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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

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

Location:

United States

Description:

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

Language:

English


Episodes

Elegies for the Future

12/1/2020
Lilly Rosenberg Fellowship winner Khaty Xiong on intergenerational trauma, a chicken's neck, and the long wave of grief.

Duration:00:50:09

Creatures of Giving

11/17/2020
Lilly Rosenberg Fellowship winner Luther Hughes on crows, processing trauma, and the allure of the wind.

Duration:00:50:02

Start with One Thread

11/3/2020
Alexandria Hall on farm sounds, solo time, and the way into a difficult poem.

Duration:00:38:59

A Practice of Care

10/20/2020
EJ Koh on distance, broken English, and writing poems that forgive.

Duration:00:48:46

Better Broken Than Whole

10/6/2020
Will Harris on mixedness, intimacy, and the music of difficult poems.

Duration:00:50:17

No Place Like Home

9/22/2020
Camille Dungy on words, home, and motherhood in times of climate collapse.

Duration:00:54:08

Words in the Attic

9/8/2020
Joy Ladin on the failures of language, courage, and the trans parable of Jonah and the Whale.

Duration:00:54:02

Heroes History Forgets

8/25/2020
Remembering Irish poet Eavan Boland, with her friends Jody Allen Randolph and Paula Meehan.

Duration:00:38:14

I Love You, Wanda

8/11/2020
Terrance Hayes on Wanda Coleman. Note from Terrance Hayes: “I cancelled this interview about Wanda Coleman’s work after signing the Poetry Foundation Petition. When the Foundation President and Board chair resigned, I decided to resume the interview believing the actions an indication of the PF’s willingness to change. Though I’m not yet quite convinced I should resume submitting my own poems to the magazine, I hope this interview represents a willingness to remain in dialogue as PF rises...

Duration:00:54:06

The Bureau Under Your Bed

7/21/2020
Interrogating the government’s half century of surveillance of Black writers.

Duration:00:53:34

Empire State of Mind

7/7/2020
Take a walk through post-WWI Paris in this recently reissued Modernist epic.

Duration:00:41:05

The Fire This Time

6/3/2020
Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Alexander, and Haki Madhubuti on America’s perennial struggle to recognize that Black Lives Matter.

Duration:00:19:49

I Come From Love

5/26/2020
Nikky Finney on her father, her childhood, and the memories that made her.

Duration:00:43:40

Phillis Reimagined

5/12/2020
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers on listening to her ancestors.

Duration:00:53:05

Poverty’s History, Episode 1: In the Beginning Was the Word

4/29/2020
The first installment of a special series about the intersections between poetry and poverty.

Duration:01:09:57

The Invention of the Self

4/14/2020
Peter Murphy on a 16th-century poem that still speaks to us today.

Duration:00:35:31

Our New Reality

3/31/2020
Quarantined with kids, Zoom chats, and stranded abroad: eight poets on what life is like for them these days.

Duration:00:33:06

Poems You Can Touch

3/17/2020
Dorianne Laux on her favorite shirt, ugly California, and bringing her mother back to life.

Duration:00:36:33

The Eternal Present

3/3/2020
Biographer Jonathan Blunk on the life and longing of James Wright.

Duration:00:42:04

The Eternal Present

3/3/2020
Biographer Jonathan Blunk on the life and longing of James Wright.