Talk About Poetry, where several working poets get together to talk about poems they like, are interested in, engaged by, or are annoyed by. Totally unscripted so anything can be said -- and frequently is!
Talk About Poetry, where several working poets get together to talk about poems they like, are interested in, engaged by, or are annoyed by. Totally unscripted so anything can be said -- and frequently is!
Interview with Poets about their New Books
Rank #1: Dorothea Lasky, “Rome” (Liveright, 2014).
Dorothea Lasky‘s Rome (Liveright, 2014) is a collection that will catch you off guard. Lasky lures the reader in with familiar language and imagery only to have them suddenly realize they’ve been brought to room where the walls wobble and collapse, eternally revealing darker passageways.She is undoubtedly a language poet but also one who sees language as a roadblock. The communication is in the sound. Just as with Hemingway, words are merely an entry point to meaning. Stripped of even punctuation, these lines hurl themselves at the reader.Do not take this economy of language as simplicity. Within it are the layers of desire, grief, betrayal, and rage. Lasky’s speakers embody everything that is human yet alien, familiar and foreign. Emboldened by their own savage humanity, they assert themselves into landscapes and consciousness.But this is not easily won– Lasky lets us into her process, revision, and search for obsession. If she cannot lose herself in the poem then she will not offer it up to the world.When at sixty it might hit youWhat you’ve given upWhen your sentimental heartMight let its hair down and seeThe sun for the first timeWhen you pick up this book, read the lines aloud, impose your will on them, and see where they take you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: James Franco, “Directing Herbert White” (Graywolf Press, 2014).
Every poet has their obsessions and for James Franco they are childhood, gender, sex, innocence, and the work place he knows best: the film industry. Within these poetic frames we’re introduced to various voices, landscapes nearly worn out with elegy, and a repertoire of imagery that is both tender and violent. Franco is our poet of earnest grotesquerie, favoring clarity to vagueness as he depicts the bizarre zones of early experience that crash against poems of adulthood that occupy spaces most readers do not have access to: film and celebrity. However, Franco’s poems seem to argue that a kinship exists between the world of the adolescent and the world of a movie set. In his poems, we see the intersection of both and the distinctions between sincerity and artifice are blurred and complicated by a speaker who seems simultaneously anchored in both of these perceptual districts. In addition to Franco’s fidelity to the bramble of childhood memory and glittering industrial complex of show business, his poems are deceptively musical, employing internal rhymes and capturing the tiny voltage of music inside every syllable, creating a sonic landscape one might miss if you don’t read the poems aloud. When the book Directing Herbert White (Graywolf Press, 2014) was first published, it made a big splash in the otherwise small pond of the poetry world, and it reminded me of what Franco does best: challenges society’s notions of the artist and the dynamic – and at times rigid communities – they inhabit. During out chat we talk about the relationship between childhood and violence, the creative writing workshop as a site of instruction, his various poetic influences, and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
ALL UP IN YOUR EARS— a monthly podcast discussing, extolling, deviating from and disagreeing about recent poems. Each month, two of us pick out a new poem and we all dig in together, hoping, in the process, to learn something about the ways that poems can matter—about what is found there and what, sometimes, for some of us, is not.
Rank #1: Episode 3, featuring Jaswinder Bolina.
All Up In Your Ears
Rank #2: Special Episode: A Celebration of Queer Voices.
All Up In Your Ears
PennSound Podcasts are hosted by PennSound's co-director, Al Filreis. PennSound was created in 2003 in order to produce new audio recordings and to preserving existing audio archives of poets reading their own work and discussing poetry and poetics - and to make these available to everyone through free downloadable sound files. PennSound is a project of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania
Rank #1: Episode 55 - CAConrad reading and conversation with Julia Bloch.
CAConrad reading and conversation with Julia Bloch
Rank #2: Episode 52 - Jerome Rothenberg and Ariel Resnikoff.
Jerome Rothenberg and Ariel Resnikoff join Al Filreis in discussion.
Live from St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery in Manhattan's East Village, The Poetry Project has promoted, fostered and inspired the reading and writing of contemporary poetry since 1966.
Rank #1: Reina Gossett - Nov. 12th, 2014.
