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Ellen Bass from the Archives, and News

It’s May 15, 2016 – our second Sunday without a live broadcast of the KUSP Poetry Show. We have no idea yet whether KUSP will survive, but never fear – we’re not going away, just online. It may take a few weeks to get set up over at the Poetry Santa Cruz website and work [...]

Duration: 00:57:56

Readings: Some Favorites

Host Dennis Morton was joined once again by local poet and fellowPoetry Santa Cruzboard member Len Anderson for an hour of reading and discussion, on the Poetry Show for April 24, 2016. The theme was “favorites”, and selections were drawn from a wide range of contemporary poetry. Broadcast engineer and blogger Carey Casey also joined [...]

Duration: 00:54:01

Readings: Vuong, Maverick Poets

Host Dennis Morton was joined by local poet and fellow Poetry Santa Cruz board member Len Anderson for an hour of reading and discussion, on the Poetry Show for April 3, 2016. Each reader chose a published collection from which to make selections. For Len it was a new book by a young poet, Ocean [...]

Duration: 00:54:21

William O’Daly, guest poet

On March 27, 2016, host Dennis Morton welcomed poet and Pablo Neruda translator William O’Dalyto the Poetry Show, to read and discuss Neruda and also his own latest poetry collection, titledThe Road to Isla Negra. The new collection is an homage to Neruda, published byFolded Word Press, and features photos by Galen Garwood. [...]

Duration: 00:56:27

Readings: Monterey Bay Area Poets

In the first of a planned two-show effort, host Dennis Morton selected readings that show the breadth and depth of poetry writing talent around the Monterey Bay. The focus this week was historical and posthumous, spotlighting poets no longer with us. The show’s first segment featured female poets, including: Maude Meehan Adrienne Rich Tilly Washburn [...]

Duration: 00:52:03

KUSP Spring Fundraiser, New Rattle

Dennis Morton was joined by Joan Maro and Len Anderson to host theKUSP Spring Fundraiser edition of The Poetry Show. All of us here behind the microphones invite our listeners to join us in supporting community public radio on KUSP, and especially in supporting the country’s oldest radio poetry show. Pledge online! – and if [...]

Duration: 00:49:27

African-American poetry, Danusha Laméris

For the last Poetry Show of Black History Month 2016, local poet Danusha Lamérisjoined host Dennis Morton to read and discuss a wide range of selections from the rich heritage of African-American poetry. Danusha was recently a guest poet on the show to celebrate the publication of her new poetry collection, titled The Moons of [...]

Duration: 00:54:29

Readings for Black History Month

On the February 21 Poetry Show, host Dennis Morton presented readings of a selection of African-American poetry to commemorate Black History Month. In the first half-hour, Dennis read poems and brief biographies of the poets. Many of the poems can be found on thePoetry Foundation website, and included: James Weldon Johnson -The Awakening Robert Hayden [...]

Duration: 00:52:08

Kita Shantiris, guest poet

Poet Kita Shantiris was the in-studio guest of host Dennis Morton on the Poetry Show for February 7, 2016. Ms. Shantiris will be reading for Poetry Santa Cruz this Tuesday, 7:30 PM, at Bookshop Santa Cruz, along with local poet Doren Robbins. A psychologist who runs a non-profit mental health center, Kita Shantiris’ new poetry [...]

Duration: 00:53:52

Readings: Elkins, Shantiris, Manhattan Review, The Dark Horse, Evans, Harrison, Beckman-Rohrer

Sunday’s show featured a variety of readings by host Dennis Morton, plus recorded readings by a pair of American traveling poets. The show started off with several poems from Blue Yodel, a new collection by Ansel Elkins. Ms. Elkins, a native of Alabama, is new to the Poetry Show reading catalog.One reviewer described her poetry [...]

Duration: 00:54:24

Danusha Lameris, guest poet

Host Joan Maro welcomed local poet Danusha Laméris to the KUSP air studio for an hour to read and discuss Danusha’s poetry, especially her recently-published first book – The Moons of August (Autumn House Press, 2014). An introduction by Naomi Shihab Nye: “Danusha Laméris writes with definitive, savoring power – in perfectly well-weighted lines and [...]

