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Deborah Landau Reads Anne Sexton

25:30 | Nov 30th, 2018

Deborah Landau joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Anne Sexton's poem "Little Girl, My Stringbean, My Lovely Woman" and her own poem "Solitaire." Landau's poetry collections include “The Uses of the Body” and “The Last Usable Hour,” both Lannan Lit...Show More
Safiya Sinclair Reads Natalie Diaz

32:39 | May 22nd

Safiya Sinclair joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Natalie Diaz's poem "From the Desire Field" and her own poem "Gospel of the Misunderstood." Sinclair is the author of the poetry collection "Cannibal" and the forthcoming memoir "How to Say Babylo...Show More
Rachel Eliza Griffiths Reads W.S. Merwin

29:30 | Apr 17th

Rachel Eliza Griffiths joins Kevin Young to discuss "Rain Light" by W.S. Merwin, and her own poem "Heart of Darkness." Griffiths is a poet and artist who has received fellowships from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, and Yad...Show More
Peter Balakian Reads Theodore Roethke

31:42 | Mar 20th

Peter Balakian joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Theodore Roethke's poem "In a Dark Time" and his own poem "Eggplant." Balakian's latest book is "Ozone Journal," which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
Craig Morgan Teicher Reads Forrest Gander

29:01 | Feb 20th

Craig Morgan Teicher joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Forrest Gander’s poem “Son” and his own poem, also titled “Son.” Teicher is a poet and critic whose collection "The Trembling Answers" received the 2018 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the ...Show More
Kaveh Akbar Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt

29:07 | Oct 17th, 2018

Kaveh Akbar joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Ellen Bryant Voigt’s poem "Groundhog" and his own poem "What Use is Knowing Anything If No One Is Around". Akbar is the author of the poetry collection “Calling a Wolf a Wolf,” as well as the recipien...Show More
Nick Flynn Reads Zoë Hitzig

33:58 | Sep 19th, 2018

Nick Flynn joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Zoë Hitzig’s poem “Objectivity as Blanket" and his own poem “The King of Fire.” Flynn's latest poetry collection is “My Feelings"; he will publish two new books, "Stay" and "I Will Destroy You," in 201...Show More
Catherine Barnett Reads Wislawa Szymborska

28:27 | Aug 21st, 2018

Catherine Barnett joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Wislawa Szymborska's poem "Maybe All This" (translated, from the Polish, by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Barańczak) and her own poem "Son in August." Barnett is the author of the poetry collecti...Show More
Nicole Sealey Reads Ellen Bass

27:12 | Jul 27th, 2018

Nicole Sealey joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Ellen Bass' poem "Indigo" and her own poem “A Violence." Sealey is the executive director at the Cave Canem Foundation and the author of the poetry collection "Ordinary Beast."
Tiana Clark Reads Natasha Trethewey

29:45 | Jun 20th, 2018

Tiana Clark joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Natasha Trethewey's poem "Repentance," and her own poem, "Nashville." Tiana Clark is the author of the chapbook "Equilibrium," which won the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Prize. Her first full-length book...Show More
Ada Limón and Natalie Diaz Discuss “Envelopes of Air”

29:28 | May 23rd, 2018

Ada Limón and Natalie Diaz join Kevin Young to discuss their collaborative poetry project, “Envelopes of Air,” a series of eight poems written in correspondence between the two poets, currently featured on newyorker.com.
Marie Howe Reads Lucie Brock-Broido

38:00 | Mar 21st, 2018

Marie Howe joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Lucie Brock-Broido's poem "The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act" and her own poem "The Star Market."
Meena Alexander Reads Gerald Stern

23:06 | Feb 21st, 2018

Meena Alexander joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Gerald Stern’s poem “Adonis," and her own poem “Kochi by the Sea.”
Terrance Hayes reads Matthew Dickman

0:00 | Jan 17th, 2018

Terrance Hayes joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Matthew Dickman's poem "Fire" and his own poem “New York Poem."
David Lehman Reads John Ashbery

28:45 | Dec 20th, 2017

David Lehman joins Kevin Young to read and discuss John Ashbery's Poem "Worsening Situation," and his own poem "Stages on Life's Way."
Tracy K. Smith Reads Matthew Dickman

23:06 | Nov 15th, 2017

Tracy K. Smith joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Matthew Dickman’s poem “Minimum Wage," and her own poem “Declaration.”
Charles Simic Reads Sharon Olds

