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Episode #036 I Have Got To Stop Loving You So I Have Killed My Black Goat - Ai

4/13/2018
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Connor and Jack explore the fantastic poem "I Have Got To Stop Loving You So I Have Killed My Black Goat" by Ai. Connor and Jack talk about grotesque and profane images, and how they get us to the profound and sacred, and make a million references in order to talk about how images work, including Call Me By Your Name and Star Wars. Check out the poem below, or at this link: https://words-end-here.livejournal.com/13839.html Read more about Ai here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/ai...

Duration:00:37:23

Episode #035 Waiting for the Twelfth Reimagined [SPECIAL EPISODE]

4/6/2018
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While preparing for episode 26 of Close Talking on Kaveh Akbar's Waiting for the Twelfth, Jack stumbled onto a musical interpretation of the poem. As a special Poetry Month extra, here is a recording of Jack's sung version of Waiting for the Twelfth. Check out our episode discussing this poem, here: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-026-waiting-for-the-twelfth For more on Akbar: www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/kaveh-akbar To check out his collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf:...

Duration:00:06:57

Episode #034 An American Sunrise

3/23/2018
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Connor and Jack discuss Joy Harjo's "An American Sunrise. Along the way Jack recommends a documentary, Connor gives his current hot take on form in poetry, and both think about the origins of blues, jazz, and rock and roll. Check out the poem below, or at this link: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/92063/an-american-sunrise Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at: twitter.com/closetalking You can always send us an e-mail with thoughts on...

Duration:00:40:02

Episode #033 First Quarantine With Abdelhalim Hafez

3/9/2018
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Connor and Jack explore the fantastic poem "First Quarantine With Abdelhalim Hafez" by Safia Elhillo. Connor fixates on the tensions between the figurative and literal and Jack goes deep on his and the poem's obsessions, and also pulls off a Werner Herzog impression. Check out the poem below, or at this link: https://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/poetry/crossroads/own_words/African_poets_tatu/ Read more about Safia Elhillo here: http://safia-mafia.com/bio Listen to the full Abdelhalim Hafez...

Duration:00:31:37

Episode #032 Poplar Street

2/23/2018
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Connor and Jack delve into the humorous, heartbreaking, poem "Poplar Street" by Chen Chen. Connor discusses the glories and pitfalls of using a colloquial voice in poetry and Jack finds connections to Everything is Illuminated. Check out the poem, here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/58154/poplar-street Read more about Chen Chen here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/chen-chen Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at:...

Duration:00:33:14

Episode #031 BONUS: Thinking about "Pressure" in Poetry

2/9/2018
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A bonus episode! After our episode about "Eating Together," we received a request to talk more about the idea of pressure in poetry. Connor takes it away. Let us know what you think!

Duration:00:20:53

Episode #030 Epithalamion

2/9/2018
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Connor and Jack discuss Jordan Rice's "Epithalamion." To read the poem, see below or go here: https://blackbird.vcu.edu/v14n2/poetry/rice_j/epithalamion_page.shtml To check out her collection Constellarium: http://orisonbooks.com/product/constellarium-paper/ For the article referenced in the podcast: https://2paragraphs.com/2014/03/what-its-like-to-be-transgender-by-jordan-rice/ Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at: twitter.com/closetalking You can always...

Duration:00:36:42

Episode: #029 Perception Management: An Abridged List of Operations

1/26/2018
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Solmaz Sharif's book "Look", published by Graywolf Press, has received critical praise and numerous accolades. Connor and Jack dig into a work from the collection "Perception Management: An Abridged List of Operations" a found poem that takes the names of real military operations and recontextualizes them to draw out infinite meanings and connections. Connor finds connections to a Das Racist song and draws out multiple ways to read the poem. Jack gets thinking about Edwin Starr, wrestlers,...

Duration:00:35:41

Episode #028 - Eating Together

1/12/2018
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Connor and Jack discuss Li-Young Lee's "Eating Together." To read the poem, see below or go here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43015/eating-together-56d221af2bf26 For more on Lee: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/li-young-lee To check out his collection Rose: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rose-li-young-lee/1122988627 Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at: twitter.com/closetalking You can always send us an e-mail with thoughts on this or...

Duration:00:29:20

Episode #027 Homeless Heart

12/22/2017
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Connor and Jack discuss John Ashbery's "Homeless Heart." To read the poem, see below or go here: http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poem/item/23291/auto/0/0/John-Ashbery/HOMELESS-HEART For more on Ashbery: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/john-ashbery To check out his collection Quick Question: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062225955/?utm_source=aps&utm_medium=hc&utm_campaign=aps Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at:...

