The New Yorker: Poetry

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Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.

Episode Date
Nicole Sealey Reads Ellen Bass
27:12
<p>Nicole Sealey joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Ellen Bass' poem "<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/16/indigo">Indigo</a>" and her own poem “<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/08/a-violence-by-nicole-sealey">A Violence</a>." Sealey<span> is the executive director at the Cave Canem Foundation and the author of the poetry collection "Ordinary Beast."</span></p>
Jul 27, 2018
Tiana Clark Reads Natasha Trethewey
29:45
<p>Tiana Clark joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Natasha Trethewey's poem "Repentance," and her own poem, "Nashville." Tiana Clark is the author of the chapbook "Equilibrium," which won the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Prize. Her first full-length book of poems, "I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood," winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, will be published in September. Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her collection "Native Guard," and was the United States Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014. Her most recent book is "Thrall."</p>
Jun 20, 2018
Ada Limón and Natalie Diaz Discuss “Envelopes of Air”
29:28
<p>Ada Limón and Natalie Diaz join Kevin Young to discuss their collaborative poetry project, “Envelopes of Air,” a series of eight poems written in correspondence between the two poets, currently featured on <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/poems/envelopes-of-air-ada-limon-and-natalie-diaz-forge-a-bond-amid-the-shifting-landscape-of-contemporary-america">newyorker.com</a>. Below, Limón and Diaz reflect on the project’s origins, context, and process.</p> <p>“The original context for the poems was quite simple really: to write poem-letters to each other. We wanted to collaborate somehow and I was originally scared Natalie was going to ask me to draw or something. But instead, we began these poem-letters. Natalie and I both travel a lot, with my home base being in Lexington, Kentucky, most of the time, and hers in Tempe, Arizona. We soon realized that the poems were giving us a new, intimate way of thinking on the page—a reader that knows you, a reader with some shared history, a poet reader, a woman reader, a brown-woman reader. In terms of symbolism, both green and red play important roles in the work (the red of the desert and the green of the Bluegrass and spring). You can see those colors moving through the poems, winding around the words. Also, when we talk about Kimmerer and sweetgrass, it’s in reference to the book “<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Braiding-Sweetgrass-Indigenous-Scientific-Knowledge/dp/1571313567/">Braiding Sweetgrass</a>." (That has proven to be important to both of us.) I have planted sweetgrass in my raised beds. (It’s come back and is thriving this year!)</p> <p>Also, I might add, that we both talk about our inner selves—our own anxiety, insomnia, health concerns—things we might not always share in other poems, because we are truly writing to one another, someone we trust, someone that we can recognize ourselves in, mirror and be seen. She has become an essential person for me to write to, for me to listen to. Of course, there’s more and I could go on, but I also don't want to say too much. I think the main thing is: these are real letters, and real poems, at the same time.”</p> <p>-Ada Limón</p> <p>“What is interesting about the poems as well is that we never had any context outside of the poems. They were their own space, a third space, maybe, of Ada’s and my friendship. We met sometimes in person, crossing paths at events, and we never discussed the poem-letters. They were that intimate time and space for us, of a poem, of a letter, of a room that was a new room for us to inhabit, individually, as we moved toward or away from ourselves and one another, and together, as we became a new space for each other to fill with words.</p> <p>These poems are in some ways very different than anything I’ve ever written—I’ve written about dark and bright emotionalities before, but this is a new, more vulnerable, more open field of myself that I found through my correspondence with Ada. We borrow one another’s phrases and language at times, we incorporate friends and lovers, we thread through what we are reading and what is happening in our lives and our worlds, like any letter would. Ada is one of the most important audiences I have written for, because I love her, she is my friend, and I also admire her as a poet and thinker and person. In some ways, I have risked more of myself in these poems than in other poems I have written. She has become one of the beloveds I write toward, as are my family, my friends, my lovers, my peoples and communities.”</p> <p>-Natalie Diaz</p>
May 23, 2018
Marie Howe Reads Lucie Brock-Broido
38:00
