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Poem Talk

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.

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Word Up: A Discussion of Walt Whitman's "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking"

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Julia Bloch, Tom Pickard, and Amy King.

33mins

25 Feb 2014

Rank #1

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Mind’s Not Right: A Discussion of Robert Lowell's "Skunk Hour"

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Rafael Campo, Elisa New, and Christina Davis.

44mins

12 Jul 2016

Rank #2

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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.

34mins

21 Apr 2015

Rank #3

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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.

38mins

30 Dec 2014

Rank #4

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The Republic of Space: A discussion of “The Blue Stairs” by Barbara Guest

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Simone White, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Kristin Prevallet.

47mins

27 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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These Squiggles: A discussion of “As if the Trees by Their Very Roots Had Hold of Us” by Charles Bernstein

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Tracie Morris, Marjorie Perloff, and Danny Snelson. (With a cameo appearance by Charles Bernstein himself at the end.)

44mins

22 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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The F*ck-You Bow: A discussion of Gertrude Stein's "How She Bowed to Her Brother"

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Julia Bloch, Sarah Dowling, and Maxe Crandall.

37mins

14 Jul 2015

Rank #7

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Boring in a Different Way: A discussion of John Ashbery's “The Short Answer”

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Marjorie Perloff, Susan McCabe, and Robert von Hallberg.

47mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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It Is Time: A discussion of Paul Celan's "Corona"

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ariel Resnikoff, Anna Strong, and Pierre Joris.

44mins

6 Dec 2016

Rank #9

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Fallout from Cooling: A discussion of three poems from Erica Baum

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Christine Nelson, Davy Knittle, and Erica Baum

40mins

13 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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Swear It Closed: A Discussion of Simone White’s book Of Being Dispersed

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Eileen Myles, Rachel Zolf, and erica kaufman.

37mins

9 Aug 2016

Rank #11

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The After-Hell: A discussion of Sylvia Plath's poem “The Stones”

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Susan Schultz, Sally Van Doren, and Huda Fakhreddine.

47mins

17 Oct 2018

Rank #12

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Dear Conflicted Reader: A discussion of C.D. Wright's One Big Self

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Mel Nichols, Rob Casper, and Mark McMorris.

48mins

15 Nov 2016

Rank #13

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The Unabettable Bleak: A Discussion of Four Poems by William Bronk

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Joseph Massey, Julia Bloch, and Michelle Gil-Montero.

39mins

12 Apr 2016

Rank #14

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Constrained to Honor: A Discussion of Claude McKay's "If We Must Die"

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Salamishah Tillet, Herman Beavers, and Kathy Lou Schultz.

31mins

8 Oct 2013

Rank #15

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Listen to Everything You Love Disappear: A discussion of Patrick Rosal’s “Instance of an Island."

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ross Gay, Josephine Park, and Herman Beavers.

38mins

16 May 2017

Rank #16

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My Other Country: A Discussion of Lorine Niedecker's "Foreclosure" and "Wilderness"

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jessica Lowenthal, Dee Morris and Michelle Taransky.

30mins

29 May 2014

Rank #17

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To Rearrange the World: A discussion of Philip Whalen’s “Life at Bolinas. The Last of California.”

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring poets Stephen Ratcliffe, Joanne Kyger, and Julia Bloch.

44mins

7 Mar 2017

Rank #18

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Insurrection Is Value: A discussion of Sean Bonney’s “Happiness”

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Stephen Willey, Anna Strong Safford, and Luke Roberts.

1hr 2mins

9 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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I Mean Only Means: A discussion of Kate Colby's I Mean.

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring poets Siobhan Phillips, Emily Harnett, and Joseph Massey

36mins

9 Feb 2017

Rank #20