Stephen Colbert and Poetry

This week two of my friends went to see a taping of The Late Show with Colbert and came back impressed. My friend Steven Smith has interviewed Colbert and said he’s a nice guy. I like Stephen Colbert, too––for lots of reasons. Among them, he likes poetry.

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Billy Collins explains what it means to be U.S. Poet Laureate.

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Elizabeth Alexander
explains the difference between a metaphor and a lie.

 

 

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MoMA’s Poet Laureate Kenneth Goldsmith discusses his book.

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thSaul Williams describes slam poetry.

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And finally, though she’s a patron of poetry, not a poet, Caroline Kennedy talks about her book, “Poems to Learn by Heart.”

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  1. […] this poem. In fact, Stephen Colbert quotes them in an interview with Elizabeth Alexander (see this recent post on Humor In America for the link). Colbert is convinced that the mermaids will sing for him, a […]

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