November 21st, 2023 | Season 5 | 26 mins 10 secs
climate change, ecopoetics, erasure, global warming, iceland, lava, persona poem, spirituality, visual poetry, volcano, word and image
In our discussion of "The Priest Questions the Lava," Katy describes her interest in the sentience of the natural world, her erasure of documentary texts, her interest in visual poetry, and the importance of poems that examine ethical and spiritual questions in an era of climate change.
October 19th, 2023 | Season 5 | 23 mins 57 secs
chinese poetry, du fu, poetry in translation, tang dynasty
In this episode, Lucas Bender guides us through his translation of Du Fu's "Facing Snow," one of the most famous poems in the Chinese language.
September 22nd, 2023 | Season 5 | 19 mins 51 secs
comparison, disgrace, friendship, joy, loneliness, shakespeare, social media, sonnet 29, surgeon general
Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 opens a world of comparison and despair, but also the deep joy of a dear friend that lifts one from disgrace. In our discussion, we consider present-day concerns about social media, the Surgeon General's warning about an epidemic of loneliness in this country, and a long-term Harvard study of happiness.
August 29th, 2023 | Season 5 | 29 mins 56 secs
couplets, divine, ghazal, islam, persian poetry, rumi, sufism, translation
In this episode, poet and translator Haleh Liza Gafori joins us to closely read and discuss a poem by Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī (1207-1273 CE), one of the greatest of all Sufi poets. We discuss the poetic constraints of the ghazal form, Rumi's encounters with the divine, and the significance of his friendship with Shams, a man who transformed his life and poetic practice.
August 11th, 2023 | Season 5 | 17 mins 19 secs
adverbs, haiku, japanese poetry, kireji, kobayashi issa, robert hass
What makes haiku "the perfect poetic form"? This episode reads three wonderful haiku by Kobayashi Issa and explores what makes them so moving and fun.
May 11th, 2023 | Season 5 | 18 mins 34 secs
ada limon, body, children, gratitude, insight, love, mothers, music, narrative, pain, poet laureate, poetic line, protection, surprise, the raincoat, wonder
With her quality of attention and focus on vivid, specific images, Ada Limón brings us to a moment of surprising insight in "The Raincoat."
May 2nd, 2023 | Season 5 | 19 mins 7 secs
from blossoms, incantation, joy, li-young lee, peaches, repetition, rose
In this episode, we explore the poetry of joy in a world of shade and death, looking to sounds and repetitions while examining how "From Blossoms" speaks back to the poem that immediately precedes it in Lee's great book "Rose."
April 7th, 2023 | Season 5 | 21 mins 25 secs
catholicism, elegy, english renaissance, execution, paradox, queen elizabeth i, repetition, tichborne
In this episode, we read the elegy of Chidiock Tichborne, written the night before his execution, and contemplate the power of repetitions, the balanced precision of a man facing his end, and the drumbeat of monosyllables that takes his imagination beyond the moment of his death.
February 27th, 2023 | Season 5 | 23 mins 57 secs
art, beauty, c.p. cavafy, desire, environment of feeling, eros, james merrill, lyric, presence and absence, richie hofmann, sonnet, still life, vibrant matter
February 14th, 2023 | Season 5 | 23 mins 46 secs
desire, eros, formalverse, imagery, lineation, new woman, pulitzer prize, repetition, sonnet
Edna St. Vincent Millay was the emblem of the "New Woman" and one of the most important American poets of the twentieth century. In this episode, we focus on a sonnet that showcases how Millay approached desire and eros in her poetry.
January 31st, 2023 | Season 5 | 18 mins 46 secs
duke of anjou, iambic pentameter, petrarch, portraiture, queen elizabeth i, renaissance poetry, rhymed verse, selfhood
Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was one of the longest-reigning monarchs in all of British history, but she was also a gifted poet. In this episode, we discuss "On Monsieur's Departure," a poem that is inspired by Petrarchan conventions and gives insight into the public and private selves of a powerful queen.
December 19th, 2022 | Season 5 | 17 mins 17 secs
assonance, christmas, etymology, innocence, kay ryan, recombinant rhyme, rhythm, theft, wit
In this episode, we discuss Kay Ryan's "Crib," a brief poem that begins with an interest in the deep archaeology of language and shifts to a powerful meditation on theft, innocence, and guilt.
December 5th, 2022 | Season 5 | 2 mins 59 secs
This week, Joanne and Abram take a break to write a grant for the podcast. We very much hope you enjoy Poetry For All. And if you do, please leave us a review, share it with a friend, and let us know! Thank you all for listening.
November 21st, 2022 | Season 5 | 24 mins 47 secs
carl phillips, hopkins, horace, intimacy, keats, ode, pindar, restlessness, shakespeare, sonnet, to autumn
In this episode, we talk with David Baker about "To Autumn" by Carl Phillips, exploring the way Phillips masterfully achieves a sense of intimacy and restlessness in a lyric ode that tosses between two parts while incorporating the sonnet tradition.
November 7th, 2022 | Season 5 | 25 mins 38 secs
accentual verse, anglo saxon poetry, contrapuntal poetry, native american poetry, osage nation
In this episode, we focus on the life and work of Carter Revard, an Osage poet whose medieval scholarship informs the structure of "What the Eagle Fan Says." Jessica Rosenfeld, a professor of medieval literature at Washington University in St. Louis, joins us for this discussion.
October 24th, 2022 | Season 4 | 19 mins 18 secs
aging, autumn, shakespeare, sonnet 73, twilight, volta, writing process
This sonnet reflects on the autumn of life and an intimate love, and it turns on that love growing stronger in and through its age, even as the body decays.