First appointed Poet Laureate of the Museum of Modern Art, Kenneth Goldsmith, stopped by The Colbert Report to discuss his book, Seven American Deaths and Disasters. The book is a collection of transcribed television and radio broadcasts from around the country that reported a selection of seven national disasters as they happened: the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, the death of John Lennon, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Columbine school shootings, the 2011 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, and the death of pop icon Michael Jackson.
In the interview, Goldsmith says that he collected the broadcasts to show the poetic qualities of such off-the-cuff reports from those who are not in the field of news reporting. In typical Stephen Colbert fashion, the interview starts off light-hearted then quickly turns serious. Check out the full clip below: