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Wimbledon gets its own poet

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(Read caption) Matt Harvey says he's thrilled but nervous about his appointment as Wimbledon's first-ever poet-in-residence.

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Is poetry becoming more muscular or has tennis gotten more literary? Whichever way you look at it, the two worlds are moving closer together this year with the appointment of British versifier Matt Harvey as Wimbledon's first-ever official poet.

Harvey is well known to many Britons as a humorist and "performance poet" who writes books and performs live on stage and on the radio. To help chronicle and promote the famed tennis tournament, he will be writing a poem a day for two weeks. (His first, "The Grandest of Slams," can be seen here.) Readers will be able to follow Harvey's daily verse online at the Wimbledon site, at the Poetry Trust site, on Twitter, or via podcast.


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