KUSP's Poetry Show

The longest-running poetry show on radio

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  Four members of the local Emerald Street Writing Group join host Dennis Morton, on the October 2 Poetry Show, for an in-studio discussion of their perspectives on writing poetry and their experiences as members of a writing group. Members Phyllis Mayfield, Len Anderson, Maggie Paul and Virgil Banks describe the workings of their group and read some of their own work. The group published an anthology in 2006, entitled Harvest From the Emerald Orchard.   

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Gwynne Harries once again joins the Poetry Show from the University of Leicester, UK. Professor Harries and colleague Sarah Goode share and discuss poetry from Alfred Tennyson, Rainer Maria Rilke and Christopher Reid.

In the second half of the show, Dennis Morton reads from:

Ploughshares magazine (40th anniversary issue):

Poetry magazine (Sept. 2011):

Turns Out (new chapbook by Lisa Allen Ortiz

  • Half Life
  • Revision

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 Guest poet Zara Raab discusses and reads from her book Swimming the Eel with host Dennis Morton, on KUSP’s Poetry Show for September 6, 2011.

Billy Gawain

We’d been traipsing the long afternoon
through the bramble, when we came upon
him hanging from the oak, his black boots
almost scraping on the ground, bowing
down a branch half-cleft from the oak’s crown.
His hands seemed to take back what he’d done,
they at least had wanted life, clawing,
frantic to unknot the fraying jute,
his thick, blackened nails cut and bloodied.
Now the arms hung loosely at his side.

His trousers were stained dark in the crotch,
the eyes in his ancient face held watch
on the air where the black crows circled.
I’d never seen a body before,
cut down and laid out in the stinkweed.
He had no kin, so he was buried
with our own, the only name he bore
the name we gave him and had chiseled
on his headstone at the spring solstice:
“Billy Gawain, A Stranger to Us.”

From Swimming the Eel; first appeared in
The Evansville Review, Spring 2011

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Guest poets Maria Teutsch, Jerry Quickley, Eleni Sikelianos, and Francesco Levato join host Dennis Morton on the August 28 Poetry Show to read poetry and discuss their participation in the Days and Nights Festival at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. The four poets will join in original collaborations with Philip Glass and the YOA: Orchestra of the Americas for An Evening of Poetry on Wednesday, August 30. Composer Philip Glass is the Producing Artistic Director of the Festival.

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A local poetry writers group visits The Poetry Show on August 21. Host Dennis Morton converses with Lisa Ortiz, Farnaz Fatemi, Ingrid Moody, Frances Hatfield and Danusha Lameris.

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Mea culpa follow up to the last post: some blog readers had trouble playing the podcast of the May 27, 2007 Poetry Show featuring Troy Jollimore’s first guest appearance. If that’s you, click the ‘Play’ triangle above for a better link to that podcast.

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  Award-winning poet Troy Jollimore joins host Dennis Morton on the August 14 Poetry Show. Troy and Dennis discuss and read from Troy’s newest book, At Lake Scugog. This is Troy Jollimore’s second visit to The Poetry Show.