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National Poetry Week: When Words Take Flight

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Shelley Gollust 2006-4-2 (MUSIC) VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in

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by shelley gollust
2006-4-2

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voice one:

welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm faith lapidus. this week, we bring you some poems that americans like best.

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voice one:

april is national poetry month in the united states. the academy of american poets started the special celebration ten years ago. national poetry month brings together publishers, booksellers, poetry groups, libraries, schools and poets around the country. they celebrate poetry and its important place in american culture.

thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations take part. they hold readings, celebrations, book displays, educational events and other activities.

this month, the academy of american poets will launch the first-ever poetry read-a-thon. this is for students ages ten to thirteen. the goals of the read-a-thon are to celebrate the reading of poems and writing about poems. students will choose poems to read and then write about the poems they read.

poetry is very popular in the united states. america even has a chief poet, known as the poet laureate. robert pinsky was the poet laureate a few years ago. he started the favorite poem project, to find out which poems americans liked best. thousands of americans wrote to mister pinsky about their favorite poems. he chose two hundred poems by poets from the united states and many other countries.

robert pinsky

the poems are included in a book called "americans' favorite poems." it was edited by robert pinsky and maggie dietz. along with the poems are comments by some of the people who chose them. we will read five of these poems by american poets.

our first poem is by black elk, a famous spiritual leader of the oglala lakota native american tribe. he took part in two famous battles against american troops during the late eighteen hundreds. at the end of his life, he told about a number of his tribe's ceremonies and ideas about life. among these was the poem called "everything the power of the world does is done in a circle."

first reader:

everything the power of the world does

is done in a circle. the sky is round,

and i have heard that the earth is round

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