23:14 | Oct 18th, 2017

Charles Simic joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Sharon Olds’ poem “Her Birthday as Ashes in Seawater,” and his own poem “The Infinite.”
Danielle Chapman Reads Zbigniew Herbert

25:40 | Sep 20th, 2017

Danielle Chapman joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Zbigniew Herbert's poem "Mr. Cogito Laments the Pettiness of Dreams," and her own poem "The Tavern Parlor."
Stephen Mitchell Reads Richard WIlbur

29:21 | Aug 16th, 2017

Stephen Mitchell joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Richard Wilbur's poem "Two Voices in a Meadow," and his own translation of "The Death of Argos," from Homer’s Odyssey.
Erica Jong Reads John Updike

23:58 | Jul 19th, 2017

Erica Jong joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Updike's poem "The City Outside," and her own poem "Dear Keats."
Lia Purpura Reads Carl Phillips

27:18 | Jun 21st, 2017

Lia Purpura joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Carl Phillip's poem "White Dog," and her own poem "First Leaf."
Tom Sleigh Reads Seamus Heaney

31:17 | May 20th, 2017

Tom Sleigh joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Seamus Heaney’s poem “In the Attic” and his own poem “The Fox.”
Andrew Motion Reads Alice Oswald

40:28 | Apr 19th, 2017

Andrew Motion joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Alice Oswald’s poem “Evening Poem” and his own poem “Waders.”
Mary Karr Reads Terrance Hayes

24:29 | Mar 15th, 2017

Mary Karr joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Terrance Hayes’s poem “Ars Poetica with Bacon” and her own poem “Face Down.”
Kevin Young Reads John Berryman

22:40 | Feb 15th, 2017

Kevin Young joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Berryman’s poem “A Sympathy, A Welcome” and his own poem “Oblivion.”
Brenda Shaughnessy Reads C.D. Wright

20:45 | Jan 18th, 2017

Brenda Shaughnessy joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss C.D. Wright's poem, “Like a Prisoner of Soft Words,” and her own poem “I Have a Time Machine.”
How Do You Fact-Check a Poem?

23:18 | Dec 21st, 2016

Parker Henry joins Paul Muldoon to discuss fact checking poetry for The New Yorker.
Jonathan Galassi Reads Frederick Seidel

28:29 | Nov 16th, 2016

Jonathan Galassi joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Frederick Seidel’s “Poem by the Bridge at Ten-Shin,” and his own poem “Lunch Poem for F.S.”
Amit Majmudar Reads Christopher Reid

21:53 | Oct 19th, 2016

Amit Majmudar joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Christopher Reid’s “The Confusions,” and his own poem “Invocation.”
Eileen Myles Reads James Schuyler

24:26 | Sep 21st, 2016

Eileen Myles joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss James Schuyler’s “White Boat, Blue Boat,” and her own poem “Dissolution.”
Joyce Carol Oates Reads John Updike

24:06 | Aug 17th, 2016

Joyce Carol Oates joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Updike's “A Lightened Life,” and her own poem “This Is the Season.”
Billy Collins Reads Eamon Grennan

28:04 | Jul 20th, 2016

Billy Collins joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Eamon Grennan’s “Sea Dog,” and his own poem “Table Talk.”
Jana Prikryl Reads Anne Carson

26:26 | Jun 15th, 2016

Jana Prikryl joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Anne Carson’s “Stanzas, Sexes, Seductions,” and her own poem “Thirty Thousand Islands.”
Nick Laird Reads Elizabeth Bishop

31:28 | May 18th, 2016

Nick Laird joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Elizabeth Bishop's “The Moose,” and his own poem “Feel Free.”
Monica Youn Reads Afaa Michael Weaver

20:29 | Apr 20th, 2016

Monica Youn joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Afaa Michael Weaver's "Passing Through Indian Territory," and her own poem “Goldacre.”
Andrea Cohen Reads Philip Levine

14:33 | Mar 16th, 2016

Andrea Cohen joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Philip Levine's "The Mercy," and her own poem “Major to Minor.”
Stephen Dunn Reads Donald Justice

21:45 | Feb 17th, 2016

Stephen Dunn joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Donald Justice's "There is a gold light in certain old paintings," and his own poem “History.”
J. D. McClatchy Reads James Merrill

28:55 | Jan 20th, 2016

J. D. McClatchy joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss James Merrill's "164 East 72nd Street," and his own poem “CaĞaloĞlu.”
Ellen Bass Reads Adam Zagajewski