Wednesday Reading SeriesReina Gossett is the membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as well as the 2014-2015 Activist-In-Residence at Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women. Reina is a filmmaker collaborating with Sasha Wortzel to write, direct and produce STAR PEOPLE ARE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, a film detailing the lives of Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P Johnson and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. The film builds upon the archival research and published writing she has done over the past decade about Sylvia Rivera and STAR , published in Captive Genders (AK Press, 2011), The Scholar and The Feminist Online and her personal blog: reinagossett.com. Reina was a 2009 Stonewall Community Foundation Honoree as well as a recipient of the George Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship by the Open Society Foundation to work with LGBT people navigating criminalization. During her fellowship she partnered with Critical Resistance to curtail the prison industrial complex by organizing low income LGBTGNC New Yorkers in a campaign that successfully stopped NYC’s Department of Corrections from building a $375 million new jail in the Bronx.
Rank #2: Marjorie Welish & Michael Davidson - March 18th, 2015.
Wednesday Reading SeriesMichael Davidson is Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century (Cambridge U Press, 1989), Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material Word (U of California Press, 1997), Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics (U of Chicago, 2003) and Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body (U of Michigan, 2008). His most recent book, Outskirts of Form: Practicing Cultural Poetics was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press. He is the editor of The New Collected Poems of George Oppen (New Directions, 2002). He is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Arcades (O Books, 1998). He is the co-author, with Lyn Hejinian, Barrett Watten, and Ron Silliman, of Leningrad (Mercury House Press, 1991).Marjorie Welish is the author of The Annotated “Here” and Selected Poems, Word Group, Isle of the Signatories, and In the Futurity Lounge / Asylum for Indeterminacy (Spring 2012), all from Coffee House Press. The papers delivered at a conference on her writing and art held at the University of Pennsylvania were published in the book Of the Diagram: The Work of Marjorie Welish (Slought Books). In 2009, Granary Books published Oaths? Questions?, a collaborative artists’ book by Marjorie Welish and James Siena which was the subject of a special exhibition at Denison University Museum, Granville, Ohio, and part of a two-year tour of artists’ books throughout the United States. Her honors include the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Fellowship from Brown University, the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellowship at Cambridge University, and two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has held a Senior Fulbright Fellowship, which has taken her to the University of Frankfurt and to the Edinburgh College of Art. She is now Madelon Leventhal Rand Distinguished Lecturer in Literature at Brooklyn College.
Make (No) Bones is a podcast about poets and poetry. Each episode features a poet reading a poem and discussing their work.
Rank #1: Episode 7: An Interview with Rachel Zucker.
Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, a memoir, MOTHERs, and a double collection of prose and poetry, The Pedestrians. Her book Museum of Accidents was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2013. Zucker teaches poetry at New York University and is currently delivering a series of lectures on the intersection of poetry, confession, ethics and disobedience as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. She recently launched a podcast, Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People). Download this episode from iTunes
Rank #2: Episode 4: An Interview with Nicole Sealey.
Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award, the Poetry International Prize as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem Foundation and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Copper Nickel, Ploughshares, Third Coast and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the Programs Director at Cave Canem Foundation. Read "The First Person Who Will Live to Be One Hundred and Fifty Years Old Has Already Been Born" here.Read "Legendary" here.
PoemTalk at the Writers House, hosted by Al Filreis and based at Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia. PoemTalk is a collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Jacket2.org, and the Poetry Foundation.
Rank #1: Episode 103 - Swear it closed.
Rachel Zolf, erica kaufman, and Eileen Myles join Al Filreis to discuss four poems by Simone White from "Of Being Dispersed."
Rank #2: Episode 97 - Articulate beyond walls.
Michael Kelleher, Daniel Bergmann, and Ron Silliman join Al Filreis for a discussion of three poems by Larry Eigner: "Again dawn," "A temporary language," and "Unyielding / rock."
The Poetry Gods are here to show you how to not be wack in 2016 & beyond. Interviews and stories about the people behind the poems. You don't have to love poetry to love the show. Hosted by Aziza Barnes, Jon Sands, and José Olivarez. Artwork by Jess X. Chen. If you dig the show, share the link.
Rank #1: Season 2, Episode 5 Featuring Aracelis Girmay.
