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'The Poet and the Poem'

Audio interviews with several poets who have read at the Library of Congress are featured in "The Poet and the Poem at the Library of Congress" series. Two U.S. Poets Laureate and several Witter Bynner fellows are included. Distinguishing features of the show, which first aired on WPFW-FM radio in Washington, D.C., are the poets' discussions of craft and sources of inspiration with host Grace Cavalieri. The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., sponsor "The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress."

Poets Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and Ted Kooser

The Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress dates from 1936, when Archer M. Huntington endowed the Chair of Poetry at the Library. The center itself was founded in the 1940s and has been almost exclusively supported since 1951 by a gift from the late Gertrude Clarke Whittall, who wanted to bring the appreciation of good literature to a larger audience. For more information about poetry at the Library of Congress, visit The Library is also home to the Poet Laureate, whose official title is Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The incumbent and 13th person to hold the position is Ted Kooser, author of 10 collections of poetry, most recently "Delights & Shadows" (2004). Kooser was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939. He earned his bachelor's degree at Iowa State University in 1962 and his master's degree at the University of Nebraska in 1968.

Poet Vision features great poets reading and talking intimately about their work. The 12 episodes in the series were videotaped in 1988-1990 by a firm in Philadelphia and broadcast on television in that area. Cybercasts of Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Allen Ginsberg, Louise Gluck, Sam Hamill, Michael Harper, Stanley Kunitz and Denise Levertov are available online. Programs with Robert Haas, Etheridge Knight, Kenneth Kraft, and Cecelia Vicuña will be available in the coming months.


A. Poet Carl Sandburg, World-Telegram & Sun photo by Al Ravenna, 1955. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction information: Reproduction No.: LC-USZ62-115064 (b&w film copy neg.); Call No.: NYWTS - BIOG--Sandburg, Carl--Poet & Biographer [P&P]

B. [Robert Frost, half-length portrait, facing front, looking down, reading] / World-Telegram photo by Fred Palumbo. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction information: Reproduction No.: LC-USZ62-120743 (b&w film copy neg.); Call No.: NYWTS - BIOG--Frost, Robert--Poet-Farmer--Dead [P&P]

C. Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, whose appointment was announced on Aug. 12, 2004. Reproduction information: Not available for reproduction.

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