Poetry in America


Poetry In America: Season 2: Preview

In the second season of Poetry in America, guests join Elisa New for a lively and immersive discussion of the poems of Marilyn Chin, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Mark Doty, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stephen Sondheim, William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman.

AIRED: April 03, 2020 | 0:02:00

ELISA NEW: This season of "Poetry in America"

takes viewers

from the depths of the ocean to the hills of Vietnam;

from Walt Whitman's New York to Silicon Valley.

MARILYN CHIN: Hong Kong, San Francisco, San Jose.

Is this a poem about urban lovers?

It's about the self representing something larger.

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON: I read this poem to my poetry circle.

People wept.

("Finishing the Hat" playing)

RAUL ESPARZA: ♪ Finishing the hat

♪ How you have to finish the hat. ♪

Sondheim was able to create a poem that brings to life

that sublime sensation of being lost in creativity.

YANG LAN: The art of losing isn't hard to master.

KATIE COURIC: This poem is "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop.

It's a poem clearly about loss,

with the most intense and profound feelings

that you can have as a human being.

The poem has ripped open something for me.

Can you allow yourself to fall in love again?

ELENA KAGAN: Reading this made me think a little bit harder

about what I was seeing every day.

JOHN KERRY: The title of this poem is really important,

"You and I Are Disappearing."

We're disappearing.

JULIE TAYMOR: How do you take the nightmares and dreams

and put them onto paper?

WESTLEY THOMAS: What he wrote is based on experience.

And anybody that reads it,

if they have a compassionate heart, it becomes alive.