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NewsHour Poetry Series
From NewsHour Poetry Series

Tracy K. Smith, a writer and teacher, is taking on a very public role as the nation's poet laureate. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Smith to discuss how language can be a tool of revelation, her reflections on race in America, her teaching philosophy and why we still need poetry.

Poetry Documentaries
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Using simple, illuminative paper-cut puppetry, this enchanting video imagines the moment of witness that inspired Gwendolyn Brooks to write her landmark poem, “We Real Cool.” Created by Manual Cinema in association with Crescendo Literary, with story by Eve Ewing and Nate Marshall and music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods. This video is a companion to a live staged production of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, premiering in November 2017 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Brooks’s birth.

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    2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Winner

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    Poetry of the Women of Afghanistan.

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    Vanessa Place tweets Lyn Hejinian’s life softly as her song.

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    Produced by WGBH and David Grubin Productions, in association with the Poetry Foundation, this short film highlights the 2006 National Finals of the Poetry...

Poetry Documentaries
Motionpoems
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“Poorly Dressed.” © 1996 by Bruce Lansky. Reprinted from My Dog Ate My Homework! (© 1996, 2000 by Meadowbrook Creations) with permission from Meadowbrook Press.

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    Naomi Shihab Nye, "Famous" from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1995 by Naomi Shihab Nye. Used with permission of Far Corner...

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    "Learning to love America" by Shirley Geok-lin Lim from What the Fortune Teller Didn’t Say. Copyright 1998 by Shirley Geok-lin Lim. Reprinted with the...

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    Dorothea Lasky, "Monsters" from Awe. Copyright © 2007 by Dorothea Lasky. Reprinted by permission of Wave Books. Produced by Method.

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    Kevin Young, “Negative” from Most Way Home. Copyright © 2001 by Kevin Young. Reprinted by permission of Steerforth Press. Produced by USC Film School.

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