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2023 Poetry Coalition Programming

Split This Rock is proud to be a member of The Poetry Coalition, a national alliance of nearly 30 independent poetry organizations dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. Poetry Coalition programming is made possible in part by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation which were secured by the Academy of American Poets.

From March through May 2023, the Poetry Coalition will explore the theme “and so much lost      you’d think / beauty had left a lesson: Poetry & Grief” in a series of virtual and in-person programs that will reach more than 300,000 individuals nationwide. The line “and so much lost      you’d think / beauty had left a lesson” is from Ed Roberson's poem "once the magnolia has blossomed." 

Poetry Coalition members aim to demonstrate how poetry can invite and inspire conversations in their communities about grief—an expansive and rich topic that has become imbued with deeper meaning over the last few years. All organizations and others interested are invited to create programs on this theme in 2023 and to share their efforts using the hashtags #PoetryAndGrief and #PoetryCoalition.

Read below for Split This Rock's programming related to this year's Poetry Coalition theme. This page will be updated as additional offerings are announced and released.

Poem of the Week

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On Fridays in March, Split This Rock's Poem of the Week Series will publish poems on grief. Poems will be sent by email to Poem of the Week subscribers and published in The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. You can subscribe to Split This Rock’s email list and Poem of the Week by completing this brief form. If the form is not accessible to you, please contact us at

The five poems are available as audio and text in The Quarry