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The New Yorker: Poetry
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Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.
 
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The Poetry Magazine Podcast
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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.
 
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Poetry Off the Shelf
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Producer Curtis Fox explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously.
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
The Poetry Translation Centre is dedicated to translating contemporary poetry from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Each week we bring you a new poem podcast from one of the world's greatest living poets, in both the original language and in English translation. To find out more about our work, please visit www.poetrytranslation.org. The Poetry Translation Centre is funded by Arts Council England.
 
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KUSP's Poetry Show
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Reading & discussion of poetry by poets.
 
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Poetry Spoken Here
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A bi-weekly poetry podcast that features interviews with poets, reviews of poetry books, examinations of individual poems, and investigations of themes in poetry. New episodes are posted the first and third Friday of every month, so sit back, relax, and let poetry speak to you.
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
Weekly
 
Your weekly appointment with the muse. Listen to interviews and readings with Canada's top spoken word, slam, and literary poets. Canadian poetry, at its best.
 
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Scottish Poetry Library Podcast
Monthly
 
Monthly podcasts from the Scottish Poetry Library, hosted by Colin Waters.
 
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Poetry Says
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Poems that keep us company, keep us sane and change our lives.
 
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The Poetry Gods
Monthly
 
The Poetry Gods are here to show you how to not be wack in 2016 & beyond. Interviews and stories about the people behind the poems. You don't have to love poetry to love the show. Hosted by Aziza Barnes, Jon Sands, and José Olivarez. Artwork by Jess X. Chen. If you dig the show, share the link.
 
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The Prose and Poesy Podcast
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ThePOEMHOME Prose and Poesy Podcast, hosted by Ernesto Mora features his readings of dark poetry, poem inspirations, deep poetry discussion sessions and promoting releases of his poetry ebooks.
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
Karin Karakaşlı is an Armenian-Turkish poet who lives in Istanbul and writes in Turkish. As well as poetry she pens regular columns and opinion pieces for independent media outlets and writes fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. The deep pain and scars left by Turkey’s negationist state discourse on the Armenian genocide of 1915 are ...…
 
Meena Alexander joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Gerald Stern’s poem “Adonis," and her own poem “Kochi by the Sea.”
 
Poems responding to past gun violence, mass murders, and school shootings.
 
The editors discuss Hera Lindsay Bird’s poem “Pyramid Scheme” from the February 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
L.A. poet, Alexis Rhone Fancher, compulsive writer of erotica, irreverent photographer and lover of all things "bent" shares her no-hold-barred poetry while discussing sex and power. In the second part of the show, Charlie Rossiter examines poetry that has been banned.Subscribe to Poetry Spoken Here on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/poetr… ...…
 
The poem was originally one of the songs in the play Wadnahaan far ku hayaa but it became so overwhelmingly popular that, eventually, it completely overwhelmed performances of the play itself. As readers will discern, the reason for its popularity - and why it enraged the military dictatorship of the time - is because its vivid, skilful metapho ...…
 
If you’re a fan of Chat 10 Looks 3 (which you should be) you’ll enjoy this episode. Prolific poet and reviewer Maggie Ball and I catch up to talk about what we read over the summer and what we hope to achieve writing-wise in 2018. We also casually start up a Michael Farrell reading circle. Show notes Fiona Wright’s Domestic Interior and Small A ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Juliane Okot Bitek joins Pam and Kevin to share some poems and talk about the question "Where are you from?"
 
For Valentines's Day, three poems exploring the most common symbol in love poetry.
 
The editors discuss Anahera Gildea’s poem “Sedition — a letter to the writer from Meri Mangakāhia” from the February 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
Karin Karakaşlı’s pain can be deeply felt in most of her poems. However alongside this we encounter an enormous amount of love for the geography she lives in, especially the city of Istanbul. Karakaşlı has an almost synergetic relationship with this city, as we can see in this poem ‘Galata’ – with the history embedded in every stone, every buil ...…
 
After Martin Luther King's assassination 50 years ago, Gwendolyn Brooks wrote a poem about the power of riots.
 
