99 episodes

Producer Helena de Groot talks to poets about language, dreams, love and loss, identity, connection, anger, discomfort, the creative process, the state of the world and the world of the soul. Hard conversations are welcomed—laughter is, too.

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    • 4.6 • 352 Ratings

Producer Helena de Groot talks to poets about language, dreams, love and loss, identity, connection, anger, discomfort, the creative process, the state of the world and the world of the soul. Hard conversations are welcomed—laughter is, too.

    Hiding Between the Loaves

    Hiding Between the Loaves

    Belarussian poets Valzhyna Mort and Julia Cimafiejeva on magic, transformation, and what's hidden underneath the forest floor.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Please Poem

    Please Poem

    JoAnna Novak on islands, a plush placenta, and a gift from the suicide hotline.

    • 45 min
    Give Me a Sign

    Give Me a Sign

    Alexandra Lytton Regalado on fate, snake mirrors, and the daily work of letting go.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    As I Am

    As I Am

    Ama Codjoe on normal naked bodies, solving problems, and her childfree life.

    • 55 min
    The Land Is the Center

    The Land Is the Center

    Noʻu Revilla on ancestral history in newspapers, ocean consciousness, and how to be a guest.

    • 49 min
    Remember Every Ginseng Seed

    Remember Every Ginseng Seed

    Chelsea Harlan on knowledge, creaturehood, and the quest for her mother’s secret sadness.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
352 Ratings

352 Ratings

Sarspacious ,

A Thousand Times Thank You!

I am impressed by the care and attention that goes into creating this podcast. I am impressed each time by the thoughtful and insightful questions that are asked. One receives a beautifully executed glimpse of the poet’s life, mind, and heart due to a most talented and sensitive interviewer. The questions, choices of focus, her voice and music creates an unusual and moving experience each time.

Crowbar Man ,

Not interested

I understand that this show captures the current popular inclinations in poetry. But I find the poems and discussions in most episodes uninteresting. This show is a reminder that modern poetry is a direct progeny of the 1960’s counterculture. I wish they would at least focus their discussions more on the technical aspects of the poetry rather than the social issues that the authors may be preoccupied by.

Tillerkins ,

One of the best interviewers and poetry discussions

This is one of the best poetry podcasts (I’ve listened to too many). The guests write vibrant poetry across a range of styles. The host,Helena de Groot, skillfully draws her guests into conversation, asking interesting questions. She creates a warm comfortable space to enjoy poetry and the creative process of writing it.

This is celebration of poets & poetry — not critical analysis.

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