Friday, May 09, 2008


Mother's Day, Poetry, and War on Lehrer News Hour Tonight


May 9, 2008

(In DC area, the show airs 7-8 pm on Ch 26, with poetry programming usually in the second half. Many thanks to Yvette Neisser Moreno for this news.)

As part of our ongoing NewsHour Poetry Series, tonight we look at (poet) Frances Richey.

The Iraq War has divided many Americans including Frances and Ben Richey. Ben, a graduate of West Point, is a 33-year-old Green Beret who has served two tours of duty in Iraq. His mother, Frances, opposed the war, creating a rift in what was a close relationship between a single mother and her only child. But in response, Frances wrote poems about and for her son, collected in a new book, The Warrior. The poetry has helped bring mother and son closer together again.

Frances and Ben Richey sat down with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown earlier this week.

For online coverage of the Poetry Series, visit the Online NewsHour at

EDITOR'S NOTE: Segments highlighted on the NewsHour Poetry Series Alert are scheduled to air but subject to change. Due to late breaking news and time constraints, poetry segments aren't scheduled until the day they air. The NewsHour sends its alerts as early as possible, but the lineup often isn't finalized until late in the day. If you have missed any of our poetry segments, please visit the Online NewsHour for streaming video, audio, and transcripts of our entire Poetry Series.

If you are observative
And do not tell a fiberal
Compared to a conservative
'Tis better to be a liberal
Hear here!
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