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.
Girls in the Supply Chain: A discussion of Sawako Nakayasu’s book Some Girls Walk into the Country Where They Are From
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Caroline Bergvall, Henry Steinberg, and Bethany Swann.
When a Name Falls from a Face: A discussion of a selection from Divya Victor’s book Curb
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Timothy Yu, Josephine Nock-Hee Park, and Piyali Bhattacharya.
Trance of Language: A discussion of “Sleeping with the Dictionary” & “Dim Lady” from Sleeping with the Dictionary by Harryette Mullen
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Maxe Crandall, Larissa Lai, and Julia Bloch.
Teach Us Love: A discussion of “Language” and “The Anatomy of Monotony” by Eugene Ostachevsky
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Matvei Yankelevich, Ahmad Almallah, and Kevin Platt.
Better To Lose & Win: A discussion of Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Lee Ann Brown, Kristen Gallagher, Laynie Browne.
Far in Toward the Far End: A discussion of George Quasha’s “preverbs.”
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Charles Bernstein, Laynie Browne, and Anthony Elms.
Something Imagined, not recalled.
Providing the original recordings of poets reading their work and the subsequent close readings provided by the podcast editors and guests gives me hope that poetry is not dead. Please keep up the great work. Thank you.
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?
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.