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.
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A beautiful start to my day. :)