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is the definitive source of publications about the philosophy founded by poet, critic, and educator Eli Siegel.


Poems by Eli Siegel, including his Nation Poetry Prize-winning “Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana” and “Dear Birds Tell This to Mothers.” Critics speak about his poetry. What poetry is, including poetic criticism of works by Byron, Browning, John Donne, H.D., Keats, and others.


Reviews written by Eli Siegel in Scribner's Magazine; reviews of Eli Siegel's poetry and prose, including in the New York Times Book Review.


that inform you about Aesthetic Realism and how it understands life, art, and history. Self and World explains how people look at the world and other people—and how we can see accurately and fairly. The friendship of Eli Siegel and William Carlos Williams is in The Williams-Siegel Documentary.

Articles in the news

about the founder of Aesthetic Realism from the 1930s on; and about the ideas and principles of Aesthetic Realism in relation to economics, love, art, youth and age, the Mideast, and more. Includes WKCR-FM "The World of Art" interview of Eli Siegel.


Here in the Online Library are essays by Eli Siegel that illuminate some of the least understood aspects of people's lives, such as “The Ordinary Doom” and "The Everlasting Dilemma of a Girl." They show with great keenness and compassion the logic that underlies our emotions at their best and worst.


Poetry and Women, Ownership, Strikes, Unions, and Animate and Inanimate Are in Music and Conscience are three of the titles online. Lectures were given by Eli Siegel presenting new, groundbreaking knowledge for over 40 years.


Eli Siegel wrote Definitions, and Comment: Being a Description of the World in 1945, and it is serialized in the journal The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known. In this work he defines and comments on 134 words—among them, Thing, Romance, Space, Courage, Surprise, Aspect, and History. Online are his definitions of, and comments on, Reality, Truth, Aesthetics, Success, and Everydayness. The Definitions page lists of all those that are currently online.

Eli Siegel Collection.

Located in the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, the Collection of 25,000 volumes houses the books and some of the manuscripts of Mr. Siegel.

The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.

The international periodical of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation contains urgently relevant explanations of current education, love, economics, and ethics—national and personal.

Aesthetic Realism Foundation site

You can visit the home page of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation—and also see the Schedule of Events. You can learn about Aesthetic Realism consultations; find out about the many other ways this philosophy is taught; read the online biography of Eli Siegel and what Congressman Elijah Cummings said about him in the U.S. Congressional Record.

You can also read what people are saying, on the page of relevant links. How teachers have been using the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method for more than 30 years is also documented on the site. To contact the Foundation for travel instructions, or to request further information you can visit the Information page.