Poems of Love and Compassion

Amongst Poetry Center patrons, one of the most sought-after types of poem is the love poem. Love poems have an endless number of purposes, whether read as a toast at a wedding; tucked inside a love note to a partner, your future self, or a friend; or shared as a gesture of hope. This online exhibition presents poems of love and compassion in a gesture of hope for the new year. Here you will find poems, books, and broadsides that offer both a large-scale view of humanity's interconnectedness and a glimpse into life’s most intimate moments. Please enjoy.


Curated by Leela Denver, Julie Swarstad Johnson, and Sarah Kortemeier