In September of 2012, poet Natasha Trethewey sat down with PBS News Hour to discuss her writing as well as her experience being the Poet Laureate for the United States. In the interview, Trethewey says that being younger than many of the other Laureates who have served is an asset as she hopes to bring a new kind of energy to the role. After all, says Trethewey, it’s her job to be a “cheerleader” for poetry and bring it to a wider audience. She also points out that poetry is “diplomatic” and speaks to everyone, no matter race, religion, or creed. It’s the “most humane repository for our dignified thoughts” and should be accessible to all.
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San Francisco’s very first Latino Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia recently sat down with Event Seeker to discuss his work and his experiences living in the ever-changing landscape of the “City of Poets.”
Although he spends most of the video discussing his inspiration and the non-pretentious message behind his poetry (“It’s poetry that belongs to everyone.”), he becomes especially passionate when discussing the “vicious and brutal gentrification” of his neighborhood in San Francisco. Murguia, who often writes about gentrification in his poetry, points that the city budgets are used to promote hateful agendas. He says there’s a difference between change, which is “organic” and natural, and the violent destruction of neighborhoods. Murguia urges his fans to look closely at the issue of gentrification and do what they can to help stem the tide of it. Both light-hearted and insightful, this interview is a fascinating look at how “artist cities” can, in the long run, be destructive to locals.
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Billy Collins is a name you probably heard before. He has been hailed as “the most popular poet in America.” His poetry is even on display in subways and on the back of Metrocards. Achieving a level of fame most poets covet, Collins regularly sells out events and has served twice as the United States Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and again from 2004-2006. During his second term as Poet Laureate, Collins was picked to be the New York State Poet for 2004.
Born on March 22nd, 1941, Collins is best known for his conversational poetry that is upbeat and witty. However, his poems also reveal a quirky and tender side, especially when it revolves around everyday routines and even on poetry itself. Collins admits that his work often appeals to people because he’s not afraid to be domestic, middle-class, and unabashedly “suburban” in his poetry.
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