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Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.
The editors go inside the pages of Poetry, talking to poets and critics, debating the issues, and sharing their poem selections with listeners.
Poetry Off the Shelf
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.
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 The Poetry Translation Centre is funded by Arts Council England.
KUSP's Poetry Show
Reading & discussion of poetry by poets.
Poetry Spoken Here
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.
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.
Monthly podcasts from the Scottish Poetry Library, hosted by Colin Waters.
Poetry Says
Interviews with poets from Australia and overseas about what they read and how they write.
The Poetry Gods
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.
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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The original version of this episode did not fully upload. If you have it already downloaded in your podcast feed, you can delete and listen to this.Jonathan Chaves, master translator of classical Chinese poetry into English is interviewed. Host Charlie Rossiter talks about Morgan Parker's poetry.Find part 1 of Jonathan Chaves' interview here: ...…
This week's poem is 'Recollection' by the Somali poet Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf. The poem is read first in English translation by Clare Pollard and then in Somali by Caasha herself. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the work of the Poetry Translation Centre then please visit…
Remembering Donald Hall and his advocacy for archival audio recordings of poets.
I stumbled on J.D. McClatchy’s Late Night Ode very much by chance, but now it feels essential to me. It turns out it’s a Horatian ode about getting older and letting go (or attempting to). Show notes Horace IV i. W.H. Auden reads In Memory of W.B. Yeats Alice Oswald reads from Memorial Homer’s Odyssey by Simon Armitage…
The editors discuss Lynn Melnick’s poem “Twelve” from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry.
This week's poem is 'Letter' by Azita Ghahreman from Iran. The poem is read first in English translation by Maura Dooley and then in Farsi by Azita herself. Azita will be touring the UK with October to promote her new collection Negative of a Group Photograph, published by The Poetry Translation Centre & Bloodaxe Books If you enjoy this podcast ...…
The editors discuss Safia Elhillo’s poem “yasmeen” from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry.
Jonathan Chaves, master translator of classical Chinese poetry into English is interviewed. Host Charlie Rossiter talks about Natalie Shapero's poetry and attitude.Find Chaves' latest book here: Natalie Sh ...…
Salome Benidze’s poems often simultaneously address these hardships and changes, unprecedented since the Second World War. Her poem ‘The Story of Those Without Motherland’ conveys the pain of mass emigration in the form of a letter to a young man who has probably never known or experienced love for his homeland. He is the son of an emigrant and ...…
For July 4, we talk about US immigration, Central American refugees, and poems across borders with Javier Zamora.
What more can I say? Having this chat was a long-held dream come true. Listen as poet and novelist Lisa Gorton puts Moore’s poetic career in a broader context, discusses what libraries should really be doing with the poetry books they throw out, and what it’s like to make the final calls on a ‘Best’ collection. Show notes Marianne Moore’s What ...…
In this brief podcast, we listen to Yoko Ono read “Mother Earth” from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry.
As the age of Brexit continues to bear down on Britain, Sean O'Brien returns with a collection called Europa (Picador). One of only two poets to win the Forward and T.S. Eliot Prizes for the same collection (The Drowned Book in 2007), O'Brien talks to the SPL about fascism, leaving Europe (and whether it's actually even possible) and liking ban ...…
Diana Anphimiadi makes a use of the great Greek myths in her poetry, using these stories to get at her preoccupations as a poet. In Helen of Troy, the familiar story is reworked to talk about the Georgian nation's more recent experience of war, displacement and alienation. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the work of the Poet ...…
Kimberly joins RC in studio to talk about and read from her new book called Love and Errors.
The editors discuss Jennifer Elise Foerster's poem "Coosa" from the June 2018 issue of Poetry.
This is the final poem in Salome Benidze’s chapbook ‘I wanted to ask you’, a lament which contains both prayer and secular invocation. In ‘My Soldier Husband’, a woman longs for her husband’s return from the war that has ravaged her country. Imploring him, and trying to console herself, the speaker describes a heightened sensitivity that might ...…
Jami Macarty joins Kevin and Pam for a chat about...POETRY
Tiana Clark joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Natasha Trethewey's poem "Repentance," and her own poem, "Nashville." Tiana Clark is the author of the chapbook "Equilibrium," which won the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Prize. Her first full-length book of poems, "I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood," winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett ...…
At the end of May I had the chance to spend a full six days away from home at a writing retreat, working on poems. Here’s what I want to tell you about the things that became clear – about writing and not writing – while I was there. Show notes Commonplace Ep 48. Poets at MacDowell Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts Eddie Paterson’s Redactor Michael ...…
Poems about soccer, aka football, aka the beautiful game, in time for the World Cup.
The editors discuss Trevino L. Brings Plenty's poem "Will" from the June 2018 issue of Poetry.
