The New Yorker Launches a New Poetry Podcast: Listen to Robert Pinsky Reading Elizabeth Bishop

A quick fyi: The New York­er has just launched a new poet­ry pod­cast, and it’s intro­duced and host­ed by Paul Mul­doon, the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning poet who for­mer­ly taught poet­ry at Oxford. On The New York­er’s web site, Mul­doon writes:

I can’t be but thrilled at the prospect of the first of a series of New York­er Poet­ry Pod­casts. For decades, The New York­er has led the field of poet­ry in print jour­nal­ism. But the eye is not the only buy­er into, and ben­e­fi­cia­ry of, the poem. The ear has been in the poet­ry busi­ness for much longer, giv­en poetry’s ori­gins in the oral tra­di­tion. That’s why it’s par­tic­u­lar­ly appro­pri­ate for us to take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to fore­ground poet­ry as an aur­al expe­ri­ence.

He then explains the for­mat of the pod­cast. “Each pod­cast con­sists of a con­ver­sa­tion between myself and a guest poet. In each, the guest reads not only a poem of hers that has appeared in The New York­er but also intro­duces, and reads, a poem by anoth­er con­trib­u­tor to the mag­a­zine that she par­tic­u­lar­ly admires.”  The first episode fea­tures Philip Levine. Feel free to play it above.

You can sub­scribe to The Poet­ry pod­cast on iTunes, and it should even­tu­al­ly find a home (I’d imag­ine) on Sound­Cloud too. More poems read aloud can be found in our col­lec­tion of Free Audio Books.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The New Yorker’s Fic­tion Pod­cast: Where Great Writ­ers Read Sto­ries by Great Writ­ers

Hear the Very First Record­ing of Allen Gins­berg Read­ing His Epic Poem “Howl” (1956)

Bill Mur­ray Reads Poet­ry at a Con­struc­tion Site

Hear Sylvia Plath Read Fif­teen Poems From Her Final Col­lec­tion, Ariel, in 1962 Record­ing

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