For each episode of PoemTalk four friends and colleagues in the world of poetry and poetics convene to collaborate on a close (but not too close) reading of a single poem. We talk through and around the poem, sometimes beyond it, often disagreeing, always excited by what we discover as we talk, and perhaps after twenty-five minutes we've opened up the verse to a few new possibilities and have gained for a poem that interests us some new readers and listeners.
The first six broadcasts feature:
- William Carlos Williams, "Between Walls." Download to listen.
- Adrienne Rich, "Wait."
- George Oppen, "Ballad."
- Allen Ginsberg sings Blake.
- Ted Berrigan's "3 Pages."
- A Jaap Blonk sound poem.