The Cruelest MonthPoetry
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20110401, 20100402
"April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land..." The famous words of poet T.S. Eliot prompted us to mix this anthology of American poets, who examine the mysteries of love in various forms. Listen to former Poets Laureate Billy Collins, Charles Simic, Rita Dove, Donald Hall and Kay Ryan, whose poetry initiative is with community colleges. We also hear from poets Randall Mann, Debra Marquart, Elizabeth Alexander, Alberto Rios, and Claudia Emerson who offer their poetic insights into the ambiguous and enticing world of love, on The Cruelest Month, a finalist for the New York Festivals International Radio Award. Find out how to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses wh...
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