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.
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.
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.
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.