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You could hear a pin drop when Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa read from his Mare Nostrum collection inspired by the migration question at @FriendsofEurope  #StateofEU . Fellow panelist Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf followed observing poetry ’reaches the soul like no remarks can’

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“A collaborative condition: Gathered, shed, spread, then Forgotten, reabsorbed. Like love…” A gorgeous poem by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, set to a mesmerizing percussive loop

Thank goodness that when we finally have these amazing @Nationals ⁩ we also have @ThomasBoswellWP ⁩, the poet laureate of Washington baseball, to capture this dream-like moment. His whole career has been leading up to this.

#PoetryInternational has begun! It's @southbankcentre 's longest running festival, founded by Ted Hughes, former Poet Laureate, in 1967 and features #free  events for young people and families:

When so many politicians inevitably break their promises, is it even worth our time to vote? Watch George Elliot Clarke, former parliamentary poet laureate, wrestle with that question in this electrifying poem he wrote especially for The Current.

"He was our poet laureate, an amazingly talented harp player, but more importantly, he was our friend and brother and that presence cannot be replaced," the band said.

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‘There is power in our footsteps. And the streets will ring with it long after we are gone.’ — NYC Poet Laureate William'>Youth Poet Laureate William Lohier’s poem on gun violence is a must-see #NoRA 

NEWS: @LibnOfCongress  Carla Hayden today appointed Joy Harjo as the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate, the first Native American to serve in the position. "Words are powerful & can make change when understanding appears impossible."

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Poet Joy Harjo — a member of the Muskogee Creek Nation — has become the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate. "You hit words together with rhythm and sound quality and fierce playfulness," she says, calling her poetry a kind of music.

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Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation who has written 8 books of poetry, a memoir and 2 books for young audiences, has been named U.S. poet laureate, the first Native person to be selected for the role

Congratulations to Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate. We are humbled by her artistry & talent. We look forward to seeing all she will achieve during her tenure in this position.

‘Women have and will always seek their own reproductive destinies’ — Poet Laureate@AmandaSCGorman  is using her art to take a stand against abortion bans in the U.S.

Pulitzer Prize–winningpoet laureate of hip-hop” has made history with his music. Lisa Robinson takes an intimate look at what drives Compton’s favorite son in V.F.’s August cover story:

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She was a young teacher when she sent a sample of her writing to England’s poet laureate. His response? "Literature cannot be the business of a woman’s life, and it ought not to be." At the age of 31, she published "Jane Eyre."

BREAKING: Our new US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, signs in for duty at the Library of Congress. #poetry 

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