Poets & Poetry

11:53am

Sun August 5, 2012
Author Interviews

A Story Of Ancient Power In 'The Rise of Rome'

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 2:11 pm

Over the past decade, there's been a revival in popular histories of ancient Rome; not the academic tomes once reserved for specialists and students, but books and movies designed for the rest of us.

Anthony Everitt has written three biographies about some of the major players in ancient Rome: Cicero, Augustus and Hadrian, all full of intrigue and treachery.

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7:37pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Poetry Games

Against All Odds, You 'Swim Your Own Race'

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 8:19 am

Ron Tanovitz

South African poet Mbali Vilakazi is also a performer and radio producer based in Cape Town. Vilakazi's poem pays tribute to South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, the first female amputee ever to qualify for the Olympic Games.

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3:18pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Poetry Games

'The Wrestler' Grapples With Myth, Power And Love

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 8:15 am

Ron Tanovitz

A Muslim-American poet and novelist of Indian descent, Kazim Ali's work has been featured in Best American Poetry and the American Poetry Review. He teaches at Oberlin College.

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10:43pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Poetry Games

'Once More,' Passing The Torch To One And All

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 8:14 am

Ron Tanovitz

Representing Europe in NPR's Poetry Games is Slovenian poet Ales Steger. Steger's first work translated into English, The Book of Things, won last year's Best Translated Book Award for Poetry. The translator was poet Brian Henry, who also translated Steger's Olympic poem, "Once More."

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4:25pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Poetry Games

'Olimpicamente': In Praise Of Feistiness And Big Feet

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 8:14 am

Ron Tanovitz

A poet and editor of BOMB magazine living in Brooklyn, Monica de la Torre was born in Mexico City. Her poem "Olimpicamente" is told in the voice of the Mexican taekwondo champion Maria del Rosario Espinoza, who was born in the village of La Brecha, in the state of Sinaloa, where her father was a fisherman. Though of limited means, her parents supported her passion for taekwondo, and in 2008 Espinoza fought her way to a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics. "I am," says the poet, "dumbfounded and positively moved by Maria del Rosario's improbable story."

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