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Pinter picks poetry, politics over plays

slashgirl writes "' Harold Pinter, one of the U.K.'s greatest living dramatists, is turning away from playwriting to focus on politics and poetry.

"I think I've stopped writing plays now, but I haven't stopped writing poems," Pinter, the man behind such works as The Homecoming, The Caretaker and No Man's Land, told the BBC this week.'

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A New Poet Laureate: Charles Simic

Charles Simic will be named the 15th poet laureate of the United States by the Librarian of Congress today, succeeding Donald Hall, Publishers Weekly reports.

Simic, who is 69, was born in Yugoslavia and immigrated to the U.S. at 16. After learning English he started writing poetry and to date has published 20 volumes. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1990 and was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1984. He is a retired professor of American literature and creative writing at the University of New Hampshire. He is currently the poetry editor of The Paris Review and also writes for The New York Review of Books.

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