The 12-part series POETRY IN AMERICA draws students of all ages into conversations about poetry. Hosted by Harvard University professor Elisa New, each half-hour episode highlights the work of one distinguished poet (Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks) with a reading by an individual well known for accomplishments outside the humanities (actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Grammy-Award winner Herbie Hancock; former vice president Joe Biden, and rapper/poet Nas), as well as a chorus of others, including: a chorus of pick-up basketball players, young naturalists at the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and students at the Parsons School of Design. The fast-moving, beautifully shot series offers viewers a fully immersive experience in hearing, reading, and interpreting a single American poem. Scholar Elisa New opens a conversation about poetry and encourages viewers at home to extend the discussion past the episode's end.
Series Website: http://poetryinamerica.org
Recent and Upcoming Airings
Fast Break - Edward Hirsch 11.26/11 1:00 pm
This Your Home Now - Mark Doty 11.26/23 6:00 pm 11.26/23 11:00 pm 11.26/24 7:00 am 11.26/26 12:00 pm
Urban Love Poem - Marilyn Chin 11.25/29 12:30 pm
You and I Are Disappearing - Yusef Komunyakaa 11.26/23 6:30 pm 11.26/23 11:30 pm 11.26/24 7:30 am 11.26/26 12:30 pm