Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast

Favorite Least Favorite

May 22, 2023 Aaron Smith and James Allen Hall Episode 91
Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast
Favorite Least Favorite
Show Notes

All tea, no shade: the queens spill their favorite--and least favorite--books from beloved poets.  As the great poet said, "If equal affection cannot be..." etc, etc.

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Aaron's STOP LYING is available from the Pitt Poetry Series.
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We mention the following poets and books:

Sharon Olds
The Gold Cell
The Dead and the Living
Blood, Tin, Straw
Stag's Leap
The Unswept Room


Terrance Hayes
American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin
Wind in a Box

How to Be Drawn

Anne Sexton
Live or Die
45 Mercy Street

Louise Glück
The Triumph of Achilles
"The Untrustworthy Speaker" that James references appears in Ararat and can be read here.
Vita Nova;
James quotes one of the title poems, "Vita Nova" (read it here).
Watch Louise Glück read with Katie Peterson here (~1 hour).

Mark Doty
Source. Read "At the Gym" which you can read here.
Atlantis. Aaron references the lines "... lucky we don’t have to know / what something is in order to hold it," which is from the section titled "Michael's Dream" in the title poem of Atlantis.
My Alexandria
Turtle, Swan.
Read the title poem here.

Anne Carson
Autobiography of Red
Glass, Irony and God

Marie Howe
The Kingdom of Ordinary Time
What the Living Do
The Good Thief

 Aaron references Robley Wilson's Kingdoms of the Ordinary, published by the Pitt Poetry Series on Oct. 1, 1987.

Ama Codjoe's website is Her book, Bluest Nude, was published by Milkweed in 2022. 

Nancy Krygowski is the author of The Woman in the Corner, named one of 2020’s top 100 poetry books by Library Journal, and Velocity, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She teaches in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and is a member of the Pitt Poetry Series interim editorial committee.