The editors discuss Tim Upperton’s poem “The truth about Palmerston North” from the February 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
We’re back for 2018! I’m starting the year off by going way back to 19th Century Japan and Tachibana Akemi’s Poems of Solitary Delights, then following that thread over to Robert Creeley’s ‘Talking’:
 
Arya F. Jenkins, poet-photographer from Ohio is featured and discusses her ekphrastic poetry. Host Charlie Rossiter reviews "Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence" a new anthology of poetry and prose focused on gun violence from Beacon Press.Find "Bullets into Bells" here: https://www.amazon.com/Bullets-into-Bells-Citiz ...…
 
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Scottish Poetry Library Podcast
 
Our first podcast of 2018 features an interview with new Edinburgh Makar Alan Spence. Novelist, short-story writer, dramatist and, of course, poet, Spence is one of the leading lights of the Scottish literary scene. With his work informed by his Buddhism, Spence imbues his poetry with both a cosmic perspective and a Scottish sensibility to comi ...…
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
Today's podcast poem is 'Aural ' by David Huerta from Mexico. The poem is read first in English translation by Jamie McKendrick and then in Spanish by David. This week we are celebrating #MediaPoems on www.poetrytranslation.org. If you would like to support the Poetry Translation Centre please visit poetrytranslation.org/support-us.…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Beni Xiao joins Kevin Spents and RC Weslowski to read from Beni's new chapbook "Bad Egg" and to discuss what that means among other things.
 
In a special archival edition, the editors discuss Javier Zamora’s poem "Second Attempt Crossing" published in the November 2016 issue of Poetry.
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
This week's poem is by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi from Sudan. The poem is read first in English translation by Sarah Maguire and then in Arabic by Saddiq himself. If you enjoy this poem and would like to find out more about Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and all the other poets we’ve translated, please visit our website www.poetrytranslation.org. If you would like ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Just prior to their reading at Twisted Poets, Cornelia Hoogland joined Pam Bentley and Kevin Spenst to talk about the Trailer Park Elegies.
 
How women poets made birth, motherhood, and parenting central preoccupations of contemporary poetry, just as it is in life.
 
The editors discuss Joshua Bennett’s poem “The Book of Mycah” from the January 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
This episode features the second part of our historic interview with James Laughlin from 1997. Find the first part in Poetry Spoken Here Episode 060. In the second part of the show, host Charlie Rossiter talks about Wishbone, the little dog who teaches classic literature.To listen to Part 1 of the James Laughlin interview, go here: https://soun ...…
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
This week's poem is 'Please bring a token home from each journey' by Noshi Gillani from Pakistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Lavinia Greenlaw and then in Urdu by Shamila Kamsie. If you enjoyed this recording and would like to learn more about Noshi and all the other poets we've translated, please visit our website at www.p ...…
 
Pam, Kevin and RC are all in studio to share some audio out of the CD Tickle Trunk including Bill Bissett, Ronnie Dean Harris, Janet Marie Rogers, Joanne Arnott and the Word Burglars
 
Terrance Hayes joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Matthew Dickman's poem "Fire" and his own poem “New York Poem."
 
The editors discuss Paige Lewis’s poem “You Can Take Off Your Sweater, I’ve Made Today Warm” from the January 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
This week's poem is by Victor Teran from Mexico. The poem is read first in English translation by David Shook and then in Zapotec by Victor himself. If you enjoy this recording and would like to find out more about Victor Teran and all the other poets we’ve translated, please visit our website www.poetrytranslation.org. If you would like to sup ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Burnaby Writer's Society President, Lara Varesi joins us to recap 2017, share some poems and talk about what's coming up of the Society in 2018.
 
Jeff Gordinier and Rosie Schapp discuss poetry over a few cocktails.
 
