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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 #166 Small Illuminations from REFUSE TO DISAPPEAR w/Special Guest Tara Betts

    Episode #166 Small Illuminations from REFUSE TO DISAPPEAR w/Special Guest Tara Betts

    Connor and Jack are joined by special guest Tara Betts to discuss the poem "Small Illuminations" from her forthcoming collection REFUSE TO DISAPPEAR. They discuss the legacy of Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, the realities of incarceration, and how the collection REFUSE TO DISAPPEAR grew over time.

    Get a copy of REFUSE TO DISAPPEAR, here: https://wordworksbooks.org/product/refuse-to-disappear/#:~:text=In%20Refuse%20to%20Disappear%20Tara,devoted%20attention%20to%20Black%20Life.

    Small Illuminations
    By: Tara Betts

    I.
    Albert is a gentle tower.
    His arms arched over tabletop
    like bridge beams or girders.

    Even if he does not understand
    everything he reads, he smiles
    like a good kid, like the kid he
    probably was 30-some-years
    ago when he was in the wrong
    car with the wrong people
    at the wrong time that he will
    never get back.

    II.
    The attention to detail
    borders on flawless.
    Unscuffed white sneakers,
    perfected lined fades
    tucked under precisely
    folded skullies immaculate
    with what you got as a
    clean, hard-fought pride.

    III.
    One week, I bring
    crisp folders,
    a bundle of sharpened pencils
    with full pink erasers, round
    and soft as a doll’s blush.
    They rub away small errors,
    clearing smudges from a page
    like an actual correction.

    IV.
    I look for Albert’s easy grin first
    when I walk into the concrete block
    classroom. Locked in the education
    building, relieved that the broken
    window denies the cold like a plea.
    One brother in blues with thermal sleeves
    peeking out of the dull faded ocean
    of cloth arching over his torso.

    A cellmate hands me the slightly worn,
    safeguarded, staple-bound book of poems—
    the signature resolute and matching letters
    of a poet’s name who strolled into prison
    like a mother without fear of any child.

    Margaret Burroughs—more than a decade
    since she left the cell of her body. I clutch
    her poems knowing how they passed
    from her hands like a prayer. We both smile—
    small illuminations in a dark hell—when
    the cellmate says Albert wanted you to have this.
    He got transferred. He knew you’d keep it safe.

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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.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Episode #165 Self-Interrogation from DEAR GOD. DEAR BONES. DEAR YELLOW. w/Special Guest Noor Hindi

    Episode #165 Self-Interrogation from DEAR GOD. DEAR BONES. DEAR YELLOW. w/Special Guest Noor Hindi

    Connor and Jack are joined by poet, essayist, and journalist Noor Hindi. They dig into the poem "Self Interrogation" the first poem in Hindi's new collection DEAR GOD. DEAR BONES. DEAR YELLOW. coming out on 5/31 from Haymarket Books. She discusses the inspiration behind some of the poems in the book, the significance of the color yellow, and the importance of having a variety of experiences and perspectives in newsrooms.

    Learn more about Noor Hindi, here: https://noorhindi.com/

    Get a copy of DEAR GOD. DEAR BONES. DEAR YELLOW., here: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1871-dear-god-dear-bones-dear-yellow

    Self Interrogation
    By: Noor Hindi

    At the airport terminal, a woman is crying.
    Excuse me. Excuse me. Excuse me, I --
    Need to focus. On something besides.
    The ruse of migration. Lights so loud.
    The unending sound. Of a newscaster's voice.
    Dear God. Dear Bones. Dear Mother. Please, forgive
    me. I want to call in dead. Last week,
    there was a child in a yellow dress reading a poem.
    For minutes on end, I could not be indifferent
    to anything. Not the grass, dying yellow.
    Not the bombs, twisting limbs. Not the gates.
    Not the--Yes. There is a woman crying
    at terminal six. Yes, I think of the child.
    The tiny silver heart she placed in my palm.
    How I threw it in the trash, seconds later.
    But I promise. I promise. I promise. I --
    meant it as an act of survival. Maybe love.

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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.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode #164 Elegy - Aracelis Girmay

    Episode #164 Elegy - Aracelis Girmay

    Connor and Jack explore Aracelis Girmay's poem "Elegy" from her 2011 collection Kingdom Animalia. They talk through the opening line's call to community and the ways it resonates with Mary Oliver's "Wild Geese," they get scientific while discussing the nature imagery in the poem, and they delve into the poem's pandemic-era relevance.

    Elegy
    By: Aracelis Girmay

    What to do with this knowledge that our living is not guaranteed?

