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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Pinsky’

David Lehman: ‘Enjoy being a poet. Take pleasure in the act of writing.’

LehmanHappy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with author David Lehman.

Lehman (pictured, via) has published several volumes of poetry including his most recent book, New and Selected Poems. He initiated The Best American Poetry series in 1988 and has continued to serve as the series editor. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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Hillary Clinton Reads ‘The Makers’ by Howard Nemerov

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve dug up a video of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reciting Howard Nemerov‘s poem, “The Makers.”

Clinton, who at the time was serving as First Lady, recorded this video for “The Favorite Poem Project” in 1999. Her husband, President Bill Clinton, also participated in this project. This project was founded by the 39th poet laureate of the United States, Robert Pinsky.

In the past, Clinton wrote and published several books including the 1996 nonfiction title It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us and the 2003 memoir Living History. At the moment, speculations and rumors are circulating about the new book Clinton plans to pen. What do you think?

W.S. Merwin Appointed Poet Laureate

merwin.jpgThe Librarian of Congress has appointed W.S. Merwin as the 17th Poet Laureate of the United States.

Merwin (pictured, via) has written for the last 60 years, winning the 2005 National Book Award and two Pulitzer Prizes. Currently, he is published by Copper Canyon Press. Last year the prestigious post was held by Kay Ryan, and other laureates have included Louise Gluck, Billy Collins, Robert Pinsky, and Rita Dove.

The Poetry Foundation has an excellent selection of his work. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington had this statement: “WMerwin is universally regarded as a premier figure in the literary world … His poems are often profound and, at the same time, accessible to a vast audience.”