No guest this week, so we recount what’s been going on with poetry in our world the past couple weeks, talk about Steve Dalachinsky and read a couple of his poems, the intersection between jazz and poetry, music and poetry in general, about bringing the historical into poetry, and we look at a Vice article about someone faking it as an Instagram poet.
This week poet and novelist Travis Nichols talks about poets writing auto-fiction, the artifice-sincerity polarity, Ashberyists vs. O’Haraists, how Twitter has changed what makes poets popular, David Berman, and how poetry can gesture towards another world.
This week we met up on the 4th of July, read some poems about America and got philosophical about the disappointment in the promise of America’s beginnings that run through literature.
Musician Joseph Darensbourg joined us this week to talk about the Creole poetry of Les Cenelles, his string ensemble inspired by it, and the intersection of poetry, music, language, and the ancestral past.
The day after New Orleans Poetry Fest we sat down with poets Joseph Lease and Mark Statman and had a wonderfully sprawling conversation about poetry. Some topics include: the poetry scene in the ’80s, “words you can’t use in poems, Creeley. Koch, & Ginsberg, how Joseph “used to be a hard critic but he softened up,” reading Beats in teh time of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, and Joseph and Mark read some of their incredible poems.
This week poet Lisa Pasold joins us to talk about poems that use questions. We look at poems by Catherine Barnett, Pablo Neruda, Terrrance Hayes, C.D. Wright, and Lisa herself.
It’s episode 100! We have 4 guests over for a Vispo Workshop, and we talk to them about their experience making visual poetry, and we look back at our experience of the podcast so far.
This week poet Vincent Cellucci joins us to talk about his course on film and poetry, how the two mediums intersect, videopoems, and how to make interactive poetry that makes use of current technology and shares some poems from his new book Absence Like Sun.