    Perhaps one day you touch the young branch
    of something beautiful. & it grows & grows
    despite your birthdays & the death certificate,
    & it one day shades the heads of something beautiful
    or makes itself useful to the nest. Walk out
    of your house, then, believing in this.
    Nothing else matters.

    All above us is the touching
    of strangers & parrots,
    some of them human,
    some of them not human.

    Listen to me. I am telling you
    a true thing. This is the only kingdom.
    The kingdom of touching;
    the touches of the disappearing, things.

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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.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode #163 Revelations, Time Distortion, and Surprise - Line Break Week Ep. 7

    Episode #163 Revelations, Time Distortion, and Surprise - Line Break Week Ep. 7

    Connor and Jack conclude their exploration of poetic line breaks with a bit of a catch all episode looking at how line breaks can reveal information, play with time, and enhance surprise. They pull examples from Audre Lorde, Chris Tse, Rae Armantrout, and Emily Dickinson. There's even time for mentions of laminated dough and Indiana Jones.

    Episode 1 of Line Break Week - Why break lines?: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-157-why-break-a-line-line-break-week-ep-1

    Episode 2 of Line Break Week - Drama: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-158-who-will-bring-the-drama-the-line-break-line-break-week-ep-2

    Episode 3 of Line Break Week - Miming: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-159-dramas-silent-cousin-miming-with-line-breaks-line-break-week-ep-3

    Episode 4 of Line Break Week - Emphasis: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-160-using-poetic-line-breaks-for-emphasis-line-break-week-ep-4

    Episode 5 of Line Break Week - Rhythm: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-161-from-meters-to-measures-rhythm-in-line-breaks-line-break-week-ep-5

    Episode 6 of Line Break Week - Ambiguity: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-162-ambiguity-in-line-breaks-line-break-week-ep-6

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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.

    • 33 min
    Episode #162 Ambiguity in Line Breaks - Line Break Week Ep. 6

    Episode #162 Ambiguity in Line Breaks - Line Break Week Ep. 6

    As line break week hurdles towards its conclusion, Connor and Jack pause to consider ambiguity in line breaks. When the meaning of a word or phrase is altered by the positioning of a line break. They discuss the classic WB Yeats poem "Leda and the Swan" and Franz Wright's "Empty Cathedral." Along the way they talk about twists and turns in other literary work like Spiderman: Homecoming, Midnight Mass, and The Birds.

    Episode 1 of Line Break Week - Why break lines?: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-157-why-break-a-line-line-break-week-ep-1

    Episode 2 of Line Break Week - Drama: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-158-who-will-bring-the-drama-the-line-break-line-break-week-ep-2

    Episode 3 of Line Break Week - Miming: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-159-dramas-silent-cousin-miming-with-line-breaks-line-break-week-ep-3

    Episode 4 of Line Break Week - Emphasis: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-160-using-poetic-line-breaks-for-emphasis-line-break-week-ep-4

    Episode 5 of Line Break Week - Rhythm: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-161-from-meters-to-measures-rhythm-in-line-breaks-line-break-week-ep-5

    Find us on Facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking
    
Find us on Twitter at: twitter.com/closetalking

    Find us on Instagram: @closetalkingpoetry
    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 #161 From Meters to Measures: Rhythm in Line Breaks - Line Break Week Ep. 5

    Episode #161 From Meters to Measures: Rhythm in Line Breaks - Line Break Week Ep. 5

    Connor and Jack delve ever deeper into the world of poetic line breaks. This time they're looking at how line breaks build rhythm in poems. They discuss rhythm within lines running through various literary terms and talking through some of the most popular meters. Then they move on to how line breaks facilitate rhythm through rhyme and anaphora. using examples from Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Forrest Gander. Stay tuned for the galactic premier of a new, impromptu song all about line breaks.

    Episode 1 of Line Break Week - Why break lines?: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-157-why-break-a-line-line-break-week-ep-1

    Episode 2 of Line Break Week - Drama: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-158-who-will-bring-the-drama-the-line-break-line-break-week-ep-2

    Episode 3 of Line Break Week - Miming: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-159-dramas-silent-cousin-miming-with-line-breaks-line-break-week-ep-3

    Episode 4 of Line Break Week - Emphasis: https://soundcloud.com/close-talking/episode-160-using-poetic-line-breaks-for-emphasis-line-break-week-ep-4

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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.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Dmch13 ,

Amazing!

That Connor has such a luscious voice, and even more luscious commentary

3victoria6 ,

!!

This is good.

Listening in the studio ,

Thank You!

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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