poems

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Jean Valentine

From the archive: 2015 Poet Jean Valentine reads from Break the Glass and Shirt In Heaven (Copper Canyon Press). We talk about memory, elegy, music and dreaming. Take heart. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/i56bxlhpmjr9i15j1pvi5g701m4npi6v.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! Original airdate: April 22, 2015

A. Van Jordan

From the archive: 2013 A. Van Jordan reads poems from The Cineaste (W. W. Norton & Company 2014).  We talk about the love of film, family, and organists.  We talk about disappearing and emerging in stories.  We also have a drum roll! https://umich.box.com/shared/static/3foponvwadxgr4vpvezn8xkn7x8yqrcy.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: May 15, 2013

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Amy Hempel

From the archive: 2008 Amy Hempel reads from The Collected Stories (Scribner 2007). We talk about writing short shorts and writing prose poems–and about having that first line–how it shows you the way to the story. We hear a poem called “Sing to It.”  And we talk about dogs. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/kq6s3tjl3b34aee1cizeuee4k88bqaby.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: December 3, …

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Yusef Komunyakaa

From the archives: 2010 Yusef Komunyakaa reads poems from Pleasure Dome:New and Collected Poems (Wesleyan 2001), Warhorses (FSG 2008) and Chameleon Couch (Macmillan 2011). We talk about the leaps of lyrical narrative, the particular perfection of the brain, and the cassowary.  We also talk about Neruda and Borges, and celebration and confrontation.  Art endures. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/65xezw1a50fywb4d5vn8nw2iz08l70vr.mp3 Download …

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C.D. Wright

From the archives: 2008 C.D. Wright reads from her book of poems Rising, Falling, Hovering (Copper Canyon Press).  We talk about misery and love, “making it up,” and what it means to be an American Artist. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/o0dccnnfxatsba7owlqcbe54pmkjkx4m.mp3 Download Audio Photo credit: Forrest Gander Original airdate: April 16, 2008

Nikki Giovanni

From the archives: Nikki Giovanni reads from Chasing Utopia (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2013). We talk about passion and poems, speaking out and spoken word, mothers, grandmothers, watching, and wine.  Stay busy! https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2m47dyisko1ptudxrx8rlhcjesl8o9nb.mp3 Download Audio Conversation recorded on December 11, 2013 photo credit: Nikki Giovanni

Michael Dickman

Michael Dickman reads from Days & Days (Knopf 2019). We talk about interconnectedness, structure, place and butterflies.

Neutral Zone

Neutral Zone presents the NEA Big Read in Ann Arbor, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. This episode with Fernanda Gonzalez, Monét Madoula-Bey, Julianna Morano, John Buckley and Molly Raynor, Neutral Zone‘s Literary Arts program manager. We talk about Neutral Zone events connecting to Citizen and hear new poems by young poets! https://umich.box.com/shared/static/knhmyikc44eubkk0ph3gae2edyrzci7w.mp3 Download Audio  

John Ganiard

A conversation with Literati Bookstore’s John Ganiard. We talk about upcoming events and ways to be involved at the bookstore as well as some winter book picks and what’s on the horizon (is it too early to look forward to spring?). We also read Mary Oliver poems and talk typewriters.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/pv67y0xagvy3g4rk3x83bantvrley2e6.mp3 Download Audio  

Bob Hicok

Bob Hicok reads from Hold (Copper Canyon Press 2018). We talk about the making of a poem and removing stops between things, like our minds do. We also talk about violence and stories and feeling invincible while writing. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/q2x8jzck03e5ep3b4xfnlteqbr7qiuof.mp3 Download Audio