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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

Poetry Everywhere
The poet reads. 1:54
By Kay Ryan

Poetry Everywhere
American Wedding
The poet reads. 3:32
By Joseph Millar

Poetry Everywhere
The poet reads. 1:40
By Dorianne Laux

Poetry Everywhere
After Making Love We Hear Footsteps
The poet reads. 2:14
By Galway Kinnell

Poetry Everywhere
Calling him back from layoff
The poet reads. 2:38
By Bob Hicok

Poetry Everywhere
American Smooth
The poet reads. 1:54
By Rita Dove

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Slow Dance
The poet reads. 3:31
By Matthew Dickman

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Tornado Child
The poet reads. 2:26

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Benghazi-Born Poet Mattawa Reflects on Growing Up under Gadhafi
Personal reflections on the crisis in Libya from poet Khaled Mattawa. 7:08

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Virginia Poet Charles Wright Explores “Inexhaustible Power of Words”
Poet Charles Wright has authored more than 20 books of verse and won numerous awards. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads some of his work and shares his sources of inspiration. 3:44

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In Haiti, Artists Create Poetry Amid the Rubble
The story of Haitian poets and artists surviving—and creating—amid the rubble of last year’s earthquake. 8:02

Poetry Documentaries
After Lyn Hejinian
Vanessa Place tweets Lyn Hejinian’s life softly as her song. 1:09:42

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In Haiti, Writer Kwame Dawes Tells of Quake Aftermath Through Poetry
In collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, poet Kwame Dawes has been traveling to Haiti over the past year to report and write poems that capture the human side of the . . . 11:09

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Profile of Boise, Idaho-based Poet Karena Youtz
Poet and lyricist Karena Youtz shares her most recent collection of poems, The Shape is Space. 3:28

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Anthology Traces Rap's Lyrical Journey, Poetic Roots
Is rap music a form of lyric poetry? A new anthology, published by Yale University Press, makes the case. 7:39

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National Book Award Winner Hayes Reads From Lighthead
National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes reads the title poem from his award-winning volume, Lighthead. 1:29

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W.S. Merwin Explores the Importance of Imagination
A conversation with W.S. Merwin, who was appointed as the 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by The Library of Congress. 7:26

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