Poetry on the Radio

One day last week Donald Hall and Billy Collins were guests on the Diane Rehm Show. Thanks to modern technology you can listen to it on the web, as I did, even though you missed the original program. The two former U.S. Poets Laureate talk about various aspects of poetry including why studying poetry in school is both essential and an obstacle to its appreciation. Each poet also reads several of his poems in the course of the program. Very interesting and worth a listen. For those of you who cringe at Diane Rehm's incorrect phrase "poet laureates," Billy Collins corrects her early in the show and she uses "poets laureate" from then on.

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