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The New Yorker: Poetry

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

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

© Condé Nast. All rights reserved.
49hr 12min
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Thumbnail for "Raymond Antrobus Reads John Lee Clark".
Thumbnail for "Special Feature: Major Jackson reads Clint Smith on The Slowdown ".
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Thumbnail for "Ada Limón Reads Carrie Fountain".
Thumbnail for "Donika Kelly Reads Mary Oliver".
Donika Kelly joins Kevin Young to read “One Hundred White-Sided Dolphins on a Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, and her own poem “Sixteen Center.”
Thumbnail for "Richie Hofmann Reads Henri Cole".
The poet joins Kevin Young to read and discuss “Twilight,” by Henri Cole, and his own poem “French Novel.”
Thumbnail for "Bianca Stone Reads Franz Wright".
The poet joins Kevin Young to read and discuss “Learning to Read,” by Franz Wright, and her own poem “What’s Poetry Like?”
Thumbnail for "Evie Shockley Reads Rita Dove".
The poet joins Kevin Young to read and discuss “Hattie McDaniel Arrives at the Coconut Grove,” by Rita Dove, and her own poem “the blessings.”
Thumbnail for "Dorothea Lasky Reads Louise Bogan".
Dorothea Lasky Reads Louise Bogan
Thumbnail for "Diane Mehta Reads Eavan Boland".
Diane Mehta Reads Eavan Boland
Thumbnail for "Adrienne Su Reads Maxine Kumin".
Adrienne Su Reads Maxine Kumin
Thumbnail for "David Baker Reads Stanley Plumly".
David Baker Reads Stanley Plumly
Thumbnail for "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.”
Thumbnail for "Tributaries: A Conversation with Robin Coste Lewis".
Tributaries: A Conversation with Robin Coste Lewis
Thumbnail for "Sandra Cisneros Reads José Antonio Rodríguez".
Sandra Cisneros Reads José Antonio Rodríguez
Thumbnail for "Diane Seuss Reads Jane Huffman".
Diane Seuss Reads Jane Huffman
Thumbnail for "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.
Thumbnail for "Eileen Myles Reads Joy Harjo".
Eileen Myles Reads Joy Harjo
Thumbnail for "Christian Wiman Reads Patrizia Cavalli".
Christian Wiman Reads Patrizia Cavalli
Thumbnail for "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.
Thumbnail for "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.
Thumbnail for "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.”
Thumbnail for "“To Claim What Has Tried to Claim Me”: A Roundtable on Asian-American Poetics".
“To Claim What Has Tried to Claim Me”: A Roundtable on Asian-American Poetics
Thumbnail for "Toi Derricotte Reads Tracy K. Smith".
Toi Derricotte Reads Tracy K. Smith
Thumbnail for "Margaret Atwood Reads Saeed Jones".
Margaret Atwood Reads Saeed Jones
Thumbnail for "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.
Thumbnail for "Joy Harjo Reads Sandra Cisneros".
Joy Harjo Reads Sandra Cisneros
Thumbnail for "Radical Imagination: Tracy K. Smith, Marilyn Nelson, and Terrance Hayes on Poetry in Our Times".
Radical Imagination: Tracy K. Smith, Marilyn Nelson, and Terrance Hayes on Poetry in Our Times
Thumbnail for "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. 
Thumbnail for "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.
Thumbnail for "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. 
Thumbnail for "Kwame Dawes Reads Derek Walcott".
Kwame Dawes Reads Derek Walcott
Thumbnail for "Ellen Bass Reads Frank X. Gaspar".
Ellen Bass Reads Frank X. Gaspar
Thumbnail for "Mary Jo Bang Discusses Purgatorio".
Mary Jo Bang Discusses Purgatorio
Thumbnail for "Shane McCrae Discusses “Jim Limber in Heaven”".
Shane McCrae Discusses “Jim Limber in Heaven”
Thumbnail for "Vijay Seshadri Reads Sylvia Plath".
Vijay Seshadri Reads Sylvia Plath
Thumbnail for "Eliza Griswold discusses "First Person"".
Eliza Griswold discusses "First Person"
Thumbnail for "Ariel Francisco Reads James Wright".
Ariel Francisco Reads James Wright
Thumbnail for "Campbell McGrath Reads Czeslaw Milosz".
Campbell McGrath Reads Czeslaw Milosz
Thumbnail for "Natasha Trethewey Reads Charles Wright".
Natasha Trethewey Reads Charles Wright
Thumbnail for "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."
Thumbnail for "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."
Thumbnail for "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.
Thumbnail for "Craig Morgan Teicher Reads Forrest Gander".
Craig Morgan Teicher Reads Forrest Gander
Thumbnail for "Deborah Landau Reads Anne Sexton".
Deborah Landau Reads Anne Sexton
Thumbnail for "Kaveh Akbar Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt".
Kaveh Akbar Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt
Thumbnail for "Nick Flynn Reads Zoë Hitzig".
Nick Flynn Reads Zoë Hitzig
Thumbnail for "Catherine Barnett Reads Wislawa Szymborska".
Catherine Barnett Reads Wislawa Szymborska
Thumbnail for "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."
