A Feathered Gathering: All the birds of the world gather to hear the hoopoe bird speak in author and illustrator Peter Sis' The Conference of the Birds. Sis painstakingly painted thousands of birds by hand in to bring his new book to life. Click Here For A Closer Look Peter Sis/Courtesy of Penguin Press hide caption

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In 'Birds,' Sis Makes A Dream World For Grown-Ups
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Marie Howe is the author of three collections of poetry. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

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Poet Marie Howe On 'What The Living Do' After Loss
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Tomas Transtromer, seen in this undated photo, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

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Shel Silverstein's Poems Live On In 'Every Thing'
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On Wednesday, the Library of Congress announced that Philip Levine would be the next poet laureate of the United States. Geoffrey Berliner hide caption

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New Poet Laureate Philip Levine's 'Absolute Truth'
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Dean Young has published more than 10 books of poetry. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure more than a decade ago. Laurie Saurborn Young/ hide caption

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The Heart Of Dean Young's Pre-Transplant Poetry
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Caroline Kennedy 'Walks' Through Favorite Poems
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Collins Values Approachable Poetry, Not Pretension
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Poetry With An Edge: The Acerbic Wit Of Alan Dugan
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W.S. Merwin is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He will become the 17th poet laureate this fall, succeeding Kay Ryan. Matt Valentine/Library of Congress/AP Photo hide caption

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'Sirius' Poetry From New Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin
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Jehanne Dubrow blogs about poetry and literature at Notes from the Gefilte Review. Jeremy Schaub hide caption

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Reflecting 'Stateside' With A Loved One At War
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Song of Myself was included in Walt Whitman's major work, Leaves of Grass. Whitman paid for the publication of the first edition himself. Three Lions/Getty Images hide caption

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Robert Hass: On Whitman's 'Song Of Myself'
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