PoetryNow is a weekly four-minute radio series featuring some of today’s most accomplished and innovative poets who offer an acoustically rich and reflective look into a single poem.
Held in the Arms of St. Francis & the Virgin
Jasmine Gibson writes a love poem to her partner.
15 Years of Paris
Katy Bohinc leaves Paris and writes a poem of apology after a misunderstanding with someone close to her.
Beulah Peel Me a Grape
Patricia Spears Jones considers the dynamics of race through the lens of a 1930s Mae West film. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Geoffrey Hilsabeck imagines a conversation between Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson as they walk through Boston Common.
An Animal Unfit for Living Unmolested
Ginger Ko imagines the near future when humans will possess a fully automated representative.
The Great San Bernardino Pitch Party
Callie Garnett makes an ad pitch for her poetry.
Norma Cole meditates on the Syrian refugee crisis. Produced by Colin McNulty.
Chris Glomski considers the variables that comprise a human life.
In a Daydream of Being the Big House Missus
Justin Phillip Reed imagines an inverted history of slavery.
Jessica Laser considers wisdom, poetry, and procrastination.
Hour in which I consider hydrangea
Simone White documents a mother’s life with her infant son. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Things to Do in Hell
Chris Martin composes a list of things one might do in hell.
The Great Deceiver
Brian Lucas takes a speculative look at figures of deception.
Ana Božičević explores the feelings and emotions of spring.
the name before the name before mine
Jay Besemer considers heredity and the uncertainty of one’s past.
Elisa Gabbert meditates on the nature of suffering and the language we use to describe it.
encasement (storage e)
Rusty Morrison recalls an encounter in an airport and considers how touch can be a source of knowledge.
pronoun circle-jerk and the dog charlie
Julian Talamantez Brolaski considers the way we use pronouns to signal gender.
Richard Blanco remembers the 17 students killed in a mass-shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th, 2018.
The Ambassador of the Interior Has a Talking to With the Minister of the Cabinet of Vengeance
Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer imagines the prospect of a God who may have created humanity in order to battle evil.
Katy Lederer recalls her experience with in vitro fertilization and finds poetry in the language of science.
Donika Kelly recalls a class field trip to a sea lion sanctuary in the sixth grade and questions why certain lives are valued above others.
Bitch Is a Word I Hear A Lot
Kim Parko considers the politics of the word “bitch.”
Diana Khoi Nguyen meditates on the importance of exchanging marital vows.
Nothing Happened in 1999
Dec 31, 2018
Hayan Charara considers how the world would be different today if certain historically significant events had not taken place in the late 1990s. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Dec 24, 2018
francine j. harris revisits her childhood home in Detroit and imagines the ways destruction can be an empowering act. Produced by Colin McNulty.
Dec 17, 2018
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague describes a strange dream and considers the domestic space he has built with his partner.
I Make Promises Before I Dream
Dec 10, 2018
Tongo Eisen-Martin examines the institutions artists and artworks occupy and uses writing as a challenge to power. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Dec 3, 2018
Ruben Quesada remembers a friend who died under mysterious circumstances and meditates on his own friends, loved ones, and mortality. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Nov 26, 2018
Mark Tardi begins a poem with a line from the journal of the artist Francesca Woodman, a photographer known for her haunting self-portraits. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
A Feeling Right Before the Feeling
Nov 19, 2018
Brenda Hillman explores the many nuances of human emotions and articulates the moment before a feeling comes into being. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Nov 12, 2018
Toby Altman visits a hospital in Washington State designed by Bertrand Goldberg and considers the costs of making art in contemporary America. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Nov 5, 2018
Lisa Wells recalls a time in the woods with her father and meditates on the climate crisis threatening life on Earth. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
mom and dad in a photo
Oct 29, 2018
Edmund Berrigan finds an old photo of his mother and father and describes a rich web of detail from the image. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Love Calls Us
Oct 22, 2018
Randall Mann remembers a poem by Richard Wilbur and addresses social and spiritual concerns of San Francisco, the city where he has lived for 20 years. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Oct 15, 2018
Ali Power considers the relationship between a psychotherapist and her patient. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
I’m Stepping Up in Singing Sandals, No Use For
Oct 8, 2018
During a poetry workshop, Bridget Talone composes a poem inspired by the writing of poet David Larsen. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Oct 1, 2018
Celina Su looks at the environmental consequences involved with offshore drilling and fracking. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
It’s Not Like Nikola Tesla Knew All of Those People Were Going to Die
Sep 24, 2018
Hanif Abdurriqib investigates a scene from Christopher Nolan’s film The Prestige and considers the costs of one’s life. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Where Do You Come From?
