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US, UK Poets Laureate on Being Public Face for 'Solitary Act'
Jeffrey Brown sat down with UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and US Poet Laureate Philip Levine to reflect on their public roles as private poets.

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Poet Naomi Shihab Nye: 'Telling a Story Helped Us Figure Out Who We Were'
Nye reflects on her Palestinian heritage, family, and the power of humanity. She also discusses her most recent compilation of work, Transfer. 4:58

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Poet and Molecular Biologist Katherine Larson
Using her career as a molecular biologist as a starting point, Katherine Larson shapes her poems with descriptions of squid, suction cups and branchial hearts. 5:23

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Poet Tony Hoagland Explores Species' “Romantic Moments”
In celebration of Valentine's Day, Tony Hoagland reads "Romantic Moment," a poem about a man and woman watching a nature documentary on a date. 2:39

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Out of the Financial Crisis, a New Language for Poetry Emerges
In Money Shot, poet Armantrout reacts to financial crisis in verse.

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National Book Award-winning poet Mark Doty reflects on Handel’s “Messiah”
Poet Mark Doty reflects on community bonds forged by Handel's “Messiah.” 4:52

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In Anthology, Rita Dove Connects American Poets' Intergenerational Conversations
Rita Dove has won many awards in her career, including the Pulitzer Prize. But she was recently given what may be her biggest honor and challenge: sorting through poems from the last 100 years . . . 7:39

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In Human Chain, Nobel-Winning Poet Seamus Heaney Digs Into the Past
In his native Ireland, he's known as "Famous Seamus," and indeed, Seamus Heaney—winner of the Nobel Prize in 1995—is that rare bird: a world-famous poet. 6:31

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Poet Philip Schultz Details Lifelong Struggle with Dyslexia in New Memoir
Poet Philip Schultz details his lifelong struggle to overcome dyslexia in his new memoir, My Dyslexia. 4:13

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Poet Nancy Mercado Reflects on 9/11
Nancy Mercado wrote about what she lost when the World Trade Center Towers came down. 7:30

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Poet Billy Collins Reflects on 9/11
Billy Collins read "The Names" before a special joint session of Congress in 2002, and again on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 for the NewsHour. 11:32

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Ernesto Cardenal Explores Humanity Through Cosmos 
Ernesto Cardenal is known as one of Latin America's greatest living poets. 6:39

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New US Poet Laureate Philip Levine Recalls Life at the Factory
A profile of Philip Levine, a former auto worker who became a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the nation’s current Poet Laureate. 6:34

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Floods, Fires, Storms Are Fodder for Centuries of Poems
This year has seen intense floods, fires, and storms across the country and around the world. We visited poet Jeffrey Yang, who recently edited a collection of poetry chronicling how writers . . . 3:11

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Catching Up With Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky
Much of former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's writing has focused on American life. He takes a look back at his career with Jeffrey Brown. 8:09

A Child's Garden of Poetry
The Tropics in New York
Poem by Claude McKay. Read by Ziggy Marley. 1:12

A Child's Garden of Poetry
“Hope” is the thing with feathers
Poem by Emily Dickinson. Read by Claire Danes and signed by Rachel, age 9. 00:50

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Life on Mars: Space Exploration Through Poetry
Life on Mars, Tracy K. Smith's third book, explores the cosmos through words. The Princeton creative writing professor and poet reflects on the relationship between our lives and the . . .

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C.D. Wright Examines a Civil Rights Era Event in Verse
Weaving oral histories, hymns, lists, interviews, newspaper accounts and personal memories, poet C.D. Wright explores a Civil Rights Era event in her native state of Arkansas. 5:26

A Child's Garden of Poetry
Poem by William Wordsworth. Read by Dave Matthews. 1:27

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University of Iowa Writers' Workshop Turns 75
The Iowa Writers' Workshop, the nation's oldest and most prestigious postgraduate writing program for elite writers and poets, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. 7:54

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