<p>Marie Howe joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Lucie Brock-Broido's poem "<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/09/26/the-american-security-against-foreign-enemies-act">The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act</a>" and her own poem "<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/01/14/the-star-market">The Star Market</a>."</p>
Mar 21, 2018
Meena Alexander Reads Gerald Stern
23:06
<p>Meena Alexander joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Gerald Stern’s poem “<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/05/adonis">Adonis</a>," and her own poem “<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/kochi-by-the-sea">Kochi by the Sea</a>.”</p>
Feb 21, 2018
Terrance Hayes reads Matthew Dickman
<p><span>Terrance Hayes joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Matthew Dickman's poem "<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/04/05/fire-12" target="_blank">Fire</a>" and his own poem “<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/11/29/new-york-poem" target="_blank">New York Poem</a>."</span></p>
Jan 17, 2018
David Lehman Reads John Ashbery
28:45
<p>David Lehman joins Kevin Young to read and discuss John Ashbery's Poem "<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1975/01/20/worsening-situation">Worsening Situation</a>," and his own poem "<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1991/09/23/stages-on-lifes-way">Stages on Life's Way</a>."</p>
Dec 20, 2017
Tracy K. Smith Reads Matthew Dickman
23:06
<p>Tracy K. Smith joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Matthew Dickman’s poem “<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/12/minimum-wage">Minimum Wage</a>," and her own poem “<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/06/declaration">Declaration</a>.” </p>
Nov 15, 2017
Charles Simic Reads Sharon Olds
23:14
<p>Charles Simic joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Sharon Olds’ poem “Her Birthday as Ashes in Seawater,” and his own poem “The Infinite.”</p>
Oct 18, 2017
Danielle Chapman Reads Zbigniew Herbert
25:40
<p>Danielle Chapman joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Zbigniew Herbert's poem "Mr. Cogito Laments the Pettiness of Dreams," and her own poem "The Tavern Parlor."</p>
Sep 20, 2017
Stephen Mitchell Reads Richard WIlbur
29:21
<p>Stephen Mitchell joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Richard Wilbur's poem "<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1957/08/17/two-voices-in-a-meadow">Two Voices in a Meadow</a>," and his own translation of "<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/23/the-death-of-argos">The Death of Argos</a>," from Homer’s <em>Odyssey</em>.</p>
Aug 16, 2017
Erica Jong Reads John Updike
23:58
<p>Erica Jong joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Updike's poem "The City Outside," and her own poem "Dear Keats."</p>
Jul 19, 2017
Lia Purpura Reads Carl Phillips
27:18
<p>Lia Purpura joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Carl Phillip's poem "White Dog," and her own poem "First Leaf."</p>
Jun 21, 2017
Tom Sleigh Reads Seamus Heaney
31:17
<p>Tom Sleigh joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Seamus Heaney’s poem “<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/02/09/in-the-attic">In the Attic</a>” and his own poem “<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/16/the-fox">The Fox</a>.”</p>
May 20, 2017
Andrew Motion Reads Alice Oswald
40:28
<p><span>Andrew Motion joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Alice Oswald’s poem “</span><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/evening-poem-by-alice-oswald">Evening Poem</a><span>” and his own poem “</span><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/17/waders">Waders</a><span>.”</span></p>
Apr 19, 2017
Mary Karr Reads Terrance Hayes
24:29
<p>Mary Karr joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Terrance Hayes’s poem “<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/11/ars-poetica-with-bacon-by-terrance-hayes">Ars Poetica with Bacon</a>” and her own poem “<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/22/face-2">Face Down</a>.”</p>
Mar 15, 2017
Kevin Young Reads John Berryman
22:40
<p><span>Kevin Young joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Berryman’s poem “</span><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1958/08/16/a-sympathy-a-welcome">A Sympathy, A Welcome</a><span>” and his own poem “</span><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/26/oblivion">Oblivion</a><span>.”</span></p>
Feb 15, 2017
Brenda Shaughnessy Reads C.D. Wright
20:45
<p><span>Brenda Shaughnessy joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss C.D. Wright's poem, “</span><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/07/02/like-a-prisoner-of-soft-words">Like a Prisoner of Soft Words</a><span>,” and her own poem “</span><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/i-have-a-time-machine">I Have a Time Machine</a>."</p>
Jan 18, 2017
How Do You Fact-Check a Poem?
