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 […]
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 […]
We are busy putting together another season of Works Cited, but until those episodes are ready for release we’d like to send a holiday card, of sorts, to our loyal listeners. In this short feature, Kevin reads Phyllis McGinley’s Office Party. We hope you enjoy the poem and we wish you the best of the season […]
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.
In this episode we talk about the masterful Gwendolyn Brooks poem, “the mother,” touching on empathy and how great poems can be made from the direst experiences. You can read Brooks’ poem here, and check out our new episode here.
Our third episode is now live. Click the link below to listen on SoundCloud. https://soundcloud.com/user-534899460/episode-3-ovid-in-the-third-reich-by-geoffrey-hill In this episode Kevin and the Lukes find almost an hour’s worth of conversation packed inside just eight lines of English verse (garnished with two lines of Latin.) And there is still more to discuss! So, sit back, crack open […]
In our second episode, we discuss “My Story in a Late Style of Fire” by Larry Levis. In the course of our conversation we try our best to remember what a scherzo is, speculate as to why so many American poems evoke America, and affirm that “Billie Holiday is the fire.”