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Audio Poem of the Day
From Audio Poem of the Day June 2022

By Patricia Smith

Poetry Magazine Podcast
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From The Poetry Magazine Podcast June 2022

This week, Esther Belin and Orlando White talk about Diné thought and poetics, sound and breath in Diné bizaad, the Navajo language, and what it means, as Indigenous writers, to use the English language as a vessel to integrate tribal concepts. They also discuss one of White’s one-word poems, “Water.” Although the poem is only six letters long, there was barely enough time to unpack its complexity. 

Orlando White is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and faculty member of Diné College, a tribal college on the Navajo reservation in Tsaile, Arizona. He is the author of LETTERRS (Nightboat Books, 2015) and Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009). You can read two poems by White in the June 2022 issue of Poetry.

Poetry Off the Shelf
From Poetry Off the Shelf June 2022

Niina Pollari on sunflowers, redemption, and the most depressing phone note in the world.

  • From Poetry Off the Shelf May 2022

    Victoria Chang on bonsai trees, witticisms, and the wisdom of not giving a crap.

  • From Poetry Off the Shelf May 2022

    Tom Sleigh about his romance with experience, fancy jackets, and one last visit to the dog beach.

  • From Poetry Off the Shelf May 2022

    Sylvie Kandé and her translator Alexander Dickow on the courage of migrants, the limits of language, and an epic without a nation.

  • From Poetry Off the Shelf April 2022

    Kim Moore on playing the trumpet, misogyny, and the men we love.

Vs.
From VS April 2022

In October of 1871, the oldest University in Nashville TN, teetered on the brink of collapse. To survive, Fisk University staked its last $40 on a set of field hymns and 10 descendants of American slavery. The singing group carried melodies their families shared in secret from the cotton fields of middle Tennessee to the high court of the Queen of England. The landmark tours of the Fisk Jubilee Singers rescued a university, gave Nashville its identity, and set the course of American music. 

One hundred fifty years later the journey of the Fisk Jubilee Singers continues. Immerse yourself in the music and voices of the original chorus and hear how their stories are transformed through poetry in this one-hour special “Three Castles and the Music City.”

Produced in partnership with Nashville Public Radio [WPLN]
Hosted by: Destiny Birdsong
Co-Written and Produced by: Joshua Moore and Colleen Phelps
Editing by: Anita Bugg
Transcription by: Ayinde Jean-Baptiste

Poets:
Destiny Birdsong
Ciona Rouse
Bryan Byrdlong

Poem Talk
From Poem Talk June 2022

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Timothy Yu, Josephine Nock-Hee Park, and Piyali Bhattacharya.

PoetryNow
From PoetryNow December 2019

Sandra Doller meditates on aging and motherhood. Produced by Katie Klocksin.

  • From PoetryNow December 2019

    Stacy Szymaszek writes a poem in gratitude to her students. Produced by Katie Klocksin.

  • From PoetryNow December 2019

    Will Alexander finds ways of writing poems to revitalize language as a whole. Produced by Katie Klocksin.

  • From PoetryNow December 2019

    Christine Kanownik examines the place of religion and spirituality in secular life. Produced by Katie Klocksin.

  • From PoetryNow December 2019

    Evie Shockley expresses frustration over ongoing immigration policies and thinks about ways Americans might better live together. Produced by Katie Klocksin.

Essential American Poets
From Essential American Poets March 2012

Recordings of poet Lorine Niedecker with an introduction to her life and work. Recorded at home in 1970. Recording courtesy of PennSound.

  • From Essential American Poets March 2012

    Recordings of poet Lorine Niedecker with an introduction to her life and work. Recorded at home in 1970. Recording courtesy of PennSound.

  • From Essential American Poets January 2012

    Recordings of poet Gertrude Stein, with an introduction to her life and work. Recorded in 1934. Recording courtesy of PennSound.

  • From Essential American Poets January 2012

    Recordings of former poet laureate Charles Simic, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded 2003, Key West, FL.

  • From Essential American Poets December 2011

    Recordings of poet Alan Dugan, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded in 1962, New York City, New York.

Poetry Lectures
From Poetry Lectures November 2015

Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström discuss Swedish poetry and the challenges of translation, and they read some poems in both Swedish and English from their anthology, The Star By My Head.

Avant-Garde All the Time
From Avant-Garde All the Time January 2011

An audio tour of films featuring Vito Acconci, Erik Satie, Vicki Bennett, Karl Holmquist, and more from the UbuWeb archive.

  • From Avant-Garde All the Time September 2010

    Samples from from Craig Dworkin's UbuWeb paper “Unheard Music,” featuring John Cage, Steve Reich, Mieko Shiomi, Yves Klein, and more.

  • From Avant-Garde All the Time July 2010

    Audio interpretations of Gertrude Stein from the UbuWeb archives.

  • From Avant-Garde All the Time June 2010

    Yoko Ono flushing toilets, La Monte Young’s “Theater of Eternal Music,” Larry Miller’s baby crying, Alison Knowles onion skin music and loads more.

  • From Avant-Garde All the Time March 2010

    Gertrude Stein at the Algonquin, William Carlos Williams trying to remember “The Red Wheelbarrow,” Salvador Dali on his phallic moustache, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Derrida, and scads more from the archive.

Chicago Poetry Tour
From Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast October 2010

Established in 1940 by the WPA's Federal Art Project, the South Side Community Art Center has provided a second home for the city's African-American artists. Haki Madhubuti, founding editor of Third World Press, reads.

  • From Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast October 2010

    One of the 20th century's most significant poets, Gwendolyn Brooks wrote about race in America, often from the perspective of her Bronzeville neighborhood.

  • From Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast September 2010

    Margaret Walker's signature poem "For My People" encompasses the strengths and struggles of blacks not only in Chicago but throughout America.

  • From Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast September 2010

    The DuSable Museum is one of the nation's premier institutions dedicated to the history, art, and culture of the African diaspora. Quraysh Ali Lansana reads from his collection They Shall...

  • From Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast August 2010

    Pilsen was a diverse neighborhood in Chicago long before anybody used the word “diversity.” Stuart Dybek and Ana Castillo read poems inspired by their childhoods there.