The Beat

Knox County Public Library

In each episode of The Beat, host Alan May introduces a poet and we hear one or two 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

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Joyelle McSweeney; Season 2 Intro.
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 poems https://inspicio.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Ashley-M-Jones-V2.pdf (Think of a Marvelous Thing / It’s the Same as Having Wings at Inspicio Arts) https://main.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/1698-four-poems ("Harriet Tubman Crosses the Mason-Dixon for the First Time" at Oxford American) https://poets.org/poem/being-brought-africa-america ("On Being Brought from Africa to America" at poets.org) Ashley M. Jones https://ashleymjonespoetry.com/ (Ashley M. Jones’ website) Jones’ Bio and Poems at the Poetry Foundation https://www.npr.org/2021/09/08/1031840999/ashley-m-jones-alabama-poet-laureate-reparations-now (“Alabama's First Black Poet Laureate Takes A Personal Approach To 'Reparations” on NPR) https://www.reckonsouth.com/ashley-m-jones-alabamas-youngest-first-black-and-possibly-dopest-poet-laureate-on-the-need-for-reparations-now-tomorrow-and-forever/ (Interview with Ashley M. Jones at The Reckon) https://therumpus.net/2018/08/01/the-rumpus-interview-with-ashley-m-jones/ (“How to Become a Poet: A Conversation with Ashley M. Jones” at The Rumpus) Phillis Wheatley Peters https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/phillis-wheatley (Bio and Poems at the Poetry Foundation ) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-multiple-truths-in-works-enslaved-poet-phillis-wheatley-180975163/ (“The Multiple Truths in the Works of Enslaved Poet Phillis Wheatley” by Drea Brown) http://www.phillis-wheatley.org/ (Phillis Wheatley Historical Society) https://www.masshist.org/features/endofslavery/wheatley (Wheatley’s Bio and Poems at Massachusetts Historical Society Collections Online) Music is by https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chad_Crouch/ (Chad Crouch). https://the-beat.captivate.fm/rate (Rate & review on Podchaser) Mentioned in this episode: KnoxCountyLibrary.org Thank 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. https://the-beat.captivate.fm/rate (Rate & review on Podchaser)
Apr 28 2022
8 mins
Joyelle McSweeney; Season 2 Intro.Janet McAdamsJesse Graves
Jesse Graves is a Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at East Tennessee State University. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Southern Poetry Review, and other literary magazines and anthologies. He has published four books of poetry and his book Said-Songs: Essays on Poetry and Place is forthcoming from Mercer University Press in 2022. Graves received his PhD in English from the University of Tennessee and his MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. He has won the Book of the Year in Poetry Award from the Appalachian Writers’ Association and the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Links: https://files.captivate.fm/library/668124c0-1698-4889-ac41-b108e5539a3d/in-a-familar-city-and-sage-grass-brushing-against-my-shins-jess.pdf (Read "In a Familiar City" and "Sage Grass Brushing Against My Shins") https://jessegravespoetry.wordpress.com/ (Jesse Graves’ website) https://chapter16.org/an-unbroken-thread (Interview with Linda Parsons at Chapter 16) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUc_e6DSliw (YouTube reading through West Virginia Wesleyan MFA Program Summer Reading Series ) https://jessegravespoetry.wordpress.com/poems/ (A collection of Jesse Grave’s poems available online) https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonCityPublicLibrary/videos/poet-to-poet-interview-a-conversation-with-jesse-graves-and-rita-sims-quillen/655903492030350/ (Poet-to-Poet Interview: A Conversation with Jesse Graves and Rita Sims Quillen, hosted by Johnson City Public Library)
Aug 4 2021
5 mins
Bruce AlfordRobert Penn WarrenChris TonelliAdelaide CrapseyAmy WrightPrince BushDavid Baker
David Baker is the author and editor of 18 books, including 12 books of poetry. His most recent book is Swift: New and Selected Poems, published by W. W. Norton.  Baker teaches at Denison University and he frequently serves on the faculty of the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.   "Swift" is used with permission by the author. Links: https://files.captivate.fm/library/f7e70651-8396-44ea-9c9e-dc6efc1ce75e/swift-david-baker.pdf (Read "Swift" by David Baker) http://www.davidbaker.website/ (David Baker’s Website) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/poetry-that-bears-witness-to-a-changing-natural-world ("Poetry That Bears Witness to a Changing Natural World,” a review of Swift: New and Selected Poems in The New Yorker) Interview at Tupelo Quarterly https://www.vqronline.org/people/david-baker (Poems and Essays at Virginia Quarterly Review Online ) https://www.amazon.com/Swift-Selected-Poems-David-Baker/dp/0393358178/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1616017264&sr=8-1 (Swift: New and Selected Poems at Amazon.com ) https://www.cornell.edu/video/poetry-reading-by-david-baker (David Baker reading at CornellCast) Music: "https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chad_Crouch/field-report-vol-vi-bayocean-instrumental/just-a-memory-now-instrumental (Just A Memory Now (Instrumental))" by https://www.soundofpicture.com/ (Chad Crouch) is licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 (CC) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 (BY NC 4.0) with modifications
Apr 27 2021
4 mins
Tyler Mills
Tyler Mills’ poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Guardian, The New Republic, and others. She’s published two books and has two chapbooks forthcoming. Mills teaches for Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and she edits https://theaccountmagazine.com/ (The Account,) an online literary magazine. Look for Tyler Mills’ books in our online catalog or call us at the Reference Desk at Lawson McGhee Library. Today's poem, "Oak," appeared in the January 2021 issue of Poetry Magazine. You can read the poem on the https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/154981/oak-5fd041ae9d0e0 (Poetry Foundation's website) or in the links below. Links: https://files.captivate.fm/library/ee82ed5a-3da0-4aa2-b48d-b1de45006f21/tyler-mills-oak.pdf (Read "Oak" by Tyler Mills) https://tylermills.com/ (Tyler Mills’ website) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/tyler-mills (Bio and poems at the Poetry Foundation) https://lithub.com/the-poetic-half-life-of-one-familys-nuclear-history/ (“The Poetic Half-Life of One Family’s Nuclear History: Tyler Mills on Her Grandfather's Role in the Bombing of Nagasaki” in Literary Hub ) Review of Hawk Parable at Publishers Weekly https://pinwheeljournal.com/poets/tyler-mills/ (Poems at Pinwheel) https://blackbird.vcu.edu/v13n1/poetry/mills_t/index.shtml (Poems in Blackbird )  https://www.tupeloquarterly.com/tag/tyler-mills/ (Introduction, reviews, and visual art at Tupelo Quarterly) Music: "https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chad_Crouch/field-report-vol-vi-bayocean-instrumental/just-a-memory-now-instrumental (Just A Memory Now (Instrumental))" by https://www.soundofpicture.com/ (Chad Crouch) is licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 (CC) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 (BY NC 4.0) with modifications
Apr 20 2021
3 mins
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