TV: Poetry in America

A trailer has been released for Poetry in America, a production for Poetry Month from PBS-member station WGBH that "gathers distinguished interpreters from all walks of life to explore and debate 12 unforgettable American poems. Athletes, poets, politicians, musicians, architects, scientists, actors, entrepreneurs, and citizens of all ages join together with host and Harvard professor Elisa New to experience and share the power of poetry." The series premieres on public television stations beginning March 28 and runs through May 2.

Poetry in America features poems ranging from Emily Dickinson's "I cannot dance upon my toes," with Cynthia Nixon, Marie Howe, Yo Yo Ma and Jill Johnson; to Edward Hirsch's "Fast Break," with Shaquille O’Neal, Edward Hirsch, Shane Battier, Pau Gasol and "a chorus of pick-up basketball players"; to Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays" with Joe Biden, Elizabeth Alexander, Angela Duckworth "and a chorus of working fathers and sons," and much more.

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