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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


Episode #015 To Make A Prairie

5/26/2017
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Connor and Jack admire and discuss the work of a classic American poet: Emily Dickinson. On this week's episode they dive into "To Make A Prairie" a short poem that contains multitudes. To find the poem, go here: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/make-prairie-1755 For more on Emily Dickinson, go here: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/emily-dickinson 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...

Duration: 00:36:30


Episode #011 4th Of July At Santa Ynez

3/24/2017
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Connor and Jack discuss "Fourth of July at Santa Ynez" by John Haines. To read the poem go here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/50163 For more on John Haines, go here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/john-haines 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...

Duration: 00:32:01


Episode #010 The Weather In Space

3/10/2017
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Connor and Jack discuss the Tracy K Smith poem "The Weather In Space." More about Tracy K Smith here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/tracy-k-smith. Check out her book Life on Mars and her new memoir Ordinary Light! 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: 00:35:45


Episode #008 The Lynching Postcard, Duluth, Minnesota

2/10/2017
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Connor and Jack discuss the Ray Gonzalez poem "The Lynching Postcard, Duluth, Minnesota." More about Ray Gonzalez here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/ray-gonzalez, and more about his new collection of poetry here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-938160-83-7 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...

Duration: 00:27:38


Episode #007 Kids Who Die

1/27/2017
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Connor and Jack discuss the Langston Hughes poem "Kids Who Die" a work that, especially in light of the inauguration and recent protests, has an enduring resonance. This poem is, in small part, a prayer for resisters everywhere. 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 closetalkingpoetry@gmail.com.

Duration: 00:34:44


Close Talking #005 Excerpt from Life In A Box Is A Pretty Life

1/13/2017
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Connor and Jack dig into an excerpt from Dawn Lundy Martin's work, "Life in a Box is a Pretty Life" Their discussion delves into the questions the poem raises about race, gender, sexual orientation, and what it means to live in a body that patriarchal society has difficulty embracing.

Duration: 00:28:46


Episode #003: Orphanotrophia

12/9/2016
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This week Jack and Connor tackle a poem of Connor's choosing, "Orphanotrophia" by Sun Yung Shin. Be sure to like Close Talking on facebook at facebook.com/CloseTalking, follow on twitter at twitter.com/CloseTalking, and write to us at closetalkingpoetry@gmail.com. We want to hear your thoughts on Orhanotrophia and all other poems we have covered. If you have suggestions for poems we could discuss in the future, we want to hear that too!

Duration: 00:21:23


We Come Back to You Now, On the Second Friday of the Month

12/7/2016
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Gandalf may have returned at the turn of the tide. We here at Close Talking return on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month! Be sure to check out the new episode dropping this Friday. Like us on facebook at facebook.com/CloseTalking, follow us on twitter at twitter.com/CloseTalking and get in on the conversation by sending us e-mail at closetalkingpoetry@gmail.com. Submit ideas for poems we should discuss in the future, and let us know what you think of the poems we have already covered.

Duration: 00:01:36


Episode #001: After the Election

11/11/2016
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This is not the first episode that hosts Connor Stratton and Jack Rossiter-Munley had planned. In light of the election results on Tuesday, they scrapped their pre-recorded show (tune in on Friday 11/25 for their discussion of "Urban Renewal" by Yousef Komunyakaa) in favor of the conversation they had last night. In this honest discussion, they explore how they are dealing with the aftermath of the election, and what literary touchstones they have reached out to for strength and...

Duration: 00:59:56


Coming Soon: Close Talking!

11/5/2016
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Close Talking is a podcast hosted by good friends Connor Stratton and Jack Rossiter-Munley. New episodes will come out the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. FIRST EPISODE COMING 11/11! Co-Hosts Connor and Jack take a different poem in each episode and dig deep into its literary, cultural, and historical components. They laugh, they joke, they try to attain a deeper level of emotional and intellectual understanding. All in about 20-30 minutes!

Duration: 00:01:46