Every year or two, the Library of Congress selects a new poet laureate. We've highlighted the newest national poet, Philip Levine, in a recent MiddleWeb newsletter (#434).
Kay Ryan reading "Home to Roost,” a cautionary chicken tale.
Charles Simic on “Late September” at a quiet coast.
Charles Simic, again, describing wedges of “Watermelons” before and after dining.
Billy Collins’ “Introduction to Poetry” with some suggestion of violence at the end.
Ted Kooser reviving America’s past with “Porch Swing in September.”
Ted Kooser, again, seeing galaxies far and near in “Flying at Night.”
Rita Dove on the last moments before “Vacation.”