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In each episode of The Beat, host Alan May introduces a poet and we hear a few poems, usually read and recorded by the poets themselves.

The Beat is produced by Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, Tenn.

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In each episode of The Beat, host Alan May introduces a poet and we hear a few poems, usually read and recorded by the poets themselves.

The Beat is produced by Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, Tenn.

Rate and review The Beat: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-beat-1664614

    Denton Loving and D.H. Lawrence

    Denton Loving and D.H. Lawrence

    Denton Loving is the author of Crimes Against Birds (Main Street Rag) and Tamp (Mercer University Press). He is also the editor of Seeking Its Own Level: an anthology of writings about water (MotesBooks). He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature from Bennington College. His work has appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, The Kenyon Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Threepenny Review, and Ecotone. He is a co-founder and editor at EastOver Press and its literary journal Cutleaf.  
    D.H. Lawrence was born in 1885 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire in England, and he died in 1930 at Vence in the south of France. Though Lawrence is best known for his novels—he’s the author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and nearly a dozen others—he also published short stories, plays, essays, criticism, and more than a dozen collections of poetry.
    Links:
    Read "Copperhead," "Foundation," and "Hurtling"
    Read "Humming-Bird"
    Denton Loving
    Denton Loving's website
    "Five Poems by Denton Loving" at Salvation South
    "Three Poems by Denton Loving" at Harvard Divinity Bulletin
    "Under the Chestnut Tree" at Ecotone
    Video: WANA (Writers Association of Northern Appalachia) Live! Reading Series featuring Denton Loving
    Review of Tamp at Southern Review of Books
    D.H. Lawrence
    Bio, Poems, and Prose at The Poetry Foundation
    Bio and Poems at Poetry.org
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 6 min
    Hank Lazer

    Hank Lazer

    Hank Lazer has published thirty-four books of poetry; his latest books are P I E C E S, When the Time Comes, and field recordings   of mind   in morning. In 2014, he retired from the University of Alabama after 37 years as a professor and an administrator. He continues to teach innovative seminars on Zen Buddhism and Radical Approaches to the Arts for the University of Alabama's Blount Scholars Program. In 2015, Lazer won The Harper Lee Award, Alabama’s highest literary award for lifetime achievement.
    Read "Duncan Farm November Meditation" and section 8 from The New Spirit
    Hank Lazer's website
    Recordings at PennSound
    Interview on Bookmark with Don Noble
    Eleven poems at Plume
    Five poems at Interim
    "'Furnishings in the House of the Voice': An Interview with Hank Lazer
    by Lisa Russ Spaar"
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 8 min
    Jenny Sadre-Orafai

    Jenny Sadre-Orafai

    Jenny Sadre-Orafai is a poet and essayist and the author of Dear Outsiders and three other poetry collections. Her poetry has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Cream City Review, Ninth Letter, and The Cortland Review. Her prose has appeared in The Rumpus, Fourteen Hills, and The Los Angeles Review. She co-founded and co-edits Josephine Quarterly and teaches creative writing at Kennesaw State University.
    Links:
    Read "Occupation Interview," "Tragedy Lesson," and "Souvenirs for Locals"
    Jenny Sadre-Orafai's website
    Three Poems at $
    "I Become More Animal When I'm Grieving: A Conversation with Jenny Sadre-Orafi" at The Rumpus
    Video: "Hard Hat Reading: Jenny Sadre-Orafai" at Poets House
    Video: "Jenny Sadre-Orafai reads at the SAFTA Reading Series"
    "In Their Own Words: Jenny Sadre-Orafai on 'Queen of Cups'" at Poetry Society of America
    Josephine Quarterly
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 5 min
    Anna Laura Reeve and William Shakespeare

