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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.
 
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 www.poetrytranslation.org. The Poetry Translation Centre is funded by Arts Council England.
 
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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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KUSP's Poetry Show
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Reading & discussion of poetry by poets.
 
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.
 
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Poetry Says
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Interviews with poets from Australia and overseas about what they read and how they write.
 
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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.
 
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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A chilly poem in harmony with the weather: ‘Snow’ by the wonderful Iranian poet, Azita Ghahreman, who now lives in exile in snowy Sweden. The seemingly endless snow is a metaphor for the hopelessness the poet feels – she and her lover are lost in its vastness. Only ‘a single stray earring’ can be seen – ‘not a tree, not a rabbit, not a star’. I ...…
 
Nick Flynn joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Zoë Hitzig’s poem “Objectivity as Blanket" and his own poem “The King of Fire.” Flynn's latest poetry collection is “My Feelings"; he will publish two new books, "Stay" and "I Will Destroy You," in 2019. Flynn has received the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, as well ...…
 
The editors discuss Ange Mlinko’s poem “Don Giovanni” from the September 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
'Neighbour! You're like a fruit knife. There's never a time when you're not at our dinner table.' This poem is read first in English translation by Mimi Khalvati and then in Kurdish by the poet Choman Hardi. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the work of the Poetry Translation Centre then please visit poetrytranslation.org/supp ...…
 
During the current nationwide prison strike, we look back at Etheridge Knight's influential poems he wrote while incarcerated.
 
Maybe it’s just me, but I think there’s some overlap between Ashbery’s Some Trees David Herd’s 3 notes towards a love song (from his book All Just). Both are something like love poems that also allow for things ‘to be difficult between us’. Another shoutout here to Al Filries and the ModPo gang for introducing me to Some Trees all those years a ...…
 
The editors discuss Donika Kelly’s poem “A Dead Thing That, in Dying, Feeds the Living” from the September 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
Poet-priest Spencer Reece, joins us from Madrid, Spain, to share his poems. He also discusses the documentary, "Voices Beyond the Wall: 12 Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World," that focuses on his year of using poetry to help abandoned and abused girls at the only girls’ orphanage in Hondurus. Spencer is also organizing the upcoming ...…
 
The prize-winning Moroccan poet, Abdellatif Laâbi, is widely acknowledged as being one of the most important poets writing today. Laâbi was born in Fez in 1942. He began writing in the mid-1960s, publishing his first novel in 1969. In 1966 he founded the renowned literary magazine Souffles, a journal of literature and politics that was to earn ...…
 
The editors discuss sam sax's poem “Prayer for the Mutilated World” from the September 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
Guest interviewer Suzannah V. Evans sits down with Mark Ford in an interview recorded at the StAnza Poetry Festival. Ford discusses the influence of Ashbery and O'Hara, Walt Whitman's 'children', and how he puts a set together for a reading.
 
Diana Anphimiadi is a poet, publicist, linguist and teacher. Jean Sprackland was the poem's poet-translator. She commented that the poem is about more than a simple dance, it is an erotic poem. Jean also worked hard to maintain the 3/4 time of the original poem in her translation. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the work of ...…
 
John Keats's life and body of work, then and now.
 
I’ve been on Grant Caldwell’s trail since I came across his poem ‘I am not the trick of the flower’ over a decade ago. In this episode I track him down at the University of Melbourne to finally ask him about this poem along with things like writing from the position of the ‘privileged white male’ and whether it matters if our work ever sees the ...…
 
In this archival episode, the editors discuss John Ashbery’s poems “Bunch of Stuff” and “By Guess and by Gosh” from the September 2014 issue of Poetry.
 
Isabella Wang joins us to share some poems and talks about life.
 
This week’s poem is by Partaw Naderi from Afghanistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Sarah Maguire and then in Dari by Partaw Naderi. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the work of the Poetry Translation Centre then please visit poetrytranslation.org/support-us
 
Catherine Barnett joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Wislawa Szymborska's poem "Maybe All This" (translated, from the Polish, by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Barańczak) and her own poem "Son in August." Barnett is the author of the poetry collections "Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced," "The Game of Boxes," and "Human Hours," out i ...…
 
An archival episode in which the editors discuss Ali Cobby Eckerman’s poem “Black Deaths in Custody” from the May 2016 issue of Poetry.
 
