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Making the world safer for poetry.

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t's just a little after Valentine's Day, and my wife Raina and our daughter Emma join me to read and talk about love poetry. We share love poems by Gary Snyder, Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley, Zachary Schomburg, Sappho, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Louis Aragon, Anne Waldman, Tony Hoagland and Everette Maddox.

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This week Chris Sullivan joins us to discuss found poetry and his publications, including the Journal of Public Domain,  Catastrophe Basketballs From New Orleans, and I Love My Van.

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This week Chilean poet Óscar Saavedra Villarroel joins us to share a few of his poems and to talk about the poetical/political state of Chile. His friend Daniel Medi Truol (translator & humorist) was kind enough to join us as his interlocutor. 

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In episode 43 Jamie Bernstein joins us to talk about the intersection of songwriting and poetry, sound and meter, the commodification of music/poetry, genres, sub-genres, the value society places on poetry and art, and how we can change the mainstream.

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This week Mark Statman joins us to talk about poetry communities, poetry in Mexico and Uruguay, translating poetry, and revising poetry. He also shares with us both his own poetry and translations of three poems by Marianna Stephania. 

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Poet, comedian, playwright, and political satirist joins us to talk about poetry, comedy, Archie comics, spoken word contests, and performing in public, how texting originated in Finland, and he graces us with some of his poems.

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Poets Laura Mattingly & Raina Zelinski join us to talk about 6 poets that are lesser known, and we read some of their poetry: János Pilinszky, Will Alexander, Jess Stoner, Aase Berg, José Lezama Lima, and Brian Swann.

 

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Why isn't there poetry in the daily paper anymore? This week we talk about poetry's place in the newspaper both historically and in the present, look at some poems from the Daily Picayune and the Times-Picayune in the Nola DNA archive.

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Poet Jimmy Ross joins us this week for a special Christmas Episode where we read holiday poems by Auden, Ashbery, Plath, Sexton and many others, reminisce about Christmases past, and posit that computers writing Christmas songs might be a harbinger of their future domination of humans.

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Poet and publisher Megan Burns joins us to talk about 6 poets that are lesser known, and we read some of their poetry: Elizabeth Acevedo, Susan Wheeler, Carl Andre, Lynn Melnick, David Berman, and The Poet Who Must Not Be Named (I mean, Robert Clairmont).

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