Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast


October 02, 2023 Aaron Smith and James Allen Hall Episode 110
Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast
Show Notes

The queens hypothesize that erotic/love poems must always have one "f*ckstick."

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We talk about the difficulty of language and words that “shouldn’t” be in poems in Crimes Against Diction, episode 95.

Read “Dick Pics” by Sarah Tsiang.

Read Jack Gilbert’s “Michiko Dead."

Linda Gregg, “Kept Burning and Distant” from The Sacraments of Desire.

Read H.D.'s “Sea Poppies."

Read Sharon Olds's, “The Pope’s Penis

Read Adrienne Rich's "The Floating Poem" in Twenty-One Love Poems.

Kim Addonizio's poem “Penis Blues” can be read here

Louise Glück's “The Encounter” can be found here and is from The Triumph of Achilles

Read Emma Lazarus's “Assurance

We reference Russell Edson's poem “Conjugal” and Mark Strand's “Courtship

Read Jill Alexander Esbaum's awesomely funny “On Reading Poorly Transcribed Erotica

Wallace Stevens’s first book of poems is Harmonium, published by Knopf in 1923. A Palm at the End of the Mind is a Selected Poems and a play.

Lynn Melnick's third book of poetry is Refusenik. You can watch Lynn read from it and talk about it with David Ulin of the New York Public Library.

Watch James Hoch talk about Miscreants and the backstory behind "Bobby" here (~17 min mark).  You can read the Publisher's Weekly review of Miscreants here.

Donika Kelly’s first book is called Bestiary. Her second book is called The Renunciations pub’d by Graywolf.

Watch Lucas Mann read "Conversion" from Matthew Olzmann's book Constellations.

Read Charles Olsen's essay “Projective Verse."