Donald Hall’s “The Poetry Crowd”

The following essay was written by Donald Hall, the 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, as part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s online “Poetry of American History” series that ran from 2012-2014. The series included essays and interviews by leaders in the literary field, including former Poets Laureate Consultants in Poetry, that illustrated how poems […]

Literary Treasures: Joseph Brodsky Reads His Poetry at the Library of Congress, 1992

The following is a guest post by Joyce Hida, a summer intern in the Poetry and Literature Center. It is part of our monthly series, “Literary Treasures,” which highlights audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. By showcasing the works and thoughts of some […]

Exploring Poetry through Moving Image and Recorded Sound

The following is a guest post by Karen Fishman, Research Center Supervisor for the Recorded Sound Research Center and the Motion Picture and Television Research Center at the Library of Congress. It originally appeared on Now See Hear! The National Audio-Visual Conservation Center Blog. In addition to celebrating jazz music, April is also designated National […]

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with 50 Newly Digitized Recordings

Happy National Poetry Month to you and yours! Here at the Library of Congress, we’re kicking off our celebration with the addition of 50 newly digitized recordings to the online Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. This collection, which dates back to 1943, contains nearly 2,000 audio recordings of poets and writers participating in literary […]

Poetry of Nature

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. In last month’s blog post I discussed how to engage students from different locales in reading and writing “Poetry of the City.” This month, my […]

Poetry 180: 10 New Poems to Celebrate!

Last month, high schools around the nation settled in to start the second half of the academic year. We’re a little late to the celebration, but we hope you’ll still share our excitement: To mark this milestone, former Poet Laureate Billy Collins has added 10 new poems to Poetry 180! Launched in 2002 as Collins’ laureateship project, […]

Poetry of the City

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. The students I work with live in one of the most densely populated, bustling, suburban areas in the United States: Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, […]

Spotlight on Humorous Poetry

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Last month I wrote in support of engaging students with literary analysis, which asks them to use critical thinking and close reading skills. These skills […]

New “Poetry of America” Recordings: Muriel Rukeyser and Lisa Jarnot

Here’s a treat for your poetry-craving brain: We’ve just added two new audio recordings to our “Poetry of America” series. As of today, you can now tune in to hear Linda Gregerson discuss Muriel Rukeyser’s “Poem Out of Childhood,” and Elizabeth Willis as she explores Lisa Jarnot’s “The Bridge.” First launched in 2013 as a counterpart […]