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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
A poem each day, plus literary and historical notes from this day in history
 
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The New Yorker: Poetry
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Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
 
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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
 
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
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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
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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
 
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
 
Listen to the 'The Lost Button' by Fatena Al-Gharra, Translated from the Arabic by Anna Murison and Sarah Maguire. The poem is read first in English by the poet-translator Sarah Maguire and then in Arabi by the poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi. If you would like to support the Poetry Translation Centre please visit poetrytranslation.org/support-us.…
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
For that free Grace bringing us past great risks & thro’ great griefs surviving to this feast sober & still, with the children unborn and born, among brave friends, Lord, we stand again in debt and find ourselves in the glad position: Gratitude. We praise our ancestors who delivered us here within warm walls all safe, aware of music, likely tow ...…
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
If you have seen the snow under the lamppost piled up like a white beaver hat on the picnic table or somewhere slowly falling into the brook to be swallowed by water, then you have seen beauty and know it for its transience. And if you have gone out in the snow for only the pleasure of walking barely protected from the galaxies, the flakes sett ...…
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
But I, too, want to be a poet to erase from my days confusion & poverty fiction & a sharp tongue To sing again with the tones of adolescence demanding vengeance against my enemies, with words clear & austere To end this tumultuous quest for reasonable solutions to situations mysterious & sore To have the height to view myself as I view others w ...…
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
I never thought we’d end up Living this far north, love. Cold blue heaven over our heads, Quarter moon like chalk on a slate. This week it’s the art of subtraction And further erasure that we study. O the many blanks to ponder Before the night overtakes us once more On this lonely stretch of road Unplowed since this morning; Mittens raised agai ...…
 
The editors discuss Shane McCrae’s poem “Jefferson Davis the Adoptive Father of the Mulatto Jim Limber Dreams He Is Crowned King of the Confederacy ” from the November 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
She rises up above the strapless, her dewy flesh like a soul half out of a body. It makes me remember her one week old, soft, elegant, startled, alone. She stands still, as if, if she moved, her body might pour up out of the bodice, she keeps her steady gaze raised when she walks, she looks exactly forward, led by some radar of the strapless, o ...…
 
They have photographed the brain and here is the picture, it is full of branches as I always suspected, each time you arrive the electricity of seeing you is a huge tree lumbering through my skull, the roots waving. It is an earth, its fibres wrap things buried, your forgotten words are graved in my head, an intricate red blue and pink prehensi ...…
 
Sarah Giragosian reads poems from her recently published work, Queer Fish inspired by her fascination with animal-human similarities including one from the perspective of a horseshoe crab. Host Charlie Rossiter recommends Copper Canyon’s unique catalog that is also a mini poetry anthology.Find Queer Fish available for purchase, here: https://ww ...…
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
How kind people are! How few in the crowd truly hope the tightrope will break. Rare’s the man who’ll shoot the Pope or throw his shoe at a liar, though joining in—that’s natural. An audience of St. Paul’s sparrows is easily bored, easily frightened. One blasphemy and off they fly. Even a polite dog will snore through reprimands, though he’ll ro ...…
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
Bejan Matur is an award-winning Kurdish-Alevi poet from Turkey writing in Turkish and Kurdish. Her poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages. She currently lives in London. Her poems were translated by Jen Hadfield and Canan Marasligil. If you would like to support the Poetry Translation Centre please visit poetrytranslation.or ...…
 
My father chops with his axe and the leaves fall off the trees. It’s nineteen forty-three. He’s splitting wood for the winter. His gun leans behind the door, beside his goose-greased workboots. Smoke comes out of the metal chimney. At night I sleep in a bunk bed. The waves stroke the lake. In the mornings it is so cold we can see our breath and ...…
 
Dave Drayton joins me to chat about his recent book P(oe)Ms, the role of constraint, productive and preventative barriers in writing, and some of the poets who inspired him to try new things when performing his work. We also get into the fraught area of ‘networking’ in the poetry community – is it all just about who you know? Show notes John K ...…
 
Mallory Tater and Curtis LeBlanc​, founders of the new chapbook press Rahila's Ghost Press​ tell us about their first crop of books launching November 22. Curtis also reads poems from his own books while Mallory shares some poems from her upcoming This Will Be Good​. Kevin Spenst and Pamela Bentley co-hosting.…
 
A friend sends me a picture of herself from the 70s—bell bottoms, platform shoes a patterned button down shirt, hair puffed up from a perm. I can see the outline of the person she is now and she reminds me of myself in the 70s— married for eight years to a man I knew I loved the moment I saw him, two children who seem to me exquisitely beautifu ...…
 
Tracy K. Smith joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Matthew Dickman’s poem “Minimum Wage," and her own poem “Declaration.”
 
