PoemTalk

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.

the joy of listening

July 18, 2016

ear budsWe occasionally mention the pleasures of listening to recorded poetry (for example, here and here and here). If you question the benefit of listening, or need a reminder of the particular benefit of hearing authors read their own work, take a quick look at Wyatt Mason’s New York Times article, “Letter of Recommendation: Audiobooks Read by the Author.

If you’re looking for audio, here are a few resources (in addition to those in the posts linked above):

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image by Berthold Werner

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.

getting ready…

November 25, 2013

sweet potatoesIt’s that time of year and it’s that week: Thanksgiving is almost upon us. While you’re stocking up on sweet potatoes and cranberries, don’t forget to put in a supply of poems to share at the feast.

To facilitate your Thanksgiving poem selection, here’s a short list of places to browse for appropriate fare:

Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, enjoy the gratitude.
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photo: Bellingham Farmers Market

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