Thumbnail for "Tiana Clark Reads Natasha Trethewey".
Tiana Clark Reads Natasha Trethewey
Thumbnail for "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 newyorker.com. 
Thumbnail for "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."
Thumbnail for "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.” 
Thumbnail for "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."
Thumbnail for "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."
Thumbnail for "Tracy K. Smith Reads Matthew Dickman".
Tracy K. Smith joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Matthew Dickman’s poem “Minimum Wage," and her own poem “Declaration.” 
Thumbnail for "Charles Simic Reads Sharon Olds".
Charles Simic joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Sharon Olds’ poem “Her Birthday as Ashes in Seawater,” and his own poem “The Infinite.”
Thumbnail for "Danielle Chapman Reads Zbigniew Herbert".
Danielle Chapman joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Zbigniew Herbert's poem "Mr. Cogito Laments the Pettiness of Dreams," and her own poem "The Tavern Parlor."
Thumbnail for "Stephen Mitchell Reads Richard WIlbur".
Stephen Mitchell joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Richard Wilbur's poem "Two Voices in a Meadow," and his own translation of "The Death of Argos," from Homer’s Odyssey.
Thumbnail for "Erica Jong Reads John Updike".
Erica Jong joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Updike's poem "The City Outside," and her own poem "Dear Keats."
Thumbnail for "Lia Purpura Reads Carl Phillips".
Lia Purpura joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Carl Phillip's poem "White Dog," and her own poem "First Leaf."
Thumbnail for "Tom Sleigh Reads Seamus Heaney".
Tom Sleigh joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Seamus Heaney’s poem “In the Attic” and his own poem “The Fox.”
Thumbnail for "Andrew Motion Reads Alice Oswald".
Andrew Motion joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Alice Oswald’s poem “Evening Poem” and his own poem “Waders.”
Thumbnail for "Mary Karr Reads Terrance Hayes".
Mary Karr joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Terrance Hayes’s poem “Ars Poetica with Bacon” and her own poem “Face Down.”
Thumbnail for "Kevin Young Reads John Berryman".
Kevin Young joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Berryman’s poem “A Sympathy, A Welcome” and his own poem “Oblivion.”
Thumbnail for "Brenda Shaughnessy Reads C.D. Wright".
Brenda Shaughnessy joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss C.D. Wright's poem, “Like a Prisoner of Soft Words,” and her own poem “I Have a Time Machine.”
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Parker Henry joins Paul Muldoon to discuss fact checking poetry for The New Yorker.
Thumbnail for "Jonathan Galassi Reads Frederick Seidel".
Jonathan Galassi joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Frederick Seidel’s “Poem by the Bridge at Ten-Shin,” and his own poem “Lunch Poem for F.S.”
Thumbnail for "Amit Majmudar Reads Christopher Reid".
Amit Majmudar joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Christopher Reid’s “The Confusions,” and his own poem “Invocation.”
Thumbnail for "Eileen Myles Reads James Schuyler".
Eileen Myles joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss James Schuyler’s “White Boat, Blue Boat,” and her own poem “Dissolution.”
Thumbnail for "Joyce Carol Oates Reads John Updike".
Joyce Carol Oates joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Updike's “A Lightened Life,” and her own poem “This Is the Season.”
Thumbnail for "Billy Collins Reads Eamon Grennan".
Billy Collins joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Eamon Grennan’s “Sea Dog,” and his own poem “Table Talk.”
Thumbnail for "Jana Prikryl Reads Anne Carson".
Jana Prikryl joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Anne Carson’s “Stanzas, Sexes, Seductions,” and her own poem “Thirty Thousand Islands.”
Thumbnail for "Nick Laird Reads Elizabeth Bishop".
Nick Laird joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Elizabeth Bishop's “The Moose,” and his own poem “Feel Free.”
Thumbnail for "Monica Youn Reads Afaa Michael Weaver".
Monica Youn joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Afaa Michael Weaver's "Passing Through Indian Territory," and her own poem “Goldacre.”
Thumbnail for "Andrea Cohen Reads Philip Levine".
Andrea Cohen joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Philip Levine's "The Mercy," and her own poem “Major to Minor.”
Thumbnail for "Stephen Dunn Reads Donald Justice".
Stephen Dunn joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Donald Justice's "There is a gold light in certain old paintings," and his own poem “History.”
Thumbnail for "J. D. McClatchy Reads James Merrill".
J. D. McClatchy joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss James Merrill's "164 East 72nd Street," and his own poem “CaĞaloĞlu.”
