Anne Stevenson reads from her book Astonishment from Bloodaxe Books in the UK and her “Selected Poems” published in 2008 by The Library of America for The Poetry Foundation. We talk about her undergraduate days here in Ann Arbor, her return for an MA, her correspondence with Elizabeth Bishop–and how her next book will be released as she turns …
Franz Wright reads prose poems from his collection Kindertotenwald published by Knopf’s Borzoi Books. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/k3f8jemzdzidx6lrof1l3pn7hwfkeqs3.wav Download Audio
Laura Wetherington reads from her debut collection A Map Predetermined and Chance published by Fence Books for The National Poetry Series. We talk about putting together a first book and about editing the audio journal textsound.org. We also talk about fake translations, erasures and Emily Dickinson–and Laura‘s love of NELP, the University of Michigan’s New England Literature Program. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/qzzye6cdj943ar5thldrrngwsz30odj8.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
Derek Mong reads poems from his debut collection Other Romes published by Saturnalia Books. We talk about “the Latin corpus,” octopuses, and putting together your first collection. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/jyaj7qsuynl177k6msgx1nqwyagepd2i.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
Sarah Messer, Mark Wunderlich and Raymond McDaniel talk about poems and craft. We hear new poems by all–and also selections from Messer‘s Bandit Letters, Wunderlich‘s Voluntary Servitude, and McDaniel‘s Saltwater Empire. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ieymkvki6ogtwmkv1mc5pj84btq9uawh.wav Download Audio
John Beer reads from his debut collection The Waste Land and Other Poems (2010) published Canarium Books. We talk about first books, Bob Hope, Boston terriers and a “Theses on Failure” which could be another way to talk about love. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/uf91qm8l6jei3g2o2u2e9h3f3eyd5cv4.wav Download Audio
Campbell McGrath reads from his books Shannon: a poem of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, The Seven Notebooks, and The Florida Poems published by Ecco. We talk about the power of place, Neruda, notebooks, Robert Hass, and buffalo. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/5r90nrdl65ty1ohwinuqa6dw1qbyemut.wav Download Audio
Cole Swensen reads from Try and The Book of One Hundred Hands published by University of Iowa Press. We talk about her work in translation. We also talk about why Cole calls Paris her writing place and why Iowa and Washington DC are also home. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/weg9r1vgzbznbrj9yt1jhsz01nnw9jbz.wav Download Audio photo credit: Matt Gold