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This is a podcast in which Professor Deulen introduces a poem to her irreverent husband, Max. They discuss it for a bit before the conversation takes on a life of its own and can veer off into politics, parenting, pandemonium, or even alliteration!

This is a podcast in which Professor Deulen introduces a poem to her irreverent husband, Max. They discuss it for a bit before the conversation takes on a life of its own and can veer off into politics, parenting, pandemonium, or even alliteration!
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This is a podcast in which Professor Deulen introduces a poem to her irreverent husband, Max. They discuss it for a bit before the conversation takes on a life of its own and can veer off into politics, parenting, pandemonium, or even alliteration!

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English


Episodes

Show 047 "A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican" by Dixon Lanier Merritt

10/7/2019
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We tackle the limerick form with poetry scholar Mike Chasar as he leads a deep dive into two versions of "A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican" by Dixon Lanier Merritt. Topics include: humorous poetry, "children's" literature, the pleasures of rhyme, and the 1913 Armory Show.

Duration:01:01:46

Show 046 "Things that Leave an Aching Feeling Inside" by Lee Ann Roripaugh

9/16/2019
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Danielle introduces Max to the list poem form with Lee Ann Roripaugh's "Things that Leave an Aching Feeling Inside." Topics include: list form, The Pillow Book, the importance of poetry during the Heian period, and breaking your own heart.

Duration:01:00:45

Show 045 "Sensual Vocabulary" by Karyna McGlynn

9/2/2019
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Danielle introduces Max to the concept of Ars Poetica with Karyna McGlynn's poem "Sensual Vocabulary." Topics include: Ars Poetica, Marianne Moore, September Women Poets, modernists, and George Washington as a school marm.

Duration:01:02:00

044 "Who Would I Show It To?" by Sally Ball

8/19/2019
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Addressing a recent loss in her own life, Danielle shares with Max an elegy by Sally Ball that helped with her grieving. Topics include: elegies, suicide, stages of grief, Virginia Woolf, W.S. Merwin, and Dancer pose.

Duration:00:59:07

043 "The Immigrants (Winter Wear)" by Rane Arroyo

8/5/2019
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We have another guest in our creepy basement; the author Scott Nadelson! He shares Rane Arroyo's poem "The Immigrants (Winter Wear)" with us. Topics include: tercets, Wallace Stevens, and Santa tempting Jesus in the desert.

Duration:01:06:57

042 "Unmailed Letter" by Joy Harjo

7/15/2019
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In celebration of her appointment as the United States Poet Laureate, Danielle shares Joy Harjo's poem "Unmailed Letter" with Max. Topics include: irrational numbers, dialectical argument structure, and frustrating relationships.

Duration:01:03:39

041 "Map" by Bruce Snider

7/1/2019
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We open season three (and celebrate 4th of July) with a fistful of Americana as Danielle introduces Max to Bruce Snider through his poem "Map." Talking points include the ghazal structure, Indiana, the color yellow, homoerotic Americana, and Walt Whitman.

Duration:01:10:25

040 "A Citizen" and "Immediate Song" by Don Bogen

5/6/2019
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For our last show of season two, we have a twofer! Danielle shares Don Bogen's "A Citizen" and "Immediate Song" with Max. Talking points include lyric sequences, persona poems, an empire's twilight, and phrenology.

Duration:01:02:45

039 "Something New" by Carmen Giménez Smith

4/29/2019
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Danielle shares Carmen Giménez Smith's "Something New" with Max. Talking points include love as work, marriage as labor, plushy chambers, and the etymology of mortgage.

Duration:00:56:27

038 "Ambition" by Gary Soto

4/22/2019
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Danielle shares Gary Soto's "Ambition" with Max. Talking points include friendship, Seneca, Cicero, zoomorphism, pleasure, and Max’s time as a disgruntled shoe salesman.

Duration:00:58:18

037 "Lightening" by A. Molotkov

4/15/2019
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Danielle shares A. Molotkov's "Lightening" with Max. Talking points include the prose poem, Aloysius Bertrand, fig trees, eye surgery, and Duncan MacDougall's dead-weighing experiments.

Duration:00:56:26

036 "[but the rain is full of ghosts tonight]" by dawn lonsinger

4/8/2019
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Danielle shares "[but the rain is full of ghosts tonight]" by dawn lonsinger with Max. Talking points include Danielle's coining of the term "maximalism," Edna St. Vincent Millay, ghosts of lovers past, and rain, rain, rain.

Duration:00:53:44

035 "Animals" by Frank O'Hara

4/1/2019
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Guest host dawn lonsinger shares Frank O'Hara's "Animals" with Danielle and Max. Talking points include: idioms, the New York School, personism, dune buggies, time, and square things vs. round things.

Duration:00:58:58

034 "The Romantic Lead" by Ian Williams

3/25/2019
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Danielle shares "The Romantic Lead" by Ian Williams with Max. Talking points include contemporary sonnets, sextets and octaves, Swan Lake vs. Ladyhawk, reaction shots, and finding displeasure with Aquaman.

Duration:00:56:03

033 "The Soils I Have Eaten" by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

3/18/2019
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Danielle shares "The Soils I Have Eaten" by Aimee Nezhukumatathil with Max. Talking points include strophes, memories of place, prospecting by taste, and the 1980s arcade game Dig Dug.

Duration:00:58:31

032 "Dangerous for Girls" by Connie Voisine

3/11/2019
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Danielle shares "Dangerous for Girls" by Connie Voisine with Max. Talking points include dead girls, associative leaps, capitalist consumption, and watching infomercials while depressed.

Duration:01:01:19

031 "Cities in Dust" by Siouxsie and the Banshees

3/4/2019
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Danielle and Max discuss "Cities in Dust" by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Talking points include March Vladness, Pompeii, verse-chorus form, Pliny the Younger, and Goth! Goth! Goth!

Duration:00:55:56

030 "The Same City" by Terrance Hayes

2/25/2019
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In this episode, Danielle shares "The Same City" by Terrance Hayes. Talking points include revision poems, cold and flu season, crappy weather, and mixing up biblical stepfathers.

Duration:00:50:49

029 "The Cinnamon Peeler" by Michael Ondaatje

2/18/2019
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In this episode, Danielle shares Michael Ondaatje’s “The Cinnamon Peeler.” Talking points include encounters with wild bears, how specifics make life interesting, persona poems, and Dune spice.

Duration:00:56:06

028 "Litany" by Rebecca Lindenberg

2/11/2019
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In this episode, Danielle shares Rebecca Lindenberg’s “Litany.” Talking points include Gal-entine’s Day, the classical formula of god summoning, lethologica vs. aphasia, and sabotaging people’s efforts to break up with you.

Duration:00:55:17