They float, these white trees— a few petals, fallen to the street, not stars fading, not snow. The trees have blossomed in a freezing east wind. None, I think, has any regrets or choice. If the night frost comes too thick, too fast, they’ll give what they have to, as if it were nothing— these clusters, held not by black branches, but their own ...…
 
In the '70s, poetry workshops run by women, for women, sprang up in cities around the country. They mirrored what was happening in the women’s movement, and they became communities unto themselves.
 
The editors discuss Franny Choi’s series of poems “Perihelion: A History of Touch” from the November 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
Last week we received the sad news that the PTC's founder and Artistic Director, Sarah Maguire, had died. Over the years she produced many wonderful translations for the PTC. This week to celebrate her work we are releasing this extended podcast featuring 11 poems by Partaw Naderi from Afghanistan, that Sarah translated with her good friend and ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Aislinn Hunter joins hosts Kevin Spenst and Pam Bentley to read poems from her book Linger, Still, and chat about residencies, taxidermy, animal memes,Thing theory, and a diversity research student project at Kwantlen.
 
The editors discuss Natalie Shapero’s poem “Sunshower” from the November 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
I’ve gradually discovered that Great Uncle Jack Blight was a poet with something to say (and more than a few books under his belt). I delve into his 1965 lecture ‘The Shaping of a Contemporary Poet’, share his advice for other Australian poets (most of which still stands up) and take a few detours into family lore.…
 
David Graham, author of seven books of poetry, shares his accessible yet complex poetry. Host Charlie Rossiter gives a tip of the poetic hat to the recently released VIDA Count 2016 and the hard-working VIDA volunteers.Find the Vida 2016 report, here: http://www.vidaweb.org/the-2016-vida-count/Subscribe to Poetry Spoken Here on iTunes: itunes.a ...…
 
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Scottish Poetry Library Podcast
 
Henry Marsh is a Scottish poet who divides his time writing about the natural world and Scotland's troubled history. In the past, he's written about Mary Queen of Scots, John Knox and the Covenanters. In his latest collection, Under Winter Skies (Birlinn), Marsh focuses on James Graham, the first Marquess of Montrose, a brilliant soldier and po ...…
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
‘The Mark’ by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf is addressed directly to the men ruling of Somalia / Somaliland, urging them to find peace, to bring clans together and to raise the country up. As with many of her poems, it begins with an intro about how Asha Lul hasn't recited for a while but now she must speak. The main body of the poem lays out her argu ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Raw Speakhers, a women's hip-hop freestyle collective, who are performing as part of the Heart of the City Festival, join hosts RC Weslowski and Pamela Bentley, to share their voices, rhymes and rhythms, and talk about their process, experiences and the forming of the collective.
 
Poems about baseball, in time for the World Series.
 
In a special archival edition, the editors discuss Frank Bidart's “The Fourth Hour of the Night” from the May 2015 issue of Poetry.
 
Set up your tea/biscuits/wine/other treats because this chat with Melinda Bufton is cosy and joyful. Within the first 10 minutes we’ve covered performance, lyrics, the page, the lyric I, rhyme, feminism and constraint. It gets even better from there. Show notes Melinda’s poem The Possible Dream (Buying Jeans Online) My interviews with UK poet a ...…
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
Beloved by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf is a passionate love poem! It is a jiifto, one of the many Metric forms of Somali poetry made up of short lines. First, you will hear the stunning translation by UK poet Clare Pollard who captures the alliterating Bs of the original Somali and the sense of yearning with lines like 'be my new moon / unbreakable ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Yvonne Blomer, current Victoria Poet Laureate and editor of the anthology Refugium: Poems for the Pacific, joins Pam Bentley and Kevin Spenst to talk about the book, the process, its title, nature and ecological poetry. She reads poems from Refugium by Jan Zwicky, John Barton, Joe Denham, Misuzu Kaneko, and Brian Campbell.…
 