Duration:00:30:54

Episode #026 Waiting For The Twelfth

12/8/2017
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Connor and Jack discuss Kaveh Akbar's "Waiting for the Twelfth." To read the poem, see below or go here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/143913/waiting-for-the-twelfth For more on Akbar: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/kaveh-akbar To check out his collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf: http://www.powells.com/book/calling-a-wolf-a-wolf-9781938584671 Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at: twitter.com/closetalking You can always send...

Duration:00:35:58

REBROADCAST: The Weather in Space (And Close Talking Turns One)

11/10/2017
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It has been one year since Connor and Jack launched Close Talking!. After 24 episodes, they decided to commemorate the occasion by looking back on an episode they particularly enjoyed on now-poet laureate Tracy K. Smith's, "The Weather in Space." To learn more about Tracy K Smith, go here: www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-po…racy-k-smith. Check out her book Life on Mars and her memoir Ordinary Light! Subscribe to Close Talking on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/close…d1185025517?mt=2...

Duration:00:39:48

Episode #024 Sentence

10/27/2017
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Connor and Jack discuss Eduardo C. Corral's poem Sentence. Connor provides several excellent readings, Jack discusses why the poem has him remembering Tom Petty, and both marvel at the brilliant sounds and images contained within the work. More on Eduardo C. Corral here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/eduardo-c-corral To read Sentence, to go: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/90284/sentence-57a379509f4b0 Subscribe on iTunes:...

Duration:00:42:32

Episode #023 United

9/22/2017
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Connor and Jack dig into a fun, funny poem with deep undercurrents: "United" by Naomi Shihab Nye. Connor asks all the right questions, and Jack goes on another riff about the American west. For more on Naomi Shihab Nye: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/naomi-shihab-nye To read the poem, go to: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/united Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/close-talking/id1185025517?mt=2 Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on...

Duration:00:31:03

Episode #022 Ersatz Ignatz

9/10/2017
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Connor and Jack discuss Monica Youn's "Ersatz Ignatz" To read the poem, go here or below: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/53591/ersatz-ignatz For more on Youn: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/monica-youn To check out the collection Ignatz: http://www.powells.com/book/ignatz-9781935536017/61-0 Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at: twitter.com/closetalking You can always send us an e-mail with thoughts on this or any of our previous podcasts,...

Duration:00:33:58

Episode #021 Where The Honey Comes From

8/25/2017
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Connor and Jack discuss Maggie Smith's "Where The Honey Comes From." To read the poem, go here: http://www.vqronline.org/poetry/2015/04/where-honey-comes For more on Smith: https://maggiesmithpoet.com/ To check out her books: https://maggiesmithpoet.com/books/ Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at: twitter.com/closetalking You can always send us an e-mail with thoughts on this or any of our previous podcasts, as well as suggestions for future shows, at...

Duration:00:19:47

Episode #020 Memory

8/12/2017
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Connor and Jack take their first request, "Memory" by WWI poet, Siegfried Sassoon. The suggestion came from @DeepStateRadioNerds, the official unofficial fan twitter account of the stellar national security and foreign policy podcast, Deep State Radio. To read the poem, go here: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/memory-6/ For more on Sassoon: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/siegfried-sassoon Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at:...

Duration:00:34:13

Episode #019 Notes On The Assemblage

7/28/2017
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Connor and Jack discuss Juan Felipe Herrera's "Notes on the Assemblage." To read the poem, go here: http://bostonreview.net/poetry/national-poetry-month-2015-juan-felipe-herrera-five-poems For more on Herrera: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/juan-felipe-herrera To check out his collection Notes on the Assemblage: http://www.powells.com/book/notes-on-the-assemblage-9780872866973/62-0 Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at: twitter.com/closetalking You...

Duration:00:36:22

Episode #017 I-74 Streetcorners of America Poem

6/18/2017
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In this special Father's Day episode, Connor and Jack dig into "I-74 Streetcorners of America Poem (Written on the Road Between Albany Illinois and Albany Indiana" by Charlie Rossiter. For Charlie's podcast, go here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/poetry-spoken-here/id1030829938?mt=2 Find us on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/close-talking/id1185025517?mt=2 Find us on facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking Find us on twitter at: twitter.com/closetalking You can always send...

Duration:00:33:42

Show #016 Antony and Cleopatra

6/10/2017
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In this super-sized episode of Close Talking Connor and Jack are joined by special guest Molly Booth. Molly is a YA author whose books have many Shakespeare tie ins. Our three intrepid heroes venture forth into the venerable works of the bard and plumb the depths of a passage from Antony and Cleopatra. For the passage, go here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/antony_4_15.html For more on Molly, go here: http://mollybooth.com/ For the Shakespeare character quiz, go here:...

Duration:01:35:12

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