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Making the world safer for poetry.

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This week we take a look at book-length poems and talk about some of our favorites. Be sure to checkout the reading list in the shownotes, so you can find a book-length poem to read this summer.

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This week we are joined by composer Jeff Pagano as we take a little trip to 1940s Australia for a bit of poetry history. I don't want to give away too much if it's a story you haven't heard before, but you will hear some amazing poetry along the way and there will be some surprises too.

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In this episode we interview and hear some poems from poets who have upcoming books. First we talk to Gina Ferrara whose book Fitting the Sixth Finger was just released by Kelsay Books, and then we talk to Kristin Sanders whose book Cuntry is forthcoming from Trembling Pillow Press.

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Why is regular poetry so safe, and what is experimental poetry going to do about it? This week it's all about visual poetry, so make sure to follow the show notes and see what we are talking about. We are joined by Derek Beaulieu, visual poet and curator of the visual poetry section on UbuWeb

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We talk about Edgar Allan Poe's poetry in this episode and share some readings of his poetry with music composed by Jeff Pagano performed at a special reading at the New Orleans Public Library's Childrens resource Center.

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We talk to the founders of the New Orleans Poetry Festival, Megan Burns and Bill Lavender, about the highlights from this years festival and hear poetry from and interview Trembling Pillow's Lisa Donovan and Tinfish's Wawa (also published as Lo Mei Wa).

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This week we talk to Martín Barea Mattos and Luis Bravo about poetry and Dada in Uruguay and the power of the voice in poetry. Translator and editor Jesse Lee Kercheval was kind enough to sit in and act as interpreter. Tune in and listen to two amazing poets perform some of the most avant-garde work that is out there.

 

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In this episode we are joined by special guests Sidney Manuel and David Moss of the Parking Lot Movie Podcast to review Jim Jarmuch's Paterson, certainly one of the best films about poetry around. And to top it off, the movie features the poetry of Ron Padgett! Spoilers abound, so if you plan on watching the movie, watch it before you listen.

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We talk with Jess Fiorini about her work with video games as an experience designer and how it relates to poetry, and she also reads from her new chapbook Make It Rain. How should poetry create an experience for the audience? What is the future of poetry? And who is the Tsar of Poetry?

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We continue our discussion of poetry and politics, and bring Jack Spicer's thoughts into the mix. How does a poet not sell out? Can a poem being political lead it to forget what being a poem is all about? And Spicer convinces us we should all just let the Martians talk through us.

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