Poets House

2014: Tracy K. Smith on Children and Metaphor

In this 'extra' from her Person, Place, Thing "Live" interview with Randy Cohen, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith talks about children and their unique use of metaphor.
(Approx 1 minute)

2013: Kwame Dawes on Contemporary African Poetry (Full Audio)

In this Passwords program, Poet Kwame Dawes introduces a new generation of African poets whose work reflects the complex cosmopolitanism of contemporary African societies and cultures that remain fully traditional and yet excitingly engaged with modernity, including Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor and the work of rising poets Warsan Shire of Somalia, Nick Makoha of Uganda, and Tsitsi Jaji of Zimbabwe.
Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 20 mins

2014: Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading (Full Audio)

An energetic reading to celebrate the dynamic emerging voices in this year’s Emerging Poets Fellowship: Wo Chan, Stephen Boyer, Lara Weibgen, Maxe Crandall, J.

2014: Passwords: Tom Sleigh on Seamus Heaney (Full Audio)

Poet Tom Sleigh presents a discussion of the use of description in Seamus Heaney’s masterful poems, exploring and celebrating his humane marveling at the life of the senses and the natural surfaces of the world.

(Full audio, Approx. 1 hour 15 mins.)

2014: On the Edge with Edwin Torres (Full Audio)

Poet, performer, educator, and self-proclaimed “lingualisualist” rooted in the languages of sight and sound, Edwin Torres leads an exploration of the tools poets use to extend past the edges of language to articulate the rich spaces between sound and definition.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour, 10 mins.)

2014: Relative Strangeness: Rosmarie Waldrop with Nikolai Duffy (Full Audio)

Rosmarie Waldrop, author of numerous books of poetry and a persistent and prolific innovator, is joined by Nikolai Duffy, Senior Lecturer in American Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, for an evening of readings and discussion.

(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour, 15 mins)

2014: On the Poetry Talent with Alice Notley (Full Audio)

Award-winning and prolific poet Alice Notley leads an autobiographically-inspired discussion of the poetry talent – its rarity, mystery, and importance in the education and nurture of poets.
(Full Audio Approx. 55 minutes)

2013: Passwords: Lisa Jarnot on Robert Duncan (Full Audio)

Poet, biographer Lisa Jarnot (Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus, 2012), will map out the varied intersections of Robert Duncan’s library, his bookishness and his entrance into poetics.

(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 20 mins.)

2014: Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: Ghassan Zaqtan & Fady Joudah with Mark Doty (Full Audio)

Award-winning poet Mark Doty introduces Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, who reads from and discusses his visceral, narrative poetics with fellow poet and translator Fady Joudah.

(Full Audio Approx 1 hour)

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