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Making the world safer for poetry.

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This week we talk about teaching children poetry and share some recordings from a children's poetry reading that was held at the Children's Resource Center Public Library in New Orleans. Check out the links to Kenneth Koch's books on teaching poetry in the show notes.

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Does having a bigger vocabulary make you a better poet? Can we tell something about poets from the words they use? Does Wu Tang really use more vocabulary words than Shakespeare? We talk about all this and more as we examine the role of vocabulary in poetry.

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It's the dead of the summer, so we decided we'd peek our heads out from behind the podcast hosting curtain and talk a little bit about our own current poetry projects. Check out our poems in the shownotes and listen to the end so you can hear a poetry performance with The Furniture Music Ensemble.

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Poet David Rowe joins us to talk about 6 poets that are lesser known, and we read some of their poetry: Vicente Huidobro, Hélène d'Oettingen, Jack Gilbert, Billy Childish, Bernard Bador, and Amelia Rosselli.

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In this episode we talk about a recent article by Matthew Zapruder from the New York Times, "Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think," which gets us thinking about how schools teach poetry, what it means for poetry to be "obscure," poetic tradition, and whether there is value in making poetry straightforward. We do get kind of critical of the article, but hopefully we add to the discussion more than just bitch about the article.

 

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Arthur Smith is back again to talk with us about Charles Bukowski and his time in New Orleans, The Outsider magazine, and LouJon Press.

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Special guest Arthur Smith chats with us live from his home in the French Quarter about some poets who found Bohemia in New Orleans and hung out in some splendid and roomy barrooms while they were at it. In this episode we talk about Walt Whitman and Tenessee Williams.

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Jeff Pagano and I continue our conversation on musical compositions based on poetry with pieces by Hindemith, Britten, Eliott Carter and Brulez inspired by the poetry of Rilke, Rimbaud, Hart Crane, and Rene Char.

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Composer and pianist Jeff Pagano joins us to talk about musical compositions based on poetry. Mallarmé, Verlaine, and Bertrand's poetry all appear in this episode.

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How does an audience interact with poetry? What's up with poetry readings? Can poets find ways to make poetry more interactive? We talk about all that and look at some techniques poets have used to get close and personal with their audience.

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