Walk into a pre-school classroom in America today and Erika Christakis says it’s likely you’ll see some familiar décor: alphabet charts, bar graphs, calendars, and schedules. It’s all part, says the expert in early child education, of a nationwide drive to make sure kids are ready for school at a younger and younger age.
In honor of National Poetry Month, Diane and her guests discuss their favorite poems. The book, “How To Read A Poem: And Fall In Love With Poetry” will be used as a guide, but listeners are invited to bring their own favorite poems as well.
- E. Ethelbert Miller poet; director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Study. And author of the forthcoming book "On Saturdays I Santana With You."
- Linda Pastan author of 11 volumes of poetry, most recently "Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968-1998" and "The Last Uncle." She was Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991 to 1995 and was on the staff of the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference for 20 years. Her upcoming book is called "Queen of a Rainy Country" (Norton October 2006).
- Edward Hirsch author of six books of poems and three books of prose, including the recent "Poet's Choice" (Harcourt). He has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Prix de Rome, and a MacArthur Fellowship, and is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
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