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The Cruelest Month

Poetry

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.

| Subject Matter: Anthology, Love, American Poets | Interview Year: 2010 | Genre: Poetry |

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