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'Embracing Geography': Does New York City Incubate Poets?

Monday, August 13, 2012

WNYC

Poet, playwright, and novelist William Packard moderates this 1968 broadcast: Is there a New York poet?

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The Takeaway

New Collection Anthologizes Taliban Poetry

Friday, July 20, 2012

Afghanistan has a long, rich literary tradition, particularly storytelling through poetry. A new collection, edited and translated by British researchers living in Kandahar, anthologizes 250 contemporary poems by members of the Taliban.

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The Takeaway

Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey: Why I Write

Friday, July 06, 2012

Natasha Trethewey is the first African American to hold the title of Poet Laureate since Rita Dove in 1993. She will assume the post in September and will divide her time between Decatur, Georgia and Washington, D.C.

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Studio 360

Winner: Ode to Justin Timberlake

Friday, May 11, 2012

Inspired by Tracy K. Smith's Pulitzer Prize-winning tribute to David Bowie, we asked for your poem about the rock star or other teen idol who captured your imagination — as a teenager or now.  Smith is back into the studio to pick a winner.

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Soundcheck

"Gene Ween" Sings Rod McKuen

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

For more than 25 years, Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) crafted twisted pop songs as one half of the duo Ween. But now, he’s shed his persona to release a solo album called Marvelous Clouds, consisting entirely of work by the best-selling poet and soft-rock balladeer, Rod McKuen. We’ll talk with Freeman about stepping out from behind his pseudonym, struggling with addiction, and taking on the challenge of soft rock.

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Studio 360

Listener Challenge: Odes to Idols

Friday, May 04, 2012

Inspired by Tracy K. Smith’s collection Life on Mars, we want your poem about the star who captured your imagination — as a teenager or now. This week, we feature an entry in tribute to Led Zeppelin. ...

Enter our Ode to a Teen Idol Poetry Contest

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Features

Mike is Blooming Out All Over

Friday, April 27, 2012

Just for the record, the man who wrote, “April is the cruelest month” — this was before April was “National Poetry Month” — T.S. Eliot, was then a bank clerk. Chaucer was a civil servant and Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive.

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Studio 360

Tracy K. Smith: Life on Mars

Friday, April 27, 2012

It’s the first poem about David Bowie to win the Pulitzer Prize. Tracy K. Smith’s collection Life on Mars contains many references to the man she salutes as the “Pope of Pop." Smith admits she became “kind of obsessed” with Bowie’s extraterrestrial alter ego Ziggy Stardust late. He seemed ...

Poem: "Don't You Wonder Sometimes"

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Studio 360

Stephen Greenblatt: The Swerve

Friday, April 27, 2012

An epic poem written more than 2,000 years ago by a Roman named Lucretius may be one of Western culture's most profound examples of art anticipating scientific discovery and modern thought. The poem is called "On the Nature of Things", and it presents all kinds of radical philosophical ...

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WNYC News

I Think That I Shall Never See A Poem As Lovely As That One, Over There, By Mayor B

Thursday, April 26, 2012

WNYC

Thursday is "Poem in Your Pocket Day." A number of famous verse can be found in Times Square, which will also mark the debut of poetry by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pulitzer Poetry Winner Tracy K. Smith

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tracy K. Smith, Brooklyn resident and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Life on Mars: Poems, talks about the award and her work writing and teaching poetry.

Show off your poetry!  Tracy K. Smith also teaches at Princeton and she offers this assignment to Brian Lehrer Show listeners:  Write a brief persona poem in the voice of someone in the news lately.  Submit your poem here.

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Studio 360

Passing Stranger: Poetry in NYC's East Village

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New York City's East Village was once a vigorous and diverse community of poets, including Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan, and Anne Waldman. A new audio tour of the neighborhood captures the characters, sounds, and memories ...

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Soundcheck

Haiku Challenge: The "Ring" Cycle

Friday, April 06, 2012

As the Met Opera kicks off three complete "Ring" cycles - which each run about 15 hours in length - we pose a poetic challenge to our listeners. Summarize Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle in the length of a haiku.

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Schoolbook

For a Bronx Student, Home Is Poetry

Monday, April 02, 2012

What is it like for a young girl to be uprooted from her home and sent to a new country? A poem by a Bronx high school student evokes sadness, loss and yearning. We publish it here because of its powerful reflection on an experience shared by so many students in New York City.

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The Takeaway

Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Adrienne Rich

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Adrienne Rich, a poet and essayist who profoundly influenced a generation of modern American writers, died yesterday at the age of 82. Rich was known as the poet of the women’s movement. Her most renowned collection, "Diving into the Wreck," was published in the midst of the feminist revolution in 1971. With us is Jan Clausen, poet and professor at Goddard College, who was profoundly influenced by Adrienne Rich.

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Transportation Nation

Ode to Poetry's Comeback In The New York City Subway

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Poetry in Motion poster on the 1 train in NYC. (Photo by Jim O'Grady)

The MTA, once roundly cursed,
For removing verse
From subway trains
Is today taking pains
To announce the return of Poetry in Motion.

There was a riderly commotion
When it ended in 2008
And the MTA realized too late
That nobody cared to contemplate
The in-house promotional placards that replaced them.

And now a literate lilt has returned underground
Where can be found
Dickinson, Frost and Ezra Pound
And more besides
As a straphanger rides from Dyckman to Canarsie.

As well, you may perchance
to read a couplet by The Bard
on the back of a Metrocard.
'Tis true,
You can scan a stanza and then swipe it through.

That's Poetry in Motion, back on a train near you.

 

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On Being

Fatemeh Keshavarz — The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi [remix]

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his worl

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On Being

[Unedited] Fatemeh Keshavarz with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his worl

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On Being

John O'Donohue — The Inner Landscape of Beauty [remix]

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Poet/philosopher, John O'Donohue, is beloved for his book Anam Ċara, Gaelic for "soul friend," and for his insistence on beauty as a human calling and a defining aspect of God. In one of his last interviews before his death in 2008, he articula

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On Being

[Unedited] John O'Donohue with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Poet/philosopher, John O'Donohue, is beloved for his book Anam Ċara, Gaelic for "soul friend," and for his insistence on beauty as a human calling and a defining aspect of God. In one of his last interviews before his death in 2008, he articula

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