January 28, 2015
Poetry Everywhere with Garrison Keillor, a project airing on PBS, is expanding the poetry landscape with videos of some of the world’s most beloved poets reading some of the world’s best poetry. Included among these select poets are Naomi Shihab Nye, Lucille Clifton, and Dorianne Laux, all reading from their BOA publications. Each and every video is a masterpiece, and getting these voices into the homes and lives of the nation is a more than worthy cause.
Produced by WGBH and David Grubin Productions, in association with the Poetry Foundation, the scope of the Poetry Everywhere project is to “expose a diverse audience to a broad spectrum of poetic voices, build an appreciation and an audience for poetry, and increase the presence of poets and poetry within the two most ubiquitous media in American popular culture–the Web and TV.” In addition to presentation on its website, the videos appear on local public television stations at unexpected moments during their broadcast schedules. The goal is for poetry to become a permanent part of the PBS landscape, “offering moments of meditation and even revelation throughout the day.”
Naomi Shihab Nye reads “One Boy Told Me” from Fuel:
Lucille Clifton reads “won’t you celebrate with me” from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010:
Dorianne Laux reads “Dust” from What We Carry: