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April 15, 2014 | NPR · One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.
 
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Poetry

Dec 19, 2013 — If you rarely pick up stories or verse, here's a handy guide to some of 2013's best collections. Whether you tend toward family dramas, biographies, gritty journalism or darkly comic novels, we've got a book for you — and it just might turn you into a story lover or poetry addict.
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Aug 30, 2013 — The Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney died this morning in Dublin at the age of 74. In a remembrance, poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher writes that Heaney had mastered sound and nuance, crafting poems you can taste and feel, alive and powerful, as you speak them aloud.
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Aug 30, 2013 — Called by some the best Irish poet since Yeats, Heaney was 74. He was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Heaney once told NPR that poems are "stepping stones in one's own sense of oneself. ... You have to conjure the next stepping stone because the stream, we hope, keeps flowing."
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Jul 11, 2013 — Adam Frank takes note of, and offers heartfelt thanks for, the response to his post on poetry and physics. It wasn't expected. But it was entirely welcome and fun.
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Jul 9, 2013 — What does it mean for a poem to be hard? Is it the same thing as when science is hard? Should we expect to need a class to help us understand poetry, just as we expect to need one for understanding electromagnetism? Where, exactly, do we expect to find our truths and how hard should we expect to fight for them?
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Mar 19, 2013 — Can we really see the Universe in a grain of sand, even as we slog through traffic? Can we really hold infinity in our hands, even as we drop off the kids to Violin practice? Commentator Adam Frank says we can if we take the time to notice the beauty of the natural world surrounding us.
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Jan 25, 2013 — Across Scotland and around the world, poetry lovers gather in appreciation of 18th century bard Robert Burns. Central to the menu of all these Burns Suppers is, of course, haggis, paraded into the room on a silver platter.
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Nov 22, 2012 — According to poet Kevin Young, the best poems are like the best meals — they're made from scratch. Young has edited a new collection of poems that celebrate the pleasures of food, from "butter disappearing into whipped sweet potatoes" to oysters that taste like "starlight."
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Oct 20, 2011 — Emily Dickinson discussed baking in many of her letters — evincing both her trademark wit and a zest for life that belies the common image of her as a depressed figure.
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Aug 10, 2011 — America has a new poet laureate today, as the Library of Congress names Phillip Levine in the one-year position. He will succeed W.S. Merwin in the post. Born in Detroit in 1928, Levine has used his poetry to examine blue-collar life; as a young man, he worked in Detroit's car factories.
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