  8. A New National Anthem by Ada Limón

  9. Drake in the Southern Sea by Ernesto Cardenal

  10. An Ode to my Socks by Pablo Neruda

  11. The Marginal Field by Stephen Spender

  12. Double Dutch by Gregory Pardlo

  13. Life by Edith Wharton

  14. Hardwood Point by Robin Martin Berard

  15. At the Crossing by Fleur Adcock

  16. The Desire of Water by Mark Jarman

  17. One Vote by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

  18. The Battle of Lundy's Lane by Duncan Campbell Scott

  19. The Wanderer by John Masefield

  20. Elegy by Hayan Charara

  21. Second Creation by Silke Scheuermann

  22. Perhaps the World Ends Here by Joy Harjo

  23. No More Cake Here by Natalie Diaz

  24. The End and the Beginning by Wislawa Szymborska

  25. Cinquains (etc.) by Meena Kandasamy

  26. 1961 - The Russians Resume Bomb Testing by Paul Goodman

  27. Atmospheric Embroidery by Meena Alexander

  28. The Last Picture in the World by Al Purdy

  29. Loud Music and Brink by Stephen Dobyns

  30. Immortality by Lisel Mueller

2019 National Poetry Month Selections:

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  1. Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  2. The Woman who Dwelt in the House Before by Rasha Omran

  3. They Can't Take That Away From me by Ira Gershwin

    Terence Hayes
  4. The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

  5. A Place Liek Water by Anjum Hasan

  6. Glass Marbles by Kathy Jetn?il-Kijiner

  7. On the Radio by Regina Spector

  8. To His Familiar Friend by Nicholas Grimald

  9. IV by Catullus

  10. Inside me is a black-eyed animal by Terence Hayes

  11. Exile by Conrad Aiken

  12. The Wedding by Moniza Alvi

  13. Life is Beautiful by Dorianne Laux

  14. Sonnet to my Mother by George Barker

  15. I am signalling you through flames by Lawrence Ferlenghetti

  16. Minority Poem by Nissim Ezekiel

  17. Selections from "On the Road" by Freedom Nyamubaya

  18. Hiatus by Margaret Avison

  19. Sunset by e e cummings

  20. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

  21. Lincoln - Man of the People by Edwin Markham

  22. All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan

  23. Lapis LAzuli by William Butler Yeats

  24. If They Should COme for Us by Fatimah Asghar

  25. Aubade with Burning City by Ocean Vuong

  26. Major General by William S. Gilbert

  27. Myth by Natasha Trethewey

  28. Enter the Void by Juan Filipe Hererra

2018 National Poetry Month Selections:

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  1. All Lovely Things by Conrad Aiken

  2. Rudkin by Kenneth Ashley

  3. Someday by Nichole Nordeman

    Wendy Guerra

  4. Barter by Sara Teasdale

  5. Ossuaries by Dionne Brand

  6. May Morning from Campus Sonnets, by Steven Vincent Benet

  7. A Dreams Within a Dream by Edgar Allen Poe

  8. On Wenlock Edge by A.E. Housman

  9. Wedding by Alice Oswald

  10. The Animals in that Country by Margaret Atwood

  11. A Lady Thinks She Is Thirty by Ogden Nash

  12. The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  13. A Face in the Crowd by Wendy Guerra

  14. Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden

  15. Give Me Your Hand by Gabriela Mistral

  16. Two Clocks by Ngwatilo Mawiyoo

  17. Crucible by Carl Sandburg

  18. A Flower of Mullein by Lizette Woodworth Reese

2017 National Poetry Month Selections:

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  1. Pan in Wall Street by Edmund Clarence Stedman

  2. The Eagle and the Hawk by John Denver

  3. The Seed Shop by Muriel Stuart

    Bob Dylan

  4. On the Road Again by Bob Dylan

  5. The King's Henchman y Edna St. Vincent Millay

  6. Frightening Things by David Mura

  7. Laws of Motion by Nikki Giovanni

  8. When I Heard the Learned Astronomer by Walt Whitman

  9. Heritage by Arthur Guiterman

  10. The Mayor of Gary by Carl Sandburg

  11. Love Song by Dorothy Parker

  12. Maquam [home] by Zeina Hashem Beck

  13. Wild Peaches by Elinor Wylie

  14. Luke Havergal by E.A. Robinson

  15. Spoon River by Edgar Lee Masters

  16. The Wanderer by Khaliil Gibran

  17. Hope by Emily Dickinson

  18. Freedom by Ambrose Bierce

  19. The River-Merchant's Wife: a Letter by Ezra Pound

  20. Aboriginal Landscape by Louise Gluck

  21. Requiem by Anna Akhmatova

  22. Noone and Anyone by e e cummings

  23. Birds of Passage by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  24. Mummers Dance, All Souls Night by Loreena McKennit

  25. The Sound of the Trees by Robert Frost

  26. Chiarascuro: Rose by Conrad Aiken

  27. Beverly Hills, Chicago by Gwendolyn Brooks

  28. By Candlelight by Sylvia Plath

  29. The Music Box by Christopher Morley

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