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Making the world safer for poetry.

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This week we are back in the studio and talking about how to revise poetry, why revision is important, and what revision really means. 

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In Episode 66, we share with you some poetry recordings from earlier in July at the monthly Poetry Buffet, held on the first Saturday of every month and hosted by past guest and poet Gina Ferrara.

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For episode 65, we share recordings from a poetry extravaganza at Siberia in New Orleans earlier this month organized by past guest Bernard Pearce, including poetry by Bernard and Laura Mattingly and music by Jim Trainer, Jerry Linder, and Lee Tiger & the broken blues band.

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Rosalyn Spencer, writer and editor of Rigorous Magazine, joins us to talk about 6 poets that are lesser known, and we read some of their poetry: William Corbett, Pat Parker, Joan Murray, Carlyle Reedy, Angelina Weld Grimke, and Adam Cornford.

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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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