poetry

  • September 30, 2013    

    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  

    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

  • September 25, 2013   BY  

    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.
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  • September 25, 2013   BY  

    Wednesday on the PBS NewsHour, poet Kwame Dawes remembers his uncle, Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor, who was killed in the terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Dawes read one of his uncle’s most famous works, “The Weaver … Continue reading

  • September 25, 2013   BY  

    Wednesday on the PBS NewsHour, poet Kwame Dawes remembers his uncle, Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor, who was killed in the terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Dawes read one of his uncle’s most famous works, “The Weaver Bird.”
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  • September 25, 2013   BY  

    Poet Kwame Dawes’ uncle, the Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor, was killed in the terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Dawes read one of his uncle’s most famous works, “The Weaver Bird.”
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  • September 25, 2013  

    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

  • September 23, 2013    

    In “Without a Claim,” poet Grace Schulman is inspired by the things she loves. Raised in New York City, “like a houseplant in a windowsill, Schulman describes the majesty of the American landscape. In this instance it’s Montauk, at the eastern tip of Long Island, where the poet has a home. “Usually poems of mine are inspired by sudden glimpses of beauty, whether the beauty of trees or the beauty of land or the beauty of art. I think ‘oh my God this is so beautiful. I’ve got to understand it. What is it?’ I’ve got to know what it is and then praise it.”
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  • September 19, 2013    

    Lucie Brock-Broido is the author of four collections of poetry, including her latest “Stay, Illusion.” She is the Director of Poetry in the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York. Her poem “Of Tookie Williams” is about the death of the former “Crips” gang leader Stanley “Tookie” Williams.
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  • September 18, 2013   BY  

    Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, historian, philosopher and author. She has written 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 and Columbia University in New York.
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