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.

Thu, Jan 27 5:00 A.M. The Wound Dresser     NH WORLD

Thu, Jan 27 5:30 A.M. Urban Love Poem - Marilyn Chin     NH WORLD

Explore San Francisco's history--from the Gold Rush and early Chinese immigration to the rise of Silicon Valley--through Marilyn Chin's poem of her San Francisco youth.

Thu, Jan 27 11:00 A.M. The Wound Dresser     NH WORLD

Thu, Jan 27 11:30 A.M. Urban Love Poem - Marilyn Chin     NH WORLD

Explore San Francisco's history--from the Gold Rush and early Chinese immigration to the rise of Silicon Valley--through Marilyn Chin's poem of her San Francisco youth.

Sat, Jan 29 7:00 P.M. Looking for the Gulf Motel     NH WORLD

Sat, Jan 29 7:30 P.M. One Art - Elizabeth Bishop     NH WORLD

"The art of losing isn't hard to master," Elizabeth Bishop wrote in her poem "One Art," universally considered one of her greatest.

Mon, Jan 31 4:00 A.M. Looking for the Gulf Motel     NH WORLD

Mon, Jan 31 4:30 A.M. One Art - Elizabeth Bishop     NH WORLD

"The art of losing isn't hard to master," Elizabeth Bishop wrote in her poem "One Art," universally considered one of her greatest.

Thu, Feb 3 5:00 A.M. Looking for the Gulf Motel     NH WORLD

Thu, Feb 3 5:30 A.M. One Art - Elizabeth Bishop     NH WORLD

"The art of losing isn't hard to master," Elizabeth Bishop wrote in her poem "One Art," universally considered one of her greatest.

Thu, Feb 3 11:00 A.M. Looking for the Gulf Motel     NH WORLD

Thu, Feb 3 11:30 A.M. One Art - Elizabeth Bishop     NH WORLD

"The art of losing isn't hard to master," Elizabeth Bishop wrote in her poem "One Art," universally considered one of her greatest.

Sat, Feb 5 7:00 P.M. Cascadilla Falls     NH WORLD

Sat, Feb 5 7:30 P.M. The Fish - Marianne Moore     NH WORLD

This environmental science-themed episode explores Marianne Moore's great poem of marine life, "The Fish.

Sun, Feb 6 5:00 P.M. Looking for the Gulf Motel     NHPBS

Mon, Feb 7 4:00 A.M. Cascadilla Falls     NH WORLD

Mon, Feb 7 4:30 A.M. The Fish - Marianne Moore     NH WORLD

This environmental science-themed episode explores Marianne Moore's great poem of marine life, "The Fish.

Thu, Feb 10 5:00 A.M. Cascadilla Falls     NH WORLD

Thu, Feb 10 5:30 A.M. The Fish - Marianne Moore     NH WORLD

This environmental science-themed episode explores Marianne Moore's great poem of marine life, "The Fish.

Thu, Feb 10 11:00 A.M. Cascadilla Falls     NH WORLD

Thu, Feb 10 11:30 A.M. The Fish - Marianne Moore     NH WORLD

This environmental science-themed episode explores Marianne Moore's great poem of marine life, "The Fish.

Sat, Feb 12 7:00 P.M. You Can Say That Again, Billie     NH WORLD

Sat, Feb 12 7:30 P.M. This Your Home Now - Mark Doty     NH WORLD

Series creator Elisa New talks with poet Mark Doty, psychologist Steven Pinker, choreographer Bill T.

Sun, Feb 13 5:00 P.M. Cascadilla Falls     NHPBS

Mon, Feb 14 4:00 A.M. You Can Say That Again, Billie     NH WORLD

Mon, Feb 14 4:30 A.M. This Your Home Now - Mark Doty     NH WORLD

Series creator Elisa New talks with poet Mark Doty, psychologist Steven Pinker, choreographer Bill T.

Thu, Feb 17 5:00 A.M. You Can Say That Again, Billie     NH WORLD

Thu, Feb 17 5:30 A.M. This Your Home Now - Mark Doty     NH WORLD

Series creator Elisa New talks with poet Mark Doty, psychologist Steven Pinker, choreographer Bill T.

Thu, Feb 17 11:00 A.M. You Can Say That Again, Billie     NH WORLD

Thu, Feb 17 11:30 A.M. This Your Home Now - Mark Doty     NH WORLD

Series creator Elisa New talks with poet Mark Doty, psychologist Steven Pinker, choreographer Bill T.

