Who Reads Poetry?
By Neha Kumari
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Who Reads Poetry is an attempt to understand poems through the reader. The reader is the person who attaches meaning to the poem with their voice and the time they have spent carrying the poem with them. In every episode we sit down with a person and their treasured piece of poetry and whip up a conversation around it. You may have noticed that sometimes it is easier to see beauty through some one else's eyes (in this case voice). Given the wealth of literature and poetry out there, discovering what you may love is a hard problem. Machines can shift through pages but they can't find meaning. Meaning is something all of us create for ourselves and each other. We are the best curators of this beautiful universe for each other. Here we go about trying to do just that!
||CleanAmy Lawless reads Robert Frost||We read and discuss the death drive in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost. Amy brings up various poems written in response to her imagination of Frost. We talk about surviving winters, peas and making of a poet.||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHans Jürgen Balmes on translation and John Berger||Hans Balmes shares his origin story of translating english poets like John Berger, Robert Hass, W. S. Merwin, and Martine Bellen.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHans Jürgen Balmes reads W S Merwin||We read and discuss "Travelling Together" by W S Merwin. We dwell over the tenderness in works on Merwin, love and what makes a poet relatable.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEve Asher reads Wallace Stevens||We read and discuss 'The Emperor of Ice-Cream' by Wallace Stevens. Eve shares her hot takes on New York and the story of her childhood alongside her grandmother. We share notes about Death and the difficulty in understanding Wallace Steven's poems.||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalia Lavin reads Guillaume Apollinaire||We read and discuss a 'Zone' by French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Talia shares her teenage years in an orthodox jewish family. We talk about translating poems and celebrate the brilliance of Apollinaire.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanColdplums reads Xin Qiji||We read and discuss a 'Ci' by Chinese poet and military reader Xin Qiji. The conversation takes us to the letters exchanged between two poets Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann in a surprising detour.||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|