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...we didn't even know it


NewsPoet is NPR's newest creative treat,
When once each month, we offer one poet a seat.

They'll shadow assorted beats and production alike,
And compile special verse on news and NPR life.

Then come four o'clock, when All Things Considered does air,
Their profile and newsroom poem will be broadcast then and there!

To keep the segment strong, contests and web extras NPR will tout,
And a multimedia read along will help with your cadence, no doubt.

It's quite the task, beating poetry's impervious curse,
Simply said, our goal is awakening listeners' interest in verse.

With support from the Poetry Foundation, and our producers' insight,
NPR Books hopes to thrust poetry back in the public light.

Who says press releases have to be boring? NPR Publicist Cara Philbin penned these stanzas announcing NPR's newest poetry series, NewsPoet. Each month, the series actively creates new and original poetry by inviting a promising poet to roam our halls for one day, and generate a poem based on what they witness in the newsroom. Poet and educator Tracy K. Smith, who helped us kick off the series in January, called the experience "delightful, and a little terrifying."

The next NewsPoet segment, featuring Craig Morgan Teicher, can be heard this Friday, February 24, on All Things Considered.

The NewsPoet series is just one plan NPR has this year for poetry. Whether you depend on "The Red Wheelbarrow," dream about "The Waste Land" or eat Green Eggs and Ham, listen out for more fun coverage, in and out of verse, from NPR Poetry.