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.
As I Am
Ama Codjoe on normal naked bodies, solving problems, and her childfree life.
The Land Is the Center
Noʻu Revilla on ancestral history in newspapers, ocean consciousness, and how to be a guest.
Remember Every Ginseng Seed
Chelsea Harlan on knowledge, creaturehood, and the quest for her mother’s secret sadness.
Before We Return to Dust
André Naffis-Sahely on desert sand, rootlessness, and the long shadow of fascism.
The Future Trembles
Elisa Gabbert on commitment, boredom, and the poem as theater.
Saeed Jones on accuracy, being funny, and creating what we need.
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!
When Time is Kind
I don’t sleep well which means I have time, and lots of it, to listen to podcasts. I also even more rarely leave reviews. This episode with Spencer Reece was exceptional, even more so because Reece is an exceptional person, and his writing phenomenal. His story and readings shook me in so many ways, and the tears flowed as he read his poem ‘Margaret’. Am so grateful to have had this introduction to his work.