NewsHour Poetry Series
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

NewsHour Poetry Series
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

NewsHour Poetry Series
A Safe House for Writers in Pittsburgh
In Pittsburgh, a special program offers foreign writers whose lives are endangered to get a new start and write freely. 8:05

NewsHour Poetry Series
Texas Poet Twists Newsprint Into Prose
Austin Kleon is a Texas-based poet, writer, cartoonist and designer. He's found a playful way of making poetry from discarded newspapers, as demonstrated in his new book Newspaper Blackout. 4:49

NewsHour Poetry Series
Poet Ben Saenz Considers Mexico’s Border Violence
Saenz is a Chicano poet, novelist, professor and painter who lives near El Paso, Texas, just across the border from the Mexican town of Juarez. Much of his work addresses the land and people . . . 4:19

Poetry Documentaries
The View From Here: Lynda Barry
Lynda Barry sings Emily Dickinson, recites haiku, explains how poetrysmells, and insists that memorizing poetry can keep you alive and well. 8:08

NewsHour Poetry Series
Poet Behbahani Writes for Peace Amid Iran's Political Turmoil
English translator Farzaneh Milani examines the writings of Simin Behbahani, one of Iran's most renowned and prolific female poets, amid the recent political turmoil that has affected her own life. 4:16

Poetry Everywhere
The Catch
Animated poem. 2:00
By A.E. Stallings

NewsHour Poetry Series
David Mason's Novel in Verse Explores the Old American West
Poet, essayist, and professor David Mason shares a look at a dramatic moment in American labor history through his poem about a 1913 mine strike that ended in violence. 4:14

NewsHour Poetry Series
Classic Poems Turn Lyrical on Natalie Merchant's New Album
Natalie Merchant has just released a two-disc album titled Leave Your Sleep, a collection of 26 traditional poems set to original music. 6:17

Poetry Everywhere
Mother's Day
The poet reads. 1:59
By Daisy Zamora

Poetry Everywhere
Lake Echo, Dear
The poet reads. 1:55
By C. D. Wright

Poetry Everywhere
The poet reads. 2:29
By W. S. Merwin

Poetry Everywhere
After Love
The poet reads. 1:13
By Maxine Kumin

Poetry Everywhere
Blackberry Picking
The poet reads. 2:08
By Seamus Heaney

Poetry Everywhere
Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper
The poet reads. 1:44
By Martín Espada

Poetry Everywhere
The poet reads. 2:53
By Toi Derricotte

Poetry Everywhere
The Floral Apron
The poet reads. 2:03
By Marilyn Chin

NewsHour Poetry Series
Poet Lucille Clifton Dies After Cancer Battle
Remembering former Maryland poet laureate and National Book Award winner Lucille Clifton. 2:55

Children's Poet Laureate
Tea with Cherries
Although she moved frequently as a child, Mary Ann Hoberman always found comfort in her large extended family. 3:01

NewsHour Poetry Series
A 'Rift in the Land' Brings Haitians Together
Understanding Haiti's disaster through a poet's eyes. 3:58

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