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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 The Poetry Translation Centre is funded by Arts Council England.
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 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…
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
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.
Geraldine Burrowes came to poetry later in life from the world of visual art. We met in her beautiful apartment and talked about two poets who were influential in that transition – Michael Farrell and Claire Gaskin – along with what went into making her book pick up half under, out from the Rabbit Poets series. A warning: Geraldine’s enthusiasm ...…
Bill Morgan, archivist to Allen Ginsberg, talks about "The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats," a book created from Allen's lectures, edited by Bill. Host Charlie Rossiter reviews "Wait Till I'm Dead," a collection of Ginsberg's previously uncollected poems also edited by Morgan.Find "The Best Minds of My Generation he ...…
This week’s poem is 'Forgotten by Time' by Farzaneh Khojandi from Tajikistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Jo Shapcott and then in Tajik by Farzaneh Khojandi. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support the Poetry Translation Centre please visit…
Wanda Kehewin joins Pam and RC to talk about her upcoming book as well as surviving generational trauma.
In this archival edition, the editors discuss Camille T. Dungy’s poem "Frequently Asked Questions: 10" from the October 2015 issue of Poetry.
This poem by was translated ay at a PTC workshop run by our founder Sarah Maguire. In her translation notes, she ponders the origins of rhubarb as the distinctive plant gets referenced in the third line of the poem: 'We Brits tend to think of rhubarb as being a very distinctive British - especially Yorkshire - plant and so we were pleased to co ...…
It’s a good day when you get to sit around a table with some friends and write something surprising. Here’s what happened when we tried our hands at cut-ups, erasure and the villanelle. Show notes Inside a poetry workshop with Benjamin Dodds and Mran-Maree Laing. Bird by Bird by Annie Lamott
Janet joins RC to talk about her residency at the Joy Kogawa House and the resurgence of Indigenous Writing in Canada.
The legacy of second-wave feminism through the lens of anthologies, and the ongoing pursuit of equality and inclusion.
The editors discuss Ilya Kaminsky’s poem “Search Patrols” from the April 2018 issue of Poetry.
This special Poetry Month episode features host Charlie Rossiter relaying writing advice from Billy Collins, reading the poetry of Kodojin, and remembering Sam Hamill who recently passed away.Subscribe to Poetry Spoken Here on iTunes:…d1030829938?mt=2Visit our website: poetryspokenhere.comLike us on facebook: f ...…
This poem perfectly encapsulates his strengths as a poet: concision and clarity, delivered in language that is both exact and understated. Poems such as these which seem, at first glance, to be very simple, are extraordinarily difficult to pull off. Their ‘simplicity is, of course, deceptive: these few lines are like a miniature short story in ...…
Prior to the Al Purdy A Frame Fundraiser, Danny Peart joins us to talk about Al Purdy and to read some work from both of them.
The editors discuss Solmaz Sharif’s poem “The End of Exile” from the April 2018 issue of Poetry.
Anupama Pilbrow is co-editor at The Suburban Review and the author of Body Poems, just out from Vagabond Press. We recorded this conversation as Anupama was packing boxes on the eve of leaving Melbourne. Over tea we covered everything from her thoughts on moving to a new city to how poetry relates to pure mathematics, Kamala Das and waiting for ...…
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. Her PTC Chapbook History-Geography was reviewed by Katrina Naomi who called it 'that rare thing - good, po ...…
Henry joins us to promote the final Thursday's Writing Collective chapbook release and reading.
How women poets made birth, motherhood, and parenting central preoccupations of contemporary poetry, just as it is in life.
The editors discuss Elizabeth Acevedo’s poem “Iron” from the April 2018 issue of Poetry.
