April 28th, 2022 | Season 4 | 21 mins 47 secs
american sunrise, golden shovel, indigenous literature, joy harjo, poet laureate, survivance
In this episode, we examine The Golden Shovel form and discuss the idea of "survivance" through the work of Muscogee (Creek) poet Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.
April 22nd, 2022 | Season 4 | 26 mins 39 secs
america, christopher hanlon, civil war, crossing brooklyn ferry, death, democracy, emerson, leaves of grass, patterns of repetition, prophecy, slavery, song of myself, whitman
In this episode, Christopher Hanlon joins us to discuss an excerpt from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. We discuss the poem's prophetic voice, its patterns of repetition, the connective tissue that binds his ideas and invites readers in, and the cultural context in which Whitman produced his work.
April 13th, 2022 | Season 4 | 17 mins 35 secs
black poetry, easter, lucille clifton, resurrection, spring, spring song
Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) was one of the most powerful poets of the twentieth century. This joyful poem caps a sequence of sixteen poems called "some jesus," which walks through biblical characters (beginning with Adam and Eve) and ends on four poems for Holy Week and Easter.
April 3rd, 2022 | Season 4 | 15 mins 33 secs
claudia rankine, sam fragoso, talk easy
We’re sharing a special preview of a podcast we’ve been enjoying, Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso, from Pushkin Industries. Talk Easy is a weekly interview podcast, where writer Sam Fragoso invites actors, writers, activists, and musicians to come to the table and speak from the heart in ways you probably haven't heard from them before. Driven by curiosity, he’s had revealing conversations with everyone from George Saunders and Cate Blanchett to Ocean Vuong and Gloria Steinem. In this preview, Sam talks with poet Claudia Rankine about her book Just Us: An American Conversation, how history remains present for black people, and why we must repeatedly unpack what privilege looks and sounds like in America. You can listen to Talk Easy at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/tepoetryforall.
March 23rd, 2022 | Season 4 | 21 mins 18 secs
apostrophe, ben jonson, elegy, epigram, grief, heroic couplets, loss, plague
In this episode, we look at Ben Jonson's elegy for his son who died of the plague at the age of 7. This poem is so brief, and yet, it manages to cross a lot of emotional terrain as Jonson struggles to understand the profundity of his loss.
March 16th, 2022 | Season 4 | 23 mins 19 secs
assonance, beauty, couplets, marie curie, museum of science and industry, narrative poetry, progress, radiation, radium, radium girls, research, science, technology, teresa leo
In this episode, Ann Hudson joins us to read her poem “Soap” and discuss how its narrative structure allows her to explore the history of science, technology, and our notions of progress and beauty, even when those notions do great harm to ordinary workers.
March 2nd, 2022 | Season 4 | 24 mins 22 secs
anishinaabemowin, climate change, great lakes, indigenous poetry, landscape, nature, onomatopoeia, peepers, spring, translation
In this episode, Margaret Noodin joins us to discuss her poem "What the Peepers Say." In our conversation, we talk about Margaret's writing in both Anishinaabemowin and English, her attention to sounds and rhythms, and what the peeper--a tiny springtime frog--can teach us about presence and listening.
February 23rd, 2022 | Season 4 | 17 mins 58 secs
african american, anaphora, david blight, fred fetrow, frederick douglass, patrick rosal, prophecy, robert hayden, sonnet, trochee
In this episode, we offer a close reading of "Frederick Douglass," a poem in which Hayden channels the prophetic energies of his subject in order to imagine what freedom might one day mean.
February 16th, 2022 | Season 3 | 23 mins 27 secs
ballad meter, black poetry, f.e.w. harper, frances ellen watkins harper, learning to read, literacy, narrative poetry
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was a prolific writer and activist of the nineteenth century. In this episode, Professor Janaka Bowman Lewis joins us to discuss her power, influence, voice, and work. "Learning to Read" foregrounds the ballad style in a narrative poem designed to keep alive the memories of fighting for both literacy and liberation.
February 9th, 2022 | Season 3 | 25 mins 58 secs
great vowel shift., homoeroticism, love, meter, rhyme, sonnet, sonnet sequence, volta
In this episode, we provide a close reading of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 116, which allows us to consider the poem's definition of a love that is enduring. In addition, though, we consider a reading of the poem which foregrounds a disappointed poetic speaker who can see the love's transience, too. We also pay special attention to rhythm and sound, and we even get to learn a bit about the Great Vowel Shift from Professor Kristin Van Engen, a linguist at Washington University in St. Louis.
February 2nd, 2022 | Season 3 | 22 mins 9 secs
african american poetry, paul laurence dunbar, rafia zafar, rondeau, we wear the mask
This week, Rafia Zafar joins us to discuss "We Wear the Mask" by the great poet and writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). Rafia leads us in a discussion of Dunbar's fame and influence while opening up broader themes of African American history and literature.
January 26th, 2022 | Season 3 | 29 mins 16 secs
assonance, couplets, dementia, elegy, image, lineation, memory loss, metaphor, mothers
In this episode, our guest Laura Van Prooyen reads "Elegy for My Mother's Mind," a poem that navigates the complexities of memory, loss, and familial relationships. Laura's poem gives us an opportunity to think about the deep sources of poetic inspiration, the revision process, and the power of metaphor.
January 19th, 2022 | Season 3 | 14 mins 31 secs
creative writing, overview, poetry for all, poetry podcasts
Joanne and Abram launch the fourth season of Poetry For All with a short discussion about what this podcast is all about and how it relates to all the other great poetry podcasts in the world.
December 21st, 2021 | Season 3 | 16 mins 42 secs
contemplation, incarnation, incarnational poetics, levertov, meditation, mystery, organic form
In this episode, we discuss Denise Levertov's powerful meditation on the horrors of the twentieth century, and how the mystery of the incarnation might provide humanity with hope.
December 15th, 2021 | Season 3 | 22 mins 56 secs
arthur fonzarelli, calatrava, california, happy days, juxtaposition, labor rights, lake michigan, milwaukee, milwaukee art museum, slowness, snow, structure, unions, wisconsin, zapruder
In this episode, we discuss the way in which Matthew Zapruder attends to vivid, specific details to create a sense of wonder, connection, and surprise.
December 7th, 2021 | Season 3 | 23 mins 10 secs
african american poetry, black history, declaration of independence, erasure poetry, middle passage, tracy k. smith
In this episode, we discuss erasure poetry and its power to reveal hidden histories and redacted stories through Tracy K. Smith's erasure of the Declaration of Independence.