Poem Talk

Poem Talk

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Kelly Writers House impresario Al Filreis leads a lively roundtable discussion of a single poem with a series of rotating guests including Tracie Morris, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, erica kaufman, Charles Bernstein, Sawako Nakayasu, Simone White, and others.


The Republic of Space: A discussion of “The Blue Stairs” by Barbara Guest
Sep 27
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Simone White, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Kristin Prevallet.
Worker’s Tanka: A discussion of six tankas (2 each) by three worker poets, Christine Yvette Lewis, Lorraine Garnett and Davidson Garrett
Aug 27
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Husnaa Hashim, Meg Pendoley, and Mark Nowak.
Written in Water: A discussion of Bluets by Maggie Nelson
Jul 19
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jennifer Firestone, Adrienne Raphel, and Julia Bloch.
Laying Poems Away: A discussion of “The Ambition Bird” by Anne Sexton
Jun 21
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ellen Berman, Anthony Rostain, and Ahmad Almallah.
Saw the Lie: A discussion of three short poems in “SKY WRI TEI NGS” by Nasser Hussain
May 17
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ujjwala Maharjan, Kevin Platt, and Nasser Hussain.
Hadbeen Variety: A discussion of “Writing for the Second Time through Finnegans Wake” by John Cage
Apr 24
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Marjorie Perloff, Danny Snelson, and Nancy Perloff.
Slowing the Rate of Perception: A discussion of “Hello, the Roses” by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Mar 20
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Joshua Schuster, Evelyn Reilly, and James Sherry.
Flesh Ekes Ink: A discussion of Divya Victor’s “W Is for Walt Whitman’s Soul” from her book Kith.
Feb 20
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Mytili Jaganathan, Angela Carr, and Anna Strong Safford.
Light filtering through: A discussion of G. Maria Hindmarch’s “Kitsilano”.
Jan 16
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Erín Moure, Karis Shearer, and Deanna Fong. This episode was filmed in Montreal, at the home of Erín Moure. Watch the video.
Filter, Impose, Trespass: A discussion of Rachel Zolf’s Human Resources.
Dec 19, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jeff T. Johnson, Whitney Trettien, and Amy Paeth.
Not Detainable: A discussion of Gwendolyn Brooks’s “Riot”
Nov 16, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Amber Rose Johnson, Tonya Foster, and Davy Knittle.
The After-Hell: A discussion of Sylvia Plath’s poem “The Stones”
Oct 17, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Susan Schultz, Sally Van Doren, and Huda Fakhreddine.
Of Beautiful Tangents: A discussion of two poems from Perfect Villagers by Sueyeun Juliette Lee
Sep 20, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Sawako Nakayasu, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, and Donato Mancini.
Boring in a Different Way: A discussion of John Ashbery’s “The Short Answer”
Aug 21, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Marjorie Perloff, Susan McCabe, and Robert von Hallberg.
Something in the Way: A discussion of Amiri Baraka’s “Something in the Way of Things (In Town)”
Jul 25, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring William J. Harris, Tyrone Williams, and Aldon Nielsen.
Fallout from Cooling: A discussion of three poems from Erica Baum
Jun 13, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Christine Nelson, Davy Knittle, and Erica Baum
Our Endless Ear: A discussion of Jack Kerouac’s “Old Angel Midnight”
May 16, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring J. C. Cloutier, Michelle Taransky, and Clark Coolidge.
Bugging the Circles: A discussion of David Antin’s “War”
Apr 13, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jerome Rothenberg, Diane Rothenberg, and Ariel Resnikoff.
Insurrection Is Value: A discussion of Sean Bonney’s “Happiness”
Mar 9, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Stephen Willey, Anna Strong Safford, and Luke Roberts.
This Corner of the Diaspora: A discussion of Jerome Rothenberg’s “Galician Nights” (a section of Poland/1931)
Feb 16, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Frank London, Maria Damon, and Jake Marmer.
World Without Sequence: A discussion of Ann Lauterbach’s poem “Under the Sign”
Jan 18, 2018
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Matvei Yankelevich, Kate Colby, and Christina Davis.
Nothing To Say: A discussion of three poems by Fatemeh Shams
Dec 14, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Mahyar Entezari, and Leonard Schwartz.
Question Therefore the Age: A discussion of M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!
Nov 17, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Amber Rose Johnson, Tracie Morris, and Alexandria Johnson.
The Dark Containers: A discussion of Larissa Lai’s “Nascent Fashion”
Oct 13, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Colin Browne, Daphne Marlatt, and Fred Wah.
