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Houghton Mifflin Poetry Podcast

Houghton Mifflin is pleased to announce its new podcast series, The Poetic Voice, which offers poetry lovers everywhere an opportunity to hear celebrated poets reading and talking about their work.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we are delighted to bring you a special April episode of The Poetic Voice. This episode includes selections from The Poetic Voice's inaugural year and features eight poets — both modern masters and fresh voices — reading from their work.

Contents: Donald Hall reads "Affirmation" from White Apples and the Taste of Stone; David Tucker reads "The Dancer" from Late for Work; Michael Collier reads "Birds Appearing in a Dream" from Dark Wild Realm; Ron Slate reads "The Final Call" from The Incentive of the Maggot; Natasha Trethewey reads "Self" from Native Guard; Galway Kinnell reads "Middle Path" from Strong Is Your Hold; Glyn Maxwell reads "Harry in the Dark" from The Sugar Mile; and Alan Shapiro reads the first and second sections of "Tantalus in Love" from Tantalus in Love.

Stay tuned to The Poetic Voice to hear Linda Gregerson reading from and discussing her collection Magnetic North. An accomplished poet and recent Guggenheim Fellow, Gregerson teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry as well as in the Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Ploughshares, the Yale Review, TriQuarterly, and other publications. Among her many awards and honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Kingsley Tufts Award.


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You can also download the mp3 file of the current episode and listen to it on your computer or mp3 player. Listen to our previous epsiodes.

Houghton Mifflin's commitment to poetry spans well over one hundred years. In the nineteenth century, Houghton published Amy Lowell, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau, and in the twentieth century, such poets as Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Sexton, and Gerald Stern. Each year Houghton publishes a collection by the winner of the Bakeless Prize for poetry — awarded at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference — as a Mariner paperback original. You can find more information on our poetry titles at http://www.houghtonmifflinpoetry.com/.


The episodes:

Episode 1: Donald Hall
In this episode, recorded just prior to his appointment as Poet Laureate of the United States, Donald Hall discusses his work and his life. Hall is the author of more than two dozen books of poems and prose. His work has garnered many honors, among them the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry for The One Day, and the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments.

Episode 2: David Tucker, Late for Work
David Tucker reads from and discusses Late for Work. Tucker wrote the poems in this collection throughout his twenty-eight-year career as a reporter and editor at various newspapers, including the New Jersey Star-Ledger and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the winner of the 2005 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference's prestigious Bakeless Prize for poetry, judged by Philip Levine.

Episode 3: Donald Hall, Poet Laureate
Donald Hall, the fourteenth Poet Laureate of the United States, reads poems from his latest collection, White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 19462006. This volume collects more than two hundred poems from sixty years of Hall's celebrated career, including new poems recently published in The New Yorker, the American Poetry Review, and the New York Times. Copies of the book include an hour-long CD of Hall reading his poems.

Epsiode 4: Michael Collier, Dark Wild Realm
Michael Collier reads from and discusses his latest poetry collection, Dark Wild Realm. Collier has been the director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference for five years and has taught English at the University of Maryland, College Park, for fifteen years. His previous volumes of poetry are The Clasp and Other Poems, The Folded Heart, The Neighbor, and most recently The Ledge, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Collier is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, NEA fellowships, and the Discovery/The Nation Award, among other honors.

Episode 5: Ron Slate, The Incentive of the Maggot
Ron Slate reads from and discusses his debut collection, The Incentive of the Maggot. Ron Slate is the winner of the 2004 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference's prestigious Bakeless Prize, selected by former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky. As Pinsky writes in his foreword to the collection, Slate "brings together the personal and the global in a way that is distinctive, subtle, defying expectations about what is political and what is personal."

Episode 6: Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard
Natasha Trethewey reads from and discusses her latest collection, Native Guard, about a unit of black soldiers who played a pivotal role in the Civil War. The racial legacy of the Civil War echoes through elegiac poems that honor her own mother and the forgotten history of her native South. Among Natasha Trethewey's many honors are a Guggenheim fellowship, the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Grolier Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Emory University.

Episode 7: Galway Kinnell, Strong Is Your Hold
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Galway Kinnell reads from and discusses his eleventh collection, Strong Is Your Hold. In conversation with Houghton Mifflin's Janet Silver, Vice President and Publisher of Adult Trade Books, Kinnell discusses how his influences, his revision process, and the events of 9/11 shaped this work. Copies of Strong Is Your Hold include a CD of Galway Kinnell reading every poem in the collection.

Episode 8: Glyn Maxwell, The Sugar Mile
This episode features Glyn Maxwell reading from and discussing his collection The Sugar Mile. The stirring verse narrative of The Sugar Mile begins when the poet steps into an uptown Manhattan bar a few days before September 11, 2001. Encountering Joe Stone, a fellow Brit and a barstool regular, the narrator becomes the fated scribe of Joe's memories of London's "Black Saturday," the start of the worst of the Blitz during World War II. Glyn Maxwell is the poetry editor of the New Republic and the author of four New York Times Notable Books. Among the honors he has received are the Somerset Maugham Prize and the E. M. Forster Prize.

Epsiode 9: Alan Shapiro, Tantalus in Love
This episode features Alan Shapiro reading from and discussing his collection Tantalus in Love, recently released in paperback. A work full of life, jealousy, lust, and romantic abandon, Tantalus in Love reinvents myth and symbol in lyrical portraits of astounding resonance. The collection begins with the sorrow of a disintegrating marriage, with its anger and suspicion, its hurt and rage, but moves on to celebrate the resilience of love after loss and the awakening glory of an amorous middle age. Alan Shapiro is the author of eight acclaimed books of poetry. He has received the Kingsley Tufts Award and the Los Angeles Times prize for poetry, among other honors. His memoir, The Last Happy Occasion, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He teaches at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Episode 10: National Poetry Month
In celebration of National Poetry Month, we are delighted to bring you a special April episode of The Poetic Voice. This episode includes selections from The Poetic Voice's inaugural year and features eight poets — both modern masters and fresh voices — reading from their work.

Contents: Donald Hall reads "Affirmation" from White Apples and the Taste of Stone; David Tucker reads "The Dancer" from Late for Work; Michael Collier reads "Birds Appearing in a Dream" from Dark Wild Realm; Ron Slate reads "The Final Call" from The Incentive of the Maggot; Natasha Trethewey reads "Self" from Native Guard; Galway Kinnell reads "Middle Path" from Strong Is Your Hold; Glyn Maxwell reads "Harry in the Dark" from The Sugar Mile; and Alan Shapiro reads the first and second sections of "Tantalus in Love" from Tantalus in Love.



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