The Beat

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In each episode of The Beat, host Alan May introduces a poet and we hear a few poems, usually read and recorded by the poets themselves. The Beat is produced by Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, Tenn. Rate and review The Beat: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-beat-1664614 read less

Monica Mody and Michael Madhusudan Dutt
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Monica Mody and Michael Madhusudan Dutt
Monica Mody was born in Ranchi, India. She holds a PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including Ordinary Annals, and two full-length books, Kala Pani, a cross-genre work, and Bright Parallel, which is forthcoming from Copper Coin. Her writing has won awards including the Sparks Prize Fellowship, the Zora Neale Hurston Award, and a Toto Award for Creative Writing. Her work has been published in Poetry International, Indian Quarterly, Almost Island, Dusie, The Fabulist, and anthologies including Future Library: Contemporary Indian Writing and The Penguin Book of Indian Poets. Poet and dramatist Michael Madhusudan Dutt was born in Bengal, India. He studied several languages and was well-versed in English and European literature. In 1861, Dutt published the epic poem Meghnadbadh Kabya, which is, perhaps, his most famous work. Between 1858 and 1874, Dutt penned at least nine plays, including three translations. He is known for his experimentation with verse forms, introducing blank verse in Bengali literature and the sonnet in Bengali—through a reconstruction of both Petrarchan and Shakespearean forms.Links:Read "Glass House--Anthropocene" and "That I exist only as a speck on your bloodshot eyes but I am willing to sweat"Read "Sonnets" by Michael Madhusudan DuttMonica Mody's website"What Was Alive" at Yes PoetryInterview with Mody at Poetry Mini InterviewsMody reads from Ordinary Annals at Periodicities' Virtual Reading Series (Video) "Homing Instinct" at The Other Side of HopeMentioned in this episode:KnoxCountyLibrary.orgThank you for listening and sharing this podcast. Explore life-changing resources and events, sign up for newsletters, follow us on social media, and more through our website, www.knoxcountylibrary.org.Rate & review on Podchaser
Bernard Clay and Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
Nov 30 2022
Bernard Clay and Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
Bernard Clay was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and he spent most of his childhood and high school years there. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Kentucky, and he is a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective. His work has been published in Appalachian Heritage, The Limestone Review, Blackbone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets, and various other journals and anthologies. His book English Lit was published by Old Cove/Swallow Press in 2021. He lives on a farm in eastern Kentucky with his wife Lauren Kallmeyer, an herbalist who serves as the director of Kentucky Heartwood's Forest Council. Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr. was born on February 2, 1861, in Bardstown, Kentucky, and he died in Lousiville, Kentucky in 1949. When he was just eight years old, he had to leave school to help support his family. At the age of 22, Cotter returned to his formal education and eventually served for more than fifty years as a teacher and administrator in several Louisville schools. In 1891, he married Maria F. Cox; they had three children, including his eldest son, Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr., who was also a talented poet and playwright. According to Oxford Reference, Joseph Cotter Sr. provided an important “voice during one of the most difficult eras of African American history, and he was a man who backed his words with action in building the African American community.” Links:Read "Mr. Nap's Fight" and "Appalachian Smitten"Read "Dr. Booker T. Washington to the National Negro Business League"Bernard ClayBernard Clay's websiteEnglish Lit reviewed in Southern Review of Books Bernard Clay reading at the historic Western Library of the Louisville Free Public LibraryJoseph Seamon Cotter Sr. Bio and poems at Poets.orgBio and Bibliography at the Carnegie Center--Kentucky Writers Hall of FameMentioned in this episode:KnoxCountyLibrary.orgThank you for listening and sharing this podcast. Explore life-changing resources and events, sign up for newsletters, follow us on social media, and more through our website, www.knoxcountylibrary.org.Rate & review on Podchaser
Andrea Carter Brown and John Keats
Aug 24 2022
Andrea Carter Brown and John Keats
