poetry

  • 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   BY News Desk  

    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   BY Margaret Myers  

    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 Margaret Myers 

    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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  • September 18, 2013   BY Margaret Myers  

    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.
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  • September 17, 2013   BY Margaret Myers 

    “Nothing By Design,” the new collection from poet Mary Jo Salter, is a mix of light and dark. In it, Salter explores the end of a marriage, the loss of friends, having fun with MFA programs and responding to “The Waste Land” in a three-line poem called “T.S. Lightweight and Ezra Profound.”
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  • September 16, 2013   BY Margaret Myers  

    Meena Alexander’s latest collection of poems, “Birthplace with Buried Stones,” will be published Sept. 30, 2013. Alexander is an English professor at the City University of New York and teaches at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her volumes of poetry include “Illiterate Heart” (winner of the EN Open Book Award), “Raw Silk” and “Quickly Changing River.”
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  • September 12, 2013   BY newsdesk 

    “My own journey in becoming a poet began with memory — with the need to record and hold on to what was being lost” Thursday on PBS NewsHour, Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and the NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown launch “Where Poetry … Continue reading

  • September 12, 2013   BY Molly Finnegan 

    PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown, right, and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, center right, launch the series “Where Poetry Lives.” Their first stop: Brooklyn. Photo by Anne Davenport/NewsHour “A short walk in the park, a sax, a lot of poetry: Memories … Continue reading

  • Poetry Series Poetry Project Helps Dementia Patients Live in the Moment
    September 12, 2013   BY Margaret Myers 

    In our new series, “Where Poetry Lives,” Natasha Trethewey, poet laureate of the United States, and Jeffrey Brown spends time at the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in Brooklyn. The international program works with people with dementia to try to trigger memory by playfully engaging with language.
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