99 episodes

Producer Helena de Groot talks to poets about language, dreams, love and loss, identity, connection, anger, discomfort, the creative process, the state of the world and the world of the soul. Hard conversations are welcomed—laughter is, too.

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    • 4.5 • 26 Ratings

Producer Helena de Groot talks to poets about language, dreams, love and loss, identity, connection, anger, discomfort, the creative process, the state of the world and the world of the soul. Hard conversations are welcomed—laughter is, too.

    Let Light Form

    Let Light Form

    Nam Le on commerce, irony vs. sincerity, and being in the Arctic. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Stay in Character

    Stay in Character

    Gregory Pardlo on improv, therapy, and driving around with his father’s ashes.

    • 45 min
    Instructions for Divorce

    Instructions for Divorce

    Caitlin Cowan on rejection, tradwives, and poems from our better self.

    • 50 min
    Make Art for Me

    Make Art for Me

    Blake Butler on complex mourning, the suicide of his wife Molly Brodak, and finding his way back.

    • 1 hr
    Poets We Lost in 2023

    Poets We Lost in 2023

    Remembering the lesbian poet and activist Minnie Bruce Pratt, as well as the Palestinian poet and symbol of the resistance, Refaat Alareer.

    • 44 min
    The Utopian Business

    The Utopian Business

    Steve Zeitlin and Bob Holman on the healing act of writing, small frogs, and politics at the fiddle festival.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Ciara E White ,

Love this podcast

Found in the pandemic and love this podcast so much. Have had many great poets I didn’t know brought to my attention and love Helena’s voice and style of conversation with the poets.
Lots of deep insights into the work and poets themselves.
Totally addictive listening, I listen to it every week if I can.

sallrocks ,

Unsubscribed

I actually love this podcast but I can’t stay subscribed to anything produced by Poetry Foundation due to their stance on the Gaza genocide. If poetry isn’t for truth and protest then what is it?

hmae21 ,

this is my favourite podcast

this is the only podcast that i come back to religiously to listen to each new episode. like other reviewers, i listen to this podcast when trying to sleep, and it’s always comforting. helena connects with each poet on such a rich level, and she gives them space to unfold with such compassion and grace. i have laughed and cried throughout the episodes and i have learnt so much. it’s such a treasure to have access to poetry, to be able to hear it spoken by the poets, and to be a witness to their inner worlds. so thank you, i will always be grateful for this podcast!

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