243 episodes

Meet a new poet every week, as they talk life and share poems with Rattle's editor, Timothy Green. All that, plus Poets Respond and the Prompt Lines—live every Monday!

Rattle is a publication of the Rattle Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the practice of poetry, and is not affiliated with any other organization.

Rattle Poetry Rattlecast

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Meet a new poet every week, as they talk life and share poems with Rattle's editor, Timothy Green. All that, plus Poets Respond and the Prompt Lines—live every Monday!

Rattle is a publication of the Rattle Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the practice of poetry, and is not affiliated with any other organization.

    ep. 241 - Kim Stafford

    ep. 241 - Kim Stafford

    Kim Stafford is Emeritus Professor at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. He writes, teaches, and travels to raise the human spirit through poetry. In 1986, he founded the Northwest Writing Institute, and he has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft and 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. His most recent book is the poetry collection As the Sky Begins to Change (Red Hen Press, 2024). He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, Mexico, and Bhutan. In 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate for a two-year term.

    Find more on Kim here:
    https://www.kimstaffordpoet.com/

    As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins.

    For links to all the past episodes, visit:
    https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week’s Prompt:
    Write a poem with a single word as the title, in which our understanding of that word shifts by the end of the poem.

    Next Week’s Prompt:
    Write a poem to share on social media about what poetry means to you.

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    • 2 hr 6 min
    ep. 240 - George Bilgere

    ep. 240 - George Bilgere

    Winner of the 2023 Rattle Chapbook Prize, George Bilgere, his wife, and his two exceptionally fine little boys spend the school year in Cleveland, Ohio, because living in Cleveland builds character. In the summers the family heads off to Berlin, Germany, where the kids study German while George does important research on beer gardens. He’s the author of eight collections of poetry and shows no signs of slowing down.

    Find more on George here:
    https://www.georgebilgere.com/

    As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins.

    For links to all the past episodes, visit:
    https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week’s Prompt:
    Write a poem with internal rhyme in every line.

    Next Week’s Prompt:
    Write a poem with a single word as the title, in which our understanding of that word shifts by the end of the poem.

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    • 2 hr 20 min
    ep. 239 - Doug Ramspeck

    ep. 239 - Doug Ramspeck

    Doug Ramspeck is the author of nine collections of poetry, one collection of short stories, and a novella. Recent books include Blur (The Word Works), winner of the Tenth Gate Prize, Book of Years (Cloudbank Books), Under Black Leaves (Etchings Press), Black Flowers (LSU Press), and The Owl That Carries Us Away, winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. His poems and stories have appeared in literary journals that include Kenyon Review, Slate, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and Missouri Review. He is a three-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. His short story, "Balloon," was listed as a Distinguished Story of 2018 by The Best American Short Stories.

    Find more on Doug here:
    https://dougramspeck.com/

    As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins.

    For links to all the past episodes, visit:
    https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week’s Prompt:
    Write a poem set in spring that includes personification.

    Next Week’s Prompt:
    Write a poem with internal rhyme in every line.

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    ep. 238 - José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes

    ep. 238 - José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes

    José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes is the author of the chapbook Present Values (Backbone Press, 2018), winner of the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Club. His poems have previously appeared in various Philippine and U.S. journals and have been anthologized in The Powow River Anthology, Villanelles, The Achieve Of, The Mastery: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, mid-‘90s to 2016, and No Tender Fences: An Anthology of Immigrant and First-Generation American Poetry.

    Find José's chapbook here:
    https://backbonepress.org/titles/present-values/

    As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins.

    For links to all the past episodes, visit:
    https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week’s Prompt:
    Write a poem from the perspective of one of your childhood toys.

    Next Week’s Prompt:
    Write a poem set in spring that includes personification.

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    ep. 237 - Raymond Hammond

    ep. 237 - Raymond Hammond

    Raymond P. Hammond is the editor-in-chief of both The New York Quarterly and NYQ Books. He holds an MA in American Poetry from NYU's Gallatin School and is the author of Poetic Amusement, a book of literary criticism. He lives in Beacon, NY with his wife, the poet Amanda J. Bradley, and their dog Hank.

    Find more information on Raymond, visit:
    https://raymondhammond.com/

    As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins.

    For links to all the past episodes, visit:
    https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week’s Prompt:
    Write a short poem that explores someone else’s awe.

    Next Week’s Prompt:
    Write a poem from the perspective of one of your childhood toys.

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    • 1 hr 54 min
    ep. 236 - James Crews

    ep. 236 - James Crews

    James Crews is the editor of several bestselling anthologies, including The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy and How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope, which has over 100,000 copies in print. He has been featured in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor, and on NPR’s Morning Edition. James is the author of four prize-winning books of poetry—The Book of What Stays, Telling My Father, Bluebird, and Every Waking Moment—and a book of short essays, Kindness Will Save the World: Stories of Compassion and Connection. James also speaks and leads workshops on kindness, mindfulness, and writing for self-compassion. He lives with his husband on forty rocky acres in the woods of Southern Vermont.

    Find more information on James, visit:
    https://www.jamescrews.net/

    As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins.

    For links to all the past episodes, visit:
    https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week’s Prompt:
    Write a “golden" sestina or tritina: start with an epigraph from another poem, and use six (or three) words from that quote as the end-words of your sestina or tritina.

    Next Week’s Prompt:
    Write a short poem that explore someone else’s awe.

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    • 2 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

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Always

Always a pleasure and an education. Tim’s kindness, self-awareness, and humble expertise balance the discussion no matter the guest. The Terry Gross of poetry podcasts.

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Wonderful insights

This is an excellent show with a conversation format about poetry, and what drives poets to the page. I highly recommend it if you enjoy, listening to poems and listening to poets, talk intelligently about poetry.

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