"Since the day the bell was cast

I have sat in the bishop’s carved chair and waited my turn

with my feet crossed at the ankles, and the leather of my huaraches

cutting into the hide of my foot."

Today’s Dear Poet video features Academy of American Poets Chancellor C. D. Wright, author of numerous volumes of poetry including One With Others (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), which received the 2011 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

Watch C. D. Wright reading her poem “Like Hearing Your Name Called in a Language You Don’t Understand.” Students grades five through twelve are invited to send us their letters in response to the poem, for a chance to have them featured for the Dear Poet project for National Poetry Month.

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