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A National Poetry Month Collection

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April is National Poetry Month, an annual celebration established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to commemorate the impact and importance of poetry. Poems serve as a succinct medium for authors to convey complex ideas, emotions, and histories. Hopkins Press publishes many journals that offer a wide range of poetry by a diverse group of authors. The curated list below is just a small sample of a few poignant poems recently published in Hopkins Press journals, and in celebration of National Poetry month, have been made freely available through the month of April.

Michael Mlekoday
Sewanee Review
Volume 130, Number 1, Winter 2022

For the 95 Bodies Found on the Imperial Sugar Plantation 
Jason McCall 
Mississippi Quarterly
Volume 74, Number 1, 2021

Cows. They Have Stupid Eyes, Friend So Dear
Marianne Boruch
The Yale Review
Volume 109, Number 2, Summer 2021

Summer Solstice Sonnet During the Pandemic, and: Winter Solstice Sonnet During the Pandemic 
Craig Santos Perez 
The Hopkins Review
Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 2021

Lessons to the Underprivileged 
Mervyn R. Seivwright 
African American Review
Volume 54, Number 3, Fall 2021

Gallery Visit: A Diptych 
Bonnie Thurston
Christianity & Literature
Volume 70, Number 2, June 2021

What Death Really Means 
D.M. Aderibigbe 
Volume 41, Number 2, Spring 2018

Free Jazz; Everything inside of me is screaming; and Umbra 
Asia Johnson
Feminist Formations
Volume 33, Issue 1, Spring 2021

Let’s Very Often Say 
Millicent Borges Accardi 
Wallace Stevens Journal
Volume 46, Number 1, Spring 2022

Wordsworth’s Storms 
Christopher Ohge 
Volume 23, Number 2, June 2021

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