Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast

Keeping It 100

July 24, 2023 Aaron Smith and James Allen Hall Episode 100
Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast
Keeping It 100
Show Notes

The queens swear to tell the hole truth, and nothing butt the truth to commemorate the 100th episode of Breaking Form.

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Aaron's STOP LYING is available from the Pitt Poetry Series.

James's ROMANTIC COMEDY is available from Four Way Books.

Read Carl Phillips's "As from a Quiver of Arrows." Or see Summit Chakraborty read it here (~3 min).

If you want to know more about Bruce Weigl, check out the Breaking Form Episode "The Impossible."  You can also read "Song of Napalm" here or watch Weigl read it here (~3 min).

Ellen Bryant Voigt's newest book is Collected Poems (WW Norton).

The poet Ed Smith took his own life in 2005 at age 48; before that, he published two books, “Fantasyland” and “Tim’s Bunnies” (1988). David Trinidad edited the book “Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith." Trinidad wrote a remembrance of Smith here. And David Ulin wrote a retrospective of Ed Smith's work for the LA Times.

Watch this World AIDS Day commemoration that celebrates the works of Walta Borawski and Robert Ferro (recorded December 1, 2022)

You can learn more about the incredible poet Christopher Gilbert here. We particularly recommend you stop your day and read his poem "How the Stars Understand Us"

Read Thomas James's bio and peruse some of his poems here.  I've always really loved this essay on James's work by Lucie Brock-Broido and can't recommend it enough to you.

You can read Aaron's poem "After All These Years You Know They Were Wrong about the Sadness of Men Who Love Men" as well as a little essay about the poem here on the Poetry Society of America's website. Also, go read Aaron's poem "Sissy" that James mentions loving.

You can read James's poem "A Fact Which Occurred in America" here (though imagine it in tercets) and view the George Dawe painting referenced in the poem here.

Explore Jill Alexander Essbaum's fabulous work here.

Watch the fight scene in Mommie Dearest here if you don't get the "I am not one of your fans" reference. It's 3.5 minutes of high (but violent) camp.