Poems, History and Memory with Natasha Trethewey

June 15, 2012

We have a new Poet Laureate here in the U.S. Listen in as Natasha Trethewey talks about the history and memory embedded in her work.

You can hear more of Trethewey's poems here.


I liked the content of Ms Trethewey's poem about her mother but found her delivery grating. Maybe one of the things she could do as Poet Laureate to make poetry more accessible is to encourage poets to change the way they speak. Too often, poets recite their poems in a monotonous sing-song that makes them sound like they're on Valium. Alternatively, younger poets often use a rap cadence, which makes them sound like brats bickering on a playground. Perhaps if poets delivered their poems as normal speech, the general public wouldn't find poetry such a turnoff.

On the 6/17/12 program there was mention of being able to select a poem by topic on this website. Can you tell me how to do it. twolfe@periojackson.com

Hi Tresa, 

That's through the Poetry Foundation's site: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/browse/

Happy Reading!