More from Poetry Project

Most Recent

A poem of loss for the economy

May 11, 2009
We've been asking our listeners to send in their favorite poems about money and the economy. Elizabeth Dodge suggested Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art," a piece about loss that's helped her put the economic collapse in context.

Poetry in work

May 4, 2009
There's a lot of poetry in work -- people who do it, under do it, and can't afford not to do it. Poet David Tucker reads his poem "Downsizing," Pedro Pietri reads his poem "Telephone Booth Number 905 ½," and poet and columnist Katha Pollitt reads Sarah Cleghorn's "The Golf Links."
Posted In: Jobs

Poem: 'Smart' by Shel Silverstein

Apr 27, 2009
Many of you nominated "Smart" by Shel Silverstein, a poem about kids and money, to be read on air. Ms. Simms' 4th, 5th and 6th graders in Fullerton, Calif., read the poem.

A working man's poet

Apr 20, 2009
Poet Philip Levine used to work the line at GM, which may have inspired his poetry about the blue-collar masses. Kai Ryssdal speaks with the Pulitzer Prize winner about how his experiences shaped his poetic works.

Lost for words? Try a web poet

Feb 12, 2009
After people kept asking Danielle McDonald to pen personalized poems, she thought she could make a little cash doing it. Spend a few bucks at and she'll craft a sonnet in your name. Sean Cole reports.
Posted In: Internet

Finding the poetry in finance

Dec 24, 2008
Katy Lederer found inspiration for the poems in her latest book from an unusual source -- finance. Tess Vigeland speaks with the former hedge fund recruiter about her poetry.

About this collection

A near billion dollar company, World Finance is the largest of an often-overlooked breed of high-cost lender: installment lenders. Ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, the loans typically last anywhere from six months to three years. The industry boasts millions of customers and over 4,000 locations across at least 19 states, mostly in the south and Midwest, and touts the product as a consumer-friendly alternative to payday loans. World and its competitors gouge borrowers with unnecessary insurance products and persuade their customers to renew their loans over and over again, creating a cycle of debt that often grinds on for years. 

With Generous Support From...