poetry

  • July 11, 2013   BY NewsHour Poetry Series  

    Liao Yiwu was in his early 30s when he was arrested for writing and performing a poem about the brutality of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. His poem — simply called “Massacre” — was an angry, howling rant against the government and a plea for support for the fledgling pro-democracy movement.
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  • July 10, 2013  

    After the massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989, poet Liao Yiwu responded in anger and sadness with a powerful poem that become popular among activists. But his verse led to his imprisonment. Jeffrey Brown talks to the poet about his work and time in prison, recounted in his new memoir, "For a Song and a Hundred Songs." Continue reading

  • July 4, 2013   BY Meena Ganesan  

    O July 4, 2001, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky read aloud for NewsHour viewers the concluding section of Walt Whitman’s “By Blue Ontario’s Shore,” Pinsky said, “Whitman’s list of what he ‘will not shirk’ remains an attractive agenda and can inspire a credible patriotism.” Here, for the 4th of July, are Walt Whitman’s lines:
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  • July 4, 2013   BY Margaret Myers 

    A face NewsHour viewers may remember from his many appearances on the program, poet critic Robert Pinsky served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1997 to 2000. In this blog post, Pinsky reads a poem for the Fourth of July in 2001.
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  • July 1, 2013   BY Victoria Fleischer  

    Matthea Harvey is the author of “Modern Life,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper, and BOMB.
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  • June 24, 2013   BY Mike Melia  

    Actor John Lithgow reads the poem “I Go Back to May 1937,” by Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds.
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  • June 18, 2013   BY Tom LeGro 

    For centuries, Pashtun women have traded stories, feelings and life wisdom in the form of two-line oral poems called landays. Eliza Griswold, a journalist and poet herself, traveled to Afghanistan to learn more about daily life there through the modern exchange of poetry. Jeffrey Brown takes a closer look at Griswold’s project.
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  • June 18, 2013   BY Meredith P. Garretson  

    Journalist and poet Eliza Griswold set out to document Afghan life through the prism of oral folk poems shared mostly among Pashtun women. Seamus Murphy, the London-based photographer and filmmaker who worked with Griswold on the landay project, has been covering events in Afghanistan for 20 years. He narrates a slideshow of some of his favorite images.
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  • June 18, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    Journalist and poet Eliza Griswold set out to document Afghan life through the prism of oral folk poems shared mostly among Pashtun women. Seamus Murphy, the London-based photographer and filmmaker who worked with Griswold on the landay project, narrates a slideshow of some of his favorite images.
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  • June 18, 2013  

    For centuries, Pashtun women have traded stories, feelings and life wisdom in the form of two-line oral poems called landays. Eliza Griswold, a journalist and poet herself, traveled to Afghanistan to learn more about daily life there through the modern exchange of poetry. Jeffrey Brown takes a closer look at Griswold’s project. Continue reading