The editors discuss Ari Banias’s poem “A Symmetry” from the January 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
James Laughlin, founder of New Directions publishing house, and an exceptional poet, is featured in an historic interview conducted just a few months before he passed back in 1997. Host, Charlie Rossiter, discusses ee cummings in the second part of today's show.Subscribe to Poetry Spoken Here on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/poetr…d103082 ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Nationally known spoken word poet, Johnny MacRae joins to talk about his CD Mouth Music and to promote his feature at UBC Slam.
 
The editors discuss Wendy Xu’s poem “Five Chinese Verses” from the January 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
December 2017 has a fifth Friday so we put together this retrospective sampling of poets and poems from 2017 featuring:Mary Panza (PSH 43) https://soundcloud.com/poetry-spoken-here/show-043-mary-panza-and-poet-laureate-historyCarlos Cumpian (PSH 50)https://soundcloud.com/poetry-spoken-here/episode-050-carlos-cumpian-and-sam-shepard-8417-1130-pm ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
2017 Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion, Emma Field is our guest to talk about persona poems and trickster energy ahead of her feature at the youth poetry slam.
 
Spencer Reece discusses classic and contemporary religious poems for this time of year.
 
The editors discuss Sonnet L'Abbé’s poem “CXIV” from the December 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
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Scottish Poetry Library Podcast
 
Pàdraig MacAoidh / Peter Mackay is a native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Lewis. He is an academic, writer and broadcaster whose work is influenced by the diverse linguistic heritage of his birthplace. His debut collection, Gu Leòr / Galore, was published by Acair. In our latest podcast, Mackay discusses repressed Scots, journalism versus poe ...…
 
David Lehman joins Kevin Young to read and discuss John Ashbery's Poem "Worsening Situation," and his own poem "Stages on Life's Way."
 
The editors discuss Jane Yeh’s poem “A Short History of Silence” from the December 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
Wisconsin Poet, Tom Montag, talks about poetry, life, and place. Host Charlie Rossiter highlights Kanopy, a streaming service available on many campuses, and through an ever-increasing number of public libraries, that is essentially an arthouse Netflix.Check out Kanopy here: https://www.kanopystreaming.com/Subscribe to Poetry Spoken Here on iTu ...…
 
Stuart Cooke’s Opera is one of those books that’s changed my understanding of what a poetry collection can do. (It also includes one of my favourite poems, An Overcast Day in Another Part of the World.) In this interview I get the chance to nerd out with Stuart about how he wrote Opera and the poetry that’s been important to him. Show notes Rac ...…
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
All Iranian men are required to do military service and this small poem gives a very clear insight into how they feel about that experience! Like the other three poems of Ali Abdollahi's we translated in this workshop, it was a pleasure to engage with the compact, concise way in which he conveys complex ideas in an understated idiom using clear ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Isaac Bond freshly arrived from Saskatoon, now living in Vancouver, shares his spoken word poetry, and chats with RC Weslowski and Pamela Bentley about astronomy, hip-hop, beats, hosting, and doing poetry in schools.
 
Millay's legacy, upon the centennial of her first book, Renascence and Other Poems (1917).
 
The editors discuss Forrest Gander’s poems “What It Sounds Like” and “Stepping Out of the Light” from the December 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Ellie Sawatzky joins co-hosts Pamela Bentley and RC Weslowski to share poems, talk about being an artist in Vancouver, her Frog Hollow Press shortlisted chapbook "Rhinocerotic" coming out in 2018, publishing, rejection, persistence, rhinos, Burning Man, nannying, and her daily blog of writing prompts, Impromptu, on her website elliesawatsky.com.…
 
Talking with Ed Tato reminded me how many rooms there are to discover in the house of poetry. We go from Ulysses to Kansas to a workshop with Mary Karr, wondering about categorisation, why certain writing resonates, and returning to the fact that some poems demand to be spoken aloud. Show notes Early Occult Memory System of Lower Midwest: Poems ...…
 
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