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The New Yorker: Poetry

The New Yorker: Poetry

Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.


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Richie Hofmann Reads Henri Cole

Richie Hofmann joins Kevin Young to read ?Twilight,? by Henri Cole, and his own poem ?French Novel? Hofmann is the author of two collections of poetry and the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University

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Bianca Stone Reads Franz Wright

Bianca Stone joins Kevin Young to read ?Learning to Read,? by Franz Wright, and her own poem ?What?s Poetry Like?? Stone has published several books of poetry and poetry comics, including, most recently, ?What Is Otherwise Infinite.? She runs the Ruth Stone House in Vermont, hosts the podcast ?Ode & Psyche,? and serves as Editor at Large for Iterant Magazine.

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Evie Shockley Reads Rita Dove

Evie Shockley joins Kevin Young to read ?Hattie McDaniel Arrives at the Coconut Grove,? by Rita Dove, and her own poem ?the blessings.? Shockley is the author of six poetry collections and the Zora Neale Hurston Distinguished Professor of English at Rutgers University. Her honors include the 2023 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Lannan Literary Award, the Stephen Henderson Award, and, twice, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry.

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Dorothea Lasky Reads Louise Bogan

Dorothea Lasky joins Kevin Young to read ?Three Songs,? by Louise Bogan, and her own poem ?The Green Lake.? Lasky is the author of several books of poetry and prose, including her forthcoming collection ?The Shining.? She?s the co-creator, with Alex Dimitrov, of Astro Poets, and she teaches poetry at Columbia University.

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Diane Mehta Reads Eavan Boland

Diane Mehta joins Kevin Young to read ?The Lost Art of Letter Writing,? by Eavan Boland, and her own poem ?Landscape with Double Bow.? Mehta is the author of the poetry collection ?Forest with Castanets? and the forthcoming ?Tiny Extravaganzas,? and the recipient of the Peter Heinegg Literary Award, as well as of grants and fellowships from the Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, and Yaddo.

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Adrienne Su Reads Maxine Kumin

Adrienne Su joins Kevin Young to read ?The Longing to Be Saved,? by Maxine Kumin, and her own poem ?The Days.? Su is a professor and Poet-in-Residence at Dickinson College, whose work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pushcart Prize, and the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.

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David Baker Reads Stanley Plumly

David Baker joins Kevin Young to read ?In Passing,? by Stanley Plumly, and his own poem ?Six Notes.? Baker has received honors and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation. He served as poetry editor of the Kenyon Review for more than twenty-five years, and he teaches at Denison University, in Ohio.

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Kate Baer Reads Ellen Bass

Kate Baer joins Kevin Young to read ?The Morning After,? by Ellen Bass, and her own poem ?Mixup.? Baer is the New York Times bestselling author of three poetry collections, including, most recently ?And Yet.?

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Tributaries: A Conversation with Robin Coste Lewis

When the poet Robin Coste Lewis discovered a trove of photographs under her late grandmother?s bed, she recognized them not only as a document of her family?s history during the Great Migration, but also as a testament to Black intimacy and ingenuity across generations. From studio portraits to snapshots, tintypes to Polaroids, these pictures provide the foundation of Robin?s latest book, ?To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness,? excerpts from which were published on

Robin Coste Lewis formerly served as poet laureate of Los Angeles, and her debut collection, ?Voyage of the Sable Venus,? won the 2015 National Book Award for poetry.

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Sandra Cisneros Reads José Antonio Rodríguez

Sandra Cisneros joins Kevin Young to read ?Shelter,? by José Antonio Rodríguez, and her own poem ?Tea Dance, Provincetown, 1982.? Cisneros is the recipient of a 2022 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a National Medal of Arts, the Ford Foundation?s Art of Change Fellowship, and the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.

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Diane Seuss Reads Jane Huffman

Diane Seuss joins Kevin Young to read ?Ode,? by Jane Huffman, and her own poem ?Gertrude Stein.? Seuss is the winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the same year?s National Book Critics Circle Award for her collection ?frank: sonnets.? Her honors also include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2021 John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Saeed Jones Reads Deborah Digges

Saeed Jones joins Kevin Young to read ?The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart,? by Deborah Digges, and his own poem ?A Spell to Banish Grief.? Jones?s work has received the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, and a Stonewall Book Award.

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Eileen Myles Reads Joy Harjo

Eileen Myles joins Kevin Young to read ?Without,? by Joy Harjo, and their own poem ?Dissloution.? Myles has published more than twenty books of poetry and prose. Their honors include the Publishing Triangle?s 2020 Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, multiple Lambda Literary Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Christian Wiman Reads Patrizia Cavalli

Christian Wiman joins Kevin Young to discuss ?Far from Kingdoms? and ?Outside, In Fact, There Wasn't Any Change,? by Patrizia Cavalli, translated by Judith Baumel, and his own poem ?Eating Grapes Downward.? Wiman is a poet, essayist, editor, and translator, whose honors include the 2016 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, and the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature.

