The Cruelest MonthPoetry
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20170331, 20110401, 20100402
"April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land..." The famous words of poet T.S. Eliot prompted us to mix this anthology of American poets, who examine the mysteries of love in various forms. Listen to former Poets Laureate Billy Collins, Charles Simic, Rita Dove, Donald Hall and Kay Ryan (shown), as well as the current holder of the post Juan Felipe Herrera. We also hear from poets Randall Mann, Debra Marquart, Elizabeth Alexander, and Alberto Rios who offer their poetic insights into the ambiguous and enticing world of love.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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