Wednesday, July 7, 2010

An Unconventional Pair

William Carlos Williams wrote that "It is difficult/to get the news from poems," but the Learning Network, a blog affiliated with the New York Times, is proving him wrong. Each Thursday, the weekly poem featured by Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry Project is paired with a recent news item. In much the same way that a rare steak is complemented by a great Cabernet Sauvignon, a complimentary news story brings the relevance of poetry as an art form to the forefront. See, poems can be timely as well as timeless. That's pretty cool. Check out these two recent poetry pairings:

June 17th: "Fishing, His Birthday," Michael Sowder/"Dad Yields the Last Word," Michael Winerip

June 24th: "The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog," Alicia Suskin Ostriker/"Radio Program About Faith Defies the Skeptics," Samuel G. Freedman

July 1st: "Denial," Patricia Frolander/"Getting on With Life After a Partner Dies," Jane Brody

Then check back in with the Learning Network each week to read more. After all, as William Carlos Williams said,

It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.

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