Heart Poems – How poetry can speak to you
Heart Poems is an excellent blog maintained by Janice Falls. Her introduction states: “I am passionate about poetry: reading it; writing it; speaking it; sharing it. That is what I want to do here – share with you poems every couple of weeks that have touched me deeply by posting a few lines with a link to the whole poem which I hope you will also check out. I will write a little about why this poem spoke to me, how it moved me, in hopes that this may resonate with you.”
“The Poetry Foundation is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.”
NPR Programs on Poetry
A collection of NPR’s poetry related content: a smorgasbord of interviews with poets, book recommendations, and humorous snippets (for example, poet Billy Collins taking a quiz about musician Phil Collins on the radio show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me”). This list reflects tremendous diversity in poetry styles, themes, and writers.
Academy of American Poets
From the site description: “The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets.” The organization’s site, poets.org, features a wide collection of poems to browse, a poem-a-day. teaching materials, and frequently updated poetry news and editorials.
The Writer’s Almanac
This online companion to the popular radio program features a new poem selected every day, along with information and interesting facts about noteworthy people who were born on that day.
Daily Mindfulness Poetry
A large collection of poems on the theme of “mindfulness,” posted once each day between 2013 and 2016.
A program created by Billy Collins during his time as the U.S. Poet Laureate, Poetry 180 offers a collection of 180 poems, one for each of the 180 days of the school year.
From the Poet Seers home page: “Poet Seers is a collection of spiritual and illuminating poetry by poets from around the world. On this site we hope to share a diverse range of uplifting and inspirational poetry.”
Journey with Jesus Poetry Index
This index features a new spiritual poem or prayer added to it every week, and also has categories for Lent/Easter and Advent poetry specifically.
Poetry Writing Prompts
A series of frequently updated poetry writing prompts from Tweetspeak Poetry. These posts contain ideas meant to spur creativity on almost any subject imaginable.
Read+Write: 30 Days of Poetry
From the page description: “In celebration of National Poetry Month, Cuyahoga County Public Library is bringing you 30 days of poetry. Each post includes a daily mix of poetry to read, poetry to write, and a poetry book to check out.” The page is updated every April, and the selections from previous years are also available.
25+ Mindfulness Poems Collected by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness
A collection of poems used in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) classes at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness.
Poems to Live By
A collection of poems selected by author Steven Harper as having particular significance.
A comprehensive poetry archive that allows poems to be searched by author name, subject, etc.
Poetry centered episodes of On Being with Krista Tippett
This fascinating radio program and podcast has interviewed several poets about their work and its broader meaning. From the “About Us” page: “On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.”
These episodes are available for listening online, or for those who wish to read the interviews in text form, a full transcript is also provided.
Paul Muldoon — A Conversation with Verse
Mary Oliver — Listening to the World
Marie Howe — The Poetry of Ordinary Time
Elizabeth Alexander — Words That Shimmer
Ellen Davis and Wendell Berry — The Poetry of Creatures
Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World