As National Poetry Month comes to a close, we’re celebrating the power of poetry as a spark for social change. We reached out to staff members and friends of the League to ask which poetry moved them, and today we give you a collection of works that have brought us to our feet…and brought us to tears. We hope these poets inspire you as they have inspired us.
We gently remind you that poetry has power. Some of these poems may present intense or emotionally challenging content. Please explore them carefully.
Abeyance, by Rebecca Foust
Deportation Letter, by Javier Zamora
Don’t Make America Great Again, by Tawana Honeycomb Petty
Dulce et Decorum Est, by Wilfred Owen
Her Kind, by Anne Sexton
In This Place (An American Lyric), by Amanda Gorman
London, by William Blake
Praise Song for the Day, by Elizabeth Alexander
Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou
The Border: A Double Sonnet, by Alberto Rios
The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus
Wolfchild, by Ariana Brown