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Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.

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Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.

    Clarence Major Reads Billy Collins

    Clarence Major Reads Billy Collins

    Clarence Major joins Kevin Young to read “Downpour,” by Billy Collins, and his own poem “Hair.” Major’s recent honors include a PEN Oakland Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in the fine arts from the Congressional Black Caucus foundation. 

    • 26 min
    Elisa Gonzalez Reads Czeslaw Milosz

    Elisa Gonzalez Reads Czeslaw Milosz

    Elisa Gonzalez joins Kevin Young to read “Gathering Apricots,” by Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Robert Hass, and her own poem “Failed Essay on Privilege.” Gonzalez was recently a Fulbright scholar in Poland, and her work has received support from the Norman Mailer Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

    • 37 min
    Ben Purkert Reads Jorie Graham

    Ben Purkert Reads Jorie Graham

    Ben Purkert joins Kevin Young to read “Notes on the Reality of the Self,” by Jorie Graham, and his own poem “News.” Purkert began contributing poetry to The New Yorker in 2012, and his début poetry collection, “For the Love of Endings,” was published in 2018. 

    • 35 min
    Kwame Dawes Reads Derek Walcott

    Kwame Dawes Reads Derek Walcott

    Kwame Dawes joins Kevin Young to read “The Season of Phantasmal Peace,” by Derek Walcott, and his own poem “Before Winter.” Dawes is the author of over twenty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His many honors include a 2019 Windham Campbell Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and the Ford Prize for Poetry.

    • 35 min
    Ellen Bass Reads Frank X. Gaspar

    Ellen Bass Reads Frank X. Gaspar

    Ellen Bass joins Kevin Young to read “Quahogs,” by Frank X. Gaspar, and her own poem “Because.” A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Bass has received the Lambda Literary Award for poetry, the Pablo Neruda Prize for poetry, and fellowships from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

    • 34 min
    Mary Jo Bang Discusses Purgatorio

    Mary Jo Bang Discusses Purgatorio

    Mary Jo Bang joins Kevin Young to to discuss her translation of Dante’s Purgatorio, excerpts of which are featured on newyorker.com. Bang is a poet who has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Hodder Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Her latest book is “A Doll for Throwing.”

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
317 Ratings

317 Ratings

schmidtyNIDAHONOHICK ,

Dear New Yorker,

My favorite poets are Ian Bavitz, Robert Smith (Bobby Freedom), and Charles Bukowski.

I like dimly lit barrooms, where the barflies cannot see where the crows have scratched me under my eyes. I like cooked spoons under half moons. Used cotton swabs and Reynolds Wrap blackened by bics. Popcorn bowls filled with bile, bedside for your glimpse. Linens provide gag rags...while the gauze won’t absorb men’s fluids or ruins. Surrender. Live. Don’t tie off the world. Finally, the horse is dead.

Les Couchon- 💄🐷🍒👠

Daveiii ,

A Really Wonderful Poetry Pod

I started listening when Paul Muldoon was host. His voice, oh his voice. I was a big fan and then Kevin Young took over and the podcast got even better! Kevin has a wonderful talent, in both his poems and on the podcast, for teasing out what’s REALLY going on with something. He situates the guests’ poems, and those they pick from the archive, within larger structures and contexts. Plus he just picks great guests. 10/10 would recommend this podcast!

Claire Elise S.P. ,

Beautiful and educational

I’ve listened to every episode. Beautiful conversations, especially since Kevin Young’s start. Also— if you’re new to it definitely go back and listen to the conversation between Kevin and Paul M. (Kevin being the guest poet, rather than the host-beautiful.) I really appreciate the way Kevin talks to poets about their process and also teaches about different types and aspects of poetry form and rhyme. I’ve learned so much, thank you.

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