March 19, 2007
These announcements are few and far between, but they're partly for my own benefit. At this time, I'm proud to present a new look for American Poems!
The design has been altered to better cater for the larger screens of today. Up to now the site has been designed to look its best on a screen with a maximum width of 800 pixels. Although it's prudent to not be too quick to change, and leave users on older equipment behind, I feel that it's time to take the step to 1024 pixel width design. My stats show that less than one user in ten will be affected negatively by this, and I feel the change is worth it.
As of today, we have 236 poets, 7984 poems and 14456 comments on the site.
August 18, 2004
After some time of coding, design and background work, I proudly present a new feature of American Poems: Comments!
Users are now able to comment on each and every poem on the website, and this will hopefully bring a new sense of interactivity to the site. Don't forget to comment on or analyze some of your favorite poems for the whole world to see.
A few new poets have been added as well, including Shel Silverstein and Joyce Kilmer.
February 28, 2004
I'm very happy to announce the complete redesign of the American Poems website today. The latest real redesign was back in 2001, and personally I was getting kind of tired of it. It was a pain to update as well, since the entire website was coded in html with some SSI includes thrown in for good measure. The new site has been converted into database format, separating content from design allowing for easier maintenance.
Another section that has received an overhaul is the search function. Try it out, it will give you much better results than the old search function!
I have also added a new poet to the archives, Maya Angelou. I'm hoping that I'll be able to add new poets and poems on a more regular basis from now on.
March 5, 2003
Not every good poet is American. But since the name of this site is American Poems, I didn't want to add any foreign poets here even though there have been numerous request for others. So I decided to create a new site for those other poets. It's called Poetry Connection, and is now up and in business. Check it out today!
October 26, 2002
Finally I had time to add another poet to the archives - a biography of Adrienne Rich, along with a number of her poems, is now up.
The search function has also had a slight revamp, now making it possible to search for a poem written by any poet. Previously you would have to try each poet individually. This had something to do with server load. I advise you to search single poets first, because choosing "Any Poet" will take a long time. As of today, October 26, 2002, there are 2866 poems by 29 different poets listed on the website.
November 11, 2001
Fitzroy Dearborn would like to announce this new release:
Encyclopedia of American Poetry
The Twentieth Century
edited by Eric L Haralson
Like its precursor (the Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth
Century), this volume treats a broad range of individual poets and poems,
along with many articles devoted to discrete topics, schools, or periods of
American verse in the century, amounting to more than 400 entries in all.
In order to capture the abundance and diversity of 20th-century American
poetry, the entries fall into one of the following three categories:
1) Poet entries - providing biographical and cultural contexts for the
author's career, with critical evaluation of the most salient poems or
volumes of verse in her/his development.
2) Entries on individual works - offering closer explication of the most
resonant poems in the 20th-century canon.
3) Topical entries - offering analyses of a given period of literary
production (e.g., the Harlem Renaissance), a formal rubric (Free Verse), a
school or a distinctive mode of expression (Black Mountain School,
Confessional Poetry), a more thematically constructed category (Gay and
Lesbian Poetry), and other verse traditions that historically have been in
dialogue with the poetry of the United States (Canadian Poetry, Caribbean
Hardback; 276 x 219mm; 866 pages
1-57958-240-0; 95.00; September 2001
For further details, visit our website:
I'd like to add that this is an excellent resource if you are at all interested in American Poetry. At 866 pages,
this book is a solid source of information on all famous and obscure poets of the 20th century. This book is definitely recommended by AmericanPoems.com!
November 10, 2001
We have recently finished a long overdue overhaul of AmericanPoems.com. The site has been moved to a dedicated server to make sure the pages load as quickly as possible. The design has also been changed and improved, and we got rid of the frames. There is also a discussion forum that is now open for business. Come join us for an interesting poetry discussion today!