In other news Wednesday, newly released figures show the British economy has fallen deeper into recession than predicted. Also, officials in Anaheim, Cal., called for a cease to a four-day run of violence in reaction to the weekend killing of two hispanic men by police. Continue reading
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is only the second monarch to mark 60 years on the throne. Jubilee celebrations began Saturday with a royal visit to the Epsom Racecourse in South London and wrap up Tuesday. Tim Ewart and Andy Davies of Independent Television News report. Continue reading
“A poet should be private and invisible,” says U.K. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, “This is a different way of being a poet, to be laureate.” Meanwhile, “I think we witness things, but are not witnessed,” says U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine. They reflect with Jeffrey Brown on having very public roles as private poets. Continue reading
At a White House news conference Wednesday alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama said he didn’t foresee “sudden additional changes” to U.S. troop drawdown plans in Afghanistan despite recent incidents stoking anti-American tensions there. Ray Suarez reports on the leaders’ reaffirmed relationship. Continue reading
When American politicians write their memoirs, the strongest emotion they normally evoke is a measure of sympathy for all the trees shredded to convey reams of turgid or evasive prose. Not so for their British counterparts, who settle scores, reveal … Continue reading
New Directions has just put out “Dylan Thomas: The Collected Poems.” It’s a republication of the original edition, as selected by the poet himself, and the introduction is by Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Princeton University.
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is included in the recently republished “Dylan Thomas: Collected Poems” by New Directions, with a new introduction by poet Paul Muldoon. Jeffrey Brown talked to Muldoon last week about Thomas and the collection.
Foreign Secretary William Hague met with Obama administration officials, following speculation that the U.K.’s new governing coalition will be more independent of U.S. policy. Margaret Warner talks to Hague about the newly formed government under Prime Minister David Cameron. Continue reading
The votes are being counted in Britain’s heated national elections, as three parties attempted to claim a majority in Parliament. Margaret Warner gets the latest after the close of the polls from reporter Ned Temko in London. Continue reading
In other news Tuesday, record flooding over the weekend is now blamed for 29 deaths in the Southeastern U.S. Also, authorities prepared to close air space over Scotland and Northern Ireland again because of the Icelandic volcano. Continue reading