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Michael Robbins’s Freedom of Speech Smackdown on LARB May 28, 2013: Michael Robbins describes his experience writing an alternative inaugural poem for Yahoo! News on the eve of Barack Obama's second term in this piece published on the Los Angeles Review of Books site. When Robbins sent his inaugural poem to Yahoo! News, editorial's responses said more about the state of politics in the United States than a [...] by

Poetry and spoken word at The White House, minus Green Eggs and Ham January 12, 2011: When The White House invited James Earl Jones to perform poetry for An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Spoken Word earlier this year, his first instinct was to go for either Dr. Seuss or Shakespeare. Knowing that he could never top Jesse Jackson's rendition of Green Eggs and Ham, he settled for Othello. Other clips from the same evening are [...] by

“…like a bird of prey, the profile of night…” April 30, 2010:            --from “Facing It,” Yusef Komunyakaa’s great poem            about war and race and America and the Vietnam Memorial. The university where I currently teach has more political diversity among its student body than most of the liberal-to-left institutions where I’ve previously taught. It’s never [...] by

Given Giving January 8, 2010: [audio:http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Sotere3.mp3] by