U.S. Poet Laureate: Poetry Leads to ‘Profound Conversation’

The following post is by Ryan Woodard, communications consultant for the South Dakota Humanities Council. This post originally appeared on the South Dakota Humanities Council blog following Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s “American Conversations” visit to South Dakota from October 5-6, 2018.  According to legendary playwright/poet Oscar Wilde, memory is “the diary that we all carry about […]

Literary Treasures: Margaret Atwood reads her poetry at the Library of Congress, 1970

The following post 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 of the greatest poets and writers from the past 75 years, the series advances the […]

Poetry of America: Denise Levertov and Gwendolyn Brooks

Here’s some good news for your Thursday: We’ve added two new recordings to our online “Poetry of America” series. Join Juan Felipe Herrera as he reads and discusses Denise Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,”  and Patricia Spears Jones as she reads and discusses Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell.” The […]

“I don’t understand it”: Why you should read our newly relaunched poetry interview series

The following is a guest post by Anastasia Nikolis, the poetry editor for our newly relaunched Interview Series. Poetry has a reputation of being eccentric and esoteric; of being stunningly opaque but deeply meaningful. This is why people say they “don’t understand it,” won’t often read it, and more often turn to poems at times […]

Beginning with 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. One way to show students the importance of poetry is to start sharing poems at the beginning of the school year, even perhaps on the […]

Now Online: Five Additional “Poetry of America” Recordings

Last month, we kicked off our refreshed “Poetry of America” series with five new recordings. The series, originally launched in 2013 as a counterpart to the Library of Congress’ “Songs of America” project, comprises field recordings from contemporary American poets. Over the years, we’ve asked poets to choose a singular poem written by another American poet from […]

An Ode to Poetry at the Capitol

The following is a post by Michelle Strizever, photography and digital content specialist in the Office of Art and Archives of the U.S. House of Representatives. It originally appeared on the House History, Art & Archives blog. During a Joint Meeting honoring the bicentennial of Congress in 1989, Minority Leader Robert Michel of Illinois suggested that what Congress needed […]

Refreshing the “Poetry of America” Series: Five New Recordings Added

It’s been an exciting spring and summer for digital initiatives at the Poetry and Literature Center. Over the past few months, we’ve released streaming audio of 50 newly digitized recordings from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, and we’ve aired the first full season of the PLC’s inaugural podcast series. Today, we kick off […]