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1 minutes | Apr 6, 2015
Poet Bill Berkson reads ‘The One God’
Listen to Bill Berkson read “The One God” from his new collection “Expect Delays.”
1 minutes | Mar 30, 2015
Poet writes unflinchingly about self-inflicted violence and women
Sarah Rose Nordgren reads "The Performance" from her debut collection, "Best Bones." When she wrote the poem, she was thinking about self-inflicted violence and women.
1 minutes | Mar 16, 2015
A poet looks to his own family to understand forgiveness
When Thomas Dooley was writing his poem "Aunt Peggy," he was preoccupied with understanding forgiveness.
0 minutes | Jan 26, 2015
Poet Saskia Hamilton on vinyl records and the ‘warmth of the scratches’
Saskia Hamilton reads her poem "Once" from her new collection, “Corridor.”
1 minutes | Jan 12, 2015
Be like poet Bill Berkson and start kissing anyone you can find
Bill Berkson’s poetry isn’t known for one particular style, and his newest collection, “Expect Delays,” captures that variety. He describes it as a “sense of scatter.” The book showcases different approaches and writing styles, varying between abstract and concrete, related experiences and unrelated. It’s his first book since his 2009 “Portrait and Dream,” which collected 50 years of work. Through the process of editing that collection, Berkson began to see the full range of his writing and for the first time, he says he let himself take pleasure in it.
2 minutes | Jan 5, 2015
Poet Ellen Bass says ‘Relax’ — you’ll lose your keys, hair and memory but you can still savor sweet fruit
Ellen Bass reads her poem "Relax" from her new collection "Like a Beggar."
1 minutes | Dec 29, 2014
Weekly Poem: Thomas Dooley dramatizes family pain passed through generations
Thomas Dooley’s debut collection of poems, “Trespass,” deals with the duality of vulnerability and forgiveness via the narrative of a family.
1 minutes | Dec 22, 2014
Weekly Poem: Sarah Rose Nordgren finds inspiration in her fantastical childhood
Sarah Rose Nordgren, whose debut collection “Best Bones” was published at the end of September, has often been talked about for her surrealistic storytelling style, but she doesn’t see it that way.
1 minutes | Dec 15, 2014
Weekly Poem: Alison Powell reads ‘The Fields’
Listen to Alison Powell read her poem “The Fields” from “On the Desire to Levitate," Powell's debut collection of poetry.
2 minutes | Dec 8, 2014
Weekly Poem: J. Allyn Rosser finds deeper meaning through humor
“Mimi’s Trapeze,” a new book by J. Allyn Rosser, starts with a quote by Balzac in the original French. The poet translates it roughly as, “what an appalling condition in which every happy moment depends on an ignorance of some sort.” Or in other words, ignorance is bliss.
1 minutes | Nov 17, 2014
Weekly Poem: Hoa Nguyen links globalization and goddesses
Many of the poems in “Red Juice” deal with a concern for globalization and sustainability. “You can see that progression in the book, that there is more and more urgency around the concern about financial collapse, concern about environmental collapse, concerns about disaster and surviving,” said the poet.
1 minutes | Oct 27, 2014
Weekly Poem: David Roderick ponders the strangeness of the suburbs
David Roderick spent a year traveling abroad, in search of poetic inspiration. In Japan, he wrote prose poems, a form he hadn’t previously explored. In Ireland, he became “enamored” with composing ballads, and in Italy, he used art as inspiration for his verse.
2 minutes | Oct 20, 2014
Weekly Poem: Laura Kasischke points to the lingering past
The poetry in “The Infinitesimals” invites the reader to look into their own past and think on what it is to experience loss.
1 minutes | Oct 13, 2014
Weekly Poem: Saskia Hamilton wants you to ‘dream over’ her work
“The spirit of the book is a lot about passing through or passing by different lives and landscapes,” says Saskia Hamilton of her new collection, "Corridor."
7 minutes | Sep 29, 2014
Weekly Poem: Sam Taylor struggles to speak Chinese
We've taken our environment for granted for centuries and now we're at a point of "crisis." That is the driving theme in “Nude Descending an Empire,” the new collection by Sam Taylor published in August, which he was inspired to write during the presidency of George W. Bush.
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