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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

The Landscape Within

2/23/2021
C. Dale Young on sugar cane fields, his favorite saint, and the machinations of the mind.

Duration:00:45:28

This Is a River

2/9/2021
Poet and founder of Friends of the Los Angeles River Lewis MacAdams, in the words of his friend Kevin Opstedal.

Duration:00:49:34

Mad at the Right People

1/26/2021
Hafizah Geter on shelves full of Black writers, forgiveness, and knowing your history.

Duration:00:45:29

You Get Proud by Practicing

1/12/2021
Meg Day on the poetry and activism of the late Laura Hershey, lip reading in a masked world, and the joy of connection.

Duration:01:01:26

Keep Going

1/12/2021
A look back at the early days of the pandemic—eight poets about Zoom calls, the egg shortage, and being stranded abroad.

Duration:00:33:33

Poverty’s History, Episode 2: Let the People Speak

12/15/2020
How a Victorian and a Harlem Renaissance poet struggled with poverty and the publishing world—while facing racism and classism—to become widely read and legends to us. Featuring interviews with experts Dr. Gene Jarrett, Dr. Tara Betts, Dr. Elizabeth McHenry, Dr. Joe Trotter, and Dr. R. Baxter Miller.

Duration:01:17:02

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