Sat, Feb 19 7:00 P.M. Mending Wall     NH WORLD

Sat, Feb 19 7:30 P.M. Finishing The Hat - Stephen Sondheim     NH WORLD

Stephen Sondheim is widely hailed as the greatest modern American musical theater composer.

Sun, Feb 20 5:00 P.M. You Can Say That Again, Billie     NHPBS

Mon, Feb 21 4:00 A.M. Mending Wall     NH WORLD

Mon, Feb 21 4:30 A.M. Finishing The Hat - Stephen Sondheim     NH WORLD

Stephen Sondheim is widely hailed as the greatest modern American musical theater composer.

Thu, Feb 24 5:00 A.M. Mending Wall     NH WORLD

Thu, Feb 24 5:30 A.M. Finishing The Hat - Stephen Sondheim     NH WORLD

Stephen Sondheim is widely hailed as the greatest modern American musical theater composer.

Thu, Feb 24 11:00 A.M. Mending Wall     NH WORLD

Thu, Feb 24 11:30 A.M. Finishing The Hat - Stephen Sondheim     NH WORLD

Stephen Sondheim is widely hailed as the greatest modern American musical theater composer.

Sat, Feb 26 7:00 P.M. The Language of the Brag and The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters     NH WORLD

Sat, Feb 26 7:30 P.M. You and I Are Disappearing - Yusef Komunyakaa     NH WORLD

Yusef Komunyakaa went to Vietnam as a journalist but he came home a poet.

Mon, Feb 28 4:00 A.M. The Language of the Brag and The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters     NH WORLD

Mon, Feb 28 4:30 A.M. You and I Are Disappearing - Yusef Komunyakaa     NH WORLD

Yusef Komunyakaa went to Vietnam as a journalist but he came home a poet.

Thu, Mar 3 5:00 A.M. You and I Are Disappearing - Yusef Komunyakaa     NH WORLD

Yusef Komunyakaa went to Vietnam as a journalist but he came home a poet.

Thu, Mar 3 5:30 A.M. The Language of the Brag and The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters     NH WORLD

Thu, Mar 3 11:00 A.M. You and I Are Disappearing - Yusef Komunyakaa     NH WORLD

Yusef Komunyakaa went to Vietnam as a journalist but he came home a poet.

Thu, Mar 3 11:30 A.M. The Language of the Brag and The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters     NH WORLD

Sat, Mar 5 7:00 P.M. Rabbits and Fire and Bear Fat     NH WORLD

Sat, Mar 5 7:30 P.M. Rabbits and Fire and Bear Fat     NH WORLD

Mon, Mar 7 4:00 A.M. Rabbits and Fire and Bear Fat     NH WORLD

Mon, Mar 7 4:30 A.M. "This Is Just to Say" - William Carlos Williams     NH WORLD

Just 28 words and mimicking the form of a refrigerator note, is "This is Just to Say" simply the short apology it pretends to be, or something more subtle and passive-aggressive? Join actor John Hodgman, poet and physician Rafael Campo, poet Jane Hirshfield, a chorus of couples, and New as they consider what may or may not lie beneath the surface of William Carlos Williams's brief tribute to marital relations--and the savor of plums.

Thu, Mar 10 5:00 A.M. Rabbits and Fire and Bear Fat     NH WORLD

Thu, Mar 10 5:30 A.M. "This Is Just to Say" - William Carlos Williams     NH WORLD

Just 28 words and mimicking the form of a refrigerator note, is "This is Just to Say" simply the short apology it pretends to be, or something more subtle and passive-aggressive? Join actor John Hodgman, poet and physician Rafael Campo, poet Jane Hirshfield, a chorus of couples, and New as they consider what may or may not lie beneath the surface of William Carlos Williams's brief tribute to marital relations--and the savor of plums.

Thu, Mar 10 11:00 A.M. Rabbits and Fire and Bear Fat     NH WORLD

Thu, Mar 10 11:30 A.M. "This Is Just to Say" - William Carlos Williams     NH WORLD

Just 28 words and mimicking the form of a refrigerator note, is "This is Just to Say" simply the short apology it pretends to be, or something more subtle and passive-aggressive? Join actor John Hodgman, poet and physician Rafael Campo, poet Jane Hirshfield, a chorus of couples, and New as they consider what may or may not lie beneath the surface of William Carlos Williams's brief tribute to marital relations--and the savor of plums.


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