National Poetry Month
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Martin Sheen reads Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem, My Country Awake, at a rally for Appalachia in Nelsonville, Ohio.
A recent winner of a Mac Arthur grant, THYLIAS MOSS is a professor at the University of Michigan. Her fast-rising voice literally jumps from the page into a mad dance with the reader. Jumbles and knots are the stuff, but a slicing incisiveness results once the poem kicks in: she reveals the black truths behind the white lies.
JULI YANCY is twenty-two and lives in Omaha.
April is National Poetry Month...and better late than never.
Couple at the Club (2001) Look Here (1994)
Welcome to Poetry 180. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.
Curious about poetry, but don't know where or how to begin? We've reprinted the first chapter from the book How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch.