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ELIZABETH KNAPP Three Poems

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Elizabeth Knapp reads her poems "Capital I," "Is That a Gun in Your Pocket" and "Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain Wrestling with the Angel" and speaks with Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur about topics ranging from American politics to her advice to young poets. (12:59)

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NICKOLE BROWN Two Poems

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Nickole Brown reads her poems "Wild Thing" and "Against Despair: The Kid Goat" and speaks with Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur about topics ranging from her inspiration for her work, to her Kentucky upbringing, to the first poem that resonated with her. (37:18)

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JANUARY GILL O'NEIL Two Poems

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What better way to start off 2019 on The Drum than to fill our January issue with poems by January Gill O'Neil. O'Neil speaks with Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur after reading aloud two poems from her new book Rewilding. (9:44)

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ERIN HOOVER Poems

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Erin Hoover's poems "What Is The Sisterhood to Me" and "If You Are Confused About Whether a Girl Can Consent" speak to the issues of our current news-cycle and to the timeless issues of power and selfhood. In an accompanying interview with Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur, Hoover talks about her process, her favorite poem, and other aspects of her work. (16:45)

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SHANE SEELY Two Poems

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Shane Seely reads his poems "Just Now a Goose" and "Two Stories Up" and speaks with Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur about his process, his first favorite poem, and how he likes to write by "leaning out over his skis". (18:32)

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AUSTIN SEGREST Two Poems and an Interview

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Football and a bong are the ostensible subjects of Austin Segrest's two poems "Wingback" and "The Big Bong". Segrest's poetry is both playful and serious here, classically grounded and utterly contemporary. After reading the poems, he speaks with Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur about his sources of ideas, his approach to writing, and his current non-poetry obsession: tennis. (8:18)

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FREDERICK SPEERS Not Your Usual Valentine's Love Poems

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Frederick Speers' poems "Deerskull," "Interlude Blues," and "Star Jasmine" are not your usual love poems. Featuring loss, death, and decay, they explore the darker side of love. In his interview with Kirun Kapur, Speers talks about how his work originates, about his relationship with love poetry, and about how his work fits or doesn't into the long tradition of poems about love. (28:00)

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LESLIE WILLIAMS Two Poems and an Interview

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"XOX" begins with a fake-leather belt and concludes with thoughts on the sincerity of greetings and the limits of our reaching out to those in trouble. In both this poem and in "Teach Us to Number Our Days," Leslie Williams works within a surprising complexity to bring musicality and meaning together--topics she discusses in her interview with Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur. (15:31)

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TESS TAYLOR Poems and an interview

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Tess Taylor reads four poems and speaks with Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur about how her poems originate and about her new collection Work and Days. Tendinitis, farm work, Hesiod, and hearing music in a phrase--all these and more topics come up in conversation. (20:38)

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MAJOR JACKSON Three Poems

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Major Jackson reads three poems from his latest collection Roll Deep: "Cries and Whispers," "Mighty Pawns," and "Cordoba: Mezquita". The Drum's Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur introduces the poems. (6:50)

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SUSAN RICH two poems

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Susan Rich reads her poems "Tricks a Girl Can Do" and "Cloud Pharmacy"--and speaks with Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur about ekphrastic poetry, her discovery of photographer Hannah Maynard, and the pleasures of bicycling while reciting Elizabeth Bishop. (14:56)

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MASSACHUSETTS POETRY FESTIVAL Poems Read by Gov. Patrick and Former Police Comm. Ed Davis

It's not every day you hear a former Police Commissioner reciting a poem by heart--or hear a Governor intoning someone else's persuasive rhetoric. But at a foundraiser in March for last weekend's Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick performed a powerful recitation of Emma Lazarus'  "The New Colossus" and former Police Commissioner Ed Davis recited Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Wreck of the Hesperus" almost entirely by heart.

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