Poem (I lived in the first century of world wars)
a dream of foxes
The Mellon Foundation believes poetry connects us to our shared humanity. Together with the Academy of American Poets, we asked 10 contemporary poets to select a classic poem that has helped them make sense of what we are living through right now. Above, award-winning artist Sindha Agha brings three of them to life.
Ghazal of Dark Death
The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till
The Academy of American Poets was pleased to assist in curating this special celebration for National Poetry Month, an occasion our organization launched 25 years ago to recognize the important contributions poets make to culture, and to envisioning a more just country. It is in poetry that we encounter the insights and experiences of others and are called to compassion.
President and Executive Director, Academy of American Poets