the new national Poetry Coalition & 30 Portraits of Poets

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because we come from everything: Poetry & Migration

“In November 2015, over twenty nonprofit poetry organizations joined forces to form a national Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

“In March 2017, the Poetry Coalition will launch its inaugural effort, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration. For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of migration. Here’s a look at what will be taking place across the country in March:

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Langston Hughes On The Stoop
American poet and writer Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) poses, his jacket over his shoulder, on the steps in front of his house in Harlem, New York, New York, June 1958. (Photo by Robert W. Kelley/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Also, in honor of yesterday’s World Poetry Day, Time put out:

‘To Praise a Poet’: 30 Portraits of Poets From the LIFE Archives – Lily Rothman, Liz Ronk – Time – 3/21/17

“…though the magazine only occasionally ran actual poetry, usually in the course of news about poets and the poetry business — readers came face to face with some of the modern world’s most well-regarded poets. In one such instance, for a story about Robert Frost, the magazine quoted the poet Paul Engle’s statement that the best way to ‘praise a poet’ was to write a poem. LIFE, however, was better known for photography than for poetry, and so the magazine gave credit in its own way to the men and women who crafted the century’s best-loved verses.”

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