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Four years in the making, Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick have released an anthology into the hands of a new generation of readers, writers, and listeners. Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015) features 100 contemporary poets whose work adolescents and adults alike will connect with and enjoy.

Beyond poems, Melnick and Lauer have asked thought-provoking questions of their contributors and offered a means for readers to reach out to the poets via social media. Readers will also be surprised to find an additional, “secret” anthology hidden in these questions.
Listen to the interview for a glimpse into the process and to hear five poets from across the country read their work. We are grateful that such a collection exists and encourage our listeners to get one for themselves and any young person who would benefit from being reminded that their experiences matter; our experiences connect us.

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