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Interviews with poets and scholars of poetry about their new books.

Kendra Sullivan, "Reps" (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2024)

July 19, 2024

Reps

Kendra Sullivan
Hosted by Tyler Thier

Kendra Sullivan's latest book of poetry, Reps (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2024), cycles through a series of operational exercises that gradually enable her…

Anusha Rao and Suhas Mahesh, "How to Love in Sanskrit" (HarperCollins, 2024)

May 16, 2024

How to Love in Sanskrit

Anusha Rao and Suhas Mahesh
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

How to Love in Sanskrit (HarperCollins, 2024) is an invitation to Sanskrit love poetry, bringing together verses and short prose pieces by celebrated …

Steve Mentz, "Sailing without Ahab: Ecopoetic Travels" (Fordham UP, 2024)

April 8, 2024

Sailing without Ahab

Steve Mentz
Hosted by John Yargo

When I decided to try my hand at interviewing authors for the New Books Network, one of my dream guests was Steve Mentz. Steve’s work in the environme…

David Ferry, Roger Reeves, and the Underworld

March 21, 2024

David Ferry, Roger Reeves, and the Underworld

David Ferry and Roger Reeves

In Memoriam: David Ferry (1924-2023) In this Recall This Book conversation from 2021, poets David Ferry and Roger Reeves talk about lyric, epic, and …

Herbert Gold and Ari Gold, "Father Verses Sons: A Correspondence in Poems" (Rare Bird Books, 2024)

March 20, 2024

Father Verses Sons

Herbert Gold and Ari Gold
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

Father Verses Sons: A Correspondence in Poems (Rare Bird, 2024). When the global pandemic forced his ninety-six-year-old father into isolation, filmma…

Millicent Borges Accardi, "Quarantine Highway" (Flowersong Press, 2022)

March 12, 2024

Quarantine Highway

Millicent Borges Accardi
Hosted by Megan Wildhood

Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American writer, is the author of four poetry collections, including Only More So (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), and…

Karen Rigby, "Fabulosa" (JackLeg Press, 2024)

February 6, 2024

Fabulosa

Karen Rigby
Hosted by Megan Wildhood

After her prize-winning debut, Karen Rigby returns with a beguiling ars poetica and tribute to the dazzling. From Dior to Olympic figure skating, Brue…

Cynthia Marie Hoffman, "Exploding Head" (Persea Books, 2024)

January 9, 2024

Exploding Head

Cynthia Marie Hoffman
Hosted by Megan Wildhood

Exploding Head (Persea Books, 2024) chronicles a woman’s childhood onset and adult journey through obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which manifest…

Jessica Romney, "Lyric Poetry and Social Identity in Archaic Greece" (U Michigan Press, 2020)

January 8, 2024

Lyric Poetry and Social Identity in Archaic Greece

Jessica Romney
Hosted by Reyes Bertolin

Jessica Romney's book Lyric Poetry and Social Identity in Archaic Greece (U Michigan Press, 2020) examines how Greek men presented themselves and thei…

Adi Wolfson, "I Am Your Father" (Pardes Press, 2019)

December 27, 2023

I Am Your Father

Adi Wolfson
Hosted by Yakir Englander

The poems in the book I Am Your Father (Pardes Press, 2019) were written during a period of great confusion and pain, culminating in the moment when …

Ran Oron, "He Could See a Bird Outside if He Looked Through His Window" (Persimmon Books, 2023)

December 24, 2023

He Could See a Bird Outside if He Looked Through His Window

Ran Oron
Hosted by Yakir Englander

From his home in Connecticut, Ran Oron observed and drew a pair of ospreys, a couple of birds of prey that return each year to the same nest. With…

Elizabeth Hoover, "The Archive Is All in Present Tense" (Barrow Street Press, 2022)

December 2, 2023

The Archive Is All in Present Tense

Elizabeth Hoover
Hosted by Megan Wildhood

The Archive Is All in Present Tense (Barrow Street Press, 2022) attempts to capture the feeling of archival research, which, despite being an attempt …

Ian Probstein, trans., "Centuries Encircle Me with Fire: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam" (Academic Studies Press, 2022)

November 29, 2023

Centuries Encircle Me with Fire

Ian Probstein, trans.
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938) is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century's most influential poets. This collection, compiled, translated, and ed…

Shakespeare's Sonnets Part 3

November 20, 2023

Shakespeare's Sonnets Part 3

Michael Schoenfeldt
Hosted by Zachary Davis

Part 3 starts with a discussion of general reading strategies to help you discover the poetic techniques and insights of any individual sonnet. It con…

Shakespeare's Sonnets Part 2

November 13, 2023

Shakespeare's Sonnets Part 2

Michael Schoenfeldt
Hosted by Zachary Davis
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Part 2 focuses closely on the two major “characters” to whom the sonnets are addressed: a beautiful young man, and a woman described as black. You’ll …

Seamus Heaney’s Afterlives: A Discussion with Joseph Nugent and Vera Kreilkamp

November 8, 2023

Seamus Heaney’s Afterlives

Joseph Nugent and Vera Kreilkamp
Hosted by John Yargo

In 1995, Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. During his speech, he explained that the adequacy of lyric poetry spoke to the “‘tem…

Shakespeare's Sonnets Part 1

November 6, 2023

Shakespeare's Sonnets Part 1

Michael Schoenfeldt
Hosted by Zachary Davis
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The sonnet — a 14-line poem with a strict rhyme scheme, conventionally associated with love — was one of the most popular poetic forms in late Elizabe…

Katherine Gaffney, "Fool in a Blue House" (U Tampa Press, 2023)

November 6, 2023

Fool in a Blue House

Katherine Gaffney
Hosted by Megan Wildhood
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Katherine Gaffney completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently working on her PhD at the University of Souther…

Ann C. Bracken, "Crash: A Memoir of Overmedication and Recovery" (Charing Cross Press, 2022)

October 31, 2023

Crash

Ann C Bracken
Hosted by Megan Wildhood
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Ann Bracken has published three poetry collections, The Altar of Innocence, No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom, Once You’re Inside: …

Christopher Spaide, "Closure?" The Common Magazine (May 2023)

October 27, 2023

Closure?

Christopher Spaide
Hosted by Emily Everett

Christopher Spaide speaks to managing editor Emily Everett about his poem “Closure?,” which appears in The Common’s most recent issue. Chris talks ab…