Poetry in America

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


  • 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.
  • Finishing the Hat, by Stephen Sondheim

    Stephen Sondheim blends lyrics and music in his poem "Finishing the Hat".
  • This Your Home Now, by Mark Doty

    In Doty's poem “This Your Home Now,” a barber shops sparks a meditation on love and more.
  • The Fish, by Marianne Moore

    Explore Moore’s great poem of marine life, with Al Gore, Jorie Graham, and others.
  • One Art, by Elizabeth Bishop

    Katie Couric, Mary Chapin Carpenter and others explore Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art".
  • Urban Love Poem, by Marilyn Chin

    Maxine Hong Kingston, Randy Komisar and others explore Marilyn Chin's "Urban Love Poem".
  • The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus

    Contemplate the physical—and figurative—journeys charted by all immigrants.

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).