Academy of American Poets

Teach This Poem - Poets.org

The title poem from my book was recently the Teach This Poem of the week over on Poets.org. It was the first poem for the new school year! Super honored to be kicking things off. Click through the images for an excerpt from my poem and an excerpt from the lesson (love the use of images of a hurricane!).

I’ve always loved this time of year—some new school supplies, a fresh haircut, the anticipation of the leaves changing, the leaves changing, the beauty of late summer/early fall meeting the beauty of reading together, of discussing books & language & sound & meaning. The beauty of notebooks & careful note-taking!!

Sunflowers & gratitude to Ansley Moon for developing this lesson. Full poem + lesson here.

Love Poems

I love love poems—reading them, writing them (or trying to). I love the falling in love with language that happens with every poem (or so I hope for). I love the bold effort, the tender effort to say, to sing, and to listen more precisely and strangely. I love love poems for partners, friends, plants, waters, family, your own breath.

Grateful to the following places for sharing some of my love poems on Thursday, for Valentine’s Day (a silly, commercial holiday, but maybe at its best a reminder of something sweet; including the literal discount chocolate the next day!):

Kundiman (which itself refers to a genre of Filipino love song)—”First Light,” which was published in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts and then in my first book and also in Poem-a-Day.

Poetry Magazine on Twitter— “Winter,” which appeared in the Asian American poets issue.

Poets.org on Instagram—”The School of Night & Hyphens,” which was published in Poem-a-Day.

Glass Poetry - Recommended Reading 2018

Slightly belated but still super enthused thanks to Anthony Frame, Editor of Glass Poetry, for including my poem “I Invite My Parents to a Dinner Party” (originally published in the Poem-a-Day series) in his 2018 year’s end list of recommended reading.

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What a blessing to find my work here, alongside stunning poems by Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Kristin Chang, Yujane Chen, Cassandra de Alba, Logan February, Roy Guzmán, Luther Hughes, Sara Eliza Johnson, Rachel McKibbins, H. Melt, Noor Ibn Najam, Julian Randall, Leah Silvieus, Erin Elizabeth Smith, Shelley Wong, and others.

Check out the entire list here.

Poem-a-Day in 2019

Thanks to Emily Polson for a shoutout in an article over on Book Riot, about the new Guest Editors for Poem-a-Day in 2019.

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The Poem-a-Day series played a vital role in helping me overcome my fear of contemporary poetry, so I recommend it to anyone who’s interested in exploring the genre but doesn’t know where to start. These daily poems introduced me to some of the poets who became a vital part of my love affair with contemporary poetry, including Hieu Minh Nguyen, Kaveh Akbar, Danez Smith, Safia Elhillo, Ada Limón, Chen Chen, and others […] Reading these individual poems led me to their full collections, and now contemporary poetry makes up 20% of the books I read.

—Emily Polson

So glad for this series on Poets.org and how it’s creating more and more voracious poetry readers. I’m also glad for this democratization of the selection process for Poem-a-Day—we need more people picking, more pickers of poems, more perspectives and tastes and delights. Read Polson’s full piece here.

And: read about the dozen Guest Editors for 2019, including TC Tolbert, Clint Smith, Victoria Chang, Paisley Rekdal, Samiya Bashir, Oliver de la Paz, and Sherwin Bitsui.