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100 Poems That Matter

An Academy of American Poets Anthology


A moving, thought-provoking, and emotional anthology of classical and contemporary poetry that invites us to relish poetry’s power to capture the truths that really matter.

Through the voices of contemporary writers and artists, alongside much-loved poems nominated by a wide range of poetry-lovers, this unconventional collection examines universal themes of love and loss, the lies we tell each other, and the experiences that define us. The poems are also are organized by theme and complemented by commentary. At turns moving, thoughtful, and thrilling, 100 Poems that Matter feeds into the connections we all have to poetry and encourages us to bring a deeper sense of honesty into our days.

There will be classic pieces in the collection not solely from American poets, such as a Shakespearean sonnet, a poem from Irish poet W.B. Yeats, a piece from Lebanese immigrant Kahlil Gibran, and there will be very familiar names, such as Mary Oliver, Emily Dickinson, and Sharon Olds.

Themes include:

  • Love
  • Loss
  • Activism
  • Nature
  • Lies and Contradictions
  • Sage Advice
  • Honesty