23:18
<p>Parker Henry joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss fact checking poetry for <em>The New Yorker</em>.</p>
Dec 21, 2016
Jonathan Galassi Reads Frederick Seidel
28:29
<p>Jonathan Galassi joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Frederick Seidel’s “Poem by the Bridge at Ten-Shin,” and his own poem “Lunch Poem for F.S.”</p>
Nov 16, 2016
Amit Majmudar Reads Christopher Reid
21:53
<p>Amit Majmudar joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Christopher Reid’s “The Confusions,” and his own poem “Invocation.”</p>
Oct 19, 2016
Eileen Myles Reads James Schuyler
24:26
<p>Eileen Myles joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss James Schuyler’s “White Boat, Blue Boat,” and her own poem “Dissolution.”</p>
Sep 21, 2016
Joyce Carol Oates Reads John Updike
24:06
<p>Joyce Carol Oates joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Updike's “A Lightened Life,” and her own poem “This Is the Season.”</p>
Aug 17, 2016
Billy Collins Reads Eamon Grennan
28:04
<p>Billy Collins joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Eamon Grennan’s “Sea Dog,” and his own poem “Table Talk.”</p>
Jul 20, 2016
Jana Prikryl Reads Anne Carson
26:26
<p>Jana Prikryl joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Anne Carson’s “Stanzas, Sexes, Seductions,” and her own poem “Thirty Thousand Islands.”</p>
Jun 15, 2016
Nick Laird Reads Elizabeth Bishop
31:28
<p>Nick Laird joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Elizabeth Bishop's “The Moose,” and his own poem “Feel Free.”</p>
May 18, 2016
Monica Youn Reads Afaa Michael Weaver
20:29
<p>Monica Youn joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Afaa Michael Weaver's "Passing Through Indian Territory," and her own poem “Goldacre.”</p>
Apr 20, 2016
Andrea Cohen Reads Philip Levine
14:33
<p>Andrea Cohen joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Philip Levine's "The Mercy," and her own poem “Major to Minor.”</p>
Mar 16, 2016
Stephen Dunn Reads Donald Justice
21:45
<p>Stephen Dunn joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Donald Justice's "There is a gold light in certain old paintings," and his own poem “History.”</p>
Feb 17, 2016
J. D. McClatchy Reads James Merrill
28:55
<p>J. D. McClatchy joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss James Merrill's "164 East 72nd Street," and his own poem “CaĞaloĞlu.”</p>
Jan 20, 2016
Ellen Bass Reads Adam Zagajewski
17:39
<p>Ellen Bass joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Adam Zagajewski’s “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” and her own poem “Reincarnation.”</p>
Dec 16, 2015
Meghan O'Rourke Reads John Ashbery
26:31
<p>Meghan O'Rourke joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Ashbery's "Tapestry,” and her own poem “Apartment Living."</p>
Nov 18, 2015
Calvin Trillin Reads Ogden Nash
19:30
<p>Calvin Trillin joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Ogden Nash's "Autres Bêtes, Autres Mœurs” and his own poem "Oh, Y2K, Yes Y2K, How Come It Has to End This Way?"</p>
Oct 21, 2015
Rosanna Warren Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt
20:44
<p>Rosanna Warren joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Ellen Bryant Voigt’s “Bear,” and her own poem “Man in Stream.”</p>
Sep 16, 2015
Sophie Cabot Black Reads Donald Hall
19:18
<p>Sophie Cabot Black joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Donald Hall’s “The Ship Pounding,” and her own poem “Chemotherapy.”</p>
Aug 19, 2015
Matthea Harvey Reads W. S. Merwin
