They Feed They Lion by Philip Levine


“Out of the acids of rage, the candor of tar, / Out of creosote, gasoline, drive shafts, wooden dollies, / They Lion grow.” Watch this 2013 LIVE From NYPL recording of an event featuring the late Philip Levine reading his rousing poem “They Feed They Lion” in tribute to Federico García Lorca.


Ta-Nehisi Coates and Poetic Language


"Within that economy of words, you choose words that have certain angles, that have certain edges, that effect people in a certain way." Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose memoir Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau, 2015) is a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, speaks with Khalil Gibran Muhammad about what he learned as a poet and how those skills continue to influence his writing.

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