poetry

  • September 11, 2013   BY News Desk  

    PBS NewsHour kicks off a special poetry series with Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. “Where Poetry Lives” features Trethewey and NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown. The pair will be on-location, reporting on issues that matter to Americans through the framework of poetry. In … Continue reading

  • September 11, 2013   BY News Desk  

    Poet Billy Collins reads “The Names,” his tribute to the victims of 9/11 and their family members. This video was part of the NewsHour’s coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

  • August 30, 2013   BY Margaret Myers 

    World-renowned poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney died at age 74 in his native Ireland after a brief illness. Jeffrey Brown looks back on an interview he did with the poet two years ago, when Heaney reflected on his life and work and read a section from his poem, “Album.”
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  • 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 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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