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Making the world safer for poetry.

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In this episode we look at the psychological research into higher rates of suicide among those in  creative professions, especially poets, and why that might be. We look at the "Sylvia Plath effect," Janusian thinking, and the problematic romanticization of suicide among writers. We also celebrate and share the poetry of some poets who killed themselves, including Hart Crane, Lew Welch, Sylvia Plath, Elise Cowen, Richard Brautigan.

The outro music for this episode is Songs for Sylvia Plath Volume 1 by Jeff Pagano

Finding A Mental Health Professional
National Alliance on Mental Health New Orleans

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In Episode 62 poet and editor Jonathan Penton joins us to talk about online literary magazines, publishing, and the 2oth anniversary of Unlikely Stories, then shares a couple of poems about his time in a nunnery in Toledo and how he found America in Juarez.

 

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While in Cleveland, Joseph Makkos visited R.A. 'Rafiq' Washington at "Guide to Kulcher" and conversed about DIY publishing, the current state of Cleveland, poetry's place in the shifting culture, and his forthcoming book of poetry from Outlandish Press, Black Eunuch.

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Joseph M. is in his hometown of Cleveland this week, and he sits down at a Greek diner with  Zena Smith and Kyle J. Osborne of Outlandish Press, to talk about printing, making books, and Zena shares some poetry from her new chapbook.

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A lot of people think poets read in an unnatural voice dubbed "Poet Voice." We talk about a new study that claims to have figured out what "Poet Voice" is by analyzing recordings of 100 poets. We talk about the study, what it means, and what it really says about the way poetry is performed.

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At New Orleans Poetry Fest this year we sat down with Chicago poet Jennifer Karmin to talk about poets collaborating with each other and other types of artists, performance poetry, and she shares some of the poetry from Sexual Organs of the IRS which she wrote with Bernadette Mayer.

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In episode 57, we look back at New Orleansd Poetry Fest 2018 with founders Megan Burns and Bill Lavender and we share an interview with Chicago poets Marcy Rae Henry and Melissa Almandina.

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In Episode 56 founders of Poets Reading the News, Elle Aviv Newton and J. Spagnolo, join us to talk about the intersection between journalism and poetry, the panels they were involved in at  New Orleans Poetry Fest, the current state of mainstream media, and how to bring new voices into the news cycle.

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Comedian Paul Oswell joins us this week to talk about comedians who use poetry in their acts, poets who write comedic poems, and to preview the show Comedy Verses Poetry coming up tonight (Friday April 20) at Mags as part of New Orleans Poetry Fest.

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Poet Christopher Louis Romaguera joins us this week to talk about the Gulf Coast Association ​of ​Creative Writing Teachers Conference, writing poetry as a first generation American, his experience traveling  in Cuba and South America, his love of Mate, and the upcoming New Orleans Poetry Festival.

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