On Tumblr, #poetry is the most popular writing tag, with 10% more overall engagements than the next most popular writing tag, #prose. To top that off, #poetry was in the top 5% of all of the tags used on Tumblr in 2016.
From classic #haiku to transformative #visual poetry, #all caps poetry images and #spoken word videos, poetry on Tumblr has a variety of formats for you to tell your friend that you’ve eaten the plums out of their icebox.
Where the writers go
Since many people share curated works using the #poetry tag, a few other tags for mostly original work have popped up. The first is #poets on tumblr, which was the fourth largest community tag on Tumblr last year. Writers began using the tag to share their original work in the early 2010s and between 2013 and 2014, overall engagements (searches, original posts, reblogs and likes) grew 1366%. Over the next two years, that growth continued at an average of 214% per year.
#Spilled Ink started in 2011 after a pair of friends wanted a create a tag for poets on Tumblr to find each other’s work. Since 2013, The tag has averaged 41% year over year growth and has expanded to also include prose and other writing. It’s now one of the largest writing communities on Tumblr. For some sense of scale, in 2016, there were 32% more posts tagged #spilled ink than #poets on tumblr.
Finally, #Excerpt From A Book I’ll Never Write started appearing three years ago for short snippets of poetry—pieces of work shared with no pressure to be complete or finished. In 2014, only a handful of original posts were made with the tag, but were reblogged extensively throughout the year. Between 2014 and 2016, overall engagements in the tag increased 10,407%.
No matter what your favorite kind of poetry is, there are dozens of tags to find your next favorite writer on Tumblr. In addition to those mentioned above, there’s also:
#slam poetry, for those who see poetry as a competitive sport
In celebration of American Archives Month, the National Archives is teaming up with the The Academy of American Poets. Throughout the month we’ll be publishing original poems inspired by the holdings of the National Archives. To view the poets performing their original work, visit the National Archives YouTube Channel.
Today’s poem, “Much Tattooed Sailor Aboard USS New Jersey” by Jehanne Dubrow, was inspired by a photograph of sailors during World War II.
Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs took this photograph of two sailors in December 1944. Jacobs was part of the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit—a group of military photographers, under the command of Edward Steichen, who documented activities of the United States Navy during World War II.
My black thinks it’s so educated.
My black forgot how to speak
its own language, but
my black thinks it’s the poem.
It thinks it’s political.
It thinks it’s a statement now.
My black drove through Harlem.
My black saw Africa in a textbook.
My black saw the Caribbean on a cruise.
My black’s still waiting on the boat.
Tonight’s Cantab feature is 2011 Cantab team member & current Academy of American Poets staff member Maya Phillips! These are stanzas from her poem “Possession, Or The Things I Don’t Say About My Race,” from her chapbook Doomsday Sermons of a Subway Prophet
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Thom Gunn Award, and it was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor in English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.
I noticed Misha follows Maria Popova (Brainpickings) on Twitter. I do too (she is AMAZING). I've had many poetry & book recs from her. (She's organised some beautiful events (in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets) like "Verses for Hope" (after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando last year) and "The Universe In Verse" last month in Brooklyn.. a whole evening of poetry readings about space and science! It was amazing.) I bet Misha has (like me) gotten a fair few recs from her. :)
Well thank you very much for giving me a recommendation… I will have to follow that account immediately. That sounds amazing and you’re probably most definitely right. <3
Louise Bogan (1897-1970) was an American writer, recognized by many critics as the
most accomplished woman poet of the twentieth century. She was the poetry
editor for the New Yorker magazine
for almost 40 years, therefore playing a major part in shaping the mainstream
poetry scene in the USA.
She published several
collections of poetry during her life, the first one in 1923. Her work was also
published in magazines such as The New
Republic and Atlantic Weekly, and
led her to win several awards, such as the one from the Academy of American
Poets in 1959.
Could you recommend some modern poetry books or blogs? I'm obsessed with everything in your poetry tag, so if you have any favorites I'd love to know.
The ones that spring to mind are less…focused on modern poetry as a happy hodgepodge of all different types of poetry.
I swear by poets.org from the Academy of American Poets—it’s a great pleasure to browse their archives by topic and stumble onto random gems. Poetry Foundation is also good, but I seem to find more poems I enjoy on poets.org.
Garrison Keillor actually did a great anthology just called “Good Poems.” It was the first poetry anthology I ever bought and read all the way through. As anthologies go, it’s very approachable and unpretentious; the selections were made with a casual reader in mind and the result is very warm and sentimental and delightful. I think that was the first time I read Lisel Muller’s Romantics, which remains one of my favorite poems.
Otherwise I would suggest checking out the particular poets that interest you. While the cost-to-pages ratio can make poetry seem pricey, there’s something really lovely about having those little slim books of poetry lying around the house.