The editors talk with Margo Price about songwriting, Bob Dylan, and poetry. Her essay, “Learning to Fly,” appears in the October 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
Poet Laura Boss reads from her new book The Best Lover, including a reading of the title poem and her long, personal 9/11 poem. In the second part of the program, host Charlie Rossiter looks at the prose poem with the help of Michael Benedikt's breakthrough anthology.The Best Lover: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Lover-Laura-Boss/dp/1630450448Subs ...…
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
This week’s poem is 'With a Red Flower' by Azita Ghahreman from Iran. The poem is read first in English translation by Maura Dooley and then in Farsi by Azita. Next year we will be publishing a collection of Azita's poetry with Bloodaxe Books. 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
 
UK poetry slam champion, Leyla Josephine from Glasgow joins RC and Pam in studio prior to her feature in Victoria to talk about many things, including what to do when feeling "Hopeless."
 
Charles Simic joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Sharon Olds’ poem “Her Birthday as Ashes in Seawater,” and his own poem “The Infinite.”
 
This episode comes to you from a messy desk, sandwiched between items on a long to-do list and a mostly blocked out calendar. I’m sure you’re familiar with the feeling. Show notes Not writing by Jane Kenyon Antilamentation by Dorianne Laux
 
The editors discuss Harmony Holiday’s poem “Sex tape or Future and Audre Lorde fall in love” from the October 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
This week's poem is 'Self-Misunderstood' by Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye' from Somaliland. The poem is read first in English translation by W N Herbert and then in Somali by Gaarriye himself. You can now buy Gaarriye's beautiful rejacketed chapbook here: http://www.poetrytranslation.org/shop/maxamed-xaashi-dhamac-gaarriye-chapbook If you wou ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Ayanda Lyric Mgoduka joins RC and Pam to share her poetry and talk about politics, racism, queens, reconciliation, and love.
 
Meaghan O'Rourke discusses how the experience of illness has informed her poetry.
 
The editors discuss Duy Doan's poem “Rickshaw Boy” from the October 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
Host Charlie Rossiter explores the idea of the perfect poem with examples from Gary Snyder and Kenneth Rexroth. He also looks back on the previous 53 episodes of Poetry Spoken Here.Snyder's Poem: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47754/i-went-into-the-maverick-barRexroth's Poem: https://onceadaypoetry.wordpress.com/2015/12/06/no-word-by-ke ...…
 
I’ve been trying to write a poem in response to Auden for about four years. It’s not going well. So I thought I’d talk to you about the ideas I’m trying to grapple with. Show notes W.H. Auden – Tell Me The Truth About Love ‘People may really be what we first though them.’ E.M. Forster’s note in conclusion from his posthumous novel Maurice Since ...…
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
This week’s poem is 'Orphan' by Asha Lul Mohamad Yusuf from Somalia/Somaliland. The poem is read first in English translation by Clare Pollard and then in Somali by Asha. Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf is a powerful woman poet in a literary tradition still largely dominated by men. She is a master of the major Somali poetic forms, including the prestig ...…
 
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Wax Poetic: Poetry from Canada
 
Poet, rapper, boxer (with beats and without), Dana ID Matthews joins RC to reveal some secrets about his life through poetry.
 
The editors discuss Mark Waldron's poems “How scrubbed-up clean” and “The Stick” from the October 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
In this episode, we listen to Ernesto Mora’s reading of “I Will not Mourn You” *** I will not cry for you at all, there is within me a resolve so cold and dressed in apathy, so uncaring with the meager, such a black and forlorn room that I dwell in from moment to moment. This room has become my progenitor, my mentor, the study of anger without ...…
 
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Scottish Poetry Library Podcast
 
Winner of the 2017 Forward Prize, Sinéad Morrissey visited the Scottish Poetry Library to talk about her latest collection, On Balance (Carcanet).Morrissey grew up in Northern Ireland. At the age of 18, she won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, an early indicator of future success. She’s worked with schools, charities, prisoners, and while Lau ...…
 
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