Producer Helena de Groot explores the diverse world of contemporary poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously
My Imagined Incoherence
Tracy Fuad on Yelp reviews, mortality, and the weather in her mind.
The Final Girl
torrin a. greathouse on public transport, horror, and the love of a chosen family.
Parents in a Poem
Raymond Antrobus on forgiving his dad, becoming a father, and poetry dubs on late-night BBC.
Patterns of Memory
Natasha Trethewey on writing a memoir about her mother’s life and murder.
Not My Face in the Mirror
Vievee Francis (part 2) on beauty in a racist world.
Salvation in the Dark
Vievee Francis on dark corners, an encounter with a bear, and the promise of the north.
Meeting new friends
I have been introduced to so many wonderful poets through this podcast.
Helena de Groot is a masterful interviewer! This podcast is a treasure. Thank you!
The 7/21/2020 interview with William J. Maxwell
I've listened to Poetry Off the Shelf for many years and some interviews numerous times, from Curtis Fox's interview with Kay Ryan concerning Robert Frost's poems, including "Spring Pools," to Tuesday, 7/21/20's talk with William J. Maxwell on his book F. B. Eyes. // I very much miss Curtis Fox for the poetry his guests read and discussed with great insight. Ms. DeGroot is a fine interviewer though. Today's interview was fascinating, and I'll likely buy the book. The interview lacked some context; for example, that the U. S. invaded Russia 1918-1919 because President Wilson and other industrialists judged Communism a threat to Capitalism. Not only has our government used a heavy hand against people of color but also against socialists. // I enjoy DeGroot's wide-ranging topics and her guests, so it was disconcerting not to be able to understand parts of today's podcast. I had to keep switching the volume control with each change in speaker as DeGroot's voice is quiet and Maxwell's is loud. And the music overwhelmed both speakers to the extent that necessary information was inaudible. I needed to google both the author and the book title. Please fix the sound balance before airing the next podcast. // And thanks to the Poetry Foundation for years of diverse programming.