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Aracelis Girmay about poetry, wolves, and more. Check out the episode and let us know what you think. As always you can reach us at email@example.com.ARACELIS GIRMAY BIO:Born and raised in Santa Ana, California, poet Aracelis Girmay earned a BA at Connecticut College and an MFA from New York University. Her poems trace the connections of transformation and loss across cities and bodies. In her 2011 online chat interview with the Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Girmay discussed innovative and hybrid poetric forms, stating, “I wonder what new explorations of form might have to do with documenting the new and old ways of thinking about power. Of how we’ve been taught to think by our families, institutions, television, computer culture, etc. [….] Perhaps the so-called hybrid poems are about dislocating or splintering the central lens.” Her poetry collections include Teeth (2007), Kingdom Animalia (2011), and The Black Maria (2016), named a “Top Poetry Pick” by Publisher's Weekly, O Magazine, and Library Journal. She is also the author of the collage-based picture book changing, changing (2005). In 2011 Girmay was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 2015 she received a Whiting Award for Poetry. A Cave Canem Fellow and an Acentos board member, she led youth and community writing workshops. She currently teaches at Hampshire College. She lives in New York City.Follow Aracelis Girmay on Twitter :@aracelisxgirmayFollow The Poetry Gods on all social media:@_joseolivarez, @azizabarnes, @iamjonsands, @thepoetrygods& CHECK OUR WEBSITE:thepoetrygods.com/(much thanks to José Ortiz for designing the website! shouts to Jess X Snow for making our logo)
Rank #2: Episode 12 Featuring Safia Elhillo.
Welcome to Episode 12 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Safia Elhillo about her writing journey & much more. As always, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking to book shows for Fall 2016. Bring The Poetry gods to your campus!SAFIA ELHILLO BIO:Safia Elhillo’s first full-length collection, The January Children, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press in 2017.Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, a Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor at Kinfolks Quarterly: a journal of black expression, she received an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. In addition to appearing in several journals and anthologies including “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop,” her work has been translated into Arabic and Greek. Safia has performed at venues such as TEDxNewYork, the South African State Theatre, the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway, and TV1’s Verses & Flow. She was a founding member of Slam NYU, the 2012 and 2013 national collegiate championship team, and was a three-time member and former coach of the DC Youth Slam Poetry team. She is currently a teaching artist with Split This Rock.Follow Safia Elhillo on twitter: @mafiasafia on instagram: @safiamafiaFollow The Poetry Gods on all social media:@jayohessee, @azizabarnes, @iamjonsands, @thepoetrygods& CHECK OUR WEBSITE:thepoetrygods.com/(much thanks to José Ortiz for designing the website! shouts to Jess X Chen for making our logo)
Hear from the editors of Poets & Writers Magazine as they offer a behind-the-scenes preview of each new issue, talk with contributors and authors featured in the magazine, share readings of new work by a variety of poets and writers, and discuss all things writing, books, and the literary community.
Rank #1: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi.
Helen Oyeyemi reads from her new novel, Gingerbread, published in March by Riverhead Books. Audio excerpted courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio.
Rank #2: Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge.
Tiffany Midge reads “An Open Letter to White Girls Regarding Pumpkin Spice and Cultural Appropriation,” from her memoir Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s, published in October by Bison Books.
A monthly podcast from esteemed literary journal The Kenyon Review, featuring interviews, discussions, author readings and much more.
Rank #1: 49. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib.
In this episode, poet and critic Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib debates with Andrew Grace on whether or not song lyrics should be considered literature. Ranging from considerations of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Lil Yachty and 2 Chainz, Abdurraqib explains the importance of taking popular music seriously, and how poets can enhance their craft by paying close attention to the lyric strategies of songwriters.
Rank #2: 76. Kimiko Hahn.
Poet Kimiko Hahn talks about the significance of translation and conceiving words as portals and playgrounds with her Peter Taylor Fellow Sylvia Beato-Davis.
A series of discussions, interviews and live recordings with poets from the UK and abroad in which we examine the writing process. Episodes every three months. Founded by David Turner, October 2014 in South East London. Proudly working class.
Rank #1: Ep. 77 - Poetry In Schools - Part 1 (transcript available).
