Just in time for National Poetry Month, the New Yorker Poetry Bot is back! Launched in 2017, to celebrate the magazine’s ninety-second anniversary, the bot offered readers a daily dose of poetry on Twitter and Facebook Messenger, cycling through ninety-two poems that were chosen to represent every decade of our archive. With this reboot, we’ve expanded that selection, adding poems by Tracy K. Smith, C. P. Cavafy, Grace Paley, and many more; the bot feed will now send excerpts of different poems to read, listen to, and share each and every day of the year. In a time when many of our social-media feeds are saturated with the kind of language meant to persuade or to sell you something, the poetry bot invites a different sort of engagement.
“Digging into our archives yields favorites but also surprises,” Kevin Young, the magazine’s poetry editor, says. “Poetry is all about the experience of discovery, which we’re delighted to share with readers in this innovative way.”
The bot’s first release is from 1962: “The Sun,” by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton.