Carol Ann Duffy often pulls upon history and myth in fresh and invigorating poetry that showcases a contemporary wit.

Duffy is a Scottish poet, writer, and playwright. Her collections of poetry include The Bees, Rapture, and most recent Jubilee Lines. She has also written verse for children. Her many awards include the T.S. Eliot Prize, The Lannan Literary Prize, The Costa Poetry Prize, and The Whitbread Poetry Award. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University and was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in May 2009, the first female to hold the position.

Jeffrey Brown, chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society on PBS NewsHour, will introduce and moderate the conversation with Duffy on Monday, May 5, 2014.

From Queen Herod

We do our best,
we Queens, we mothers,
mothers of Queens.
We wade through blood
for our sleeping girls.
We have daggers for eyes.
Behind our lullabies,
the hooves of terrible horses
thunder and drum.

From THE WORLD'S WIFE © 1999 by Carol Ann Duffy, published by Faber and Faber, Inc. Used with permission.