Poets & Poetry

2:18pm

Mon May 21, 2012
Poetry

NewsPoet: Carmen Gimenez Smith's Day In Verse

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 9:30 am

Carmen Gimenez Smith visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Monday.
Claire O'Neill NPR

Today at All Things Considered, we continue a project we're calling NewsPoet. Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories.

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5:52am

Sat May 12, 2012
Around the Nation

A (Purchased) Haiku For You, Mom

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 7:25 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and a professor at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia has a gift idea. She has set up a booth on campus to craft custom haiku.

From member station WVTF, Sandy Hausman reports.

SANDY HAUSMAN, BYLINE: Fifteen students took turns at a long table outside the dining hall, notebooks and pens poised to honor mothers in that spare Japanese style. The haiku is 17 syllables - total. But University Registrar Scott Ditman was confident a small poem could hit big with the mother of his children.

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3:32pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Poetry

NewsPoet: Monica Youn Writes The Day In Verse

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 9:20 am

Monica Youn visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Friday.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Today at All Things Considered, we continue a project we're calling NewsPoet. Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories.

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3:51am

Wed April 25, 2012
Arts & Life

Get Ready To Celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 10:12 am

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National Poetry Month may be coming to an end, but poetry lovers still have one big day to look forward to this April. This Thursday is Poem in Your Pocket Day. The idea is to tuck a favorite poem into your back pocket to share with family, friends and co-workers. Poetry lovers across the country have come up with clever ways to celebrate.

At Baggby's Gourmet Sandwiches in Charlottesville, Virginia, customers will find something different in their bag lunches. Owner Jon LaPanta explains.

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1:01am

Tue April 17, 2012
Around the Nation

A Poem Store Open For Business, In The Open Air

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 7:43 am

Poet-for-hire Zach Houston works at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Houston says he is paid about $2 to $20 for each poem.
Ralph Wiedemeier NPR

Zach Houston runs his Poem Store (on any given sidewalk) with these items: a manual typewriter, a wooden folding chair, scraps of paper, and a white poster board that reads: "POEMS — Your Topic, Your Price."

Houston usually gets from $2 to $20 for a poem, he says. He's received a $100 bill more than once. The Oakland, Calif., resident has been composing spontaneous street poems in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2005. Five years ago, it became his main source of income.

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