Sep 17, 2018
Meena Alexander meditates on her transnational upbringing and interrogates the question of one’s origins. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Sep 10, 2018
Claudia La Rocco writes a poem as a gift to a friend experiencing a difficult set of life circumstances. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Sep 3, 2018
Sophia Dahlin navigates a complicated set of emotions inside an emotionally abusive relationship. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Aug 27, 2018
Melissa Broder writes about self-realization and survival. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Aug 20, 2018
Lillian Yvonne Bertram meditates on conflicted romantic feelings during a summer spent in Maine. Produced by Ayana Contreras.
Aug 13, 2018
Emily Hunt documents her time working at a greenhouse for an online flower seller. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Aug 7, 2018
Laura Marie Marciano describes the feeling of freedom after closing a chapter in one’s life. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Know No Name
Jul 30, 2018
Kazim Ali focuses on the way attention to sound can open a spiritual dimension in poetry. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Jul 23, 2018
Ryo Yamaguchi considers how future generations may characterize our present moment in time. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Jul 16, 2018
Daniel Poppick thinks about fear and recalls a woman from Queens who was disfigured in an acid attack in 2015. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Jul 9, 2018
Alan Felsenthal lists and blesses aspects of his life, large and small, for which he is grateful. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
In the Next Next World
Jul 2, 2018
Gillian Conoley discusses the devastation wrought by the October 2017 Northern California wildfires, the most destructive in the state’s history. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
The Pain Reliever
Jun 25, 2018
After an artist residency at Chicago’s International Museum of Surgical Science, Carrie Olivia Adams celebrates the lives of pioneering women in medicine during the nineteenth century. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Jun 18, 2018
Kenyatta Rogers distracts himself with writing during an uncomfortable flight from Los Angeles to Chicago. Produced by Sarah Geis.
I Told You I Was Sick
Jun 11, 2018
Elaine Kahn meditates on care, loss, and the uncertainty of the future. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Jun 4, 2018
Noel Black imagines singing karaoke on a yacht to the music of Michael McDonald. Produced by Sarah Geis.
May 28, 2018
Mary Cisper mediates on loss and grief after the death of her former husband. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Sweet or Sour
May 21, 2018
John Lennox summons the presence of a friend who died suddenly and at a young age. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
May 14, 2018
Anjuli Raza Kolb describes how her grandfather rewrote verses of the Qur’an using only the @ sign on his typewriter. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Wide Awake in a Field of Deadbolts
May 7, 2018
Nick Twemlow navigates the often bizarre and alienating world of the modern office. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Hello Kitty Virgin Mary
Apr 30, 2018
Feliz Lucia Molina remembers her life as a child while growing up in the San Fernando Valley. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Apr 23, 2018
Roberto Harrison imagines a time when death itself will be artificial. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Grief Sequence 7
Apr 16, 2018
Prageeta Sharma reflects on the last night of intimacy with her terminally ill partner. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Apr 9, 2018
Randall Horton thinks about the ways we trap ourselves and others in boxes. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Agrippina the Younger, Age Thirteen
Apr 2, 2018
Diana Arterian describes the wedding ceremony of Agrippina the Younger, Empress of Rome and mother to the infamous Emperor Nero. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
poem for bruce
Mar 26, 2018
Rodney Koeneke considers the mystery and language of riddles. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
[I have become wealthy in a foreign land]
Mar 19, 2018
Johannes Göransson catalogs his summer travels through Berlin and Stockholm. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Man In Boat, 1998
Mar 12, 2018
Vi Khi Nao’s poem inhabits the scene of a painting composed in 1998 by Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
The Thin Man Goes Home
Mar 5, 2018
Kit Robinson describes a walk home on a summer night as a cinematic experience. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
