Episode 016: Poetry

Thank you for joining us for our discussion of poetry by poets.

This month we each chose a book of poetry to read, but ended up delving more broadly into poetry as well. We also wrote a poem as a team! Poets covered include Katheriea Vermette, Dorothy Parker, Charles Bukowski, and Robert Frost, among others. 

In This Episode We Mention

National Poetry Month 

The League of Canadian Poets

Modest MouseGood News for People Who Love Bad News (Track: Bukowski)

The best ever group poetry exercise

Come On In: New Poems by Charles Bukowski

The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner

river woman by Katherena Vermette

The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

“This River” – NFB documentary by Katherena Vermette

The Princess Saves Herself in the This One by Amanda Lovelace

“[in Just-]” by e.e. cummings. (Poem recited by a CLEVER LOOPHOLE FINDER in my grade 11 english class, satisfying the 8 line requirement)

Spring and Fall to a Young Child” by Gerard Manley Hopkins. The poem Trevor foolhardily tried to recite from memory, getting MAYBE 70% of it

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

In the Clearing by Robert Frost (the last collection of poetry in his lifetime) “The Draft Horse” poem first appeared

On Poetry by Glyn Maxwell (Book where the “Deck of Cards Poetry Idea” came from)

**Speaking Crow at Millennium Library with Steve Locke**

This Be The Verse” by Philip Larkin. (Under-rated British poet AND LIBRARIAN. The words of the last stanza were also the final words of Count Olaf in the Series of Unfortunate Events).

How a Poem Moves by Adam Sol. A blog by Canadian poet Adam Sol, where each post starts with a poem and is followed by a short commentary as to why he likes the poem. Many of these posts have been converted into short chapters for a recently published book of the same name.

Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times, edited by Rosanna Deerchild, Ariel Gordon, and Tanis MacDonald

Harriet Monroe founder of Poetry Magazine

The Poetry and Short Story Reference Center

Nerd Word for Word Nerds

Kirsten: Dream

Trevor: Metro-phobia, the fear of poetry.

Alan: Aphantasia, the suggested name for a condition where one does not possess a functioning mind’s eye and cannot voluntarily visualize imagery

Erica: Poiesis 


Many thanks to Steve Locke from Speaking Crow, Phil, Marlene, and Christy for joining in. 

Next month we’re reading Fox by Margaret Sweatman. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think about it.

We want to talk about what you want to talk about, so email us at wpl-podcast@winnipeg.ca with suggestions for books that you’d like us to read and discuss, and comments and questions about the book we’re reading for our next show!

Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Our panel today included Trevor Lockhart, Erica Ball, Alan Chorney, and Kirsten Wurmann. Our webmaster is Arryn Seburn. Our social media guru is Reegan Breu. Audio production and music by Dennis Penner.


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