Poetry in America

Celebrated guests join Elisa New for a lively discussion of poems by renowned poets.


  • Mending Wall, by Robert Frost

    Caroline Kennedy, Tracy K. Smith & more read Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” with Elisa New.
  • you can say that again, billie, by Evie Shockley

    Cassandra Wilson, Elisa New & more read Evie Shockley’s “you can say that again, billie.”
  • Cascadilla Falls, by A. R. Ammons

    DJ Spooky, Joshua Bennett, & more discuss A.R. Ammon’s “Cascadilla Falls” with Elisa New.
  • Looking for The Gulf Motel, by Richard Blanco

    Gloria Estefan & more read Richard Blanco’s "Looking for The Gulf Motel" with Elisa New.
  • The Wound-Dresser, by Walt Whitman

    Tony Kushner, David Strathairn & more read Whitman’s “The Wound-Dresser” with Elisa New.
  • Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman

    Join host Elisa New to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth.
  • This Is Just to Say, by William Carlos Williams

    Williams' poem “This is Just to Say” is only 28 words and ireads like a refrigerator note.
  • You and I Are Disappearing, by Yusef Komunyakaa

    Explore the mingled beauty and horror of war, with this Yusef Komunyakaa poem.

About Poetry in America

In the second season of Poetry in America, guests join Elisa New for a lively and immersive discussion of the poems of Marilyn Chin, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Mark Doty, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stephen Sondheim, William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman. POETRY IN AMERICA premieredApril 4, 2020 (check local listings).