Your NPR news source

Finding poetry in Kennedy assassination

SHARE Finding poetry in Kennedy assassination
Finding poetry in Kennedy assassination

Author Tony Trigilio explores President Kennedy’s assassination through poetry in ‘History Diary.’

Flickr/Le Petit Poulailler

Tuesday marked the 48th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The moment has worked itself deep into the American psyche, spawning commissions, books, movies and theories all bent on uncovering what really happened that day. Author and poet Tony Trigilio was fascinated by the mystery surrounding Kennedy’s assassination. He poured over the Warren Commission Report and then, he started reading Lee Harvey Oswald’s personal diary. But he didn’t find conspiracy; he found poetry. The result was Historic Diary - his latest collection of poems.

Web extra: Tony Trigilio reads two poems from his book Historic Diary: Kiss Junie and Rachel for me, I love you, be sure to buy shoes for June, and The Manchurian Cadidate.

More From This Show