The Hive: January 26, 2020

David Allen Sullivan

Dion O’Reilly talks with poet David Sullivan about his long poem, Nightjars, about the friendship between an Iraqi interpreter and a US soldier. With Arabic speaker Aisha Charves, David reads a section from the opening of the poem.

Dion O’Reilly’s new poetry collection is titled GHOST DOGS.

This episode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz.

The Poetry Show: Jan. 19, 2020

Following an opening poem by Martin Espada, host Dennis Morton reads extensively from the latest book by Joseph Stroud: Everything Rises, and also a number of poems by Morton Marcus. From Copper Canyon Press:

“The poems in Everything That Rises, Joseph Stroud’s sixth book, explore the ephemeral world, mortality, and the redemptive possibilities of poetry. The book is sequenced into sections, each distinctive in theme and style, from short six-line lyrics and slender vertical poems, to longer, ruminative works. A section of translations includes Virgil, Catullus, Tu Fu, Neruda, and poems from the ancient Sanskrit and Tamil. Wide ranging in setting, persona, and cultural allusion, many of the poems merge the elegiac with the celebratory in a manner that is characteristic of Stroud’s vision. The poems move quietly, reverently across the earth with keen observation and wonder.”

This episode of The Poetry Show was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz.

The Hive: December 29, 2019

Danusha Laméris talks to Dion O’Reilly about her new book, Ghost Dogs, which is  available for pre-order from Bookshop Santa Cruz also available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

The rainy night conversation includes tasty tidbits about compost piles, waking up with a new face, and the parables of Jesus Christ!

Learn more about Dion O’Reilly, including upcoming appearances and  ongoing workshops at her website.

The Hive: December 22, 2019

Ploi Pirapokin

Our feature is a lively and thoughtful interview with writer Ploi Pirapokin about poetry in her world–how it influences her prose, her teaching, and her days. She talks to Farnaz about emotional turns, point of view, images and more, and reads from some of her favorite poems. Mentioned in this conversation: 
For the Taking, Linda Gregerson
Crush, Richard Siken
BBHMM, Tiana Clark
Aubade with Burning City, Ocean Vuong

Gabriel Kittle-Cervine, guest poet

Young poet and spoken word performer Gabriel Kittle-Cervine sat down for a conversation with host Dennis Morton on The Poetry Show, December 15, 2019.

Gabe was fresh off a Poetry Santa Cruz reading (just last Tuesday), at which he was both emcee and main event, welcoming other poets from the Word Church, and debuting a new chapbook titled Blank Page Boy.

You can hear last Tuesday’s reading on our previous podcast. This edition of The Poetry Show was broadscat on KSQD Santa Cruz.

PSC December, 2019: Word Church

Poetry Santa Cruz welcomed local poets from Word Church, led by master-of-ceremonies and featured reader Gabriel Kittle-Cervine.

Gabriel’s new poetry chapbook is titled Blank Page Boy.

This event was held on December 10, 2019, at Felix Kulpa Gallery.

The Hive: December 1, 2019

Co-hosts Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O’Reilly discuss the virtuosic poet Patricia Smith. Let Smith’s poetry alter your mind (as poetry should!) with her intense subject matter and her comforting beats. Hear poems and discussion from her books Incendiary Art and Blood Dazzler, and explore poetry forms like the Golden Shovel, invented by Terrance Hayes after a Gwendolyn Brooks poem, and used by Smith in Incendiary Art.