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Close Talking is a poetry podcast hosted by good friends Connor Stratton and Jack Rossiter-Munley. In each episode the two read a poem and discuss at length. The pop culture references fly as freely as the literary theories. Close Talking is a poetry podcast anyone can enjoy.

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Close Talking is a poetry podcast hosted by good friends Connor Stratton and Jack Rossiter-Munley. In each episode the two read a poem and discuss at length. The pop culture references fly as freely as the literary theories. Close Talking is a poetry podcast anyone can enjoy.

    Episode #111 The Apparition - Herman Melville

    Episode #111 The Apparition - Herman Melville

    Connor and Jack dive into the briny depths of one of Herman Melville's non-aquatic poetic works, "The Apparition." They talk about its contemporary applicability, their love of Brian Jacques' Redwall books, and share some thoughts on how many avenues there are into the poem. It's a spooky episode for the Halloween season!

    The Apparition
    (A Retrospect)
    By: Herman Melville

    Convulsions came; and, where the field
    Long slept in pastoral green,
    A goblin-mountain was upheaved
    (Sure the scared sense was all deceived),
    Marl-glen and slag-ravine.

    The unreserve of Ill was there,
    The clinkers in her last retreat;
    But, ere the eye could take it in,
    Or mind could comprehension win,
    It sunk!—and at our feet.

    So, then, Solidity’s a crust—
    The core of fire below;
    all may go well for many a year,
    But who can think without a fear
    Of horrors that happen so?

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    • 57 min
    Episode #110 - Snake White, Owl White - Tacey Atsitty

    Episode #110 - Snake White, Owl White - Tacey Atsitty

    In this episode, Connor and Jack dive into the beautiful and challenging poem "Snake White, Owl White" by Tacey Atsitty. They discuss finding poem's powerful sound and rhythm, its complex and contradictory expression of self, and finding other anchors as readers in the absence of clear narrative.

    Snake White, Owl White
    By: Tacey M. Atsitty

    When I say that my cheek fell,
    I mean the bone, the gliding

    pell sunken. I mean how it hides
    in rain, in a sky-lit cell, swelling.

    This is me fallen together,
    separated from her, that mistelling

    of Female Warrior Who Split
    in Two, who pulled from her gut-well

    a lumpy snake, pale with a scaling tongue;
    word-slit. I’ve heaved her pang, her yell

    at the snap of his tail. They drop
    like words at the end, a quell

    to the flood-line of an uvula,
    a face, a cheek pouch—high like shell

    veins. Birds swim silver
    in the sky. An owl drops to dwell

    with me. Gapes. It’s death.
    I step back. I can’t tell

    how he rises and dives at me, then turns
    flight just before my head. When I tell you

    this is where bone rises to white,
    I mean tomorrow, a minute later, dive well.

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    • 47 min
    Episode #109 Poetry and 9/11 Part 3 - The Long Influence of 9/11

    Episode #109 Poetry and 9/11 Part 3 - The Long Influence of 9/11

    In the third part of a three-part series on poetic responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Connor and Jack look at the ways that 9/11 has continued to reverberate through political and cultural life in the United States and globally.

    Listen to Part 1 of the Poetry and 9/11 mini-series, here: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-107-poetry-and-911-part-1-responding-to-trauma
    Listen to Part 2 of the Poetry and 9/11 mini-series, here: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-108-poetry-and-911-part-2-international-perspectives-and-the-rush-to-war

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    You can always send us an e-mail with thoughts on this or any of our previous podcasts, as well as suggestions for future shows, at closetalkingpoetry@gmail.com.

    • 31 min
    Episode #108 Poetry and 9/11 Part 2 - International Perspectives and the Rush to War

    Episode #108 Poetry and 9/11 Part 2 - International Perspectives and the Rush to War

    In the second episode of a three-part series on poetic responses to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Connor and Jack explore international perspectives on the attacks. They discuss how de-centering can be a powerful and important act when contemplating the impact of 9/11 and the wars started in its aftermath.

    Listen to Part 1 of the Poetry and 9/11 mini-series, here: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-107-poetry-and-911-part-1-responding-to-trauma

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    You can always send us an e-mail with thoughts on this or any of our previous podcasts, as well as suggestions for future shows, at closetalkingpoetry@gmail.com.

    • 41 min
    Episode #107 Poetry and 9/11 Part 1 - Responding to Trauma

    Episode #107 Poetry and 9/11 Part 1 - Responding to Trauma

    In the first of a three-part series on poetic responses to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Connor and Jack dig into how poetry responded to the trauma of the September 11 attacks. They also discuss how, after 19 years, the attacks are passing from memory into history. They also talk about how the United States' response to the attacks can be contextualized and how efforts at contextualizing 9/11 have been resisted in the past. Along the way, they bring up poems by David Lehman, Billy Collins, Claudia Rankine, and more.

    Find us at our website: www.closetalking.com/
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    You can always send us an e-mail with thoughts on this or any of our previous podcasts, as well as suggestions for future shows, at closetalkingpoetry@gmail.com.

    • 40 min
    Episode #106 A Stranger - Saeed Jones

    Episode #106 A Stranger - Saeed Jones

    In this all-new episode, Connor and Jack explore the incredible poem "A Stranger" by Saeed Jones. They discuss the poem's grappling with the loss of a mother, the use of distance and restraint, and the many strangers populating this short lyric.

    A Stranger
    By: Saeed Jones
    I wonder if my dead mother still thinks of me.
    I know I don’t know her new name. I don’t know

    her, not now. I don’t know if “her” is the word
    burning in a stranger’s mind when he sees my dead

    mother walking down the street in her bright black
    dress. I wonder if he inhales the cigarette smoke

    that will eventually kill him and thinks “I wish I knew
    a woman who was both the light and every shadow

    the light pierces.” I wonder if a passing glance at my dead
    mother is enough to make a poet out of anyone. I wonder

    if I’m the song she hums as she waits for the light to change
    or if I’m just the traffic signal holding her up.


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    You can always send us an e-mail with thoughts on this or any of our previous podcasts, as well as suggestions for future shows, at closetalkingpoetry@gmail.com.

    • 49 min

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34 Ratings

34 Ratings

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I love your format, love all the time you take with each poem and that your commentary is both smart and accessible.

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My wife and I like hearing Connor and Jack discuss poems and their choice of background music.

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I love this podcast!! In each episode, the hosts read, digest/analyze, and reread a poem. The conversation is broad and deep covering technique, history, context and content but in a way that is clear. They also wander which is often mind-opening. This is the best poetry class I never had while I was in college.

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