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Producer Curtis Fox explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously.
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Latest episode: January 08, 2018 | 11:00 pm - Drinking Poetry

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Drinking Poetry January 08, 2018 | 11:00 pm
Jeff Gordinier and Rosie Schapp discuss poetry over a few cocktails.
Some Poems of Transcendent Surrender December 25, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Spencer Reece discusses classic and contemporary religious poems for this time of year.
The New Woman of Her Day December 11, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Millay's legacy, upon the centennial of her first book, Renascence and Other Poems (1917).
The Poet is Distracted November 27, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Distraction may actually be at the heart of poetry.
A Change of World, Episode 4 : A Place of Permission November 13, 2017 | 11:00 pm
In the '70s, poetry workshops run by women, for women, sprang up in cities around the country. They mirrored what was happening in the women’s movement, and they became communities unto themselves.
Poems that Knock it out of the Park October 31, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Poems about baseball, in time for the World Series.
From Sickness into Poetry October 09, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Meaghan O'Rourke discusses how the experience of illness has informed her poetry.
Who Reads Poetry September 25, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Poetry magazine publishes a selection of their ‘View from Here’ essays in a new book, Who Reads Poetry.
The Late Great John Ashbery September 11, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Ashbery's poems can be a new way of seeing and experiencing things, a "daydream from which there's no obvious exit," an ode to neglected emotions or the insignificant, an inside joke you may or may not be in on, and a reordering of the world and ourselves.
Teaching Poetry in Times Like These August 28, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Our back-to-school episode covers alternative approaches to poetry, including student choice.
“It's the Language, Stupid.” August 14, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Matthew Zapruder discusses the role of language and meaning in poetry and his book of criticism, Why Poetry.
July 31, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Fatimah Asghar talks about telling the stories that need to be told, in poetry and on television.
A Change of World, Episode 3: Shattering the Blue Velvet Chair July 18, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Our series dedicated to the women's movement continues with the changing cultural roles of the 1970s, when women poets refused to be marginalized or tokenized, and public poetry readings and writing workshops for women spread across the U.S.
50 Years of The Lice July 04, 2017 | 11:00 pm
A deep look into W.S. Merwin's influential book, which speaks to our moment 50 years after its publication.
The New Young People's Poet Laureate June 19, 2017 | 11:00 pm
Margarita Engle on the subject of her poetry, and her message to young readers.
The Poetry and Music of Joy Harjo June 05, 2017 | 11:00 pm
This year's Lilly Prize winner discusses the intersection of poetry and music, as well as the women's rights and Indigenous rights movements that much her poetry is borne out of.
The Radical Perception of Larry Eigner May 15, 2017 | 11:00 pm
An appreciation of an underrecognized poet's vision, lyricism, fragments, and humor
The Pulse of American Poetry May 01, 2017 | 11:00 pm
A new anthology collects poems addressing our current political climate.
The Poetry of Everyday Life April 17, 2017 | 11:00 pm
How we use poetry to find meaning and to bring disparate aspects of life together.
A Change of World, Episode 2: Books that Broke Down Barriers April 04, 2017 | 11:00 pm
The second episode of our special series exploring poetry and the women's movement looks at several books in the 1960s and '70s that fought for a place for women.


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