On April 25th, 2018, The Boston Globe discussed Poetry in America in its “TV Critics Corner.” In the article are topics including the state of poetry (Rupi Kaur, the dream frontier, dismissive college freshmen), the case (for poetry) made by the show, and the potential downside to listening to Allen Ginsberg’s “Hum Bom” at excessive volume.
Month archive: April 2018
on Poetry in America to discuss Edward Hirsch’s poem “Fast Break.” Shaq said of series host Elisa New’s parsing skills: “When she broke it down intelligently for me, I was very astounded and very amazed.” Professor New said of Shaq: “He’s a learner!”
On April 18th, 2018 the editors of News for Kids featured Poetry in America in their coverage of National Poetry Month. Poetry in America alum Shaquille O’Neal was used …
On April 13th, 2018, Tablet Magazine published an essay in its Arts and Letters section on Poetry in America’s first season. Describing the show as ‘infectious,’ ‘too good to be true,’ and capable of inspiring viewers to ‘seek out more daring and unusual contemporary writing.’ The article also notes some of season 1’s highlights: Regina Spektor’s personal take on ‘The New Colossus’, New’s intro to the Ginsberg episode, and the natural conversational style from which stunning insights seem to ‘spontaneously erupt at climactic points.’
On April 11th, 2018, host Professor Elisa New joined hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan of Boston Public Radio LIVE at Boston Public Library to discuss Poetry in America. Segment starts at 1:16:00.
On April 10th, 2018, Deseret News’ Danielle Christensen wrote about the first season of Poetry in America, and its possibility as a low stress entry point into the often intimidating spectre of poetry.
On April 10th, 2018, Poetry in America host Elisa New and alum Stuart Weitzman appeared on Cheddar News to discuss their collaboration in an episode on Robert Pinsky’s “Shirt,” and their hopes for Poetry in America.
On April 7th, 2018, The New York Times’ David Chow featured Poetry in America in his round-up “Whats on TV Saturday.” Chow was impressed by the show’s ability to highlight the unexpected places that poetry shows up in our daily lives.
On April 5th, 2018, The San Francisco Chronicle’s David Wiegand featured Poetry in America in his weekly weekend roundup. Wiegand was impressed by the range of A-list talent on the show, and made a joke about his own inability to dance on his toes.
On April 4th, 2018, Broadway World’s Macon Prickett wrote an enthusiastic article on the incipient release of Season One of Poetry in America.
On April 4th, 2018, The New York Times TV critic Margaret Lyons listed Poetry in America first in her weekly roundup of recommendations, encouraging readers to check airings on their local PBS station, and stream selected episodes for free on our site.
On April 3rd, 2018, The Star Tribune’s Neal Jordan listed Poetry in America among his daily TV Picks. While Jordan remained agnostic towards Cythia Nixon’s gubernatorial run, he faithfully praised her critical reading abilities in our episode on Emily Dickinson’s “I Cannot Dance Opon My Toes.”
On April 2nd, 2018, Time Magazine’s Olivia Waxman discussed John McCain’s poetic leanings—his famous recitation on TV, his time in the Hanoi Hilton—and referred readers to Poetry in America’s exclusive interview with McCain on the poem he knew all too well: Robert Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee.”