The Poem is You: New Voices in American Poetry

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April 02, 2017

In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity. Poetry is a powerful tool for crafting identity —as we find in the verse of Ojibwe hip-hop artist Tall Paul. It can also help us understand the places we live —as in Carl Sandburg’s Chicago poems. And Quan Barry kicks off National Poetry Month with a new series, “The News From Poems,” featuring original poems by five major poets that reflect on the anxieties raised by current events.

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Quan Barry is an award-winning poet and novelist who founded the website ASPHODEL.INFO, which is dedicated to publishing a new poem each week in response to current events.

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12:45
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When you hear "poet", what kind of person comes to mind?  Emily Dickinson in her white dress?

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12:43
Paul Wendell Jr.
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Paul Wendell Jr.—performing as Tall Paul—is trying to re-learn and reclaim his native language.

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9:17
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A hundred years ago, the poet Carl Sandburg turned Chicago into an American icon.

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15:05
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April 02, 2017
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writer and poet
Poetry Critic
hip hop artist
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May 16, 2018