17:39 | Dec 16th, 2015

Ellen Bass joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Adam Zagajewski’s “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” and her own poem “Reincarnation.”
Meghan O'Rourke Reads John Ashbery

26:31 | Nov 18th, 2015

Meghan O'Rourke joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Ashbery's "Tapestry,” and her own poem “Apartment Living."
Calvin Trillin Reads Ogden Nash

19:30 | Oct 21st, 2015

Calvin Trillin joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Ogden Nash's "Autres Bêtes, Autres Mœurs” and his own poem "Oh, Y2K, Yes Y2K, How Come It Has to End This Way?"
Rosanna Warren Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt

20:44 | Sep 16th, 2015

Rosanna Warren joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Ellen Bryant Voigt’s “Bear,” and her own poem “Man in Stream.”
Sophie Cabot Black Reads Donald Hall

19:18 | Aug 19th, 2015

Sophie Cabot Black joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Donald Hall’s “The Ship Pounding,” and her own poem “Chemotherapy.”
Matthea Harvey Reads W. S. Merwin

16:25 | Jul 15th, 2015

Matthea Harvey joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss W. S. Merwin’s “Vixen,” and her own poem “Everything Must Go.”
Michael Robbins Reads John Ashbery

19:20 | Jun 18th, 2015

Michael Robbins joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss “Myrtle,” by John Ashbery, and his own poem “Country Music.”
Ada Limón Reads Jennifer L. Knox

15:51 | May 20th, 2015

Ada Limón joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Jennifer L. Knox’s “Pimp My Ride” and her own poem “State Bird.”
Robert Pinsky Reads Elizabeth Bishop

23:04 | Apr 16th, 2015

Robert Pinsky joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Elizabeth Bishop’s “At the Fishhouses” and a poem of his own.
Major Jackson Reads Derek Walcott

18:14 | Mar 19th, 2015

Major Jackson joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Derek Walcott’s “In Italy” and a poem of his own.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips Reads Nick Laird

17:27 | Mar 10th, 2015

Rowan Ricardo Philips joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Nick Laird’s “Feel Free” and a poem of his own.
Timothy Donnelly Reads Yusef Komunyakaa

16:50 | Jan 21st, 2015

Timothy Donnelly joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Fortress” and a poem of his own.
Stephen Burt Reads Liz Waldner

17:14 | Dec 16th, 2014

Stephen Burt joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Liz Waldner’s “Sad Verso of the Sunny _______.”
Maureen McLane Reads Liz Waldner

16:41 | Nov 20th, 2014

Maureen McLane joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Liz Waldner’s “The Sovereignty and the Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed.”
James Richardson Reads W. S. Merwin

16:59 | Oct 16th, 2014

James Richardson joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss W. S. Merwin’s “A Single Autumn.”
Rae Armantrout Reads Susan Wheeler

17:20 | Sep 18th, 2014

Rae Armantrout joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Susan Wheeler’s “The Split.”
Lucie Brock-Broido reads Franz Wright

15:42 | Aug 20th, 2014

Lucie Brock-Broido reads and discusses with host Paul Muldoon a poem by Franz Wright and poem of her own.
Jennifer Michael Hecht Reads Lucie Brock-Broido

17:19 | Jul 23rd, 2014

Jennifer Michael Hecht reads Lucie Brock-Broido.
Yusef Komunyakaa Reads Marilyn Hacker

11:44 | Jun 24th, 2014

Yusef Komunyakaa reads a poem by Marilyn Hacker, as well as one of his own poems, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Anna McDonald Reads Kathleen Graber

14:38 | May 22nd, 2014

Anna McDonald reads a poem by Kathleen Graber, as well as one of her own poems, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Michael Dickman Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt

11:29 | Apr 17th, 2014

Michael Dickman reads Ellen Bryant Voigt and his own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Sharon Olds Reads Rodney Jones

11:21 | Mar 20th, 2014

Sharon Olds reads Rodney Jones and her own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
John Ashbery Reads Charles Simic

10:54 | Feb 21st, 2014

John Ashbery reads Charles Simic and his own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Tracy K. Smith Reads Kevin Young

16:09 | Jan 25th, 2014

Tracy K. Smith reads a poem by Kevin Young and her own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Philip Levine Reads Ellen Bass

19:23 | Dec 19th, 2013

Philip Levine reads a poem by Ellen Bass and his own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.