Andrea Carter Brown was born in Paterson, New Jersey. Her poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Mississippi Review, and many others. She is the author of September 12, which recently won the 2022 IPPY Silver Medal in Poetry from the Independent Publishers Group. Her other titles include the The Disheveled Bed, Domestic Karma, and Brook & Rainbow. Her poems have won the Five Points James Dickey Prize, the River Styx International Poetry Prize, and the PSA Gustav Davidson Memorial Prize. She was a founding editor of the poetry journal Barrow Street, and, since 2017, she has been Series Editor of The Word Works Washington Prize. John Keats, one of the greatest of the Romantic Poets, was born October 31, 1795 in London. He published just three volumes before his death from tuberculosis at the age of 25. Some of his poems are among the most anthologized in the 20th Century, including “To Autumn,” “Ode to a Nightingale,” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” Links:Read “After the Disaster: Fragments,” “Ars Poetica,” “To the Dust,” and other poems at andrea carterbrown.comRead "When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be" by John KeatsAndrea Carter Brown “An Interview with Andrea Carter Brown" September 12 book launch Brown’s poem "The Rock in the Glen” featured in an episode of Poems on Air “Poet Mary Mackey Interviews Poet Andrea Carter Brown” John Keats Bio and poems at Poets.orgBio and articles on John Keats at the British Library “The Cockney Romantics: John Keats and His Friends,” a lecture by Johnathan BateMentioned in this episode:KnoxCountyLibrary.orgThank you for listening and sharing this podcast. Explore life-changing resources and events, sign up for newsletters, follow us on social media, and more through our website, www.knoxcountylibrary.org.Rate & review on Podchaser
Linda Parsons and William Butler Yeats
Jul 27 2022
Linda Parsons and William Butler Yeats
Linda Parsons holds a BA and an MA in English from the University of Tennessee. She's the poetry editor for Madville Publishing and the copy editor for Chapter 16, the literary website of Humanities Tennessee. Parsons has published poems in The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, The Chattahoochee Review, Southern Poetry Review, Baltimore Review, and Shenandoah, among others. Her fifth poetry collection is Candescent, which was published by Iris Press in 2019. She has received grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Knoxville Arts Council, was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2011, and she’s won the Tennessee Writers Alliance award in poetry, among other awards and honors.William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) was born in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to writing poetry, Yeats was also a playwright; he wrote 26 plays that were performed by the Irish Literary Theatre. He was politically outspoken, and, beginning in 1922, he served six years as a senator in the Irish Free State. He’s considered by many to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. LinksRead "Midsummer"Read "Everywhere and Nowhere at Once"Read "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"Linda ParsonsCandescent at Iris PressBio and poems at the Poetry FoundationTwo poems at Terrain.org"Therapy Dog" at Verse DailyTwo poems at Vox PopuliWilliam Butler YeatsBio and poems at the Poetry FoundationBio and poems at Poets.orgHear more W.B. Yeats poems at The Poetry ArchiveMentioned in this episode:KnoxCountyLibrary.orgThank you for listening and sharing this podcast. Explore life-changing resources and events, sign up for newsletters, follow us on social media, and more through our website, www.knoxcountylibrary.org.Rate & review on Podchaser
Matthew Wimberley and Herman Melville
Jun 24 2022
Matthew Wimberley and Herman Melville
Matthew Wimberley grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He’s the author of Daniel Boone's Window and All the Great Territories. Wimberley has won the Crab Orchard Poetry Series First Book Award, the Weatherford Award, the William Matthews Prize, and his work was chosen for the 2016 Best New Poets Anthology. He's an Assistant Professor of English at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina.  Herman Melville (1819-1891) was born in New York City. He's best known as the author of novels like Moby Dick and White-Jacket, along with short fiction including “Bartleby, the Scrivener” and “Benito Cereno.” However, Melville spent decades writing poetry exclusively, and critics have ranked him, alongside Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, as one of the best poets of the 19th century.   