    Anna Laura Reeve and William Shakespeare

    Anna Laure Reeve was born and raised in Knoxville, and she earned a Master of Arts in Literature & Poetry Writing from the University of Tennessee. Her poems have appeared in Terrain.org, Jet Fuel Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and many others. She recently won Beloit Poetry Journal’s Adrienne Rich Award, and she was a finalist for the Heartwood Poetry Prize and the Ron Rash Award in Poetry. Her book Reaching the Shore of the Sea of Fertility was recently published by Belle Point Press. She is an assistant editor of Juke Joint, a literary magazine based in Jackson, Mississippi.   
    William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, most likely in April of 1564. When he was 18, he married Anne Hathaway with whom he had three children. Shakespeare made his living as an actor and playwright, and his works include 38 plays in addition to 154 sonnets and various other types of poetry. Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616.
    Links:
    Read an early version of "Tennessee Red Cobb" at Appalachia Bare
    Read "Méniére's Disease" at The Racket
    Read "Look at Everything" and "Children of Asylum Seekers" at The Racket
    Read "That time of year thou mayst in me behold (Sonnet 73)" at Poets.org
    Read "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes (Sonnet 29)" at Poets.org
    Anna Laura Reeve
    Anna Laura Reeve's website
    "Poets in Conversation: Anna Laura Reeve" at Beloit Poetry Journal
    Two Poems from Reaching the Shore of the Sea of Fertility by Anna Laura Reeve at ACM
    "Motherhood Unshorn: A Review of Reaching the Shore of the Sea of Fertility" at Literary Mama
    William Shakespeare
    Bio and poems at Poets.org
    "Shakespeare's Life" at Folger Shakespeare Library's site
    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 10 min
    Pauletta Hansel and Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Pauletta Hansel and Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Pauletta Hansel is the author of nine collections of poetry, including her latest book Heartbreak Tree. Her work has been featured in Oxford American, Rattle, American Life in Poetry, and Poetry Daily, among others. Hansel was Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate, and she was the 2022 Writer-in-Residence for The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. 
    Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine in 1892. Along with her many books of poetry, Millay published plays, a libretto called The King’s Henchman, and she wrote short stories for popular fiction magazines under the pseudonym Nancy Boyd. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in poetry.
    Links:
    Read "I Take My Mother with Me Everywhere" and "After"
    Read "Postcard from Age 60" at Braided Way
    Read "Recuerdo" at The Poetry Foundation
    Pauletta Hansel
    Pauletta Hansel's website
    "The Road" at Poetry Daily
    "The City" at Appalachian Review
    "May 1, 2020" in The Oxford American
    "Palindrome" at Still: The Journal
    Video: "Meet our 2022 Writer-In-Residence" Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    Bio and poems at The Poetry Foundation
    Bio and poems at Poets.org
    The Millay Society's Audio Archives
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 7 min
    Gary Metras and Simon Perchik

    Gary Metras and Simon Perchik

    Gary Metras is a retired high school English teacher and college writing instructor. His poems have appeared in America, The Common, Poetry, and many others. Metras has published eight books, including his latest called Vanishing Points. His book Marble Dust is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. Metras was the founder, editor, and letterpress printer of Adastra Press, a venture that for forty years specialized in limited editions of poetry chapbooks. In 2018, Metras was appointed the inaugural Poet Laureate of Easthampton, Massachusetts.  
    Simon Perchik's poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and many others. He was born in 1923 in Paterson, New Jersey. During World War II, he joined the Army Air Corps, flew 35 missions overseas, and reached the rank of first lieutenant. Thanks to the GI Bill, Perchik attended New York University where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree. He practiced law for 25 years before becoming an assistant DA for Suffolk County and its first environmental prosecutor. He was a prolific writer, and he published more than thirty books of poetry. A November 2000 issue of Library Journal called Simon Perchik “the most widely published unknown poet in America.” Perchik died on June 14, 2022, in New York City.
    Links:
    Read "The Engagement" and "Lint" at The Poetry Foundation
    Read "Another Winter"
    Read "3" and "482"
    Gary Metras
    "April 6, 2022" at One Art
    "Two Poems by Gary Metras" at Flyfishing and Tying Journal
    "Art Maker: Gary Metras, Poet" at Daily Hampshire Gazette
    "In Studio: Gary Metras" by Easthampton Media (via YouTube)
    Simon Perchik
    "Simon Perchik, Poet" in The Easthampton Star
    "Five Poems" at the Poetry Foundation
    Poems at Poetry Northwest
    Poems at Plume
    "Two Untitled Poems" at The Inflectionist Review
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
    Thank you for listening and sharing this podcast. Explore life-changing resources and events, sign up for newsletters, follow us on social media, and more through our website, www.knoxcountylibrary.org.
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    • 14 min

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avrilblanc ,

An amuse bouche of poetry for your midweek slump

A lovely, eclectic offering of poets and their works from different periods and walks of life. Laconic and just what is needed by Wednesdays.

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