UCTV's impressive archive of poetry readings, interviews and conversations with established and emerging poets is the perfect resource to bring the art of language to life.
UCTV's impressive archive of poetry readings, interviews and conversations with established and emerging poets is the perfect resource to bring the art of language to life.
Browse poems by contemporary and classic poets.
Rank #1: Resilient Love in a Time of Hate: A Discussion with David Kim and Sunni Patterson.
New Orleans native Sunni Patterson is an internationally-known Def poetry artist and activist. She is joined in a conversation with George Lipsitz and David Kim about her music and poetry, and her life reaching, teaching and healing. Series: "Voices" [Humanities] [Show ID: 31570]
Rank #2: Lunch Poems: Robert Hass Reads Czeslaw Milosz.
Born in San Francisco, Robert Haas is a California poet but his poetry, translations, and essays reveal an intimacy that transcends the borders of states and nations. With his direct clarity and promotion of literacy in “places where poets don’t go,” he served two years as U. S. Poet Laureate (1995-97). His numerous books include “Sun Under Wood,” “Time and Materials,” and “The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems.” Hass’s numerous accolades include the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, two National Book Critics' Circle Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. Hass has translated many of the works of Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet, Czeslaw Milosz. Series: "Lunch Poems Reading Series" [Humanities] [Arts and Music] [Show ID: 22614]
Poetry is a delicate and intricate art form, practised by many people but rarely mastered. In this album, poets Jackie Kay, Paul Muldoon, W.N. Herbert and Jean Breeze talk about their respective approaches and attitudes to poetry. They explore many aspects of their craft, from the initial spark of inspiration and rewriting to more technical matters such as rhyme, using real speech and narrative poetry. This material forms part of the course A175, Writing poetry.
Rank #1: The Purpose of Poetry.
Poets Jackie Kay and W.N. Herbert talk about the importance and function of poetry, and read some of their own work to demonstrate their thoughts.
Rank #2: Getting Started.
Joined by Paul Muldoon, the poets take a look at methods of being inspired, the purpose of meaning in poetry and the importance of reading contemporary poetry.
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: The El Train.
The El, or the elevated train system, is one of Chicago’s most distinctive features, “the sound of the city.” Reginald Gibbons and members of the Speak Easy Ensemble share their El-inspired poetry.
In these lively and unedited interviews, distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work. Interviews span the globe and include discussion of political, economic, military, legal, cultural, and social issues shaping our world.
Rank #1: World Order: Brexit Populism and Kissinger with Niall Ferguson - Conversations with History.
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian Niall Ferguson of the Hoover Institution who is the 2016 Underhill Lecturer at Berkeley. After discussing the importance of Anglo-American Studies and the wave of populism sweeping the West, including Brexit and the Trump phenomena, the conversation turns to an in depth look at Ferguson’s recent book, “Kissinger, 1923-1969, The Idealist.” Ferguson details the evolution of Kissinger’s thinking about international affairs up until the time he assumes the position of national security advisor to President Nixon. He chronicles the influence of mentors (Kraemer and Elliot), the impact of experience (service in military intelligence and Harvard education) and the evidence of Kissinger’s writings on international order and on nuclear weapons. The conversation concludes by highlighting the themes that emerge from Kissinger’s intellectual evolution in the period before he assumes power. Series: "Conversations with History" [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 31595]
Rank #2: Thomas Jefferson Sally Hemings and the Burden of Slavery with Annette Gordon-Reed - Conversations with History.
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard Professor Annette Gordon-Reed for a discussion of her work as a lawyer/historian focusing on the contradictions in the life of Thomas Jefferson. Topics covered in the conversation include how her training as a lawyer empowered her to overturn the conventional historical view of the relationship between Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Professor Gordon-Reed highlights the racism embedded in Jeffersonian historiography; ignoring, for example, factual evidence, which confirmed that Jefferson was the father of Sally Heming’s children. In examining the evolution of Jefferson’s ideas on slavery, Professor Gordon-Reed emphasizes how Jefferson’s theory of slavery evolved as he adapted to the reality of American social and political life. She concludes with an the implications of her work for understanding the present turmoil over black/ white relations in the U.S. today. Series: "Conversations with History" [Humanities] [Show ID: 31519]
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: Kite - October 4, 2019.
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Rank #2: David Antin - December 3rd, 2014.
Wednesday Reading SeriesDavid Antin is a poet, performance artist, art and literary critic internationally known for his “talk pieces”—improvisational blends of comedy, story and social commentary. New Directions has published three books of these “talk pieces”— Talking At The Boundaries (1976), Tuning (1984) and What It Means To Be Avant-Garde (1993). Much of his earlier poetry was collected in Selected Poems 1963-1973 (Sun and Moon Press, 1991) and Granary Books recently published A Conversation with David Antin, the text of a 3 month email conversation between Antin and Charles Bernstein. His Radical Coherency: Selected Essays on Art and Literature, 1966 to 2005, was recently published by U. Chicago Press and his Selected Essays, How Long Is The Present (Ed. by Stephen Fredman) is in preparation by The University of New Mexico Press.The performance at the Poetry Project will be the launch of this new book.
UCTV delivers documentaries, faculty lectures, cutting-edge research symposiums and artistic performances from each of the ten UC campuses.
