Poets on Poetry

Ask a group of poets for their advice on how to read or write poetry and you’ll likely get as many answers as there are poets. When these differences are distilled into poems, we end up with a rich array of work. Here are two poets on poetry just in time for the weekend.

In a recent online discussion of how to teach students haiku, someone pointed out this gem of a recording: Ginsberg on “writing slogans”, haiku and more…

For another poet’s take on poetry, try Kenneth Koch’s insightful essay “On Reading Poetry”. Yesterday’s Poem-a-Day podcast also featured Mark Strand (who is one of my favorite poets to listen to) reading Kenneth Koch’s Permanently. Strand’s voice has a rich steady quality that lends itself gracefully for reading poetry and this blends well with Koch’s subtly intense verse.

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