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How Has Poetry Impacted Your Life?

During a presentation delivered at TED Global 2013, English professor Stephen Burt publicly declares himself to be a “word person” and a fan of poems.

In the video embedded above, Burt shares some of his thoughts on “Why People Need Poetry.” He also recites pieces by A.E. HousmanWallace Stevens, and John Keats.

Every year during the month of April, the country comes together to celebrate National Poetry Month. How has poetry impacted your life?

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Colum McCann Sells Two New Novels to Random House

National Book Award winner Colum McCann has sold two new novels to Random House, including a story about a murder inspired by a famous poem.

Random House editor Jennifer Hershey acquired the books, and the deal was negotiated by Sarah Chalfant of from the Wylie Agency. Here’s more from the release: “The first novel, tentatively titled THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING, explores a murder from multiple points of view, and is in part inspired by the Wallace Stevens‘ poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”

Earlier this year, documentary director, we interviewed Charlie McCarthy from Icebox Films–who is working on a documentary about McCann. In addition, we interviewed McCann at the National Book Awards.

Publishers Celebrate NaPoMo

npm-2005-black.jpgAs National Poetry Month enters its third week, publisher websites have held steady with the poetic content. Knopf-Doubleday’s revamped site has New York Times writer-at-large Charles McGrath reading a John Updike’s poem, “Half Moon, Small Cloud.”

The FSG poetry blog interviewed Don Selby, co-founder of Poetry Daily. The editor recalled an “unexpected onslaught of angry notes when we features Ron Padgett‘s ‘Nothing in That Drawer‘ (from his book with Godine, New & Selected Poems)—-a sonnet that repeats the title for 14 lines; offensively, it seems, to a great many devotee’s of the form.”

Finally, Norton interviewed their executive editor and poet, Jill Bialosky. Bialosky discussed her day job and her poetry-writing: “I found comfort in a few models–T. S. Eliot for one, who as you know was a publisher, and also Wallace Stevens, who worked in the insurance business and managed to write some of the most exquisite and internal poems in the language.”