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A Poem A Day: Portable, Peaceful And Perfect

Want a bit of quiet in a harried world? Author Alan Heathcock has found the solution — he reads a poem every morning, and he's found himself in love with the genre.

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Nikky Finney's Head Off & Split tells the stories of contemporary African-American life from the Civil Rights movement to Hurricane Katrina. David Flores/ hide caption

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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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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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Tomas Transtromer, seen in this undated photo, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

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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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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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