No People in It
Feb 26, 2018
Emily Skillings writes a tribute to poet John Ashbery who died in September of 2017. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Feb 12, 2018
Jennifer Firestone recounts the state of dementia in a loved one. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Let Me Explain
Feb 5, 2018
David Shook responds to a poem by Pablo Neruda with his own poem set in present-day Middle East. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Jan 29, 2018
Joanna Klink meditates on personal loss. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Jan 22, 2018
Eleni Sikelianos explores the evolution of the human body. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Picking up Your Spilled Pills off the Floor Is Briefly Humbling
Jan 15, 2018
Ben Fama meditates on the loss of a job and the world view of corporate America. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Jan 8, 2018
Matthew Zapruder considers the challenges facing recent college graduates. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Relaxing or Voluntarily Having Dumb, Unpleasant Experiences
Jan 1, 2018
Marie Buck describes relaxing activities many people like to do, and one rather unpleasant one. Produced by Sarah Geis.
An After Hour
Dec 25, 2017
Brenda Coultas describes the act of writing as it unfolds during the course of a day. Produced by Sarah Geis.
The Other Side
Dec 18, 2017
Jennifer Foerster imagines encountering her younger self on a walk through the streets of Vienna. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
With a Swoop
Dec 11, 2017
Uche Nduka expresses a sense of anguish and offers possible spiritual solutions to current political and existential problems. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Dec 4, 2017
Sueyeun Juliette Lee meditates on loss and its aftermath. Produced by Sarah Geis.
The Lamp of Mutual Aid
Nov 27, 2017
Joshua Edwards meditates on the nature of work and communal living. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Nov 20, 2017
Julien Poirier navigates the line between what can be imagined and what is real. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Nov 13, 2017
Tyehimba Jess pays tribute to Sissieretta Jones, the first African-American to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1892. Produced by Colin McNulty.
Cold Sore Lip Red Coat
Nov 6, 2017
Hoa Nguyen considers the objects of jokes and humor. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Between The Griffon and Met Life
Oct 30, 2017
Vincent Katz observes a March evening as the city of New York goes about its daily life. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
ain’t that easy
Oct 23, 2017
erica lewis riffs on a line by Diana Ross & the Supremes to begin investigating her current life.
Psalm for Mary Jane Veloso
Oct 16, 2017
Barbara Jane Reyes remembers and praises the life of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina domestic worker who was swindled into becoming a drug mule. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Oct 9, 2017
Noelle Kocot investigates the politics and power of the pronoun “they.”
Temptation of the Rope
Oct 2, 2017
Reginald Dwayne Betts recalls a fellow inmate with respect and admiration for the man’s integrity. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Sep 18, 2017
Ocean Vuong remembers Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy killed by police in Cleveland, OH in 2014. Produced by Sara Murphy.
Sep 11, 2017
Gerard Malanga responds to the poaching and endangerment of elephants. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Sep 4, 2017
Kiki Petrosino imagines an escape from a fairy house. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Mom Betty Addresses the Nature of Proportion
Aug 28, 2017
In the voice of her mother, Eileen Tabios reflects on the accomplishments and tragedies of her children. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Aug 14, 2017
Sara Deniz Akant considers the virtues and meaning of one’s name. Produced by Sarah Geis.
All Kinds of Fires Inside Our Heads
Aug 7, 2017
Nikki Wallschlaeger meditates on issues of accountability. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Jul 31, 2017
Francisco Aragón describes a threatening incident against a college student after the 2016 election. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Jul 24, 2017
Sunnylyn Thibodeaux mediates on the anxieties and ambitions of adult life. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Real Complex Key Shifts
Jul 17, 2017
Amanda Nadelberg reflects on life accomplishments and what has been left unachieved. Produced by Sarah Geis.
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