Poetry Documentaries
Reel Poetry: “Migrations”
Poem by Dorian Merina, film by Alyssa Sherwood. Inaugural prize-winner of the Poetry Film Prize. 6:51

Children's Poet Laureate
Children’s Poet Laureate Presents: The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman reads from The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear. 11:05

NewsHour Poetry Series
Unlikely Laureate: A Conversation with Kay Ryan
Known for short, compact writing and for living a very quiet life, Kay Ryan has taken on a big and very public role as the nation's Poet Laureate. 8:26

Children's Poet Laureate
Children’s Poet Laureate Presents: I Like Old Clothes
Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman reads her collection I Like Old Clothes. 04:18

NewsHour Poetry Series
Transcript of Lincoln Inspires Poem for 16th President
Poet and journalist Cynthia Zarin’s poem for Abraham Lincoln was inspired by a discovery in a shoebox. 02:40

NewsHour Poetry Series
Acclaimed American Author John Updike Dies at Age 76
Remembering John Updike, one of the most prolific and popular American authors of his generation. 11:11

NewsHour Poetry Series
Elizabeth Alexander Reflects on Inauguration Reading
The poet discusses the significance of including poetry in the inauguration ceremonies and shares some of her work. 08:53

Children's Poet Laureate
Children’s Poet Laureate Presents: Laughing Time
Mary Ann Hoberman reads from William Jay Smith's Laughing Time (Little, Brown, 1953), a favorite children's poetry collection of the Poet Laureate and her family. 06:59

NewsHour Poetry Series
The Electorate Process Inspires “Election Day” Poem
Following the historic 2008 presidential election, J.D. McClatchy, a professor, poet and critic, reads “Election Day,” a poem about voting. 02:18

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Merwin’s Passion for Poetry and the Natural World
W.S. Merwin reads several of his poems and talks with Jeffrey Brown about memory, language, and his life as a poet and horticulturist. 03:02

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Santa Fe Spoken Word Club Explores Indian Identity, History
The Spoken Word Club at the Santa Fe Indian School maintains links to native language and culture through verse. 06:31

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Oregon Poet Laureate Inada Reflects on Internment
Lawson Inada shares poems about childhood experiences in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. 03:53

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Poet Kwame Dawes Takes On HIV/AIDS in Jamaica
Kwame Dawes reads his poems and talks to correspondent Jeffrey Brown about HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. 06:35

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Pau-Llosa Discusses Latin American Art, Shares Poem
Poet and art critic Ricardo Pau-Llosa reads from his new collection, "Parable Hunter." 04:04

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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

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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

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

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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

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

Poetry Documentaries
Gerald Stern: Still Burning
Produced by Norbert Lempert of REMproductions in association with the Poetry Foundation. Gerald Stern is as much the poet warrior now as when he stunned the poetry world thirty years ago with . . . 18:40

NewsHour Poetry Series
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

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