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The Beat: Linda Parsons and William Butler Yeats
Jul 27 2022
The Beat: 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. Links Read ("Midsummer") Read ("Everywhere and Nowhere at Once") Read ("The Lake Isle of Innisfree") Linda Parsons (Candescent at Iris Press) (Bio and poems at the Poetry Foundation) (Two poems at Terrain.org) ("Therapy Dog" at Verse Daily) (Two poems at Vox Populi) William Butler Yeats (Bio and poems at the Poetry Foundation) (Bio and poems at Poets.org) (Hear more W.B. Yeats poems at The Poetry Archive) 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. (Rate & review on Podchaser)
The Beat: Linda Parsons and William Butler Yeats
Jul 27 2022
The Beat: 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. Links Read ("Midsummer") Read ("Everywhere and Nowhere at Once") Read ("The Lake Isle of Innisfree") Linda Parsons (Candescent at Iris Press) (Bio and poems at the Poetry Foundation) (Two poems at Terrain.org) ("Therapy Dog" at Verse Daily) (Two poems at Vox Populi) William Butler Yeats (Bio and poems at the Poetry Foundation) (Bio and poems at Poets.org) (Hear more W.B. Yeats poems at The Poetry Archive) 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. (Rate & review on Podchaser)
The Beat: Matthew Wimberley and Herman Melville
Jun 24 2022
The Beat: 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 Blackbird) (Four poems in Narrative) (“’If There Is Anything to Show You:’ An Interview with Matthew Wimberley”) Herman Melville (Bio and poems at Poetryfoundation.org) (Bio and poems at Poets.org) (“Herman Melville: American Author" at Britannica.com”) ("Herman Melville at Home" in The New Yorker) Music is by  (Chad Crouch) 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. (Rate & review on Podchaser)
The Beat: Amelia Martens and Marianne Moore
May 25 2022
The Beat: 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 Martens (Amelia Martens’ website) (“Amelia Martens, a Natural Born Poet,” Something from Nothing podcast at WKMS )  (Four poems at The American Journal of Poetry) (Two poems at Plume) (Two poems at Diode) (Three poems at Tenderbox) Marianne Moore (Poems 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.org) (Marianne Moore documentary from the Voices and Visions series (on YouTube)) Music is by  (Chad Crouch) 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. (Rate & review on Podchaser)
The Beat: Ashley M. Jones and Phillis Wheatley Peters
Apr 28 2022
The Beat: 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.” (Music )by Chad Crouch Links: Read the poems (Think 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.org) Ashley M. Jones (Ashley M. Jones’ website) (Jones’ Bio and Poems at the Poetry Foundation ) (“Alabama's First Black Poet Laureate Takes A Personal Approach To 'Reparations” on NPR) (Interview with Ashley M. Jones at The Reckon) (“How to Become a Poet: A Conversation with Ashley M. Jones” at The Rumpus) Phillis Wheatley Peters (Bio and Poems at the Poetry Foundation ) (“The Multiple Truths in the Works of Enslaved Poet Phillis Wheatley” by Drea Brown) (Phillis Wheatley Historical Society) (Wheatley’s Bio and Poems at Massachusetts Historical Society Collections Online) 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. (Rate & review on Podchaser)