Jacob Sam-La Rose is joined by Miriam Nash and Keith Jarrett to discuss poetry education in schools. They talk about the practicalities of getting projects into schools as well as lessons they've learned along the way. This episode is in two parts. Accompanying image of Jacob by Sam Burnett.A full transcript is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-77-poetry-in-schools-part-one-lpp-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_TongueJacob:www.twitter.com/jsamlarose www.jsamlarose.comMiriam:www.twitter.com/miriamnash www.miriamnash.comKeith:www.twitter.com/keithjlondon www.facebook.com/keithjarrettpoet
Rank #2: Ep.103 - Rishi Dastidar (transcript available).
David Turner is in Kennington, south London, talking to Rishi Dastidar about his latest collection, Ticker Tape (Nine Arches Press), editing for The Rialto magazine and poetry blog And Other Poems and how this editing experience has informed his own writing.A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-rishi-dastidar-lpp-transcript-ep-103.pdf www.lunarpoetrypodcasts.com https://twitter.com/betarish?lang=en-gb http://ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/ticker-tape.html https://andotherpoems.com/
When Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort founded MPT in 1965 they had two principal ambitions: to get poetry out from behind the Iron Curtain into a wider circulation in English and to benefit writers and the reading public in Britain and America by confronting them with good work from abroad. They published poetry that dealt truthfully with the real contemporary world. For more than 50 years MPT has continued and widened that founding intent.
Rank #1: Jhilmil Breckenridge reads ‘वेनलॉक एज पर वन मुशकिल मे है’ – a Hindi translation of AE Housman.
Jhilmil Breckenridge reads ‘वेनलॉक एज पर वन मुशकिल मे है’ – a Hindi translation of AE Housman – from the online translation workshop
Rank #2: The Voronezh Variations: seven translations of an Osip Mandelstam quatrain, by George Szirtes.
George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948, and came to England with his family after the 1956 Hungarian Uprising. He was educated in England, training as a painter, and has always written in English. In recent years he has worked as a translator of Hungarian literature, producing editions of such writers as Ottó Orbán, Zsuzsa Rakovszky and Ágnes Nemes Nagy. He co-edited Bloodaxe’s Hungarian anthology The Colonnade of Teeth. His Bloodaxe poetry books are The Budapest File (2000); An English Apocalypse (2001); Reel (2004), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; New & Collected Poems (2008) and The Burning of the Books and other poems (2009), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009. Bloodaxe has also published John Sears’ critical study Reading George Szirtes (2008).
From the neighborhood library of Gwendolyn Brooks, to the Union Stock Yards, where Chicago became Carl Sandburg’s “Hog Butcher for the World,” to the birthplace of slam poetry, the Chicago Poetry Tour explores the city’s history through its dynamic poets and poetry.
Rank #1: Art Institute of Chicago.
The Art Institute was surrounded by railyards when it was first built, emblematic of Chicago’s roots in industry and the arts. Stuart Dybek, Lisel Mueller, W.S. Di Piero, and others read.
Rank #2: Fine Arts Building.
Renovated in 1898 to create studios for musicians, artists, and writers, the Fine Arts Building was a hotbed of artistic activity, home to magazines such as the Dial and the Little Review, and the offices of Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar Lee Masters.
Kelly Writers House impresario Al Filreis leads a lively roundtable discussion of a single poem with a series of rotating guests including Tracie Morris, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, erica kaufman, Charles Bernstein, Sawako Nakayasu, Simone White, and others.
Rank #1: Amplitude and Awe: A Discussion of Emily Dickinson's "Wild Nights - Wild Nights!" and "She rose to His Requirement".
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Michelle Taransky, Cecilia Corrigan, and Lily Applebaum.
Rank #2: There It Was: A Discussion of Wallace Stevens's "The Poem That Took the Place of a Mountain".
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Susan Howe, Dee Morris, and Nancy Kuhl.
Silver Award Winner for Most Original Podcast in the British Podcast Awards 2018.The Poetry Exchange shares the conversations we have with people about a poem that has been a friend to them, alongside special readings of these poems, made as 'gifts' for our visitors. The Poetry Exchange is recorded in a range of venues and settings around the UK and worldwide and features public visitors and special guests alike.