16:25
<p>Matthea Harvey joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss W. S. Merwin’s “Vixen,” and her own poem “Everything Must Go.”</p>
Jul 15, 2015
Michael Robbins Reads John Ashbery
19:20
<p>Michael Robbins joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss “Myrtle,” by John Ashbery, and his own poem “Country Music.”</p>
Jun 18, 2015
Ada Limón Reads Jennifer L. Knox
15:51
<p>Ada Limón joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Jennifer L. Knox’s “Pimp My Ride” and her own poem “State Bird.”</p>
May 20, 2015
Robert Pinsky Reads Elizabeth Bishop
23:04
<p>Robert Pinsky joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Elizabeth Bishop’s “At the Fishhouses” and a poem of his own.</p>
Apr 16, 2015
Major Jackson Reads Derek Walcott
18:14
<p>Major Jackson joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Derek Walcott’s “In Italy” and a poem of his own.</p>
Mar 19, 2015
Rowan Ricardo Phillips Reads Nick Laird
17:27
<p>Rowan Ricardo Philips joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Nick Laird’s “Feel Free” and a poem of his own.</p>
Mar 10, 2015
Timothy Donnelly Reads Yusef Komunyakaa
16:50
<p>Timothy Donnelly joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Fortress” and a poem of his own.</p>
Jan 21, 2015
Stephen Burt Reads Liz Waldner
17:14
<p>Stephen Burt joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Liz Waldner’s “Sad Verso of the Sunny _______.”</p>
Dec 16, 2014
Maureen McLane Reads Liz Waldner
16:41
<p>Maureen McLane joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Liz Waldner’s “The Sovereignty and the Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed.”</p>
Nov 20, 2014
James Richardson Reads W. S. Merwin
16:59
<p>James Richardson joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss W. S. Merwin’s “A Single Autumn.”</p>
Oct 16, 2014
Rae Armantrout Reads Susan Wheeler
17:20
<p>Rae Armantrout joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Susan Wheeler’s “The Split.”</p>
Sep 18, 2014
Lucie Brock-Broido reads Franz Wright
15:42
<p>Lucie Brock-Broido reads and discusses with host Paul Muldoon a poem by Franz Wright and poem of her own.</p>
Aug 20, 2014
Jennifer Michael Hecht Reads Lucie Brock-Broido
17:19
<p>Jennifer Michael Hecht reads Lucie Brock-Broido.</p>
Jul 23, 2014
Yusef Komunyakaa Reads Marilyn Hacker
11:44
<p>Yusef Komunyakaa reads a poem by Marilyn Hacker, as well as one of his own poems, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.</p>
Jun 24, 2014
Anna McDonald Reads Kathleen Graber
14:38
<p>Anna McDonald reads a poem by Kathleen Graber, as well as one of her own poems, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.</p>
May 22, 2014
Michael Dickman Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt
11:29
<p>Michael Dickman reads Ellen Bryant Voigt and his own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.</p>
Apr 17, 2014
Sharon Olds Reads Rodney Jones
11:21
<p>Sharon Olds reads Rodney Jones and her own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.</p>
Mar 20, 2014
John Ashbery Reads Charles Simic
10:54
<p>John Ashbery reads Charles Simic and his own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.</p>
Feb 21, 2014
Tracy K. Smith Reads Kevin Young
16:09
<p>Tracy K. Smith reads a poem by Kevin Young and her own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.</p>
Jan 25, 2014
Philip Levine Reads Ellen Bass
19:23
<p>Philip Levine reads a poem by Ellen Bass and his own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.</p>
Dec 19, 2013