December 2nd, 2020 | Season 1 | 21 mins 37 secs
aids, christmas, concrete poems, elegy, illness, literary friendships, visual poems
November 17th, 2020 | Season 1 | 15 mins 46 secs
alberto ríos, gift economy, giving, when giving is all we have
In this episode, we read and discuss a poem about giving by Alberto Ríos, the inaugural state poet laureate of Arizona.
November 10th, 2020 | Season 1 | 22 mins 22 secs
bauhaus, ekphrasis, head of a dancer, lotte jacobi, lucia moholy, mary jo bang, prose poetry, voice
This week Mary Jo Bang joins us! We learn about the Bauhaus movement and a photographer named Lucia Moholy. And we look at both ekphrastic poetry (poetry about an image) and prose poetry (poetry with no line breaks).
October 27th, 2020 | Season 1 | 14 mins 52 secs
anne bradstreet, doubt, elegy, faith, in memory of my dear grandchild elizabeth bradstreet, multiple voices, puritan, repetition, sonnet
This week we read Anne Bradstreet's elegy for her grandchild Elizabeth and draw out the multiple voices (both faith and doubt, both grief and consolation) and the tensions and deep emotions in the work of this talented Puritan poet--the first woman from British North America to publish a book of poems.
October 20th, 2020 | Season 1 | 20 mins 18 secs
african american poetry, captivity, carl phillips, narrative poetry, stanza, the minks, toi derricotte
This week, with special guest Carl Phillips, we take a close look at "The Minks" and consider the art of narrative poetry and the movements of a single-stanza poem.
October 14th, 2020 | Season 1 | 15 mins 54 secs
batter my heart, holy sonnet, john donne, religious poetry, religious struggle, sonnet
This week we look at one of John Donne's Holy Sonnets from the seventeenth century. This famous poem (#14, "Batter my heart") turns a poetic tradition of love and longing to religious ends, earnestly seeking God and questioning whether union with God will ever be achieved.
October 6th, 2020 | Season 1 | 19 mins 13 secs
erasure, jen bervin, nets, palimpsest, shakespeare, solmaz sharif, sonnet
In this episode we learn about erasure poetry and poetic tradition by looking at Jen Bervin's incredible book NETS, created from the sonnets of Shakespeare.
September 29th, 2020 | Season 1 | 14 mins 40 secs
america, claude mckay, harlem renaissance, race, sonnet
In this episode, we discuss Claude McKay, an influential poet of the Harlem Renaissance, taking a close look at his incredible sonnet "America."
September 22nd, 2020 | Season 1 | 16 mins 12 secs
shakespeare, sonnet, sonnet 18
In this episode we introduce listeners to one of the most resilient forms in English-language poetry: the sonnet. And we do it with one of the most famous sonnets Shakespeare wrote.
September 15th, 2020 | Season 1 | 14 mins 9 secs
african american literature, early american literature, on being brought from africa to america, phillis wheatley
This episode examines a short, incredible, difficult and important poem by one of the founding figures of African American literary traditions, Phillis Wheatley.
September 10th, 2020 | Season 1 | 14 mins 13 secs
analysis, ars poetica, emily dickinson, poetry, tell all the truth
What does it mean to tell the truth "slant"? Is this a ballad, a hymn? What is "ars poetica" and is this an example? Join us for a discussion of this great, short, fun, rich poem by Dickinson.
August 31st, 2020 | Season 1 | 14 mins 44 secs
ars poetica, digging, heaney, poetry
We begin Poetry for All by teaching and talking about a great poem on poetry itself: Seamus Heaney's "Digging."