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Poetry

Poets speak out.

Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace
In Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," we can sense the poet's yearning for a more peaceful and loving future.
“You Have My Permission to Wear a Hoodie Every Day” “You Have My Permission to Wear a Hoodie Every Day”
by Rasha Hamid
In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, what advice should a mother give to her young, brown son? Rasha Hamid pondered that question, and wrote this poem to her son Jibreel.
Words That Inspire: You Have My Permission to Wear a Hoodie Every Day Words That Inspire: You Have My Permission to Wear a Hoodie Every Day
In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, what advice should a mother give to her young, brown son? Use Rasha Hamid's words to start a discussion with your students about what this tragedy means.
What We Owe Adrienne Rich What We Owe Adrienne Rich
by Madeline Ostrander
The late poet was a patriot who wrestled for the soul of her country.
Words That Inspire: The Laughing Thrush Words That Inspire: The Laughing Thrush
Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin believes that it’s natural to love being in the world around us. His poem, "The Laughing Thrush," captures a sense of place with rich details and abundant joy.
How to Be Alone How to Be Alone
Video: What can we learn about ourselves when we let go of our fear of loneliness?
Healing Power of Prison Poetry Healing Power of Prison Poetry
by Eli Hastings
Writers help teens in jail learn to express difficult truths by putting pencil to paper.
Pongo Teen Writing Project Pongo Teen Writing Project
Examples of teen writing from juvenile detention.
The Great Correction Song The Great Correction Song
by Eliza Gilkyson
Song lyrics from Eliza Gilkyson, The Great Correction, written for "Last Sunday" in Austin, Texas
Split This Rock Poetry Festival Split This Rock Poetry Festival
Hundreds of poets from all over the country gathered in front of the White House on Sunday, March 23, 2008, for Split This Rock Poetry Festival. Together, the poets created a spontaneous group poem, a Cento, for peace and new priorities…
Poetry by Wendell Berry Poetry by Wendell Berry
Poetry by Wendell Berry - The Wild Geese
Pass it On Pass it On
by Alice Lovelace
Poetry by Alice Lovelace
Poetry excerpt :: 'A Brave and Startling Truth' Poetry excerpt :: 'A Brave and Startling Truth'
by Maya Angelou
An excerpt from Maya Angelou's poem 'A Brave and Startling Truth.'
Men, War, and Families Men, War, and Families
by Robert F. Johnson, Gordon Mustain
Two poems by veterans who recall the effect of military combat on their own lives.
Prayers and Poems Prayers and Poems
A selection of prayers and poems on Iraq
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