Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast

The In-Between (with Diannely Antigua)

August 21, 2023 Aaron Smith and James Allen Hall Episode 104
Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast
The In-Between (with Diannely Antigua)
Show Notes

The queens talk music, monsters, and masturbation with Diannely Antigua.

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Diannely Antigu is a Dominican American poet and educator, born and raised in Massachusetts. Her debut collection Ugly Music (YesYes Books, 2019) was the winner of the Pamet River Prize and a 2020 Whiting Award. Her second poetry collection Good Monster is forthcoming with Copper Canyon Press in 2024. She hosts the podcast Bread & Poetry and is currently the Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, NH, the youngest and first person of color to receive that title.

Diannely reads "Diary Entry # 16 About Using My Body" from Good Monster. The poem was originally published in Muzzle Magazine and you can read it here.

Two poems Diannely mentions but doesn't read:
"Praise to the Boys" in the Paris Review
"Chronically" in Pangyrus.

You can read the entire Raque Dalton poem "Like You" ("Como Tú") translated by Jack Hirschman here.

Go here to listen to Diannely read poems and be interviewed on Was I in a Cult

Read a rave review of Ugly Music in Muzzle Magazine.

Watch Diannely tell stories and read in the Creative Mornings  series (~25 min).

Here's another terrific recording of Diannely Antigua reading at City of Asylum for "Latinx and Proud" series (~15 min).