Prolific poet and writer John Ashbery has long been honored as one of the country's most important writers. Ashbery shares some of his poetry and talks to the NewsHour about his life and artistic endeavors.
Poet John Ashbery reads some of his poems.
John Ashbery is the author of more than 30 volumes of poetry, criticism and essays, including most recently, "A Worldly Country" and "Selected Later Poems." He has won nearly every major American award for poetry, and his body of work…
Poet Charles Simic reads some of his poems.
In August 2007, Charles Simic was named U.S. Poet Laureate. Simic, whose work is known for its surrealism, dark humor and irony, is the author of 18 books of poetry. His most recent volume, "My Noiseless Entourage," was published in…
Charles Simic was named Poet Laureate last month by the Library of Congress. Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, he has authored 18 books and won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer. Simic reflects on his craft.
Poet Joy Harjo reads some of her poems.
Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer and musician. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including "She Had Some Horses," "In Mad Love and War," and "The Woman Who Fell From the Sky." Her most recent…
Poet Alberto Rios reads some of his poems.
Poet Alberto Rios reads from his latest book of poetry "The Theater of Night" which follows a couple in a U.S.-Mexico border town through their youth, marriage and thoughtful old age. Rios himself is from the U.S.-Mexican border town of…
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