July 24, 2020

The last time we mentioned PoemTalk, the podcast series had just posted episode 103.

Closely associated with Kelly Writers House, PennSound, and Jacket2 magazine, PoemTalk episodes “get willing, engaged people together and ask them to talk about one poem, and see what magic happens. The poem provides magic (if chosen well, but even often if not) and the people — mostly the people — augment the magic. You never know where the conversation will go.”

Today’s episode, number 150, brings together Simone White, Dixon Li, Jo Park, and Al Filreis to discuss two poems by Terrance Hayes, “MJ Fan Letter” and “RSVP,” from his book Wind in a Box (2006).

All 150 episodes of PoemTalk are available, free, on Jacket2 and on iTunes.

what’s funny?

October 10, 2018

Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia is home to all kinds of literary intelligence, including the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) ModPo (Modern & Contemporary American Poetry) and the online journal Jacket2, which has been challenging assumptions since 1997.

If you’re interested in the slippery slope of humor in poetry, for the next three months Sommer Browning will offer a series of commentaries on how, when, and why poetry is funny. Or not. Her introduction is here. If you’ve lost faith in humor, Browning might be able to help, or certainly there’s plenty of other material on Jacket2 to distract you from all that is unfunny in the world.

listen in

July 13, 2016

Jacket 2 poemtalk

If you enjoy listening to podcasts while you’re driving, cooking or on the treadmill, you’ll find a collection of informative and intelligent conversations in PoemTalk. A collaboration of the Kelly Writers House, PennSound and the Poetry Foundation, the PoemTalk series began in 2007 and just released its 103rd episode, a conversation about “Skunk Hour” by Robert Lowell. The 45-minute episodes generally invite three poet/scholars to join producer and host Al Filreis in a discussion of a single poem.

See the complete, linked list of episodes on the Jacket2 PoemTalk page or find PoemTalk on iTunes.

centennial conversation

June 18, 2014

Tender ButtonsA modernist milestone, Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons was published one hundred years ago. A collection of “short prose poems on discrete objects and little events,” the book has been provoking conversation ever since.

Open Books, Seattle’s poetry bookstore, invites you to join the conversation and celebrate the anniversary next Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.: “Please come with favorite passages to read, your thoughts about the book, and any other delicious tidbits/conundrums you have to share.” See the details, including some snippets from the book, on the Open Books website.

To learn more about Tender Buttons and how it came into print, see Joshua Schuster’s The making of ‘Tender Buttons’ on Jacket2.
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Claire Marie edition of Tender Buttons

got your jacket?

February 17, 2013

Jacket2Jacket Magazine was published between 1997 and 2010. Jacket2 is an online publication that “offers commentary on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, discussions and collaborative responses, archival documents, podcasts, and descriptions of poetry symposia and projects. Not unlike a daily news forum, we will publish content as it is ready.”

Jacket2, which is published in association with PennSound and the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, also maintains a searchable archive of the 40 issues of Jacket Magazine.

Visit Jacket2 online and on Facebook. Good stuff.

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