Thumbnail for "Ellen Bass Reads Adam Zagajewski".
Ellen Bass joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Adam Zagajewski’s “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” and her own poem “Reincarnation.”
Thumbnail for "Meghan O'Rourke Reads John Ashbery".
Meghan O'Rourke joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss John Ashbery's "Tapestry,” and her own poem “Apartment Living."
Thumbnail for "Calvin Trillin Reads Ogden Nash".
Calvin Trillin joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Ogden Nash's "Autres Bêtes, Autres Mœurs” and his own poem "Oh, Y2K, Yes Y2K, How Come It Has to End This Way?"
Thumbnail for "Rosanna Warren Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt".
Rosanna Warren joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Ellen Bryant Voigt’s “Bear,” and her own poem “Man in Stream.”
Thumbnail for "Sophie Cabot Black Reads Donald Hall".
Sophie Cabot Black joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Donald Hall’s “The Ship Pounding,” and her own poem “Chemotherapy.”
Thumbnail for "Matthea Harvey Reads W. S. Merwin".
Matthea Harvey joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss W. S. Merwin’s “Vixen,” and her own poem “Everything Must Go.”
Thumbnail for "Michael Robbins Reads John Ashbery".
Michael Robbins joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss “Myrtle,” by John Ashbery, and his own poem “Country Music.”
Thumbnail for "Ada Limón Reads Jennifer L. Knox".
Ada Limón joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Jennifer L. Knox’s “Pimp My Ride” and her own poem “State Bird.”
Thumbnail for "Robert Pinsky Reads Elizabeth Bishop".
Robert Pinsky joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Elizabeth Bishop’s “At the Fishhouses” and a poem of his own.
Thumbnail for "Major Jackson Reads Derek Walcott".
Major Jackson joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Derek Walcott’s “In Italy” and a poem of his own.
Thumbnail for "Rowan Ricardo Phillips Reads Nick Laird".
Rowan Ricardo Philips joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Nick Laird’s “Feel Free” and a poem of his own.
Thumbnail for "Timothy Donnelly Reads Yusef Komunyakaa".
Timothy Donnelly joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Fortress” and a poem of his own.
Thumbnail for "Stephen Burt Reads Liz Waldner".
Stephen Burt joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Liz Waldner’s “Sad Verso of the Sunny _______.”
Thumbnail for "Maureen McLane Reads Liz Waldner".
Maureen McLane joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Liz Waldner’s “The Sovereignty and the Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed.”
Thumbnail for "James Richardson Reads W. S. Merwin".
James Richardson joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss W. S. Merwin’s “A Single Autumn.”
Thumbnail for "Rae Armantrout Reads Susan Wheeler".
Rae Armantrout joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Susan Wheeler’s “The Split.”
Thumbnail for "Lucie Brock-Broido reads Franz Wright".
Lucie Brock-Broido reads and discusses with host Paul Muldoon a poem by Franz Wright and poem of her own.
Thumbnail for "Jennifer Michael Hecht Reads Lucie Brock-Broido".
Jennifer Michael Hecht reads Lucie Brock-Broido.
Thumbnail for "Yusef Komunyakaa Reads Marilyn Hacker".
Yusef Komunyakaa reads a poem by Marilyn Hacker, as well as one of his own poems, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Thumbnail for "Anna McDonald Reads Kathleen Graber".
Anna McDonald reads a poem by Kathleen Graber, as well as one of her own poems, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Thumbnail for "Michael Dickman Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt".
Michael Dickman reads Ellen Bryant Voigt and his own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Thumbnail for "Sharon Olds Reads Rodney Jones".
Sharon Olds reads Rodney Jones and her own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Thumbnail for "John Ashbery Reads Charles Simic".
John Ashbery reads Charles Simic and his own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Thumbnail for "Tracy K. Smith Reads Kevin Young".
Tracy K. Smith reads a poem by Kevin Young and her own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
Thumbnail for "Philip Levine Reads Ellen Bass".
Philip Levine reads a poem by Ellen Bass and his own work, and has a discussion with the New Yorker poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.

Amy Woolard Reads Charles Wright

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May 15, 202437min 45sec

Amy Woolard joins Kevin Young to read “Via Negativa,” by Charles Wright, and her own poem “Late Shift.” Woolard, whose debut poetry collection, “Neck of the Woods,” won the 2018 Alice James Award from Alice James Books. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, she’s also a civil-rights attorney and the chief program officer for the ACLU of Virginia.