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Amanda Gorman Reads Tracy K. Smith

Amanda Gorman joins Kevin Young to read ?Declaration,? by Tracy K. Smith, and her own poem ?Ship?s Manifest.? Gorman served as the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, received a 2020 Poets & Writers Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, and, in 2021, became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.

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Aria Aber Reads Frank Bidart

Aria Aber joins Kevin Young to read ?Half Light,? by Frank Bidart, and her own poem ?Dirt and Light.? Aber is a Whiting Award recipient, a current Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and the author of ?Hard Damage,? which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry.

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Forrest Gander Reads Ada Limón

Forrest Gander joins Kevin Young to read ?Privacy,? by Ada Limón, and his own poem ?Post-Fire Forest.? Gander is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his collection ?Be With.?

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?To Claim What Has Tried to Claim Me?: A Roundtable on Asian-American Poetics

In a special episode of the Poetry Podcast, Kimiko Hahn, Monica Youn, Paul Tran, and Megan Fernandes join Kevin Young to read their work, and to discuss Asian-American poetics and the role of poetry in our tumultuous times.

Kimiko Hahn, a distinguished professor at Queens College, City University of New York, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published ten books of poems, including, most recently, ?Foreign Bodies.?

Monica Youn, a former lawyer and a member of the Racial Imaginary Institute, teaches at Princeton. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, she will publish a new book of poems, ?From From,? in 2023.

Paul Tran, a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, has received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and a 92Y Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Their debut poetry collection, ?All the Flowers Kneeling,? will be published in 2022.

Megan Fernandes is an assistant professor of English and writer-in-residence at Lafayette College. A finalist for the Kundiman Book Prize and the Saturnalia Book Prize, her most recent poetry collection is ?Good Boys.?

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Toi Derricotte Reads Tracy K. Smith

Toi Derricotte joins Kevin Young to read ?We Feel Now a Largeness Coming On,? by Tracy K. Smith, and her own poem ?I give in to an old desire.? Derricotte is a poet, memoirist, and co-founder, with Cornelius Eady, of the literary organization Cave Canem. Her honors include the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry and the Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement; in 2020, she received the Poetry Society of America?s Frost Medal, for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.

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Margaret Atwood Reads Saeed Jones

Margaret Atwood joins Kevin Young to read ?A Stranger,? by Saeed Jones, and her own poem ?Flatline.? Atwood, a prolific poet and novelist, is known for brilliant books such as ?The Handmaid?s Tale? and ?The Blind Assassin.? Her many distinctions include the Los Angeles Times Innovator?s Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, the pen Center U.S.A.?s lifetime-achievement award, and not one but two Booker Prizes, most recently for ?The Testaments.? ?Dearly,? her first collection of poetry in more than a decade, came out in November.

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Arthur Sze Reads Robert Hass

Arthur Sze joins Kevin Young to read ?The Problem of Describing Trees,? by Robert Hass, and his own poem ?Vectors.? Sze has received the Landon Literary Award, the Jackson Poetry Prize and, in 2019, the National Book Award in Poetry.

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Joy Harjo Reads Sandra Cisneros

Joy Harjo joins Kevin Young to read ?Still-Life with Potatoes, Pearls, Raw Meat, Rhinestones, Lard, and Horse Hooves,? by Sandra Cisneros, and her own poem ?Running.? Harjo is the current Poet Laureate of the United States, as well as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her many honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and the Wallace Stevens Award.

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Radical Imagination: Tracy K. Smith, Marilyn Nelson, and Terrance Hayes on Poetry in Our Times

In a special episode of the Poetry Podcast, Tracy K. Smith, Marilyn Nelson, and Terrance Hayes join Kevin Young to read their work, and to discuss its relationship to protest and liberation.

Tracy K. Smith served two terms as a U.S. poet laureate, and has won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and a Pulitzer prize. Her latest collection is ?Wade in the Water.? Marilyn Nelson writes poetry for adults, young adults, and children. Her honors include a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, an N. S. K. Neustadt Prize for Children?s Literature, and a Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. Her new books, ?Papa?s Free Day Party? and ?Lubaya?s Quiet Roar,? are forthcoming. Terrance Hayes, a former MacArthur fellow, has won a Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism, a Hurston/Wright Award for Poetry, and a National Book Award in Poetry. His most recent publications include ?To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight? and ?American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin.?

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Clarence Major Reads Billy Collins

Clarence Major joins Kevin Young to read ?Downpour,? by Billy Collins, and his own poem ?Hair.? Major?s recent honors include a PEN Oakland Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in the fine arts from the Congressional Black Caucus foundation. 

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Elisa Gonzalez Reads Czeslaw Milosz

Elisa Gonzalez joins Kevin Young to read ?Gathering Apricots,? by Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Robert Hass, and her own poem ?Failed Essay on Privilege.? Gonzalez was recently a Fulbright scholar in Poland, and her work has received support from the Norman Mailer Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers? Conference.

