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Emotion Put Into Measure: Poetry Matters
80 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Friedrich Hölderlin, with guest philosopher Christopher Satoor
Friedrich Hölderlin's poetry marks a mesmerizingly profound engagement with the philosophers of his time. Hölderlin performs his response to philosophers like Kant, Schelling, Fichte, and Hegel in his poetry. With the help of philosopher Christopher Satoor, we begin to enlighten ourselves on Hölderlin and his ability to help us contend with German Idealism, Romanticism, the Enlightenment and our own era.
58 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
Poetry as Blood and Soul: guest poet, Robert A. Boates
Robert A. Boates is living his second life and poetry is everything for him. Today we discuss Man Without Memory, a manuscript from his first life, along with some of his more recent poems from Cataract of the Mind. We are fortunate to hear Robert's thoughts on memory, brain damage, survival, poetry and rhythm.
42 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
Rūmī: Intro to his Life and Mindset
The famous Thirteenth Century Islamic poet and Sufi mystic, Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī, had some profound ideas and an incomparable range of subject matter, from eroticism and vulgar sexuality to love and the divine. Today we begin a journey through Rūmī's life and poetry.
74 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
A Talk with Al Moritz!
We recently had the immense privilege of speaking to our first guest, Albert Frank Moritz, current Poet Laureate of Toronto, who speaks to us today about new and old poetry, the past, terrorism, eternity, heroism, and so much more!
50 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Albert Moritz: Sweet, Relaxing, Dramatic, Early Poems
Finally we put politics aside and find a poet who can help us with the calming effect of poetry, narrative, and the ability to put images to words without the pressure to pin down interpretations. But listen next time. There's much more to Al Moritz.
66 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Lucille Clifton: Biblical Poems & Lucifer Reclaimed
Clifton takes some creative liberties with biblical characters, giving them desires and complexities unlike in any other telling of these stories. These characters take on meaning in their own right and within a context of African-American history. Most notably, Lucille seems to identify with Lucifer as God's critic, a critic who will not be silenced.
36 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Lucille Clifton: Racism & Legacy
History's absences live today, as Clifton's imagination proves. From the plantation to Rodney King & the L.A. Riots.
61 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Lucille Clifton: Generations & Terrible Stories
Her work is vast, profound, everyday yet omnipresent, reviving history, multidimensional, impossible to categorize, and simply mesmerizing. This is the beginning of an impossible journey.
23 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
Archibald Lampman's Political Thought
He doesn't talk politics often, but when he does it sure is romantic.
33 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Archibald Lampman: Philosophical Poems
Stormy minds, hallucinatory wails, and questioning truth itself. Lampman gets philosophical.
62 minutes | Sep 19, 2020
Archibald Lampman ("The Canadian Keats"): Nature Poems
Go somewhere gorgeous (in mind or in body) and appreciate some nature poems with us. Explore the moods of the earth and of Lampoon as Autumn approaches. Reflect on beauty, weariness, death, and eternity with the help of this confederation romantic.
64 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
RIOT! Gwendolyn Brooks: Black Publishing, Essential Afrikanicity, Ice & Fire
The language of the unheard and the most sophisticated celebration of violence you've heard. A detailed look at Brooks as an "essential Afrikan" and the publication of RIOT. And, uncharacteristically, a touch of Beyoncé. Link to original book: http://eclipsearchive.org/projects/RIOT/Riot.pdf Sources Debo, A. "Reflecting Violence in the Warpland: Gwendolyn Brooks's 'Riot'." African American Review. 39.1/2 (2005): 143-152. --------. "Signifying "Afrika": Gwendolyn Brooks' Later Poetry. Callaloo. 29.1 (2006): 168-181. Sullivan, J.D. "Killing John Cabot and Publishing Black: Gwendolyn Brooks's 'Riot'." African American Review. 36.4 (2002): 557-569.
32 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks & Black Nationalism
The influence Langston Hughes had on Gwendolyn Brooks can't be easily pinned down. But one (or two) ought to try.
47 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Langston Hughes: On Race, Dreams and Togetherness (and more)
We now discuss Hughes' views on what he thought was important.
20 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Langston Hughes: Blues Poems
Let's talk about Hughes' Blues for a bit.
9 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
The Civil Rights Movement: Gwendolyn Brooks' "Riot" (Pt.1)
Let's talk about the perspective of John Cabot in "Riot" after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. More to follow.
15 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
The Civil Rights Movement: Dudley Randall's "Ballad of Birmingham"
In 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed in an act of racist terror. The four girls murdered were Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Carol Denise McNair.
41 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
James Baldwin "Staggerlee Wonders" Analysis
Folklore, Time, Lady History, and so much more. Our first layer of analysis, cause we'll have to come back to this poem a few times...
30 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
James Baldwin! "Stagger lee Wonders"(READING ONLY)
After 5 hours of recording, and so many poems left, Richard and Alex read the hell out of Baldwin's poem. Analysis to follow.
21 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
BLM! Etheridge Knight
Two brutally intense poems in this one. The lobotomized inmate and blues for a Mississippi black boy.
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