Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast


July 03, 2023 Aaron Smith and James Allen Hall Episode 97
Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast
Show Notes

The queens bust out their microscopes and examine poetic DNA.

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Aaron's STOP LYING is available from the Pitt Poetry Series. Publisher's Weekly calls the book "visceral, tender, and compassionate."

James's ROMANTIC COMEDY is available from Four Way Books. "Romantic Comedy," writes Diane Seuss in her judge's citation, "is a masterpiece of queer self-creation."

Some of the writers discussed include:

Terrance Hayes (who'll join us for the Breaking Form interview next week!), author of So to Speak, which will be out July 18 and is available for pre-order.

Listen to Etheridge Knight read "Hard Rock Returns To Prison From The Hospital For The Criminal Insane" & "The Idea Of Ancestry" here (~6 min).

Galway Kinnell reads his poem "After Making Love We Hear Footsteps" here (~2 min).

Read more about Herbert Morris here, and read his fabulous poem "Thinking of Darwin" here.

Read Thomas James's title poem "Letters to a Stranger." Then read this beautiful reconsideration of the poet by Lucie Brock-Broido, who used to photocopy James's poems and give them to her classes at Columbia, before Graywolf republished Letters to a Stranger in 2008.

Watch Gary Jackson read Lynda Hull's poem "Magical Thinking" (~3 minutes).

Stanley Kunitz reads his poem "The Portrait" here (~2 minutes).

If you haven't read Anne Carson's "The Gender of Sound," it is worthwhile & contains a crazy-ass story about Hemingway deciding to dissolve his friendship with Gertrude Stein.

Read Lynn Emmanuel's "Inside Gertrude Stein" here.

Read Anna Akhmatova's "Lot's Wife" here.

Read Osip Mandelstam's "I was washing at night out in the yard" here. 

Watch Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon read her poem "Solace" and then discuss how her poem draws inspiration from science.

Jennifer Michael Hecht's poem "Funny Strange" from her book Funny can be read from here.

Manuel Muñoz is the author of  the short story collectionThe Consequences (Graywolf, 2022). He reads Gary Soto's poem "The Morning They Shot Tony Lopez, Barber and Pusher Who Went Too Far 1958" from Soto's 1977 volume The Elements of San Joaquin. You can read a tiny essay Muñoz published about Soto in West Branch, in a folio edited by poet Shara Lessley.