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05:41

Haiku Takes To Twitter, 140 Characters At A Time.

The pithy, 17-syllable poems fit neatly into Twitter's 140-character limit. "Twaiku" has taken off. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the pervasive little poems have filled the cultural space that was once occupied by light verse.

14:27

Celebrating Poetry Month: U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass.

On today’s archive edition of Fresh Air, we honor National Poetry month. First, we feature an interview with Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass. (Rhymes with "grass"). Hass served as Laureate from 1995-1997. He won the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry for his book "Sun Under Wood" (Ecco Press). He's written several other books of poetry including "Praise" and "Human Wishes." He also edited "The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa." (Ecco Press).

14:20

U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass

Hasy won the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry for his book "Sun Under Wood" (Ecco). He's written several books of poetry including "Praise" and "Human Wishes," and edited "The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa." (The Ecco Press).

13:56

U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass

Hass has written several books of poetry including "Praise," "Human Wishes," He also edited "The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa." He's been nominated to receive the National Book Award for his latest collection of poems, "Sun Under Wood." In addition to his job as a Poet Laureate, which will continue through to this May, Hass is involved in environmental activism and he continues to teach in the English department of the University of California at Berkeley. (REBROADCAST from 4/23/96)

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