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Poetry for Today with Gwendolyn Brooks.

Poet Gwendolyn Brooks was, in 1954, the first black person to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Brooks has written over fifteen books, her poetry has been widely anthologized, and has received over forty honorary doctorates. Brooks is also the Poet Laureate of Illinois. Brooks is in the are to deliver the "Marion Moore Poetry Reading" at Bryn Mawr College. Brooks discusses her career and reads some of her poetry.


Poet Robert Creeley

Creeley taught at Black Mountain College and fostered professional personal relationships with many notable Beat writers. He joins Fresh Air to discuss his life and work.


A Poet Cleans Up and Moves On

Poet Jim Carroll is best known for his book The Basketball Diaries. He joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about his history of heroin addiction, writing, and sobriety.


Music and Poetry with Mark Halliday.

Poet Mark Halliday, one of five poets chosen for publication in the National Poetry series, a collaborative project of five leading publishing houses. His first volume of poetry is titled Little Star. Halliday is an English professor at the University of Pennsylvania. (Rebroadcast. Original broadcast August 25, 1987.)


W. S. Merwin Shares His Poems.

Poet W.S.Merwin. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 1970 work, The Carriers of Ladders. His books of poetry include The Song of Roland, The Compass Flower and, his latest collection, The Rain in the Trees.


How Poetry Disturbs and Consoles

Edward Hirsch was an All-American football player in college -- at the same time he became interested in poetry. He talks about how insomnia, sports, and restlessness affect his life and writing. He reads several poems for Fresh Air listeners.


Poetry as a Way of Saying the Unsayable

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin writes about nature and environmental issues. He tells Fresh Air host Terry Gross about growing up, what drives him to write and his ecological advocacy. Merwin lives in Hawaii with his wife.


David Ray Mourns through Poetry

Ray has written twelve books of poetry. His lastest, Sam's Book, centers on memories of his son Sam, who was killed in a drinking accident.

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