Rank #1: The Hacking of the American Mind with Dr. Robert Lustig.
The best-selling author and UCSF endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig explores how industry has contributed to a culture of addiction, depression and chronic disease. Always provocative, Lustig reveals the science that drive these states of mind and offers solutions we can use. Series: "The UC Wellbeing Channel " [Show ID: 32572]
Rank #2: The Remarkable Learning Abilities of the Human Brain.
Humans have multiple learning systems that for the most part are functionally and anatomically distinct, evolved at different times for different purposes, and that learn in qualitatively different ways. Greg Ashby studies how people learn new categories of objects. This research has allowed the mapping the neural networks and has identified many important and surprising differences in how we learn. Series: "GRIT Talks" [Show ID: 32755]
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
Americans enjoy a multiplicity of religious traditions. Explore both traditional religions, and what it means to be spiritual in a rapidly changing and diversifying religious world.
Rank #1: An Evening with Karen Armstrong: Religion and Secularism.
One of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs, Karen Armstrong discusses the intersection of religion and secularism in contemporary life. She explores the ideas that Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common and their effect on world events. Series: "Ethics, Religion and Public Life: Walter H. Capps Center Series" [Humanities] [Show ID: 18580]
Rank #2: Lawrence H. Schiffman: Scholars Scrolls and Scandals - Judaism Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has revolutionized our picture of the early history of Judaism and of the Jewish background of early Christianity. With the completion of the publication of the entire scrolls collection, it is now possible to draw significant conclusions from this treasure trove of ancient documents. This illustrated lecture by Professor Lawrence Schiffman will discuss the discovery of the scrolls, the archaeology of Qumran where the scrolls were unearthed, the nature of the library, and its significance for the study of Judaism, Christianity and their common destiny. Series: "Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies" [Humanities] [Show ID: 7032]
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!
Rank #1: James Tate.
Discussion of the work of the brilliant late poet James Tate, focusing on two of his poems, "The Lost Pilot" and "The Wheelchair Butterfly." The discussion is led by four working poets, Stephen Kuusisto, Bob Herz, Paul Memmer, and Georgia Popoff.
Rank #2: Dylan Krieger Interview.
Discussion with Dylan Krieger about her work, her poems, her book Giving Godhead. With Steve Kuusisto and Bob Herz, editors and publishers of Nine Mile Magazine and Nine Mile books.
Talks given by notable scholars and critics on poets, poetry, and their intersections with other art forms. Features recordings from historic archives and live events.
Rank #1: William Carlos Williams.
William Carlos Williams speaks at Harvard University in 1951.
Rank #2: Oral History Initiative: On Frank O'Hara.
An informal conversation between poets John Ashbery and Ron Padgett, remembering the life of Frank O’Hara. Conducted at Harvard University in April 2011, and used by permission of Ron Padgett, John Ashbery, and the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard College Library. To see the event video, click here.
Designed with the novice in mind, The Intro to Poetry podcast is a carefully selected series that will expose the listener to a broad range of poetic eras and styles. From Shakespeare and Byron to Eliot and Frost, this podcast is a great starting point for anyone interested in learning more about verse throughout the ages.
Rank #1: The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock.
The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot. For more audio you can learn from, please visit www.learnoutloud.com
Rank #2: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas. For more audio you can learn from, please visit www.learnoutloud.com
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Rank #1: Humanities as a Vocation: Career Paths Beyond the Blackboard.
Social entrepreneur, investor, and author Jessica Jackley explores what it took for her to pursue a career that fit her passions. She explains that studying the humanities gave her the perspective that allowed her to navigate the world of non-profit global entrepreneurism. Series: "Ethics, Religion and Public Life: Walter H. Capps Center Series" [Humanities] [Business] [Education] [Show ID: 33468]
Rank #2: A Conversation with Sylvia Acevedo Chelsea Clinton Jedidah Isler and Lynn Sherr.
Celebrating and honoring the legacy of Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, Women in Leadership brings together trailblazers who have shattered barriers and paved the way for women across the globe. Through a candid and timely discussion, the distinguished panel will share their personal stories and vision on how women can help lead our nation to a better future. Series: "Women in Science" [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Business] [Education] [Show ID: 34217]
PoetryNow is a weekly four-minute radio series featuring some of today’s most accomplished and innovative poets who offer an acoustically rich and reflective look into a single poem.
Rank #1: Late Melt.
Melissa Broder writes about self-realization and survival. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Rank #2: Wide Awake in a Field of Deadbolts.
Nick Twemlow navigates the often bizarre and alienating world of the modern office. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
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: Deep Heart's Core Sound: A Discussion of William Butler Yeats's "Lake Isle of Innisfree.".
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Taije Silverman, John Timpane, and Max McKenna.
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.
Listen to Donald Hall's selection of classic American poets reading from their work. These recordings are being made available as the result of a collaboration between US and UK poet laureates Donald Hall and Andrew Motion.
Rank #1: E.E. Cummings: Essential American Poets.
Archival recordings of poet E.E. Cummings, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded at the YMHA Poetry Center New York, NY in 1959.
Rank #2: Elizabeth Bishop: Essential American Poets.
Archival recordings of former poet laureate Elizabeth Bishop, with an introduction to her life and work. Recorded in New York City in 1947 and at the Library of Congress in 1974.