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Poetry Sounds: Robert Pinsky, “The Shirt”

July 28, 2013

Poetry Sounds is a new segment at Tate Street High Society that features poets reading aloud their work.  Sometimes, as readers, we forget that poetry is an intensely visceral form, one that began with ancient storytelling and song in which bards interpreted and communicated the  heroics of the [...]

Inauguration Poems

November 10, 2012

As the political fanfare expires, we can look to the poets to prepare for the inauguration.  Although the tradition is not a staple of American politics (President Kennedy started the tradition with Robert Frost in 1961), we hope that our president, the poet will consider to uphold his decision to [...]

A Truth Universally Webcasted

August 22, 2012

Ever wonder how Pride & Prejudice would play out on Youtube? Even if you haven’t, you should check out the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. They’re a smart (feminist!) re-imagining of a classic. What’s your favorite intersection of literature and new [...]

Seamus Heaney, Hercules, and Antaeus

November 22, 2010

With Seamus Heaney’s recent publication of Human Chain, we hope you’d also enjoy hearing a little insight into his career as a poet. You can read along with the pdf of the entire speech here. Excerpt from Seamus Heaney’s Birthday Speech: 13th APRIL 2009 “In Greek mythology, [...]