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Ben Purkert Reads Jorie Graham

Ben Purkert joins Kevin Young to read ?Notes on the Reality of the Self,? by Jorie Graham, and his own poem ?News.? Purkert began contributing poetry to The New Yorker in 2012, and his début poetry collection, ?For the Love of Endings,? was published in 2018. 

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Kwame Dawes Reads Derek Walcott

Kwame Dawes joins Kevin Young to read ?The Season of Phantasmal Peace,? by Derek Walcott, and his own poem ?Before Winter.? Dawes is the author of over twenty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His many honors include a 2019 Windham Campbell Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and the Ford Prize for Poetry.

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Ellen Bass Reads Frank X. Gaspar

Ellen Bass joins Kevin Young to read ?Quahogs,? by Frank X. Gaspar, and her own poem ?Because.? A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Bass has received the Lambda Literary Award for poetry, the Pablo Neruda Prize for poetry, and fellowships from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Mary Jo Bang Discusses Purgatorio

Mary Jo Bang joins Kevin Young to to discuss her translation of Dante?s Purgatorio, excerpts of which are featured on Bang is a poet who has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Hodder Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Her latest book is ?A Doll for Throwing.?

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Shane McCrae Discusses ?Jim Limber in Heaven?

Shane McCrae joins Kevin Young to to discuss his poetry sequence ?Jim Limber in Heaven,? featured on McCrae is a poet whose whose work has received such honors as a Whiting Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Lannan Literary Award. He was also a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Vijay Seshadri Reads Sylvia Plath

Vijay Seshadri joins Kevin Young to read ?The Moon and the Yew Tree,? by Sylvia Plath, and his own poem ?Cliffhanging.? Seshadri is a poet whose work has been honored with the James Laughlin Award and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. His latest book is ?3 Sections,? and he recently became the poetry editor of The Paris Review.

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Eliza Griswold discusses "First Person"

Eliza Griswold joins Kevin Young to discuss her poetry sequence "First Person," featured on Griswold is a poet and journalist who has contributed to The New Yorker since 2003. She is the author of, most recently, "Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America," which won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. Her new poetry collection, "If Men, Then," will be published in 2020. 

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Ariel Francisco Reads James Wright

Ariel Francisco joins Kevin Young to read "By a Lake in Minnesota," by James Wright, and his own poem "Along the East River and in the Bronx Young Men Were Singing." Francisco is a poet and translator who published his debut poetry collection, "All My Heroes Are Broke," in 2017. His new book, "A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship," is forthcoming in 2020.

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Campbell McGrath Reads Czeslaw Milosz

Campbell McGrath joins Kevin Young to discuss ?Realism? by Czeslaw Milosz, and his own poem, ?The Human Heart.? McGrath has published several poetry collections and received fellowships from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. His latest book is "Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems."

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Natasha Trethewey Reads Charles Wright

Natasha Trethewey joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Charles Wright's poem "Toadstools," and her own poem "Repentance." Trethewey, a former United States Poet Laureate, is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her most recent poetry collection is "Monument."

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Safiya Sinclair Reads Natalie Diaz

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 Babylon."

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Rachel Eliza Griffiths Reads W.S. Merwin

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 Yaddo, among others. Her latest book is "Lighting the Shadow."

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Peter Balakian Reads Theodore Roethke

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.

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Craig Morgan Teicher Reads Forrest Gander

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 Academy of American Poets.  His latest book is "We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress."

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Deborah Landau Reads Anne Sexton

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 Literary Selections; the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry, she directs the creative writing program at New York University.

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Kaveh Akbar Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt

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 recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the 2018 Levis Reading Prize.

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Nick Flynn Reads Zoë Hitzig

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 2019. Flynn has received the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, as well as awards and fellowships from PEN, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Library of Congress.

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Catherine Barnett Reads Wislawa Szymborska

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 Bara?czak) and her own poem "Son in August." Barnett is the author of the poetry collections "Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced," "The Game of Boxes," and "Human Hours," out in September.

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Nicole Sealey Reads Ellen Bass

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."

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Tiana Clark Reads Natasha Trethewey

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 of poems, "I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood," winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, will be published in September. Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her collection "Native Guard," and was the United States Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014. Her most recent book is "Thrall."

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Ada Limón and Natalie Diaz Discuss ?Envelopes of Air?

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

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Marie Howe Reads Lucie Brock-Broido

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."

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Meena Alexander Reads Gerald Stern

Meena Alexander joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Gerald Stern?s poem ?Adonis," and her own poem ?Kochi by the Sea.? 

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Terrance Hayes reads Matthew Dickman

Terrance Hayes joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Matthew Dickman's poem "Fire" and his own poem ?New York Poem."

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David Lehman Reads John Ashbery

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

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