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The Poetcast

The Poetcast was the official podcast of the Academy of American Poets. While we no longer produce podcasts, you can listen to samples from our archive.

Archived Poetcasts

March 27, 2008

Ars Poeticast: For National Poetry Month, poems about poetry from Philip Schultz, Robert Kelly, Russell Edson, and Kenneth Koch.

Listen to an excerpt here.

February 14, 2008

Lovecast: Just in time for Valentine's Day, poems of pleasure, pain, parting, and passion from Jack Gilbert, Robert Creeley, James Fenton, and Peter Gizzi.

Listen to an excerpt here.

February 7, 2008

AWP Conference Broadcast: The Academy of American Poets broadcasts from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in New York City. This podcast features a selection of the poets who stopped by to record poems with the Academy during the conference. Featured poets include Li-Young Lee, Paul Hoover, Claudia Emerson, Christian Bök, and A. Van Jordan.

Listen to an excerpt here.

January 16, 2008

The Word Museum: Poetry and Art: Mary Jo Bang reads from her book of ekphrastic poems, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon, and discusses her composition process, the ekphrastic poet's relationship to the world of a painting, and her book's curious origin in the "museum of her childhood."

Listen to an excerpt here.

December 6, 2007

A Tribute to Robert Fagles: Robert Fagles, translator of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil's Aeniad, discusses and reads from his work; also features commentary on Fagles by poet C.K. Williams.

Listen to an excerpt here.

November 19, 2007

Poems About Food: Just in time for Thanksgiving, hear delectable poems from Stanley Kunitz, W.S. Merwin, Yusef Komunyakaa, Galway Kinnell, and Philip Levine.

November 7, 2007

VIDEO: Robert Hass discusses the "gift economy" of poetry at the inaugural Poets Forum, October 20th, 2007.

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