In this Sept. 18, 2012 photograph taken at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey speaks about her mother, Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough, who was killed two decades ago by a stepfather Trethewey always feared and other family influences in her work. Trethewey hopes in her new capacity to develop a national discussion on poetry and its relevance to society and place. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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In this Sept. 18, 2012 photograph taken at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey speaks about her mother, Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough, who was killed two decades ago by a stepfather Trethewey always feared and other family influences in her work. Trethewey hopes in her new capacity to develop  a national discussion on poetry and its relevance to society and place. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Sept. 18, 2012 photograph taken at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey speaks about her mother, Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough, who was killed two decades ago by a stepfather Trethewey always feared and other family influences in her work. Trethewey hopes in her new capacity to develop a national discussion on poetry and its relevance to society and place. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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