Links: Read "And So It Ends with the Cry of a Nuthatch on the First Day of Spring"Read "Shiloh: A Requiem"Matthew Wimberley"The Celebrated Colors of the Local Sunsets" at Poets.org“Tabula Rasa” in Rattle“Elegy at Night” in The Paris-American Three poems in BlackbirdFour poems in Narrative“’If There Is Anything to Show You:’ An Interview with Matthew Wimberley”Herman Melville Bio and poems at Poetryfoundation.orgBio and poems at Poets.org“Herman Melville: American Author" at Britannica.com”"Herman Melville at Home" in The New YorkerMusic is by Chad CrouchMentioned in this episode:KnoxCountyLibrary.orgThank you for listening and sharing this podcast. Explore life-changing resources and events, sign up for newsletters, follow us on social media, and more through our website, www.knoxcountylibrary.org.Rate & review on Podchaser
Amelia Martens and Marianne Moore
May 25 2022
Amelia Martens and Marianne Moore
Amelia Martens is the author of four chapbooks and the full-length collection The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat. Her work has appeared in The Indianapolis Review, Cream City Review, Diode, Southern Humanities Review, Plume, Southern Indiana Review, and many others. She serves as the Associate Literary Editor for Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art and she co-curates the Rivertown Reading Series in Paducah, Kentucky. Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was born near St. Louis, Missouri, raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and she graduated from Bryn Mawr College. Early on, she worked as a schoolteacher and as an assistant at The New York Public Library. From 1925 to 1929, she was the editor of The Dial, an influential literary magazine. Her Collected Poems, published in 1951, won the Bollingen Prize, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Links: Read "The Apology" and "The Secret Lives of Cows"Read "A Jelly-Fish"Amelia MartensAmelia Martens’ website“Amelia Martens, a Natural Born Poet,” Something from Nothing podcast at WKMS  Four poems at The American Journal of PoetryTwo poems at Plume Two poems at DiodeThree poems at Tenderbox Marianne MoorePoems and bio at the Poetry Foundation's website Poems and bio at Poets.org“In Praise of the Difficult: On Marianne Moore, Defiant Poet of Complexity” at LitHub"NYPL's Marianne Moore: Writing Her Way Onto the Shelves" at NYPL.orgMarianne Moore documentary from the Voices and Visions series (on YouTube)Music is by Chad Crouch.Mentioned in this episode:KnoxCountyLibrary.orgThank you for listening and sharing this podcast. Explore life-changing resources and events, sign up for newsletters, follow us on social media, and more through our website, www.knoxcountylibrary.org.Rate & review on Podchaser
Ashley M. Jones and Phillis Wheatley Peters
Apr 28 2022
Ashley M. Jones and Phillis Wheatley Peters
Ashley M. Jones is Alabama's first African American Poet Laureate, and she's also the youngest. Her books are Magic City Gospel, dark // thing, and REPARATIONS NOW! She teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and also at the Low Residency MFA program at Converse University.Phillis Wheatley Peters was abducted in West Africa and brought to Boston where she was sold as a slave when she was around seven year old. Her first and only book, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published in 1773. She was in poor health for most of her life, and she died in her early thirties. According to the Smithsonian Institute, she was the “first American slave, the first person of African descent, and only the third colonial American woman to have her work published.”Links:Read the poemsThink of a Marvelous Thing / It’s the Same as Having Wings at Inspicio Arts"Harriet Tubman Crosses the Mason-Dixon for the First Time" at Oxford American"On Being Brought from Africa to America" at poets.orgAshley M. JonesAshley M. Jones’ websiteJones’ Bio and Poems at the Poetry Foundation “Alabama's First Black Poet Laureate Takes A Personal Approach To 'Reparations” on NPRInterview with Ashley M. Jones at The Reckon“How to Become a Poet: A Conversation with Ashley M. Jones” at The RumpusPhillis Wheatley PetersBio and Poems at the Poetry Foundation “The Multiple Truths in the Works of Enslaved Poet Phillis Wheatley” by Drea BrownPhillis Wheatley Historical SocietyWheatley’s Bio and Poems at Massachusetts Historical Society Collections OnlineMusic is by Chad Crouch.Rate & review on Podchaser Mentioned in this episode:KnoxCountyLibrary.orgThank you for listening and sharing this podcast. Explore life-changing resources and events, sign up for newsletters, follow us on social media, and more through our website, www.knoxcountylibrary.org.Rate & review on Podchaser