The News

December 8, 2020
The News

Emmy-award winning journalist Jeffrey Brown explores theintersections between politics and poetry in his debut book TheNews. From a high-security prison in Arizona to a West Pointclassroom to a slum in Haiti, Brown's poems share the perspectivesof inmates, cadets, and survivors. Brown's voice is introspectiveand compassionate as he addresses both the "news from home" andnatural disasters that cause large-scale suffering. In Brown's ownwords, poetry is an "accounting of what it means to be alive inthis world," and his work unites the "often disconnected worlds ofnews and poetry."Headlines 1"Bomb Explodes in a Crowded Market"Winds blow, my friends are scattered"Dow Falls on Jobs Numbers"I add and add and it doesn't add up"President to Address the Nation"I seek a way out, a way in – away"White Smoke: Habemus Papam"I turned for a moment – where did she go?"U.S. Demands End to Cyber Attacks"I've forgotten every book I've read"Detroit: Crisis Born of Bad Decisions"This is the life I choose nowJeffrey Brown is the chief correspondent forarts, culture, and society at PBS NewsHour. His work has taken himall over the world as he searches for the connections between newsand poetry. He is the creator and host of "Art Beat," which isNewsHour's online arts and culture blog. As a producer andcorrespondent, his work has earned him an Emmy the Cine GoldenEagle. He lives in Washington, DC.