Mary Jo Salter – Welcome to Hiroshima

In this episode, Kev and the Lukes discuss Mary Jo Salter’s devastating and beautifully crafted poem, “Welcome to Hiroshima.”  We admire the poem on several levels–its masterful level of craft, not only in terms of meter and rhyme but also syntax; its exquisitely rendered imagery; how it explores the ways in which the horrors of […]

Weldon Kees – For My Daughter

Season 2 is officially launched! Join Kev and the Lukes as they discuss the beautifully disturbing, or disturbingly beautiful poem “For My Daughter” by the mysterious Weldon Kees.  Here is a link to the text of the poem for you to read along. Dana Gioia has written numerous times about Kees. His account of discovering Kees […]

Episode 5: “Advice to a Prophet” by Richard Wilbur

In this month’s episode, Kev and the Lukes discuss “Advice to a Prophet” by Richard Wilbur and the ways it addresses an overwhelming subject like nuclear annihilation. Can poems give us a handle on unthinkable topics that “rocket the mind,” or do they fall short in moving our “slow, unreckoning hearts”? Listen to the episode here.