Alan Catlin from upstate New York talks about his writing process and reads from two forthcoming collections. In the second part of the show, host Charlie Rossiter reviews and reads from Bettering American Poetry, Vol 2, part of a series of collections described as "an ongoing act of resistance and celebration."Find out more about the Bettering ...…
What happened when I had four days off and decided to try to write a long poem. Show notes The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry How to write a sestina
Abdullah al Ryami was born in 1965 in Cairo, where his father had taken refuge from the British-backed suppression of the Omani uprising. As a result of this displacement, Al Ryami's life has been that of an outsider. His first collection of poems was published in 1992. He helped to found the avant-garde theatre group A'Shams, where he worked a ...…
Vancouver Poetry Slam 2017 Team Member, Molly Billows joins Pam for a chat about Verses and hosting a talk back with Andrea Gibson and to share some poems
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 Paul Tran’s poem “Scientific Method” from the April 2018 issue of Poetry.
This week's poem is 'Far-Off Settlements' by Coral Bracho from Mexico. The poem is read first in English translation by Katherine Pierpoint and then in Spanish by Coral herself. Coral Bracho came to England for the inaugural World Poets' Tour in 2005 and read with her poet-translator Katherine Pierpoint. The Guardian journalist Richar Lea asked ...…
Bernice Lever joins for a visit to talk about poetry and peace and activism and breaking ground as a female downhill skier.
Sitting at Claire Gaskin’s kitchen table, I finally got to thank her for the ideas and poems she shared at a reading at Some Velvet Morning back in 2013, including Gig Ryan’s If I Had a Gun. We also talked about specificity, gender in poetry, writing from emotion, and took a good long look at Gig’s poem Eurydice’s Suburb. Show notes Claire’s bo ...…
The editors discuss Martín Espada’s poem “Letter to My Father” from the March 2018 issue of Poetry.
Rory Waterman is the author of Tonight the Summer's Over and Sarajevo Roses, both published by Carcanet. Rory was born in Belfast in 1981 before moving at an early age to Lincolnshire. Today, he's senior lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University and co-edits the poetry pamphlet series New Walk Editions. In our latest podcast, Rory Wate ...…
This week's poem podcast is 'Woman of Mint' by Fatena Al-Gharra, translated by Sara Vaghefian and Sarah Maguire, the founder of the PTC. In her notes on the translation, Maguire commented 'Poetry in English is filled with poems that use plants to articulate gender. By and large, it's men poets who continually compare women to fragile, delicate ...…
Candian+Antiguan Dub Poet Legend, Clifton Joseph dropped by to share some perspective on the poetry scene of today and read some poems ahead of his Pandora's Collective reading in West Vancouver.
Marie Howe joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Lucie Brock-Broido's poem "The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act" and her own poem "The Star Market."
Our series dedicated to the women's movement continues with the changing cultural roles of the 1970s, when women poets refused to be marginalized or tokenized, and public poetry readings and writing workshops for women spread across the U.S.
The editors discuss Martha Silano’s poem “Ode to Autocorrect” from the March 2018 issue of Poetry.
Ern Malley continues to be a made up person. So why did we celebrate his birthday this week? And why do Australian poets keep talking about him? I take a run at our most infamous poetry hoax. Show notes Everything you could ever want to know about Ern in Jacket 17.
New Mexico poet Beate Sigriddaughter reads from her new book "Xanthippe and Her Friends" and host Charlie Rossiter looks at the program for Split This Rock 2018.Find Xanthippe and Her Friends, here: to Poetry Spoken Here on iTunes: ...…
This week's poem is 'Rain' by Kajal Ahmad from Kurdistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Mimi Khalvati and then in Kurdish by Kajal Ahmad. If you enjoy this poem and would like to find out more about Kajal Ahmad and all the other poets we've translated, please visit our website…
Fiona and Jane visit us to talk about the anthology they co edited, Love Me True: The Ins and Out and Ups and Downs of Marriage.
The second episode of our special series exploring poetry and the women's movement looks at several books in the 1960s and '70s that fought for a place for women.
The editors discuss Danez Smith’s poem “how many of us have them?” from the March 2018 issue of Poetry.
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