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The editors go inside the pages of Poetry, talking to poets and critics, debating the issues, and sharing their poem selections with listeners.

The editors go inside the pages of Poetry, talking to poets and critics, debating the issues, and sharing their poem selections with listeners.

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United States

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The editors go inside the pages of Poetry, talking to poets and critics, debating the issues, and sharing their poem selections with listeners.

Language:

English


Episodes

Jackson Holbert and John Darnielle in Conversation

1/12/2021
When we learned that poet Jackson Holbert asked to speak with John Darnielle for this episode, it made so much sense to us. Holbert’s poems in the magazine are simple in construction, but the voice is incredibly distinct. The poems deal with heavy subjects in a way that feels normal, everyday. For those listeners who spent the 90s listening to cassettes of Darnielle’s musical moniker, The Mountain Goats, you know that Darnielle has one of the most deceptively simple and distinct vocal styles...

Duration:00:35:38

Tongo Eisen-Martin and Sonia Sanchez in Conversation

12/22/2020
On today’s show, Tongo Eisen-Martin talks with activist, icon, legend, Sonia Sanchez. Listen to these brilliant poets pass fire, life, and love between them. Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His poem “Pennies for the Opera” is featured in the December 2020 issue of Poetry as part of a portfolio of work from the book Carving Out Rights from Inside the Prison Industrial Complex. Both Eisen-Martin and Sanchez appear in the book, alongside artists incarcerated at...

Duration:00:53:03

Leila Chatti and Sharon Olds in Conversation

12/8/2020
When we asked Leila Chatti who she wished to speak with most, she chose one of the poets who gave her permission to be a poet herself: Sharon Olds. And not just to be a poet, but to write from a voice she thought wasn’t possible. You’ll hear why. This episode features more poems than we’ve ever had on the Poetry Magazine Podcast. Chatti asked Sharon to read a selection of poems that span 40 years – ranging from her first book, Satan Says, to her most recent book, Arias. Leila also reads...

Duration:00:52:39

Alison C. Rollins and Latria Graham in Conversation

11/24/2020
Poet Alison C. Rollins recently finished her first outdoor survival training program. Part of her preparation was to read Latria Graham’s essays about the experience of being a Black woman in the outdoors. Graham is a journalist and fifth-generation farmer living in South Carolina. In “Out There, Nobody Can Hear You Scream,” published in Outdoor Magazine, Graham describes a moment when—right before leaving for the Great Smoky Mountains—her mother handed her the gun of her late father for...

Duration:00:39:27

avery r. young in conversation with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

11/10/2020
young and Diggs both work with words, sound, image—and bodies—as Diggs’s puts it. On today’s show, they talk about funk, Dolly Parton, taking notes, polyglots, and how these different cadences resonate in young’s series peestain. In these collages and poems, featured in the November issue of Poetry, young weaves his own history with the lives of his students and characters like Willis Jackson from the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. The familiarity and openness of the references are as heartening...

Duration:00:38:57

Ed Roberson and Lyn Hejinian in Conversation

10/27/2020
When we asked Ed Roberson who he’d like to speak with on the show he said: Lyn Hejinian. Longtime friends despite living vastly far apart – Lyn in Berkeley and Ed in Chicago – they’ve been in close dialogue for almost 20 years. Now, for the first time, we have the pleasure of listening in. Topics discussed include the survival of the human species, the safety in friendship, and a pesky octopus at a Pittsburgh aquarium. Ed also reads from a new series of poems in the October 2020 issue of...

Duration:00:33:20

A Conversation with Oli Rodriguez and Xandria Phillips

10/15/2020
Oli Rodriguez and Xandria Phillips on queer familia, ephemeral cruising spots, McDonald’s polaroid film, and much more. Rodriguez’s “Papi, Papi, Papi” appears in the October 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:35:48

A Conversation with Kit Fan and Alice Oswald

7/27/2020
Kit Fan talks with Alice Oswald about her latest book, Nobody. Fan’s review of the book appears in the July/August 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:35:45

A Conversation with Justice Leah Ward Sears on Margaret Walker’s “For My People”

7/9/2020
Justice Leah Wards Sears talks about how Margaret Walker’s poem “For My People” has been a resource for her throughout her life. Justice Sears’s essay, “Love for My People,” appears in the June 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:28:53

Karen An-hwei Lee reads “On June Blossoming in June”

6/8/2020
The editors discuss Karen An-hwei Lee’s poem “On June Blossoming in June” from the June 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:15:47

Bradley Trumpfheller reads “Speculative Realism”

6/1/2020
The editors discuss Bradley Trumpfheller’s poem “Speculative Realism” from the June 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:15:26

A Conversation with Vidyan Ravinthiran and Vahni Capildeo

5/25/2020
Don Share speaks with Vidyan Ravinthiran and Vahni Capildeo about Ravinthiran’s essay on Capildeo’s work in the May 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:37:55

A.E. Stallings reads “Daedal”

5/18/2020
The editors discuss A.E. Stallings’s poem “Daedal” from the May 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:12:06

Janice N. Harrington reads “Wind Shear”

5/11/2020
The editors discuss Janice N. Harrington’s poem “Wind Shear” from the May 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:14:58

Mary Ruefle reads “Vapor Wake”

5/4/2020
The editors discuss Mary Ruefle’s poem “Vapor Wake” from the May 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:12:53

Ocean Vuong reads “Not Even This”

4/27/2020
The editors discuss Ocean Vuong’s poem “Not Even This” from the April 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:18:02

Michael Hofmann reads “Famous Poets”

4/20/2020
The editors discuss Michael Hofmann’s poem “Famous Poets” from the April 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:15:27

Tishani Doshi reads “They Killed Cows. I Killed Them.”

4/13/2020
The editors discuss Tishani Doshi’s poem “They Killed Cows. I Killed Them.” from the April 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:14:10

Joy Ladin reads “Forgetting”

4/6/2020
The editors discuss Joy Ladin’s poem “Forgetting” from the April 2020 issue of Poetry.

Duration:00:13:32

A Conversation between John Kinsella and Thurston Moore

3/30/2020
In this special episode, Thurston Moore and John Kinsella read their collaborative poems from the March 2020 issue of Poetry and have an extended conversation about collaboration, music, poetry, and activism.

Duration:00:23:01