Poetry

May 11, 2019 - 6:50 am
LONDON (AP) — Simon Armitage has been named the U.K.'s new Poet Laureate, succeeding Carol Ann Duffy in the 10-year post. Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment, Britain's highest literary honor. It dates back to the 17th century, and previous laureates have included John Dryden, William...
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May 07, 2019 - 7:54 am
Marilyn Nelson is receiving a $100,000 lifetime achievement award from the Poetry Foundation, which also is honoring Naomi Shihab Nye and Terrance Hayes. The Chicago-based foundation announced Tuesday that Nelson has won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Nelson is a three-time National Book Award...
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Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the name of new era “Reiwa” at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Monday, April 1, 2019. Japan says next emperor Naruhito’s era name is Reiwa, effective May 1 when he takes the throne from his father.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 01, 2019 - 7:29 am
TOKYO (AP) — The era of Japan's next emperor, which begins May 1, will be named "Reiwa," connoting pursuit of harmony, the government said Monday after selecting the phrase from ancient Japanese poetry instead of Chinese classics as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promotes national pride. The current "...
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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, poet W.S. Merwin speaks to the Hawaii Conservation Conference in Honolulu. Merwin, a prolific and versatile master of modern poetry who evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism and reached for the elusive past, died on Friday, March 15, 2019 at his home in Hawaii. A Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, Merwin completed more than 20 books and ranked high in the pantheon for decades, from early works inspired by myths and legends to late meditations on age and time. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)
March 15, 2019 - 7:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — W.S. Merwin, a prolific and versatile poetry master who evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism and reached for the elusive past, died Friday. He was 91. A Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, Merwin completed...
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In this Feb. 4, 2019 photo, Anahis Alvarado, 32, poses for a portrait during an interview in Caracas, Venezuela. Alvarado’s battle with a failing kidney has become more desperate as Venezuela sinks deeper into crisis. Over the past few years, she’s watched as five fellow patients in her thrice a week dialysis group have died due to inadequate care. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
February 06, 2019 - 7:01 pm
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — For Anahis Alvarado, whose battle with kidney failure has become more desperate as Venezuela sinks deeper into crisis, the prospect of bringing in emergency medical and food supplies can't come soon enough. She's watched five fellow patients in her dialysis group die over...
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January 24, 2019 - 9:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Tara Westover's best-selling memoir "Educated" and Richard Powers' novel "The Overstory" are among the nominees for a $75,000 award presented by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. On Thursday, PEN announced finalists for everything from translation to science...
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In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, photo, Leni Steinhardt, 16, reads from a new book called "Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories," during an interview with The Associated Press, in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
January 22, 2019 - 10:55 am
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — "Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories" needed to be written, its authors believe, but wish desperately it hadn't. The book by 43 students and teachers who lived through February's high school massacre gives a poignant, raw, and sometimes...
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 photo Charles Skold, of Somerville, Mass., son of poet Walter Skold, sits for a photograph at his home in Somerville. Walter Skold, the late founder of the Dead Poets Society of America can be inducted to the society of fallen bards now that he's a published poet. Skold visited the gravesites of more than 600 poets and one of his criteria was that the subjects had to be published. Now, thanks to two of his children, Charles and his brother Simon, he's becoming a published poet, posthumously, with his poetry book: "The Mirror is not Cracked." (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
January 20, 2019 - 10:03 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The late founder of the Dead Poets Society of America is now a published poet. While alive, Walter Skold traveled to graveyards across the country to call attention to deceased poets and their poetry. One of his criteria was a poet had to be published. Now Skold himself is...
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January 18, 2019 - 4:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 17 about the death of poet Mary Oliver, The Associated Press erroneously quoted one word in her poem, "When Death Comes." The last line should read "this world," not "the world." A corrected version of the story is below: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies...
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January 07, 2019 - 7:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Academy of American Poets has named two new chancellors: former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey and Joy Harjo, the first Native American to join the academy's board. The academy announced the selections Monday. The chancellors serve as consultants, prize judges and "...
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