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Talking with the Nation's Poet Laureate

Ted Kooser won the 2005 Pulitzer prize for poetry and publishes American Life in Poetry, a free weekly column for newspapers and websites that provides a brief poem and description as a way to bring verse to the masses. His poems are about the simple details of everyday life.


'American Life' from Its Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's American Life In Poetry is a free weekly column providing a brief poem and description as a way to bring verse to the masses. Monday, Kooser won a Pulitzer Prize.


Poet Billy Collins

Poet Billy Collins has just been appointed the next Poet Laureate. His books include Picnic, Lightning (University of Pittsburgh Press), The Art of Drowning, (University of Pittsburgh Press), and Questions about Angels (William Morrow & Co.), which was selected as a winner of the National Poetry Series Competition in 1990. John Updike says of Collins' poetry, "Billy Collins writes lovely poems...


From the Archives: Getting to Know Our Poet Laureate.

Poet laureate Robert Pinsky reads poems from his book "The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems" (Farrar Straus & Giroux). Robert Pinsky was named poet laureate on March 28, 1997. His previous books of poetry include The Inferno of Dante, An Explanation of America (Princeton), The Want Bone (Ecco), and History of My Heart, awarded the William Carlos Williams Prize of the Poetry Society of America. His collection of essays, Poetry and the World, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism.


U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass.

U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass. He's written several books of poetry including "Praise" and "Human Wishes." He also edited "The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa."

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