Poets & Poetry

1:21am

Mon April 9, 2012
Books News & Features

Simple Tweets Of Fate: Teju Cole's Condensed News

Blaise Pascal once wrote that writing succinctly can be hard. It's something many of us aim for, yet few of us master. But if you're writing on Twitter, you have to keep it short.

The Nigerian writer Teju Cole recently devoted himself to the goal of writing in brief. On his Twitter account, he crafts compact stories based on small news items, things you might overlook in the metro section of a newspaper. And with brevity, his stories gain deeper meaning.

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10:49am

Sat April 7, 2012
Poetry

The Beauty And Difficulty Of Poet Nikky Finney

Originally published on Sun April 8, 2012 10:07 am

Nikky Finney is an award-winning poet and the Provost's Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.
Noah Adams NPR

April is National Poetry Month, a time when bookstores proudly display those slim volumes usually hidden in the back.

On display this April is the work of Kentucky poet Nikky Finney, who won the National Book Award last November for her latest collection, Head Off & Split.

Finney's acceptance speech at the awards ceremony was as poetic as anything in her winning book. Finney says she worked on the speech through 39 drafts and she felt good about it, but she's still stunned by the response she's gotten.

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1:39pm

Fri March 30, 2012
Poetry

NewsPoet: Kevin Young Writes The Day In Verse

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 10:22 am

Poet Kevin Young visits NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Friday as a NewsPoet guest.
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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6:33am

Thu March 29, 2012

2:00am

Thu March 29, 2012
Remembrances

Influential Poet Adrienne Rich Dies At 82

The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry described Adrienne Rich as "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century." Rich died Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz, California, at the age of 82. She suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and macular degeneration.

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