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Poetry Off the Shelf

Producer Helena de Groot explores the diverse world of contemporary poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously

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The Point of Poetry

Matthew Zapruder on dreams, silence, and smoking with Brodsky.


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A Change of World, Episode 1: The Wilderness

The first episode in a special series on the women’s movement


6 Mar 2018

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