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'Windows' That Transform The World: Jane Hirshfield On Poetry

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Philip Levine grew up on the outskirts of Detroit and began writing poetry when he was just 13 years old. "It was like I had never enjoyed anything in my life so much," he said. "It was utterly thrilling. I began to live for it." Gary Kazanjian/AP hide caption

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Philip Levine, Who Found Poetry On Detroit's Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

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Amiri Baraka Didn't Worry About His Politics Overpowering His Poetry

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In 'Dear Father,' A Poet Disrupts The 'Cycle Of Pain'

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Inaugural Poet Recalls A Closeted Childhood Of Cultural Tension

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The Turmoil In Scotland, Expressed By Its Poets

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"I became a poet in Pittsburgh," says, poet and University of Pittsburgh professor Terrance Hayes, pictured above at his home. Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

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Edward Hirsch has written several books of poetry, including For the Sleepwalkers, Wild Gratitude and Special Orders. Courtesy of Knopf hide caption

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A Poet On Losing His Son: 'Before You Heal, You Have To Mourn'

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Brilliant, Unsparing 'Prelude' Will Leave A Bruise

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Irish poet William Butler Yeats makes a recording for the radio. Scroll down to hear him read his poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." Culture Club/Getty Images hide caption

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How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart

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Painful Path To Fatherhood Inspires Poet's New Collection

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Charles Wright, a retired professor at the University of Virginia, has been named the nation's next poet laureate. Holly Wright/Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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New Poet Laureate: 'The Meaning Has Always Stayed The Same'

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