Poetry Off the Shelf
Summary: Producer Curtis Fox explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously.
Meaghan O'Rourke discusses how the experience of illness has informed her poetry.
Poetry magazine publishes a selection of their ‘View from Here’ essays in a new book, Who Reads Poetry.
Ashbery's poems can be a new way of seeing and experiencing things, a "daydream from which there's no obvious exit," an ode to neglected emotions or the insignificant, an inside joke you may or may not be in on, and a reordering of the world and ourselves.
Our back-to-school episode covers alternative approaches to poetry, including student choice.
Matthew Zapruder discusses the role of language and meaning in poetry and his book of criticism, Why Poetry.
Our series dedicated to the women's movement continues with the changing cultural roles of the 1970s, when women poets refused to be marginalized or tokenized, and public poetry readings and writing workshops for women spread across the U.S.
A deep look into W.S. Merwin's influential book, which speaks to our moment 50 years after its publication.
Margarita Engle on the subject of her poetry, and her message to young readers.
This year's Lilly Prize winner discusses the intersection of poetry and music, as well as the women's rights and Indigenous rights movements that much her poetry is borne out of.
An appreciation of an underrecognized poet's vision, lyricism, fragments, and humor
A new anthology collects poems addressing our current political climate.
How we use poetry to find meaning and to bring disparate aspects of life together.
The second episode of our special series exploring poetry and the women's movement looks at several books in the 1960s and '70s that fought for a place for women.
Remembering the Nobel Laureate's poetry upon his death, and the commitment to the arts and humanties
Robert Lowell’s former students look back on their poetry classes with an American master.