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Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman

Join host Elisa New to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth.

This Is Just to Say, by William Carlos Williams

Williams' poem “This is Just to Say” is only 28 words and ireads like a refrigerator note.

You and I Are Disappearing, by Yusef Komunyakaa

Explore the mingled beauty and horror of war, with this Yusef Komunyakaa poem.

Finishing the Hat, by Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim blends lyrics and music in his poem "Finishing the Hat".

This Your Home Now, by Mark Doty

In Doty's poem “This Your Home Now,” a barber shops sparks a meditation on love and more.

The Fish, by Marianne Moore

Explore Moore’s great poem of marine life, with Al Gore, Jorie Graham, and others.

One Art, by Elizabeth Bishop

Katie Couric, Mary Chapin Carpenter and others explore Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art".

Urban Love Poem, by Marilyn Chin

Maxine Hong Kingston, Randy Komisar and others explore Marilyn Chin's "Urban Love Poem".

About Poetry in America

In the second season of Poetry in America, guests join Elisa New for a lively and immersive discussion of the poems of Marilyn Chin, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Mark Doty, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stephen Sondheim, William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman. POETRY IN AMERICA premieres April 4, 2020 (check local listings).

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