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Good Poetry Is Good Poetry

Washington, DC

Although 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joel Nelson is known as a cowboy poet, it might be best not to mention it to him because he doesn't like the term.  He thinks people might dismiss that type of poetry as trivial, and they would be wrong to do so.  As he says, cowboy poetry?s ?expressive of the values that America was built on, and I tend to think poetry is poetry. Good poetry is good poetry and it spans oceans. It spans cultures.

Listen to the entire podcast.

And don?t forget to check back here on August 17 to find out how to get tickets to the 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert on September 24 at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland.

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