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BOA Poem of the Week: New Year's Eve, 2018

Dear readers, as the year draws to a close, the BOA staff would like to say thank you to everyone who made 2018 memorable. Thank you to our authors, interns, designers, IT team, board members, national advisory committee, sponsors, and donors for your support this year. 

We'd also like to say a special thank you to the City of Rochester, Monroe County, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ames-Amzalak Charitable Trust, the Gouvernet Arts Fund, the Green Hill Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the LGBT Fund for Greater Rochester, the Literary Presenters Technical Assistance Program / Just Buffalo Literary Center, the Mary S. Mulligan Charitable Trust, the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and to everyone who gave to our annual campaign this year. Your generous support makes our mission possible.

Last but not least, we wish to say thank you to you, our dear readers, for your love of poetry and literature. We are excited to continue bringing you exceptional books of poetry and other literary works in the new year.

Every week, BOA's staff and interns share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from Kingdom Animalia by Aracelis Girmay.

Ars Poetica

May the poems be
the little snail's trail.

Everywhere I go,
every inch: quiet record

of the foot's silver prayer.
             I lived once.
             Thank you.
             It was here.

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