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Mexico’s José Emilio Pacheco Dies at 74 January 28, 2014: Today we discovered the sad news of the death of José Emilio Pacheco, winner of the 2009 Cervantes Literature Prize. He was 74. The Huffington Post reports: Jose Emilio Pacheco, widely regarded as one of Mexico's foremost poets and short story writers, died Sunday at age 74, the country's National Council for Culture and the Arts [...] by

Jeremy Irons Reads T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets January 21, 2014: You have only 4 days left to hear Jeremy Irons read T.S. Eliot's masterpiece Four Quartets! From BBC Radio 4: Four Quartets is the culminating achievement of T.S. Eliot's career as a poet. While containing some of the most musical and unforgettable passages in twentieth-century poetry, its four parts, 'Burnt Norton', 'East Coker', 'The [...] by

BBC Radio 4 on the Poetry of San Francisco August 22, 2013: Run, do not walk! over to the BBC to listen to the fantastic episode "Poetry of Gold and Angels" from Radio 4. There are only 3 days left to give it a listen (hence our imperative to run). A little about the episode: San Francisco is a place where a thousand stories meet - a port city where many cultures and races mix, the birthplace of [...] by

A WWII Bomber and Poet is Laid to Rest July 19, 2013: According to BBC News, David Raikes, a WWII-pilot and aspiring poet, has finally been laid to rest. He and members of 18 Squadron went missing after their plane was shot down in Italy. An Italian group of amateur archeologists, Archeologi dell'Aria, recently found the wreckage of Raikes's plane in an area of Italian farmland. The [...] by

Which Jo(h)nson Is It?…Eliot Doesn’t Know February 13, 2013: A letter written by T.S. Eliot has surfaced after 40 years of obscurity, according to this news item from the BBC. The letter was a addressed to Jacob Isaacs and concerned the republication of Eliot's 1927 essay "Shakespeare and the Stoicism of Seneca." [Eliot's essay] examined how the popularity of the Greek writer's tragedies in [...] by

Revisiting the links between poetry and mental illness February 7, 2011: The BBC's Alex Hudson updates some of the familiar territory surrounding the links between madness and creativity, particularly poetry. Instead of wondering whether poetry drives one insane, however, Hudson wants to know if there's something about the act of writing poetry that attracts those who are predisposed to mental illness and mood [...] by