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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

    Monica Mody and Michael Madhusudan Dutt

    Monica Mody and Michael Madhusudan Dutt

    Monica Mody was born in Ranchi, India. She holds a PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including Ordinary Annals, and two full-length books, Kala Pani, a cross-genre work, and Bright Parallel, which is forthcoming from Copper Coin. Her writing has won awards including the Sparks Prize Fellowship, the Zora Neale Hurston Award, and a Toto Award for Creative Writing. Her work has been published in Poetry International, Indian Quarterly, Almost Island, Dusie, The Fabulist, and anthologies including Future Library: Contemporary Indian Writing and The Penguin Book of Indian Poets.
    Poet and dramatist Michael Madhusudan Dutt was born in Bengal, India. He studied several languages and was well-versed in English and European literature. In 1861, Dutt published the epic poem Meghnadbadh Kabya, which is, perhaps, his most famous work. Between 1858 and 1874, Dutt penned at least nine plays, including three translations. He is known for his experimentation with verse forms, introducing blank verse in Bengali literature and the sonnet in Bengali—through a reconstruction of both Petrarchan and Shakespearean forms.
    Links:
    Read "Glass House--Anthropocene" and "That I exist only as a speck on your bloodshot eyes but I am willing to sweat"
    Read "Sonnets" by Michael Madhusudan Dutt
    Monica Mody's website
    "What Was Alive" at Yes Poetry
    Interview with Mody at Poetry Mini Interviews
    Mody reads from Ordinary Annals at Periodicities' Virtual Reading Series (Video)
    "Homing Instinct" at The Other Side of Hope
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 12 min
    Erin Elizabeth Smith

    Erin Elizabeth Smith

    Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Executive Director for Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. Her third full-length poetry collection, Down, was released in 2020 by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Guernica, Ecotone, Mid-American, Tupelo Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, and Willow Springs, among others. She earned her PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and is now a Distinguished Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Tennessee. She is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
    Links:
    Read "Alice Gives Advice to Dorothy"
    Read "February in Knoxville" and other poems by Smith at Menacing Hedge
    Erin Elizabeth Smith's page at Sundress Publications
    Two poems by Erin Elizabeth Smith at The Los Angeles Review
    Three poems by Erin Elizabeth Smith at The Superstition Review
    "Plating the Poem, Reclaiming the Story: A Conversation with Erin Elizabeth Smith"
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 5 min
    Bernard Clay and Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.

    Bernard Clay and Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.

    Bernard Clay was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and he spent most of his childhood and high school years there. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Kentucky, and he is a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective. His work has been published in Appalachian Heritage, The Limestone Review, Blackbone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets, and various other journals and anthologies. His book English Lit was published by Old Cove/Swallow Press in 2021. He lives on a farm in eastern Kentucky with his wife Lauren Kallmeyer, an herbalist who serves as the director of Kentucky Heartwood's Forest Council.
    Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr. was born on February 2, 1861, in Bardstown, Kentucky, and he died in Lousiville, Kentucky in 1949. When he was just eight years old, he had to leave school to help support his family. At the age of 22, Cotter returned to his formal education and eventually served for more than fifty years as a teacher and administrator in several Louisville schools. In 1891, he married Maria F. Cox; they had three children, including his eldest son, Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr., who was also a talented poet and playwright. According to Oxford Reference, Joseph Cotter Sr. provided an important “voice during one of the most difficult eras of African American history, and he was a man who backed his words with action in building the African American community.”
    Links:
    Read "Mr. Nap's Fight" and "Appalachian Smitten"
    Read "Dr. Booker T. Washington to the National Negro Business League"
    Bernard Clay
    Bernard Clay's website
    English Lit reviewed in Southern Review of Books
    Bernard Clay reading at the historic Western Library of the Louisville Free Public Library
    Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
    Bio and poems at Poets.org
    Bio and Bibliography at the Carnegie Center--Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 8 min
    GennaRose Nethercott

    GennaRose Nethercott

    Just in time for Halloween! GennaRose Nethercott reads two spooky entries from the imagined bestiary 50 Beasts to Break Your Heart.
    GennaRose Nethercott is a writer and folklorist. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar, Bomb Magazine, Pank, The Literary Review, and others. Her first book, The Lumberjack’s Dove, was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series, and her debut novel—the modern fairytale Thistlefoot—was published last month. She tours nationally and internationally performing strange tales (sometimes with puppets in tow) and composing poems-to-order on an antique typewriter with her team The Traveling Poetry Emporium.
    Links:
    Read "Yune" and "Yslani," along with other entries from 50 Beasts to Break Your Heart, at Bomb
    GennaRose Nethercott's website
    GennaRose Nethercott on All Things Considered
    "Three Poems" at Pank
    Thistlefoot reviewed in Kirkus Reviews
    The Lumberjack’s Dove reviewed in Berkely Fiction Review
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 5 min
    Juan R. Palomo

    Juan R. Palomo

    Juan R. Palomo is the author of Al Norte (Alabrava Press 2021). Born in Grafton, North Dakota to migrant-worker parents, Palomo grew up in South Texas and several midwestern states. He received a bachelor’s degree in art education from Texas State University and a master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He was a reporter, columnist, and editorial writer for The Houston Post; he covered religion for the Austin American-Statesman; and he wrote a column for USA TODAY. His poems have appeared in The Acentos Review, The Sonora Review, The Account, and others.
    Links:
    Read "The Day They Do Not Show Up" and "Life & Death in Marathon, Texas"
    juanzqui: Views and Ramblings by Juan Ramon Palomo
    “Al Norte by Juan R. Palomo is an Homage to a Family Drifting in Colors” by Anthony Isaac Bradley in Infarrealista Review
    “Speed Queen, North Dakota 1983” and “Noise” at Acentos Review  
    “A Shy One” and “His Future” at The Account
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 6 min
    Andrea Carter Brown and John Keats

    Andrea Carter Brown and John Keats

    Andrea Carter Brown was born in Paterson, New Jersey. Her poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Mississippi Review, and many others. She is the author of September 12, which recently won the 2022 IPPY Silver Medal in Poetry from the Independent Publishers Group. Her other titles include the The Disheveled Bed, Domestic Karma, and Brook & Rainbow. Her poems have won the Five Points James Dickey Prize, the River Styx International Poetry Prize, and the PSA Gustav Davidson Memorial Prize. She was a founding editor of the poetry journal Barrow Street, and, since 2017, she has been Series Editor of The Word Works Washington Prize.
    John Keats, one of the greatest of the Romantic Poets, was born October 31, 1795 in London. He published just three volumes before his death from tuberculosis at the age of 25. Some of his poems are among the most anthologized in the 20th Century, including “To Autumn,” “Ode to a Nightingale,” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”
    Links:
    Read “After the Disaster: Fragments,” “Ars Poetica,” “To the Dust,” and other poems at andrea carterbrown.com
    Read "When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be" by John Keats
    Andrea Carter Brown
    “An Interview with Andrea Carter Brown"
    September 12 book launch
    Brown’s poem "The Rock in the Glen” featured in an episode of Poems on Air
    “Poet Mary Mackey Interviews Poet Andrea Carter Brown”
    John Keats
    Bio and poems at Poets.org
    Bio and articles on John Keats at the British Library
    “The Cockney Romantics: John Keats and His Friends,” a lecture by Johnathan Bate
    Mentioned in this episode:
    KnoxCountyLibrary.org
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    • 9 min

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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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