Video

Out of the Financial Crisis, a New Language for Poetry Emerges

Rae Armantrout's poetry finds its place at the intersection of the public and the private. Armantrout won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award for her 2009 collection, Versed. Poems in her latest book, Money Shot, speak to the economic downturn.

NewsHour Poetry Series

The Poetry Series, featured on the PBS NewsHour and funded by the Poetry Foundation, engages a broader audience with poetry through a series of thoughtful, in-depth reports on contemporary poets and poetry.

Learn more!

Visit teacher resources for NewsHour Poetry Series at
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/poetry/

BROWSE SERIES

MORE VIDEOS FROM NewsHour Poetry Series


Poetry Program Gives Prisoners Unexpected Voice
For more than 30 years, poet and professor Richard Shelton has traveled to a high security prison in Arizona to run a program that encourages prisoners to write and read poetry. 09:14

Richey's Poetry Addresses Son's Role as a Soldier
The poems in Frances Richey's "The Warrior" are written to her son, who has served two tours in Iraq. 08:48

Robert Hass Reads From Prize-Winning Collection
The poet reads selections from "Time and Materials," the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry book. 06:46

For Terrance Hayes, Pittsburgh and Poetry Are No Strangers
The poet discusses life in Pittsburgh, "where no one is a stranger," and shares some of his work. 08:01

Mary Jo Bang Examines Grief's Poetic Form, the Elegy
The poet shares two poems from her recent collection. 04:42

Charles Simic: From Belgrade to Poet Laureate
Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Poet Laureate Charles Simic has authored 18 books and won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer. Simic reflects on his craft. 08:57

From the Air to the Page: The Poetry of John Ashbery
Profile of one of the nation's most important contemporary writers. 08:14

Fit to Print: The Business of Publishing Poetry
Seattle poetry publisher finds method to adapt to changing cultural times. 07:58

Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters
Bishop's writings collected in a new volume. 08:10

Descended from Dreamers: Poems by Li-Young Lee
The poet reads two poems from his recent collection. 04:24
2345

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

This poem has learning resources.

This poem is good for children.

This poem has related video.

This poem has related audio.