Michael Dumanis, faculty member at Bennington College and editor of the Bennington Review shares his poetry and explains how poems are found at "X," the place between where you start at point A and where you end up at point B.Subscribe to Poetry Spoken Here on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/poetr…d1030829938?mt=2Visit our website: poetrysp ...…
 
This week’s poem is 'Harmony' by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf from Somalia/Somaliland. The poem is read first in English translation by Sarah Maguire and then in Somali by Asha Lul. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the work of the Poetry Translation Centre then please visit poetrytranslation.org/support-us…
 
Vancouver based poet, Cynthia Sharp joins us to read from her new book Rainforest in Russet ahead of her book launch.
 
Reading and exploring poetry along with students this school year.
 
Writing poetry shouldn’t be a ‘solitary pursuit’. Here’s how I finally found a poetry mentor, why the mentor-mentee relationship is valuable (and troubled) and why you should be sending drafts (and poems you love) to your friends. Show notes Australian Society of Authors mentorship program This Condensery: Poets on Mentorship Interview with Jen ...…
 
In this archival episode, the editors discuss Carolyn Forché's poem "Mourning" from the October 2016 issue of Poetry.
 
Our poem podcast this week is 'The North Wind Whips' 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 would like to support PTC, please visit: http://www.poetrytranslation.org/support-us
 
In this archival episode, the editors discuss Terrance Hayes’s poem “How to Draw a Perfect Circle” from the December 2014 issue of Poetry.
 
Drum Hadley, a cowboy who writes poetry (not a "cowboy poet") reads from his major work, Voice of the Borderlands and discusses his work in an historic recording with Jim Harrison. At the end of the program, host Charlie Rossiter discusses Hadley's environmental conservation work.Subscribe to Poetry Spoken Here on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/po ...…
 
This week’s poem is by Coral Bracho from Mexico. The poem is read first in English translation by Katherine Pierpoint and then in Spanish by Coral. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the work of the Poetry Translation Centre then please visit poetrytranslation.org/support-us
 
Chelene Knight joins co-hosts Kevin Spenst and Pamela Bentley to read poems from her books Dear Current Occupant and Braided Skin, as well as discussing memoir in poetry and prose. Originally recorded June 4, 2018. Aired August 1, 2018.
 
Tracy K. Smith discusses her new book and her tenure as current US poet laureate.
 
I first spoke to Sydney poet Louise Carter about Luke Davies two years ago. Since then we’ve talked imposter syndrome and had many a cathartic poetry-related chat away from the mic. This time around, we dive deeper into Davies’ work, looking at Totem and Interferon Psalms from new angles.
 
The editors discuss Victoria Chang’s poem “Obit” in the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
Nicole Sealey joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Ellen Bass' poem "Indigo" and her own poem “A Violence." Sealey is the executive director at the Cave Canem Foundation and the author of the poetry collection "Ordinary Beast."
 
This week’s poem is 'Drawing' by Reza Mohammadi from Afghanistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Nick Laird and then in Dari by Reza. If you enjoy this poem and would like to find out more about Reza Mohammadi and all the other poets we’ve translated, please visit our website www.poetrytranslation.org. If you enjoy this podcas ...…
 
Ian Ferrier, in town from Montreal, takes listeners and host Pamela Bentley away from the summer heat wave with some passionate winter poems from his book, Bear Dreams, as well as reading his new children's book, A Child Sees Winter Coming and a Bear Dreams, illustrated by Cameron Murray.
 
Our latest episode has not one but two poets: Sarah Stewart and Russell Jones, emerging voices on the Scottish poetry scene. Both are writers and editors based in Edinburgh who have new pamphlets published by Tapsalteerie: Glisk by Stewart, Dark Matters by Jones.Jones has published several pamphlets and a full-length collection in 2015 on Freig ...…
 
The editors discuss Jane Miller’s poem “Outshines Its Canopy of  Intent” in the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry.
 
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 poetrytranslation.org/support-us…
 
Mohammad Kebbewar joins Pamela Bentley and RC Weslowski to read from his new chapbook, The Soap of Aleppo on Jackpine Press and to talk about life in Aleppo, Syria.
 
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 ...…
 
Spoken Word Poet, Bassam joins RC to read from Bassam's 2 chapbooks and to talk about eating disorders, mental health and why they moved to Vancouver.
 
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: https://www.amazon.com/Cave-Immortals-Poetry-Painter-1019-1079/dp/1891640909/ref=la_B001HOVE7G_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530928767&sr=1-2Find 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 ...…
 
Tanya Evanson joins RC Weslowski to talk about the Zenship, Bothism and being a mentor and featured artist at the WORD CAMP Program.
 
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