The Cruelest MonthPoetry
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20170331, 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 (shown), as well as the current holder of the post Juan Felipe Herrera. We also hear from poets Randall Mann, Debra Marquart, Elizabeth Alexander, and Alberto Rios who offer their poetic insights into the ambiguous and enticing world of love.
Patricia Smith is the author of seven poetry books and a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion, the most successful poet in the competition's history. She reads from her recent book, ...
Poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who were both chosen as 2017 NEA Literary Fellows, discuss their recent collections along with their origins and influences, and talk about how dreaming affects their poetry. Bar-Nadav, co-editor of ...
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