Images, Mon Ami: A discussion of Anne Tardos’s “Uxudo”
Sep 13, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Ariel Resnikoff, and Stephen Ross.
The Hand’s Reach: A discussion of Lorenzo Thomas’s “An Arc Still Open”
Aug 16, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring William J. Harris, Aldon Nielsen, and Tyrone Williams.
Dead To Me: A discussion of Claudia Rankine’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”
Jul 12, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Kyoo Lee, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, and Simone White.
Truth Flies: A discussion of Robin Blaser’s “A Bird in the House.”
Jun 6, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Brian Teare, Jed Rasula, and Kristen Prevallet.
Listen to Everything You Love Disappear: A discussion of Patrick Rosal’s “Instance of an Island.”
May 16, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ross Gay, Josephine Park, and Herman Beavers.
Rise and Live: A discussion of Naomi Replansky’s “In Syrup, in Syrup” and “Ring Song.”
Apr 12, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ron Silliman, Charles Bernstein, and Rachel Zolf.
To Rearrange the World: A discussion of Philip Whalen’s “Life at Bolinas. The Last of California.”
Mar 7, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring poets Stephen Ratcliffe, Joanne Kyger, and Julia Bloch.
I Mean Only Means: A discussion of Kate Colby’s I Mean.
Feb 9, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring poets Siobhan Phillips, Emily Harnett, and Joseph Massey
But Too Beautiful: A discussion of Tracie Morris’ “Slave Sho to Video aka Black but Beautiful”
Jan 11, 2017
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Edwin Torres, Camara Brown, and Brooke O’Harra.
It Is Time: A discussion of Paul Celan’s “Corona”
Dec 6, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ariel Resnikoff, Anna Strong, and Pierre Joris.
Dear Conflicted Reader: A discussion of C.D. Wright’s One Big Self
Nov 15, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Mel Nichols, Rob Casper, and Mark McMorris.
No Truths Self-Evident: A Discussion of Michael Magee’s “Morning Constitutional”
Oct 19, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Kristen Gallagher, Joshua Schuster, and Kerry Sherin Wright.
Swear It Closed: A Discussion of Simone White’s book Of Being Dispersed
Aug 9, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Eileen Myles, Rachel Zolf, and erica kaufman.
Mind’s Not Right: A Discussion of Robert Lowell’s “Skunk Hour”
Jul 12, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Rafael Campo, Elisa New, and Christina Davis.
With What Geometry: A Discussion of Edward Dorn’s “The Sundering U.P. Tracks”
Jun 14, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Simone White, Sophia Le Fraga, and Andrew Whiteman.
A Retrospective: A Discussion of Previous Episodes with Seven Poets
May 10, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring William J. Harris, Tracie Morris, Erica Kaufman, Steve McLaughlin, Herman Beavers, Maria Damon & Charles Bernstein.
The Unabettable Bleak: A Discussion of Four Poems by William Bronk
Apr 12, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Joseph Massey, Julia Bloch, and Michelle Gil-Montero.
Weakness Stalks in Pride: A Discussion of James Weldon Johnson’s “O Southland!”
Mar 15, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Herman Beavers, Salamishah Tillet, Chris Mustazza.
Articulate beyond Walls: A Discussion of Three Poems by Larry Eigner
Feb 17, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ron Silliman, Daniel Bergmann, and Michael Kelleher
The Laurel Crown: A Discussion of Allen Grossman’s “My Radiant Eye”
Jan 19, 2016
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Peter Cole, Kathryn Hellerstein, and Ariel Resnikoff.
I too received identity: A Discussion of Rob Fitterman’s Sprawl
Dec 8, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Michelle Taransky, Laynie Browne, and Rodrigo Toscano.
No Spell Broken: A Discussion of CAConrad’s (Soma)tic Midge
Nov 17, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Trace Peterson, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, and Erica Kaufman.
Dreams Not Spoiled by Roaches: A Discussion of Helen Adam’s “Cheerless Junkie’s Song”
Oct 20, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Laura Sims, Corina Copp, Richard Deming.
An Abductee, in Theory: A discussion of Bob Perelman’s “Confession”
Sep 22, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Kathy Lou Schultz, Kristen Gallagher, and Bruce Andrews.
The Body in Pain: A discussion of Gill Ott’s “The Forgotten”
Aug 18, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jenn McCreary, Pattie McCarthy, and Frank Sherlock.
The F*ck-You Bow: A discussion of Gertrude Stein’s “How She Bowed to Her Brother”
Jul 14, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Julia Bloch, Sarah Dowling, and Maxe Crandall.
