Who Reads Poetry?

Neha Kumari

Who Reads Poetry is an attempt to understand poems through the reader. The reader is the person who attaches meaning to the poem with their voice and the time they have spent carrying the poem with them. In every episode we sit down with a person and...Show More
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Amy Lawless reads Robert Frost

53:28 | Mar 21st, 2018

Amy is an exceedingly fierce and hilarious poet whose most recent work Broadax is fresh off the press. Broadax is an exploration of being fearless in a world where fear is weaponized to keep women compliant. Amy brings to us her life long hate love o...Show More
Hans Jürgen Balmes on translation and John Berger

24:23 | Dec 11th, 2017

In this episode, We talk to Hans Balmes about translating poetry and his relationship with John Berger. Hans is based out of Frankfurt, Germany. He works as an Editorial Director at S. Fischer in Frankfurt, is co-editor of the literary magazine Neu...Show More
Hans Jürgen Balmes reads W S Merwin

50:28 | Dec 11th, 2017

In this episode, We continue our conversation with Hans Hans Balmes and begin by reading Traveling Together by W S Merwin. Traveling together is at once a poem about love and separation. We talk about how Merwin’s life and poetry are connected and wh...Show More
Eve Asher reads Wallace Stevens

37:17 | Nov 19th, 2017

In this episode, We listen to Eve Asher read 'The Emperor of Ice-Cream' by Wallace Stevens. Wallace Stevens was an American modernist poet. He won the pulitzer prize for his collected poems in 1955. Eve and I talk of death, the primary subject of th...Show More
Talia Lavin reads Guillaume Apollinaire

52:33 | Oct 30th, 2017

In this episode, We listen to Talia Lavin read 'Zone' by Guillaume Apollinaire. Apollinaire was a French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish descent. Apollinaire is considered one of the foremost poets of the ear...Show More
Coldplums reads Xin Qiji

1:03:26 | Sep 28th, 2017

In this episode, We listen to Coldplums read and translate a lyrical song poem by Xin Qiji. Xin was a chinese military leader in exile and a master at 'Ci' form of poetry. We dig in to Coldplums's gift of scissoring out the most moving and beautifu...Show More