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"We kind of lose that sense of wonder that we have with language," says Thom Caraway, the poet laureate of Spokane, Washington. "Any toddler or kindergartener is running around just saying words out loud because they like how they sound." Caraway, who recently hosted a pizza and poetry night at Balboa Elementary Montessori in Spokane, discusses why young children have a way with words and talks about his own experience with poetry.
Nina Sankovitch talks about the trove of old letters she found buried in her yard and how they inspired her to write Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Writing Letters, a book about about how writing, receiving, and reading letters connects us all, forthcoming next month from Simon & Schuster.
"The way the world is not / astonished at you / it doesn’t blink a leaf / when we step from the house / leads me to think / that beauty is natural, unremarkable / and not to be spoken of / except in the course of things...." Poet Bill Knott, the author of numerous poetry collections, including Laugh at the End of the World: Collected Comic Poems 1969–1999 (2000), passed away on March 12. His poem "Sonnet" is featured in this brief clip.
"There is a distinct difference between reading a novel and reading a novel by someone you know." The author of acclaimed novels such as Atonement, Amsterdam, Saturday, and On Chesil Beach discusses his latest novel, Sweet Tooth, at last year's Louisiana Literature Festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.