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Making the world safer for poetry.

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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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In episode 36 guest David Moss joins us to take a look at two short films directed by Alfred Leslie, Pull My Daisy with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso (and guest appearance by one of our favorite painters, Larry Rivers), and The Last Clean Shirt with Frank O'Hara.

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A miscellany of topics this week. Joseph Makkos tells us about a pretty terrible article from the Daily Mail about what makes poetry successful which we discuss. We talk about modern sonnets and read a few by Bernadette Mayer and Ted Berrigan, and we talk about writing poetry at parties and have a laugh about some poetry written at past parties.

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In this episode we remember friend, poet, publisher and all around mischievous tramp of literature and poetics, Danny Kerwick.

 

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No guest this week and Joseph and Joseph's poetic conversation drifts off into all kinds of unexpected areas: Dada collage, the Personal Universe Deck, and transcribing poetry in the International Phonetic Alphabet, Christopher's Ricks idea of the anti-pun, and the value and dangers of poetry outreach.

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