"I knew that poets seemed to be miserable," says writer Billy Collins about his younger self, yearning to fit in. While he admits he "faked a miserable character" at the start of his career, he’s since embraced his sense of humor. Jeffrey Brown talks to Collins about his new collection, "Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems." Continue reading
Detroit schools are turning their students into published poets with a little guidance from professional writers and a program called InsideOut. Jeffrey Brown reflects with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey about visiting the Motor City middle-schoolers and the "sense of power" she witnessed as they found their voices. Continue reading
Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey visits the New York Memory Center, a community-based nonprofit designed to help people experiencing memory disorders. How does poetry play a role in Americans’ lives? That’s the question PBS NewsHour is exploring over the next year. … Continue reading
Fighting continued between the Western-backed Free Syrian Army and Assad’s government forces, but in the north, there was also rebel-on-rebel conflict. Ray Suarez reports on how hard-line Islamists have expanded their role in the civil war. Continue reading
Does open fighting between secular and Islamist factions of the Syrian opposition help the Assad regime? Ray Suarez talks to Greg Miller of The Washington Post and Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about tensions among rebel groups and who is benefiting from arms and training supplied by the U.S. Continue reading
Federal investigators shut down the high-profile online market for illegal drugs known as Silk Road and arrested the site’s alleged mastermind, Ross Ulbricht. Cordelia Lynch of International Television News reports on how easy it was to access illicit substances using the website. Continue reading
Poet Gregory Orr rhapsodizes on a theme he has explored for nearly a decade: the “beloved,” the things we love. Of course, what we love can change over time, he says. “It can make you crazy by … shifting from one thing to another and yet, of course, that’s also dazzling,” he told the PBS NewsHour. The untitled poem from Orr’s latest collection, “River Inside the River” continues a sequence of poems on that theme.
Kofi Awoonor, a Ghanaian poet, diplomat and academic, was among the victims murdered in a terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi. Awoonor’s nephew Kwame Dawes, another renowned poet, was traveling with his uncle to attend a literary festival in Kenya when he was killed. Dawes joins Jeffrey Brown to honor his legacy. Continue reading
Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, historian, philosopher and author. She is the author of several books of nonfiction including “Doubt: A History” and “The Happiness Myth.” Her latest collection of poetry is titled “Who Said.” She teaches at The New School in New York.
The United Nations confirmed that chemical weapons were used against Syrian civilians, but did not assign responsibility. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Paris to rally support for a U.S.-Russia agreement that would force Syria to remove or destroy all chemical weapons by mid-2014. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading