Spring Poetry Celebration: “Americano” by Kelli Russell Agodon

Dear Reader,

Today in my part of the world, the neighborhood is filled with robins and ruby-throated hummingbirds. Daffodils rise out of the soil like miniature suns and tulips become the teacups of dew for the fawns. I have been volunteering at my local vaccination center—this is a hopeful time, and it’s a time when we need each other.

My new book, Dialogues with Rising Tides, is my first with Copper Canyon Press—and my first book published during a global pandemic. I feel immense gratitude for my publishing team, who’ve continued to show up to make books like mine possible. So I write during this National Poetry Month, to offer you a poem (below) and ask you to please join me in making a gift to Copper Canyon Press. When you opt to receive my book as thank-you, I’ll be happy to sign a copy and put it in the mail for you. 

If you haven’t already, register today for our May 5th Livestream Launch Party, where I’ll read from my new book alongside Arthur Sze, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Noah Warren. I would love to see you there. 

Many thanks, and love, light, and poetry,




Kelli Russell Agodon
Author of Dialogues with Rising Tides

P.S. Your support of Copper Canyon Press keeps us in a world where poetry offers an enduring sense of resilience, especially after such a challenging year. Please give generously. Thank you!

by Kelli Russell Agodon

April is not the cruelest month, 
              but the cruelest barista 
                            who didn’t smile back, 
who misspelled my name 
              and rolled her eyes 
                            when she thought customers 
weren’t watching. Coffee is sometimes 
              the color of ruin, sometimes dust. 
                            Sometimes the ferry workers 
talk of the worst-case scenarios 
              when I’m within earshot. 
                            It’s Homeland Security Day. 
It’s we-almost-have-enough-life-rafts— 
              except for you and you. 
                            When the boat is on fire, 
there’s only so much you can do 
              even though your reflection 
                            in the window thinks you can 
do more. Underestimate the beauty 
              in the world and spill coffee 
                            down your shirt. The clouds 
are heavy as they always are in April, 
              the month not the girl, 
                            but this is not suffering, 
it’s believing that miracles happen 
              to other people. We’re adrift 
                            in the grayness 
slipping through the window— 
              half the city sees sunrise, 
                            the other half is lost in fog.


Get the Book

This spring, all the books featured in our National Poetry Month series—including Dialogues with Rising Tides—are available as gifts when you donate to Copper Canyon Press.  Make your gift of $35 or above using the form below, and receive one or more books from our new season:

  • $35 = choose one book 
  • $50 = choose two books
  • $75 or $100 = choose three books
  • $125 or $150 = receive all five books 

Choose from these new and forthcoming poetry collections:

Thank you!

Launch Party Livestream Spring 2021

Join us Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 5:00pm PT for our spring Launch Party Livestream—an online poetry reading, benefit, and celebration of five new books from our spring season, featuring Kelli Russell Agodon, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Arthur Sze, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Noah Warren.

Each poet will read from their new collection, and we’ll end the evening with a Q&A and opportunity to support Copper Canyon Press. Registration is free through Zoom, and all are welcome. See you there!