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Everyone Can Be a Poet: Home
Everything you need to know in order to write a poem!
Everyone Can Be a Poet!
Welcome to this resource guide for Poetry.
This guide is a starting point for anyone interested in learning how to write poetry. Use the tabs at the top of the guide to find books and media, articles, and background information on this subject.
What is Poetry?
“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” - William Wordsworth
“Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.” - James Tate
“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.“ -T.S. Eliot
“Poetry lies its way to the truth.” -John Ciardi
“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.” -Robert Frost
Emphasizing poetry as oral tradition, this site showcases poets with fewer than two published collections. What matters are not the names on the poems but the poems themselves, presented in their creators’ voices. With more than 500 audio files, the site offers users insights into how emerging poets think about and practice their craft.
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, 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.
Created by the Academy of American Poets, Poets.org contains thousands of poems as well as hundreds of poet biographies, essays, interviews, and poetry recordings—with new material being added constantly. Also available are resources such as the National Poetry Map, a national events calendar, and poetry lesson plans for teachers.
This treasure trove of resources includes unparalleled databases of literary magazines, presses, agents, contests, writers’ tools, and readings and workshops. The “My P&W” community is active and supportive.