Tamar Samuel-Siegel from Virginia (and other places) shares her views on embodiment of language and poetry, and reads poems from her time spent in Israel. Host Charlie Rossiter reviews Ross Gay's latest book, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.Find Ross Gay's book here: ...…
Diana Anphimiadi quickly distinguished herself as an unusually imaginative, original talent in the Georgian poetry scene. Her work refuses the formulaic or expected response, wrong-footing readers with its wit and delicacy. In her acclaimed 2013 collection, Personal Cuisine, for instance she explores the traumatic experiences of recent years, y ...…
Kevin Spenst and Pamela Bentley host Jacqueline Turner as she prepares for a reading in Vancouver.
The editors discuss Tacey M. Atsitty's poems from "Lacing" in the June 2018 issue of Poetry.
Salome Benidze is a poet, writer, blogger and translator. Her poetry has received many prestigious awards and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Born in 1986 in Kutaisi, Salome grew up during the turbulent decade of the 1990s when the Soviet Union collapsed and many new countries emerged from its ruins. In Georgia these years ...…
Vancouver Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion, Lindi Nolte is our guest today and she sits down and chats with Kevin and RC about all sorts of things..
When poets used tape recorders to compose not for the page, but for the audio environment.
Latin American poetry is so vast and overwhelming! I don’t know where to start! Yep. But Will Druce is here with a rough guide to Federico García Lorca, a look at where his writing intersects with Frank O’Hara and Rimbaud, and plenty else to say about writing and reading outside English. We also chat about building and rebuilding poetry communi ...…
Heid E. Erdrich talks with the editors about Native poets and her introduction to the June 2018 issue of Poetry.
Mark O'Brien from upstate NY talks about his interests in visual art and poetry, haibun and more. Host Charlie Rossiter remembers recently deceased Beat poet and novelist Bobbie Louise Hawkins.Bobbie Louise Hawkins Obituary: to Poet ...…
Diana Anphimiadi is a poet, publicist, linguist and teacher. This is the title poem of her PTC Chapbook 'Begining To Speak'. The poem concerns her Child, who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning to speak late in childhood, as well as Diana's own return to writing poetry after a long break. UK poet Jean Sprackland was the poem's poet-transl ...…
Vancouver/Port Moody, Poet, Rob Taylor joins us to talk about some of his current poetry activities. The discussion includes clinical depression, fatherhood, hair cuts and staying at the Al Purdy A Frame.
The editors discuss two poems by D.A. Powell from the May 2018 issue of Poetry.
This week's poem is 'Among These Ruins' by Coral Bracho from Mexico. The poem is read first in English translation by Katherine Pierpoint and then in Spanish by Coral Bracho. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the work of the Poetry Translation Centre then please visit…
Legendary poet, songwriter, busker and Outsider Artist, Al Mader aka The Minimalist Jug Band, joins Pam and RC in studio.
Ada Limón and Natalie Diaz join Kevin Young to discuss their collaborative poetry project, “Envelopes of Air,” a series of eight poems written in correspondence between the two poets, currently featured on
Maureen McLane on semi-autobiographical epic poems, narrative melodrama, and the dissociation of sensibility.
The editors discuss Noah Baldino’s poem “Passing” from the May 2018 issue of Poetry.
Gayle Lauradunn from New Mexico reads from her new book, All the Wild and Holy: A Life of Eunice Williams 1696-1785. Host Charlie Rossiter considers Dana Gioia's "Can Poetry Matter" essay on ways to make poetry a more significant part of the culture.Read "Can Poetry Matter?" here: ...…
This week's poem is 'Last Conversation with the Sky' by Noshi Gillani from Pakistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Lavinia Greenlaw and then in Urdu by Kamila Shamsie. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the work of the Poetry Translation Centre then please visit…
Which poet is there for you when life gets particularly strange? Sorry Rumi, but it’s not you. Lately I’ve had cause to go back to Gertrude Stein and her beautifully strange poem Christian Bérard. Show notes Stein reading from Christian Bérard Let us describe A Carafe, that is a Blind Glass If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Pablo Picasso…
Andrew Warner is one wheel of the Tiny Tricycle Poets and he joins us to talk about his growth as a poet and about writing high as Vanilla Thunder.
Poet, novelist, and essayist Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work 'set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match' (New York Review of Books). In March, they performed at the Scottish Poetry Library, reading from a new memoir Afterglow (A Dog Memoir). While here, we sat down wi ...…
The editors discuss Chase Berggrun's poem “from R E D” from the May 2018 issue of Poetry.
This week's poem is 'Lucky Men' by Partaw Naderi from Afghanistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Sarah Maguire and then in Dari by Partaw himself. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the Poetry Translation Centre please visit
Pam and RC open up the CD Tickle Trunk to play some fresh audio from Brandon Wint, Moe Clark, and Alessandra Naccarato plus some older material by Gruff the Poet, Sonya Littlejohn, and Tony Brown with Duende.
Exploring the work of the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner Martín Espada.
The editors discuss Hanif Abdurraqib's poem "For the Dogs Who Barked at Me on the Sidewalks in Connecticut" from the May 2018 issue of Poetry.
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