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.
ELISA NEW: This season of "Poetry in America"
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.
("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."
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.