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  "April is the cruellest month." Thus begins one of the towering masterpieces of poetry in the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. It may be the cruellest month in his complex world of alienated psyches and vision of a corrupt, burnt-out civilization, but it is still understood universally as a time of regeneration and hope, of rekindled spirits and romantic pursuits. It also happens to be National Poetry Month. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM), now in its fifth year, brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and, yes, poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its essential place in contemporary American culture. This month, Bold Type offers a selection of poetry from some of the excellent poets writing in English today. It is our hope that you will enjoy and continue to support the poetry that has come to mean so much to us.

This month, read an interview and poems by Kenneth Koch, my review of his new collection New Addresses, and poems by Henri Cole, Anne Michaels, Dan Halpern, and Afaa Weaver.



--Ernie Hilbert
 
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