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Johnny Cash, the Poet in Black

Johnny Cash, the Poet in Black

Johnny Cash, around 1970. A book of his poems, edited by the poet Paul Muldoon, is about to published.
What in the World: On an Island Named for Ice, the Poets Are Just Getting Warmed Up
Sinosphere: A Poem Praises Smog, and Why Not? It’s From Cancer’s Perspective

Sinosphere: A Poem Praises Smog, and Why Not? It’s From Cancer’s Perspective

A farmer walking through heavy smog on the outskirts of Beijing on Saturday.
Sinosphere: A Poem Praises Smog, and Why Not? It’s From Cancer’s Perspective

Sinosphere: A Poem Praises Smog, and Why Not? It’s From Cancer’s Perspective

A farmer walking through heavy smog on the outskirts of Beijing on Saturday.
German Comedian Is Told Not to Repeat Lewd Lines About Erdogan

German Comedian Is Told Not to Repeat Lewd Lines About Erdogan

A German court has upheld a ruling barring the comedian Jan Böhmermann from repeating 18 of the 24 lines of his lewd poem satirizing Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Valentine’s Day: Did It Start as a Roman Party or to Celebrate an Execution?

Valentine’s Day: Did It Start as a Roman Party or to Celebrate an Execution?

Heart balloons for Valentine’s Day are sold in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Poet Who Stirred a Generation of Soviets, Dies at 83

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Poet Who Stirred a Generation of Soviets, Dies at 83

Yevgeny Yevtushenko during a reading of his poetry at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow in December 1962.
Joanne Kyger, Zen-Infused Beat Generation Poet, Dies at 82

Joanne Kyger, Zen-Infused Beat Generation Poet, Dies at 82

Joanne Kyger in 1971. A poet and environmentalist, she was associated with the West Coast School of writers.
Table for Three: Sheryl Sandberg and Elizabeth Alexander on Love, Loss and What Comes Next

Table for Three: Sheryl Sandberg and Elizabeth Alexander on Love, Loss and What Comes Next

Sheryl Sandberg, left, and Elizabeth Alexander at Farmers Fishers Bakers in Washington.
The Mall of America’s Writer-in-Residence Has a Knack for Landing Offbeat Gigs

The Mall of America’s Writer-in-Residence Has a Knack for Landing Offbeat Gigs

The new writer-in-residence for the Mall of America in Minnesota will be Brian Sonia-Wallace, who will write poems there over five days in June.
How Poems Inspire Pictures

How Poems Inspire Pictures

A barn outside Falkland, N.C.
Liu Xiaobo’s Dying Words for His Wife

Liu Xiaobo’s Dying Words for His Wife

Liu Xia, the wife of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, with their photograph in her apartment in Beijing in 2012.
Ben McAdoo Opens Giants’ Camp With Lesson From a Lion Lothario

Ben McAdoo Opens Giants’ Camp With Lesson From a Lion Lothario

Giants Coach Ben McAdoo has been known for surprising his team with quirky presentations.
Footsteps: August Wilson’s Pittsburgh

Footsteps: August Wilson’s Pittsburgh

The New Granada Theater, now vacant, was designed by Louis A.S. Bellinger, one of Pittsburgh’s first African-American architects.
The Saturday Profile: A Chinese Poet’s Unusual Path From Isolated Farm Life to Celebrity

The Saturday Profile: A Chinese Poet’s Unusual Path From Isolated Farm Life to Celebrity

Yu Xiuhua in the farmhouse in Hengdian where she grew up and began writing the passionate poetry that has caused a sensation in China.
Saturday Profile: From Australia’s ‘Stolen Generation’ to Celebrated Poet

Saturday Profile: From Australia’s ‘Stolen Generation’ to Celebrated Poet

The Indigenous Australian writer Ali Cobby Eckermann in Illaroo, New South Wales, last month.
The Saturday Profile: Berlin’s ‘Newspaper Poet’ Walks in a Long Line of Eccentrics

The Saturday Profile: Berlin’s ‘Newspaper Poet’ Walks in a Long Line of Eccentrics

Holger Bleck, who sells newspapers by composing and reciting rhyming versions of the news, at the Ständige Vertretung bar in Berlin.