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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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    • 4.7 • 20 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.

    As I Am

    As I Am

    Ama Codjoe on normal naked bodies, solving problems, and her childfree life.

    • 55 min
    The Land Is the Center

    The Land Is the Center

    Noʻu Revilla on ancestral history in newspapers, ocean consciousness, and how to be a guest.

    • 49 min
    Remember Every Ginseng Seed

    Remember Every Ginseng Seed

    Chelsea Harlan on knowledge, creaturehood, and the quest for her mother’s secret sadness.

    • 59 min
    Before We Return to Dust

    Before We Return to Dust

    André Naffis-Sahely on desert sand, rootlessness, and the long shadow of fascism.

    • 49 min
    The Future Trembles

    The Future Trembles

    Elisa Gabbert on commitment, boredom, and the poem as theater. 

    • 48 min
    Trickster God

    Trickster God

    Saeed Jones on accuracy, being funny, and creating what we need.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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!

Earth Mother ,

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.

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