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 11.25/23 6:30 pm 11.25/25 4:30 am 11.25/28 4:30 am 11.25/28 10:30 am
Fast Break - Edward Hirsch 11.26/12 1:00 pm
Finishing The Hat - Stephen Sondheim 11.25/9 6:30 pm 11.25/11 4:30 am 11.25/14 4:30 am 11.25/14 10:30 am
Harlem - Langston Hughes 11.25/15 2:00 pm
Hymmnn and Hum Bom - Allen Ginsberg 11.25/22 1:30 pm
Musee Des Beaux Arts - W.H. Auden 11.26/19 1:00 pm
One Art - Elizabeth Bishop 11.26/20 6:30 pm 11.26/22 4:30 am 11.26/25 4:30 am 11.26/25 10:30 am
The New Colossus - Emma Lazarus 11.25/8 1:30 pm
This Your Home Now - Mark Doty 11.25/2 6:30 pm 11.25/4 4:30 am 11.25/7 4:30 am 11.25/7 10:30 am 11.26/27 6:30 pm 11.26/29 4:30 am
Those Winter Sundays - Robert Hayden 11.26/5 1:00 pm
To Prisoners - Gwendolyn Brooks 11.25/29 2:00 pm
Urban Love Poem - Marilyn Chin 11.26/13 6:30 pm 11.26/15 4:30 am 11.26/18 4:30 am 11.26/18 10:30 am
Walt Whitman 11.25/30 6:30 pm 11.26/1 4:30 am 11.26/4 4:30 am 11.26/4 10:30 am
You and I Are Disappearing - Yusef Komunyakaa 11.25/16 6:30 pm 11.25/18 4:30 am 11.25/21 4:30 am 11.25/21 10:30 am