Natasha Trethewey is ending her two-year term as Poet Laureate of the United States. On the PBS series "Where Poetry Lives" she traveled the country, including a visit to the Alzheimer's Poetry Project in Brooklyn. Here she is sitting on the floor with preschoolers who'd come to visit the older residence.
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NATASHA TRETHEWEY: I'm a poet.
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: I'm a poet.
TRETHEWEY: And I know it.
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: And I know it.
TRETHEWEY: And my feet surely show it.
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: And my feet surely show it.
TRETHEWEY: Because they're longfellows.
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: Because they're longfellows.
I laughed along with the kids. The interaction was sweet and showed the magic of poetry.