Series Information

Poetry In America

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

'This Is Just to Say' - William Carlos Williams 11.24/3 3:30 pm
Cascadilla Falls 11.24/4 2:30 pm
Emperor of Ice Cream, Motive for Metaphor 11.25/11 6:30 pm 11.35/12 7:00 am 11.25/13 3:30 am 11.25/15 4:30 am 11.25/15 10:30 am
Fast Break - Edward Hirsch 11.24/1 1:30 pm
Finishing The Hat - Stephen Sondheim 11.24/3 2:30 pm
Harlem - Langston Hughes 11.24/1 3:30 pm 11.24/5 4:00 am 11.24/5 10:00 am 11.24/5 1:00 pm
Hill Country 11.35/5 7:00 am 11.25/11 6:00 pm 11.25/13 3:00 am 11.25/15 4:00 am 11.25/15 10:00 am
Hymmnn and Hum Bom - Allen Ginsberg 11.24/1 2:30 pm
I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes - Emily Dickinson 11.24/1 1:00 pm
July In Washington 11.34/28 7:00 am 11.25/4 6:30 pm 11.25/6 3:30 am 11.25/8 4:30 am 11.25/8 10:30 am
Looking for the Gulf Motel 11.24/4 2:00 pm
Mending Wall 11.24/4 3:30 pm
Musee Des Beaux Arts - W.H. Auden 11.24/2 1:00 pm
Mushrooms, Weakness and Doubt 11.34/21 7:00 am 11.25/4 6:00 pm 11.25/6 3:00 am 11.25/8 4:00 am 11.25/8 10:00 am
One Art - Elizabeth Bishop 11.24/3 1:00 pm
Phillis Wheatley: to the University 11.34/7 7:00 am 11.24/27 6:00 pm 11.24/29 3:00 am 11.25/1 4:00 am 11.25/1 10:00 am
Rabbits and Fire and Bear Fat 11.24/8 1:30 pm
Shirt - Robert Pinsky 11.24/2 1:30 pm
Six Years Later, Epitaph for a Centaur 11.34/14 7:00 am 11.24/27 6:30 pm 11.24/29 3:30 am 11.25/1 4:30 am 11.25/1 10:30 am
Skyscraper - Carl Sandburg 11.24/1 3:00 pm
Sonnet IV; I Shall Forget You Presently, My Dear 11.24/8 2:00 pm
Steps 11.25/18 6:30 pm 11.25/20 3:30 am 11.25/22 4:30 am 11.25/22 10:30 am 11.35/26 7:00 am
The Fish - Marianne Moore 11.24/3 1:30 pm
The Gray Heron - Galway Kinnell 11.24/2 2:30 pm
The Language of the Brag and The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters 11.24/8 1:00 pm
The New Colossus - Emma Lazarus 11.24/2 3:00 pm
The Wound Dresser 11.24/4 1:30 pm
This Your Home Now - Mark Doty 11.24/3 2:00 pm
Those Winter Sundays - Robert Hayden 11.24/1 2:00 pm
To Prisoners - Gwendolyn Brooks 11.24/2 2:00 pm
Urban Love Poem - Marilyn Chin 11.24/2 3:30 pm
Whitman 11.24/4 1:00 pm
Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper 11.25/18 6:00 pm 11.35/19 7:00 am 11.25/20 3:00 am 11.25/22 4:00 am 11.25/22 10:00 am
You and I Are Disappearing - Yusef Komunyakaa 11.24/3 3:00 pm
You Can Say That Again, Billie 11.24/4 3:00 pm