poetry

  • October 21, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes  

    Poet and veteran teacher Stanley Plumly continues his exploration of personal memories, juxtaposing his childhood with 74 years worth of knowledge and perspective on the world, in his latest collection, “Orphan Hours: Poems.” In addition to his writing, Plumly has … Continue reading

  • October 21, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes  

    Poet and veteran teacher Stanley Plumly continues his exploration of personal memories, juxtaposing his childhood with 74 years worth of knowledge and perspective on the world, in his latest collection, “Orphan Hours: Poems.” In addition to his writing, Plumly has … Continue reading

  • October 21, 2013   BY Colleen Shalby  

    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

  • October 19, 2013   BY News Desk 

    Today is renowned actor and poetry enthusiast John Lithgow’s birthday. View him reading ‘I Go Back to May 1937′ by Sharon Olds for the NewsHour.

  • October 14, 2013   BY Victoria Fleischer  

    Ballad in A by Cathy Park Hong A Kansan plays cards, calls marshal a crawdad, that barb lands that rascal a slap; that Kansas jackass scats, camps back at caballada ranch. Hangs kack, ax, and camp hat. Kansan’s nag mad … Continue reading

  • October 7, 2013   BY News Desk  

    Painting by Lorna Goodison, from the private collection of Dan Kelly, photographed by Hugh Wright For a long time, poet Lorna Goodison thought her creative talents would lead to a profession in the visual arts. But “one day the painting … Continue reading

  • October 7, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes  

    For a long time, poet Lorna Goodison thought her creative talents would lead to a profession in the visual arts. But “one day the painting stopped coming, and I was just writing all the time,” Goodison said. Like a scorned lover, her talent and passion for painting “went off in a huff because I wasn’t paying any attention to it.”
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  • September 30, 2013   BY News Desk  

    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 … Continue reading

  • September 30, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes  

    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.
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  • September 26, 2013   BY News Desk 

    Poet Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on September 26, 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri. After living most of his adult life in England, Eliot, to his evident relief, had little trace of a Midwestern accent. You can celebrate his birthday … Continue reading