Since I live in the southern part of New Hampshire, my NPR station of choice is WBUR in Boston. Last week, novelist Anita Diamant wrote a great opinion piece for WBUR's online feature, "Cognoscenti: Thinking that Matters." One of the memorable quotes from the piece is this, "I found a different voice but will always turn to poetry in order to slow down, drink deep and word up."
In "Poetry in Motion: The Classic Form Isn't Dead, It's Evolving," Diamant talks about how the inaugural poet is a fairly recent, and inconsistently included, feature of presidential inaugurations. Diamant also speaks of Richard Blanco, the young poet who read his poem, "One Today," last week.
Here's an interview with Blanco from PBS:
"In a word, unity." Great word, Mr. Blanco!
"I was doing it for me." Great reason to write, too!
The extension of the interview in which Blanco reads a poem about the Miss America pageant is here:
I smiled through the whole poem! I think Richard Blanco is a poet I'll need to read more of!
Diamant mentioned that she subscribes to "Poem-A-Day," a daily email service from the Academy of American Poets. It's a great way to be introduced to poets old and new, you may want to subscribe, too.
Teaching Authors is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week.