Kelly Writers House impresario Al Filreis leads a lively roundtable discussion of a single poem with a series of rotating guests including Tracie Morris, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, erica kaufman, Charles Bernstein, Sawako Nakayasu, Simone White, and others.
Rousing Earth to Excel: A discussion of “Arriving” by Daphne Marlatt
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Fred Wah, Meredith Quartermain, and Daphne Marlatt.
Word for Word: A discussion of “The Poem That Took the Place of a Mountain” by Wallace Stevens.
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Tyrone Williams, Mónica de la Torre, Kate Colby, and Aldon Nielsen.
That’s Right: A discussion of Eileen Myles’s “Writing” and “Mount St. Helens”
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Stephen Metcalf, June Thomas, and Jess Shollenberger.
Ominous Pre-tingling: A discussion of “MJ Fan Letter” and “RSVP” by Terrance Hayes
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Simone White, Dixon Li, and Jo Park.
Find Me the Rage: A discussion of “Negus” by Kamau Brathwaite
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jacob Edmond, Amber Rose Johnson, and Huda Fakhreddine.
A Word For Me: A discussion of “Should You Find Me” by Erica Hunt
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Tyrone Williams, William J. Harris, Aldon Nielsen, and Erica Hunt.
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Good, but not too good
Nice podcast, but at times it sounds like exactly what it is: poets in a closed room talking about poetry. I have listened to the podcast for several months, and found some of the readings are tight, and others drain the life blood from a poem ("I don't even accept my own reading, but I suppose I can accept hers"). Still one of the better podcasts on poetry.
Men spoil things for me
What a shame it is to have a host for a poetry podcast - speak over guests - not taking standard cues of breaks and breaths - and curtailing and controlling the art of conversation. The form has great potential, but the ego here trumps the magic.
Poem Talk? More Like Poem Rawk
Al Filreis has a gravely, made-for-radio voice in the tradition of Bobby Dylan and Tommy Waits. The conversations are insightful and inviting. The breadth of poets covered is wonderful. The back catalog is extensive. What’s not to love?