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John Barr

Poet Emily Dickinson lived over a century ago (she passed in 1886), but her innovative approach to poetry is still distinct in the 21st century. As former Poetry Foundation president John Barr says in our audio program, The Poetry of Emily Dickinson , "From her private room in the town of...
Washington, DC Great Hall. Detail of cherubs representing the literary genres [Poetry is in the middle holding the scroll] on the Grand staircase by Philip Martiny. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. February may be the shortest month of the year, but it seems twenty-...