NewsHour Poetry Series

  • October 4, 2012  

    After a stray shell fired by the Syrian government hit a house in a border town in Turkey, Syria’s neighbor retaliated and fired back, killing several Syrian soldiers. Independent Television News’ Lindsey Hilsum reports on increasing tensions, the fear of the war escalating beyond Syria and a diplomatic intervention from Russia. Continue reading

  • October 4, 2012  

    The shell that killed five civilians on the Turkish border is not the only source of tension between that country and warring Syria — the Syrian government is also upset at Turkey for sheltering rebels. Judy Woodruff talks to Henri Barkey of Lehigh University and Hisham Melhem of al-Arabiya News about the high stakes for both. Continue reading

  • October 1, 2012   BY Mike Melia  

    Sharon Olds is the author of several books of poetry, including “The Dead and the Living,” winner of the 1983 National Book Critics Circle Award; “The Unswept Room,” a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and “Stag’s Leap,” which was published this year. She teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University.
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  • September 26, 2012  

    With nearly 70,000 people marching toward the parliament in Athens, Greece saw its largest protests since May 2011. Greeks were angered by cuts in wages, pensions and welfare that the debt-ridden country enacted to meet budget targets. Independent Television News’ James Mates reports. Continue reading

  • September 26, 2012  

    Protesters expressed their discontent with government austerity measures on the streets of Madrid and Athens this week. Gwen Ifill talks to Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics for the latest on the unrest in Greece and Spain as Europe comes to grips with its debt crisis. Continue reading

  • September 24, 2012   BY Beth Garbitelli  

    Hugh Martin recently won the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award from The Iowa Review for his poetry. His upcoming book, “The Stick Soldiers,” received the A. Poulin Jr. First Book Prize from BOA Editions. Hugh served in Iraq for 11 months. After returning, he obtained an MFA from Arizona State and he is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
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  • September 24, 2012  

    Syrian rebels forces and Assad regime troops wage battle silently from a hidden front line, as the use of snipers have made any movement a fatal action. Homs, the city where the Syrian uprising began, is at stalemate. Independent Television News’ Bill Neely reports. Continue reading

  • September 21, 2012   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    The new official face of American poetry is one familiar to NewsHour viewers. Natasha Trethewey has just taken on the job of poet laureate of the United States, appointed by the Librarian of Congress. She’s the author of four books of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Native Guard” and her latest, “Thrall.”
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  • September 20, 2012  

    At least 30 people were killed after a Syrian fighter plane bomb dropped on a gas station in Ain Issa, a town near the Turkish border in Northern Syria. As violence flared in Syria, the U.S. met with other nations in the Netherlands to discuss tightening economic sanctions on Syria. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • September 20, 2012  

    Fighting is heard, seen and smelled in the capital of Syria, as the civil war rages on, claiming more than 23,000 lives since the uprising began 18 months ago. Margaret Warner talks to Independent Television News’ Bill Neely from Damascus, who says that neither the rebels nor the Syrian regime are capable of winning. Continue reading