Duration: 00:55:32

Readings: Gioia, Young, Nurkse, Beaumont, Kunitz, Clifton, Bass, Snyder, Humes

For this week’s show, host Dennis Morton read works from a variety of poets, beginning with two whose work appears in the latest issue of the Catamaran Literary Reader: Dana Gioia and Al Young. We hope to have Catherine Segurson, founder and editor ofCatamaran, as a guest in the near future – to continue [...]

Duration: 00:53:43

Len Anderson, guest poet

On this week’s Poetry Show, host Dennis Morton was joined by local poet, poetry activist and frequent guest Len Anderson. As local poetry fans know, Len is the primary force behind the nuts-and-bolts operations of Poetry Santa Cruz(PSC). It was appropriate, therefore, that Len and Dennis talked first about upcoming PSC events and read poems [...]

Duration: 00:53:35

Readings: Rattle, Muldoon/Tobin, Hoagland, contemporary Scots

For the first Poetry Show of 2016, host Dennis Morton devoted the first half to the latest issue of Rattle(#50). Selections included: Cocktail Hour, by Michael Brosnan The Theory of Everything…, by Christopher Buckley It’s Been a Week, by Maria Mazzioti Gallan The Twenty Year Workshop, by Lynne Knight The Prayer, by Rachel Rose Our [...]

Duration: 00:58:55

Readings: Duffy, Kowit, Griswold

Joan Maro joined Dennis Morton to co-host the last Poetry Show of 2015 on December 27. In honor of the season, Dennis started off with a reading ofMrs. Scrooge: A Christmas Poem, byCarol Anne Duffy. Ms. Duffy is the current Poet Laureate of the UK, and composed this witty modernized distaff retelling of the Dickens [...]

Duration: 00:54:17

Readings: Gioia, Justice, Pollitt, Johal, Piercy, Brunk, Shaw, Updike and more

On the Poetry Show broadcast of December 20, 2015, host Dennis Morton began by reading part of an essay byDana Gioia, newly appointed Poet Laureate of California, followed by a few of his poems. Next up were poems by Donald Justice,Katha Pollitt,Ramandeep Johal, Marge Piercy, Juanita Brunk,Tilly Shawand John Updike. [...]

Duration: 00:54:23

Readings: Gilbert, Wolfe, Zamora, C. D. Wright, Gander, Neruda and more

On this week’s Poetry Show, host Dennis Morton shared a variety of poems from a variety of poets. The hour began with Alone, by Jack Gilbert, fromCollected Poems (Knopf, 2012). This unusual love poem comes recommended by Dennis’ high school writing workshop students. Next up were selections from a number of books, including: Tarantella, a [...]

Duration: 00:54:01

Readings: Eva Salzman and Women’s Work

Host Joan Maro gave Dennis Morton a night off and gave Poetry Show listeners an hour of poetry and commentary on December 6, 2015. Readings came primarily from two poetry books in which Eva Salzman had a starring role. The first was Double Crossing: New and Selected Poems (2004). As the title indicates, Double Crossing [...]

Duration: 00:54:15

Readings: C. K. Williams, Chase Twichell

For the November 29, 2015 Poetry Show, host Dennis Morton read poems by the recently deceased American poet, critic and translatorC. K. Williams. Born November 2, 1936, in Newark, New Jersey, Williams passed on September 20at age 78, after a long and distinguished writing career. Reading selections for this retrospective were drawn from several of [...]

Duration: 00:55:30

Readings: Robin Robertson, Elizabeth Burns, The Dark Horse, Knopf Poetry Month CD

The Poetry Show for November 15, 2105 featured a selection of readings. In the first half-hour, host Dennis Morton was the reader, selecting poems from Scotland: Sailing the Forest, byRobin Robertson, (Farrar, Straus and Giroud – 2015).This volume is a collection selected from Robertson’s previous books. Other poems from this book were shared with Poetry [...]

Duration: 00:54:24

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