Poetry Off the Shelf
By Poetry Foundation
Producer Curtis Fox explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously.
||How Should I Begin? Looking at memorable first lines of poems||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||3/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||How It Is Celebrating the life and poetry of Maxine Kumin||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Valentines for the Romantically Challenged Record-a-Poem gives you new ways to say "I love you"||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||2/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Out with the Old Dorothea Lasky's charming, powerful poetry takes readers by surprise.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||2/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Commercial Poetry Apple's new poetry commercial (and Levi's older one) use Walt Whitman to get under our skin. Whitman would lo||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||1/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Not Fade Away David Yezzi remembers poet Richard Eberhart.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||1/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Poems to Fight Against the Dark Christmas poetry full of love and light.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||12/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Hip Hop Villanelle LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs reads her own work and pays tribute to the late Wanda Coleman.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||12/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||His Dark Places Gerard Manley Hopkins's "terrible sonnets" explore the contours of his depression.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||12/4/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Thanksgiving Poems Reflecting on gratitude this holiday season.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||11/20/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Sedaris on Poetry The essayist talks to Susan Wheeler about the pleasures of puzzlement.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||11/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Beyond The Artifice of Elegy A poem about grief by National Book Award Poetry finalist Mary Szybist||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||11/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||National Book Award in Poetry Poems from two finalists: Adrian Matejka and Lucie Brock-Broido||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||10/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Her Delightful Life Lyn Hejinian's experimental work is a lot funnier than you think.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||10/9/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Stop the Milk Kathleen Rooney on the poetry of Matt Rasmussen.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||10/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Modernism’s Mystery Man The strange career of editor and publisher Ronald Lane Latimer.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||9/24/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Anything But Sweet Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" and modern warfare||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||9/17/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Poetry Goes Back to School Teaching poems like Robert Frost's "'Out, Out—'" in the classroom.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||9/3/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Charles Darwin Condensed Lorine Niedecker's take on the great naturalist.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||8/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Wives in the Avocados Marjorie Perloff remembers the charm of Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California."||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||7/31/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Channeling Catullus Self-address and other classical tropes in the poetry of Bernadette Mayer and Hannah Gamble.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||7/17/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tennessee Williams on a One-Night Stand A recently discovered recording showcases America's greatest playwright reading his own||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||7/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitPoems to Read at Gay and Lesbian Weddings Celebrating queer love and same-sex marriage.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||6/25/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt The computer programmer turned poet reads and discusses his work.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||6/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Beautiful Voices Project Harmony Holiday on Afrosonics, an archive of rare audio clips featuring African American voices.||Contemporary poets read and discuss their work.||6/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
These podcasts are great! Fascinating content, high production quality and perfect length. My only hope is that they continue them past the end of National Poetry Month...
I've listened to every one of these podcasts
& they are excellent. The host is even & engaging in his tone. Commentary is clear and explicit, given not only by the host but by friends, colleagues, and students of the poet whose work is the podcast subject. This podcast is excellent both for poetry lovers and for people who would enjoy an easy introduction to poetry. You will not be limited to just North American poets, either. Leave your own worries behind for a few moments and let poetry take you away.
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This podcast, featuring poems by poets both living and dead, is well worth subscribing to. The host, Curtis Fox, has a knack for getting to the heart of a poem, yet is never heavy-handed or didactic in his interpretations. Also well worth hearing are the poets discussing their own work. Although the short duration of each episode obviously limits the scope of the poets' comments, they lead the listener to insights that they would likely have missed simply by reading the poems on the printed page. The featured readers (Alfred Molina and Paul Giamatti, to name two), also do a fine job with the poems they offer up. All in all, nice work, and an excellent way to work a few minutes of art into each day.