Poetry

The Poet of Fenway

By WGBH News   |   Friday, April 20, 2012
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April 20, 2012

BOSTON —  Fenway's one-of-a-kind charm has inspired no end of literary giants, including such as Stephen King, poet Donald Hall and perhaps most famously John "lyric little bandbox" Updike. Today, Dick Flavin is carrying on the tradition as the official poet laureate of Fenway Park. Sure the pay is low — but that keeps competition for the spot down, he joked. This is his special verse for the Fenway centennial, as heard on The Callie Crossley Show. Listen to the rest of the conversation above.

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The Beauty And Difficulty Of Poet Nikky Finney

By Noah Adams   |   Monday, April 9, 2012
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John Updike -- The Cartoonist?

Friday, March 16, 2012
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March 16, 2012




On March 18, author John Updike would have turned 80. Most famous for his Harry "Rabbit" Angstron series of novels, Updike died in 2009. In this 1978 interview clip from WGBH's Open Vault, Updike tells reporter China Altman he secretly wished to be a cartoonist.

See the full 30-minute conversation on WGBH Open Vault, where Upike reads from his work and tells stories about growing up in Pennsylvania, life at Harvard, working at the New Yorker and how he developed the writing habits which enabled him to produce a book a year.

Updike lived his final years in Massachusetts. Read more of his biography.

A Coconut Cake From Emily Dickinson: Reclusive Poet, Passionate Baker

By Nelly Lambert   |   Monday, October 24, 2011
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WGBH Celebrates National Poetry Month

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Center Stage

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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