Celebrating the ancient link between the athletic and the poetic.
August 10, 2012 Poet Mbali Vilakazi was inspired by a fellow South African, swimmer Natalie du Toit, who lost one of her legs at age 17 and is the first female amputee to qualify for the Olympic Games. "It's not about what happens to you, it's about how quickly you can get up," Vilakazi says.
July 27, 2012 In the days of the ancient Greeks, poetry and sport went hand in hand at athletic festivals like the Olympics. Morning Edition is reviving that tradition with the Poetry Games. We've invited poets to compose original works celebrating the Olympics. You will judge who should win the victor's crown.
August 3, 2012 Poet Mbali Vilakazi pays tribute to South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, the first female amputee ever to qualify for the Olympic Games. For Vilakazi, du Toit's accomplishment is "everything the Olympics represent ... the triumph of the human spirit."