Tina Chang Reads “The Gift” by Li-Young Lee

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“To pull the metal splinter from my palm / my father recited a poem in a low voice.” Tina Chang reads from Li-Young Lee’s poem “The Gift,” her choice for “The Poem I Wish I Had Read” video series produced by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College. For more from Chang, read this 2019 Q&A by Jerome Ellison Murphy in our Online Exclusive archive.

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

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In celebration of Walt Whitman’s bicentennial birthday on May 31 of 2019, Brooklyn residents—including Mahogany L. Browne, Jason Koo, Gregory Pardlo, Ben Purkert, and Brooklyn poet laureate Tina Chang—recite his 1856 poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” from Leaves of Grass in various neighborhoods and libraries throughout the borough. This video was produced by the Brooklyn Public Library.

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