Rank #1: On Children (from 'The Prophet') by Kahlil Gibran - Poem as Friend to Hafsah.
Welcome to The Poetry Exchange. We have conversations with individuals about a poem that has been a friend to them. In exchange we make them a gift: a unique recording of their chosen poem, inspired by the conversation and their thoughts and feelings about the poem. The Poetry Exchange takes place in a range of venues and settings, featuring public visitors and special guests. In this episode of our podcast, you will hear Hafsah talking about the poem that has been a friend to her: ’On Children' by Kahlil Gibran. Hafsah visited The Poetry Exchange at John Rylands Library in May 2016. We’re very grateful to John Rylands Library for hosting The Poetry Exchange. Do visit them for further inspiration: www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/ Hafsah is a writer and you can follow her work here: hafsahaneelabashir.wordpress.com Hafsah is in conversation with The Poetry Exchange team members, Fiona Lesley Bennett and Michael Schaeffer. ’On Children' is read by Fiona Bennett. 'On Children' (from 'The Prophet') by Kahlil Gibran Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Rank #2: ‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower’ by Dylan Thomas - Poem As Friend To Angela.
Welcome to The Poetry Exchange.We have conversations with people about a poem that has been a friend to them. In exchange we make them a gift: a unique recording of their chosen poem, inspired by the conversation and their thoughts and feelings about the poem.The Poetry Exchange takes place in a range of venues and settings, featuring public visitors and special guests.In this episode, Angela talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘The force that through the green fuse' by Dylan Thomas.We’re delighted to feature ‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower’ in this episode and would like to thank Weidenfeld and Nicolson for granting us permission to share the poem in this way.You can find ‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower’ in The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas: the Centenary Edition, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, copyright holder The Dylan Thomas Trust.www.discoverdylanthomas.comAngela visited The Poetry Exchange at Manchester Central Library, as part of the celebrations of International Mother Languages Day in the city.Many thanks to our partners Manchester Libraries, Archives Plus, The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester UNESCO City of Literature. https://www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries http://www.archivesplus.org/about-archives/ http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/ http://www.manchestercityofliterature.com/Angela is in conversation with The Poetry Exchange team members, Michael Shaeffer and Fiona Bennett.‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower' by Dylan ThomasThe force that through the green fuse drives the flowerDrives my green age; that blasts the roots of treesIs my destroyer.And I am dumb to tell the crooked roseMy youth is bent by the same wintry fever.The force that drives the water through the rocksDrives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streamsTurns mine to wax.And I am dumb to mouth unto my veinsHow at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.The hand that whirls the water in the poolStirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing windHauls my shroud sail.And I am dumb to tell the hanging manHow of my clay is made the hangman’s lime.The lips of time leech to the fountain head;Love drips and gathers, but the fallen bloodShall calm her sores.And I am dumb to tell a weather’s windHow time has ticked a heaven round the stars.And I am dumb to tell the lover’s tombHow at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.
A series of readings and interviews with poets, hosted by Stephen McLaughlin and brought to you by Jacket2.org.
Rank #1: Andrew Zawacki.
I meet Andrew Zawacki in this episode of Into the Field, recorded on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Zawacki teaches in the creative writing program at UGA, and holds degrees from the College of William and Mary, Oxford, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and the University of Chicago. His books of poetry are By Reason of Breakings (University of Georgia Press, 2002), Anabranch (Wesleyan University Press, 2004), and Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House, 2009). Zawacki's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The New Republic, as well as in many anthologies and journals. We talk about his ambivalence toward his role as a "professional" poet, and discuss what he's learned from his students over the years. The show begins with a reading from his long poem "Georgia," which explores his sense of cultural alienation after moving to Athens in 2005.
Rank #2: Sina Queyras.
Sina Queyras is a poet and writer currently living in Montreal. She was raised in western Canada, and has degrees from the University of British Columbia and Concordia University. Queyras has lived in many places and held many jobs, and we talk about the ways geography and work have shaped her poetics. Her poetry collections Lemon Hound (2007) and Expressway (2009) were published by Coach House Books, and her excellent blog is called Lemon Hound.