Requiem So Sweet We Forgot What It Lamented: A Discussion of Nathaniel Mackey’s “Day after Day of the Dead”
Jun 18, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring William J. Harris, Tsitsi Jaji, Herman Beavers.
Me No One Will Take: A Discussion of Kathy Acker’s “The Diseased” and “The Slave Trader”
May 19, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Maria Damon, Catherine Wagner, and Kaplan Harris.
Amplitude and Awe: A Discussion of Emily Dickinson’s “Wild Nights - Wild Nights!” and “She rose to His Requirement”
Apr 21, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Michelle Taransky, Cecilia Corrigan, and Lily Applebaum.
The Signature Public: A Discussion of Tyrone Williams’s, “Written By H’Self” & “Cant”
Mar 24, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Herman Beavers, Alan Golding and Lily Applebaum.
A Day Like Any Other: A Discussion of James Schuyler’s “February”
Feb 24, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Bernadette Mayer, Julia Bloch and Erica Kaufman.
The I as Hieroglyph: A Discussion of H.D.’s Helen in Egypt
Feb 3, 2015
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Dee Morris, Annette Debo, and Julia Bloch.
There It Was: A Discussion of Wallace Stevens’s “The Poem That Took the Place of a Mountain”
Dec 30, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Susan Howe, Dee Morris, and Nancy Kuhl.
Remote Yet Present: A Discussion of Carl Rakosi’s “In What Sense I Am I”
Oct 28, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Anthony Madrid, Don Share, and Laura Goldstein.
Deep Descent: A Discussion of Two Poems by Fanny Howe
Oct 7, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Rae Armantrout, Laynie Browne, and Kerry Sherin Wright.
Fail Better and Revolt: A Discussion of Tom Leonard’s “Three Texts for Tape: the Revolt of Islam”
Sep 9, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Joe Milutis, Jenn McCreary, and Leonard Schwartz.
Revolutionary Vibe: A Discussion of Joanne Kyger’s “It’s been a long time”
Jul 22, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Julia Bloch, Stephen Ratcliffe, and Pattie McCarthy.
How Can They Write and Believe?: A Discussion of Muriel Rukeyser’s “Ballad of Orange and Grape”
Jul 1, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Amy King, Mytili Jagannathan, and David Abel.
My Other Country: A Discussion of Lorine Niedecker’s “Foreclosure” and “Wilderness”
May 29, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jessica Lowenthal, Dee Morris and Michelle Taransky.
I’m Coming Up: Anne Waldman, “To the Censorious Ones” (“Open Address to Senator Jesse Helms”)
May 13, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Pierre Joris, Orchid Tierney, and Stacy Szymaszek.
Strange Galvanics: A Discussion of Will Alexander’s “Compound Hibernation”
Apr 8, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Kristen Gallagher, Tracie Morris, and Michael Magee.
Word Up: A Discussion of Walt Whitman’s “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking”
Feb 25, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Julia Bloch, Tom Pickard, and Amy King.
Is It Over Already?: A Discussion of Steve Benson’s “Did the lights just go out?”
Jan 7, 2014
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Tyrone Williams, Thom Donovan, and Patrick Durgin.
Gone Is the Word as Word: A Discussion of Bob Cobbing’s “Portrait of Robin Crozier”
Nov 19, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jaap Blonk, Danny Snelson, and Steve McLaughlin.
Constrained to Honor: A Discussion of Claude McKay’s “If We Must Die”
Oct 8, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Salamishah Tillet, Herman Beavers, and Kathy Lou Schultz.
On the Convergence of War & Wedding: A Discussion of Laura Mullen’s “Bride of the New Dawn”
Sep 3, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Michelle Taransky, Amy Paeth, and Steve McLaughlin.
Fierce Storehouses of Articulation: A Discussion of Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s “Draft 85: Hard Copy”
Jul 30, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ron Silliman, Jessica Lowenthal, and Randall Couch.
Perhaps a New Optimism: A Discussion of Ray DiPalma’s “It makes of nonsense”
Jun 25, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Charles Bernstein, John Tranter, and Aaron Shurin.
Girl Head Mostly Eyes: A Discussion of Catherine Wagner’s “This is a F***ing Poem”
May 28, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Laura Elrick, Rae Armantrout, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis.
Deep Heart’s Core Sound: A Discussion of William Butler Yeats’s “Lake Isle of Innisfree.”
May 14, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Taije Silverman, John Timpane, and Max McKenna.
