Cynthia Zarin Reads ‘Harriet’ and Other Poems

BY NewsHour Poetry Series  February 12, 2009 at 10:08 PM EST

Cynthia Zarin is the author of three books of poetry — “The Swordfish Tooth” (1989); “Fire Lyric” (1993); and “The Watercourse” (2002, Los Angeles Times Book Prize) — and five books for children.

Her poems “offer a purity of language and a slightly offbeat perspective on mundane, typically overlooked topics,” according to the Poetry Foundation.

Critic Ernest Hilbert wrote that Zarin “composes formal, meditative poems that remind the reader of Elizabeth Bishop and Richard Wilbur.”

Zarin is a long time contributer to the New Yorker Magazine, and her poetry and prose is widely anthologized. She teaches at Yale.

Transcript: Cynthia Zarin

Cynthia Zarin reads three of her poems in this web exclusive.