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The late poet reads his poem "Something in the Way of Things (in Town)" in a 2009 performance with saxophonist Rob Brown. S O S: Poems 1961–2013, a new collection of Baraka's poetry published by Grove Press this month, is featured in Page One in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
"We stand in the rain in a long line waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work." The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, who died this weekend at the age of 87, speaks with PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown in a 2010 interview about the need for working-class life to be represented in poetry.
"My interest in science fiction was really based in what now seems like a very kitschy futuristic aesthetic—an image of the future from about forty years ago." Poet Tracy K. Smith discusses how she conducted research for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Life on Mars (Graywolf Press, 2011). Smith, whose new book, the memoir Ordinary Light, is forthcoming from Knopf, is featured in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
"What fascinates me about recovering forgotten stories is how often they are the real tipping points for much bigger cultural, defining moments." Journalist Julianne Schultz moderates a discussion about the importance of the novella as a literary form at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
"You invent whole sections of something and then later some biographer wants to know which is true and what isn't, and you have to sit and think." In this short video produced in 2013, the late Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing shares anecdotes from her life as a writer. Currently, a search is on to appoint a new biographer for Lessing.