The first ten episodes

The first episode of PoemTalk was released jointly by the Kelly Writers House and the Poetry Foundation on December 2, 2007 — a session on Williams with Linh Dinh, Randall Couch, and Jessica Lowenthal. We were feeling our way around the format. By the time we got to our third show, about Oppen, we were relaxed. Despite some warnings that having four voices talk about one poem for thirty minutes would be confusing to listeners, the quartet — one host and three talkers — seemed to work. Here are the first ten shows, covering that last bit of 2007 and all of 2008:

PT#1: William Carlos Williams between walls
PT#2: Adrienne Rich won’t wait
PT#3: George Oppen’s ballad
PT#4: Allen Ginsberg sings Blake
PT#5: Ted Berrigan's “3 Pages”
PT#6: Jaap Blonk sound poem
PT#7: Jerome Rothenberg’s paradise
PT#8: Rae Armantrout’s “The Way”
PT#9: John Ashbery at a crossroads
PT#10: one of Gertrude Stein’s portraits