Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast


April 17, 2023 Aaron Smith and James Allen Hall Episode 86
Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast
Show Notes

The queens discuss how poetry uses us as they highlight the work of Ruth Stone and Hayden Carruth.

Support Breaking Form and buy James's and Aaron's new books:
Aaron's STOP LYING is available from the Pitt Poetry Series.
James's ROMANTIC COMEDY is available from Four Way Books.

Please consider supporting the poets we mention in today's show! If you need a good indie bookstore, we recommend Loyalty Bookstores, a DC-area Black-owned bookshop.

Read Ruth Stone's obit in the NY Times.

Phoebe Stone gave a recorded talk about her mother Ruth Stone. It's an audio recording but has a ton of photographs and drafts of Stone's work. It's a personal glimpse into Ruth Stone's life and work. Catch it here (15 min).

Watch the trailer for Ruth Stone's Vast Library of the Female Mind, Nora Jacobson's documentary on the poet, here. (~3 min).

And you can stream the entire documentary now here (76 min). It includes interviews with family members and friends as well as poets Sharon Olds and Toi Derricotte.

Hayden Carruth's last public poetry reading was at Marlboro College in Vermont in 2009 (~60 min). (Marlboro College is the alma mater of poet Cate Marvin; it closed in 2020.)

Read a reminiscence of Carruth here (where he's late for lunch with Adrienne Rich).

You can read Carruth's poem "Graves" (from Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey) here