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.
December 2nd, 2020 | Season 1 | 21 mins 37 secs
aids, christmas, concrete poems, elegy, illness, literary friendships, visual poems
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.