April is National Poetry Month, and PBS stations all over the country are airing the second season of POETRY EVERYWHERE – a collection of poems produced by David Grubin Productions and WGBH/Boston in association with The Poetry Foundation. Individual poems will appear between regular PBS programs.
By placing poems in the interstices of the PBS schedule, we are hoping to make poetry a regular part of the television landscape, offering viewers moments throughout the day of introspection and even revelation. The poems are offered in a variety of forms: Billy Collins at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival; Robert Frost in an archival clip of Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening; an animation of a poem by Emily Dickinson; Wynton Marsalis, Tony Kushner, and Mary Louise Parker reading their favorite poems. Yeats and Rumi, Dickinson and Whitman, Lucille Clifton, Robert Hass, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stanley Kunitz, Adrienne Rich… and more.
If you don’t want to wait for the poems to turn up on your television screen, you can find all 24 poems at www.pbs.org/poetry