PoetryNow

Series produced by The Poetry Foundation

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If you've ever been curious about why and how a poem gets made, PoetryNow is a weekly 4-minute, modular radio program that offers an audio immersion into the concept of a poem. Listen to and follow the inner workings of a new poem as poets read and talk about their work on PoetryNow, a presentation of The Poetry Foundation.

The series will feature 52 episodes available for stations to broadcast in any quantity or combination, at no cost, starting June.


176 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: francine harris
francine j. harris revisits her childhood home in Detroit and imagines the ways destruction can be an empowering act.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Uyayoan Noel
Urayoán Noel considers the pleasures of coffee and how those pleasures may differ between the English and Spanish languages.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Carmen Jimenez Smith
Carmen Giménez Smith reads a poem in response to a photograph by the 1970s East Los Angeles art collective Asco.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Cynthia  Cruz
Cynthia Cruz draws on Biblical language to imagine a world both concrete and virtual.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Ocean Vuong
Ocean Vuong remembers Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy killed by police in Cleveland, OH in 2014.

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa meditates on political exile and personal loss.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: David Lau, poet
David Lau combines opera, theater, and avant garde art in a poem inspired by student protests.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Norma Cole, poet
Norma Cole meditates on the Syrian refugee crisis.

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Jennifer Moxley
Jennifer Moxley meditates on Eros, mythology, and the cosmos.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Amy King, poet
Amy King considers how the media represent race and police violence.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Farnoosh Fathi, poet
Farnoosh Fathi reads a poem on the occasion of poet John Ashbery’s 87th birthday.

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Cornelius Eady, poet, Credit: Lynda Koolish
Cornelius Eady reenacts a scene of racial discrimination from the film A Raisin in the Sun.

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: David Trinidad, poet, Credit: Alyssa Lynee
David Trinidad describes a movie set for a cop film set in 1970s San Francisco.

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, poet
Lillian Yvonne Bertram meditates on conflicted romantic feelings during a summer spent in Maine.

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: J. Michael Martinez, poet
J. Michael Martinez writes of love and the body through the language of the natural world.

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Alli Warren, poet, Credit: Andrew Kenower
Alli Warren mingles tropes of baseball, horticulture, and birdwatching as she celebrates her life.

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Jose Javier Zamora, poet , Credit: Ana Ruth Zamora
Javier Zamora describes his journey as a young migrant crossing the desert into the U.S.

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Dara Wier, poet, Credit: Julia Johnson
Dara Wier meditates on the mind’s need for security and sanctuary from a troubled world.

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Margaret Noodin, poet, Credit: Troye Fox
Margaret Noodin sings a poem in Anishinaabemowin and discusses Native American languages and heritage.

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2016
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Patricia Spears Jones, poet, Credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Patricia Spears Jones considers the dynamics of race through the lens of a 1930s Mae West film.

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3