Poetry in motion: TEDTalks Playlist

Today’s playlist is about poetry. Where does a poem come from and how does it reveal itself? These speakers perform poems that come from the battlefields, childhood, and even from inside a computer, to create a lyrical soundtrack in some traditional and not-so-traditional ways.

C.K. Williams shows how growing up is not so easy, and opens up about the experiences and oddities of youth.

Emmanuel Jal channels the war-torn terror of his childhood to produce words and music that inspire.

Rives tells a type-faced story about a boy who loves a girl with a ponytail.

We’d love to hear more of your favorite TEDTalks about Poetry. Add your suggestions to the comments below, join the conversation on Facebook, or email with the subject PLAYLIST: POETRY. (Jog your memory with the TEDTalks spreadsheet.)

Curator of this playlist: Rachel Tobias