May 5, 2011

Whose Words These Are: January O’Neil’s Underlife

Click here to listen to Chris’ conversation with January Gill O’Neil January Gill O’Neil personifies the very broad reach of the third Massachusetts Poetry Festival, coming to Hawthorne’s old witch-burning...| More
January 27, 2011

Whose Words These Are: Christian Wiman’s “Wound...

Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Christian Wiman. (41 minutes, 20 mb mp3)Christian Wiman didn’t plan it this way but his poetry is now entwined with his grave illness...| More
December 9, 2010

Rainer Maria Rilke for Beginners: Whose Words...

When Rilke was dying in 1926 — of a rare and particularly agonizing blood disease — he received a letter from the young Russian poet Marina Tsvetayeva. “You are not...| More
December 7, 2010

C. K. Williams on Whitman’s Music: Whose...

  C. K. Williams is giving us his luminous, really rapturous, account of a lifetime reading Walt Whitman. Something changed just a few years ago — then moreso when C....| More
October 28, 2010

Whose Words These Are (29): the Haunting...

Click to listen to Peter Balakian’s reading and conversation with Chris (21 minutes, 10 mb mp3) Peter Balakian has made “the aftermath of catastrophe” his poetic terrain. He is doubtless...| More
October 5, 2010

Whose Words These Are: Helen Vendler’s Emily...

Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Helen Vendler (64 minutes, 30 mb mp3) Helen Vendler, our tutor in W. B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens, is showing us here how...| More
May 27, 2010

Whose Words These Are (27): Dan Chiasson,...

Click to listen to Chris’s conversation with Dan Chiasson. (50 minutes, 24 mb mp3) Nancy Crampton photo Dan Chiasson has the easy charm of a natural New England oracle, in...| More
May 19, 2010

Whose Words These Are (26): Pulitzer Poet...

Click to listen to Chris’s conversation with Rae Armantrout. (47 minutes, 23 mb mp3)Rae Armantrout, this year’s Pulitzer Prize poet, calls her stance “quizzical.” Fellow poets and critics write of...| More
March 19, 2010

Whose Words These Are (25): Fabienne Casseus’...

Click to listen to Chris’s conversation with Fabienne Casseus (16 min, 7 mb mp3) Fabienne Casseus is a 17-year-old poet of young Haiti, broken Haiti, corpse-like Haiti, where she witnesses...| More
March 18, 2010

Whose Words These Are (24): Eli Marienthal’s...

Click to listen to Chris’s conversation with Eli Marienthal (15 min, 7 mb mp3) Eli Marienthal’s Haiti story is about a little-boy obsession with his Haitian twin, met on the...| More
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