The Day Pours out Space: A Discussion of Lisa Robertson’s The Weather
Apr 16, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Kristen Gallagher, and Michelle Taransky.
The Straight Path Gone Astray: A Discussion of Caroline Bergvall’s “Via”
Mar 26, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Charles Alexander, David Wallace, Laynie Browne, and Amaris Cuchanski.
Daytime Never Ends: A Discussion of Laynie Browne’s Daily Sonnets
Mar 5, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jessica Lowenthal, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, and Lee Ann Brown.
A Space Only You Can Build: A Discussion of Charles Alexander’s Near or Random Acts
Jan 29, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ken Jacobs, Mark Nowak, and Ron Silliman.
I Can’t Get Started: A Discussion of Bill Berkson’s “Signature Song”
Jan 8, 2013
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Marci Nelligan, David Kaufmann, and Thomas Devaney.
Whelm Lessons: A Discussion of Clark Coolidge’s “Blues for Alice”
Dec 18, 2012
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Brian Reed, Maria Damon, and Craig Dworkin.
Yankee Go Home: A Discussion of Paul Blackburn’s “7th Game : 1960 Series”
Nov 27, 2012
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Joel Lewis, Daisy Fried, and Ron Silliman.
Tired, Poor, Huddled, Gentrified: A Discussion of Bernadette Mayer’s “The Tragic Condition of the Statue of Liberty”
Oct 16, 2012
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Anne Waldman, Julia Bloch, and Katie Price.
Cut from the Same Tongue: A Discussion of Gregory Djanikian’s “Armenian Pastoral, 1915”
Sep 4, 2012
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Peter Balakian, John Timpane, and Jamie-Lee Josselyn.
Without House and Ground: A Discussion of Two Poems by Charles Reznikoff
Jul 26, 2012
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Peter Cole, Michelle Taransky, and Henry Steinberg.
Find the Missing Line: A Discussion of Jennifer Moxley’s “The Atrophy of Private Life”
Jul 10, 2012
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Katie Price, Cathy Eisenhower, and Christopher Schmidt.
The Value of a Pronoun: A Discussion of Ron Silliman’s You
Jun 26, 2012
Hosted by Michelle Taransky and featuring Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Bob Perelman, and Frank Sherlock.
Obscure Things Have Already Been Said: A Discussion of Joan Retallack’s “Not a Cage”
May 23, 2012
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jonathan Monroe, Jena Osman, and Danny Snelson.
Where the Real Exceeds the Ideal: A Discussion of Cole Swensen’s “If a Garden of Numbers”
May 3, 2012
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ann Seaton, Gregory Djanikian, and Michelle Taransky
Why Apples Can Cause Riots: A Discussion of Linh Dinh’s “Eating Fried Chicken”
Mar 26, 2012
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Susan Schultz, Leonard Schwartz, and Thomas Devaney.
State of Error: A Discussion of Tom Raworth’s “Errory”
Feb 27, 2012
Hosted by Al filreis and featuring Marjorie Perloff, Charles Bernstein, and Michael S. Hennessey.
Slow-Down: A Discussion of P. Inman’s “reception.theory.” and “lac[e]y.”
Feb 7, 2012
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Michael Golston, Danny Snelson, and Sarah Dowling.
Ill Angelic Poetics: A Discussion of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Dream-Land”
Dec 19, 2011
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring John Timpane, Thomas Devaney, and Jerome McGann.
Inalienable Writes: A Discussion of Rosmarie Waldrop’s “Shorter American Memory of the Declaration of Independence”
Nov 10, 2011
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring J Jessica Lowenthal, Johanna Drucker, and Julia Bloch
Writing through Ezra: A Discussion of Jackson Mac Low’s Words nd Ends from Ez
Oct 14, 2011
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Joan Retallack, Pierre Joris, and Charles Bernstein
Poem Going Down the Drain: A Discussion of Eileen Myles’s “Snakes”
Sep 7, 2011
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Charles Alexander, Sarah Dowling, and Michelle Taransky.
On the Other Side of the Tracks: A Discussion of Fred Wah’s “Race, to go.”
Aug 12, 2011
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jeff Derksen, Lisa Robertson, and Bob Perelman. 
Wieners by Night: A Discussion of John Wieners’s “The Acts of Youth”
Jun 13, 2011
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ammiel Alcalay, Danny Snelson, and Gary Barwin.
A Hole Torn in the World: A Discussion of Nathaniel Tarn’s “Unravelling / Shock”
Apr 19, 2011
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Marcella Durand, Burt Kimmelman and Erin Gautsche.