December 21, 2013


Joshua Ware reads HILDA MORLEY'S Winter Solstice. Morley (September 19, 1916–March 23, 1998) was an American poet.Morley told Contemporary Authors: "I have been writing poems since I was nine years old and was adept at the sonnet form in my thirteenth and fourteenth years, having used rhyming quatrains before that. In my later teens and through my twenties I used both rhymed and freer forms, influenced by H. D. and D. H. Lawrence. By my mid-thirties I was committed to a line derived from William Carlos Williams, making the rhythm of the poem out of the elements of ordinary speech. The need to write poetry came out of the urgent pressure toward placing and forming my experience, giving a voice to what I felt. The capacity to look and to imagine freed me from confusion. They were my windows, connecting me to the world and the poems were a way of giving back what had been given me—the gifts and offerings the visible, tangible, audible world gave me. I was the channel which rendered back what was offered, a means or an instrument by which they could reach others, other senses and responses. More recently, I began to think of the poems as recordings of lessons I had learned, roadmarks which could be of help to others. Perhaps there is some moral intent behind this way of thinking. In any case there is still and always the need to be released from the burden of the experience, a notion shared by the prophets of the Old Testament who were driven to speak of what they knew and by the troubadour poets impelled to sing their joys, their angers, their despairs, their longings."
JOSHUA WARE reads his own poem, "Rough Spring Sonnet 20". Ware is the author of Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley and several chapbooks. His writing has appeared in journals such as American Letters & CommentaryColorado ReviewConduitGulf CoastNew American Writing, and Salt Hill. He lives in Cleveland, where he teaches at Case Western Reserve University and writes for the literary website Vouched Books. 
Joshua Ware is from the moon.

December 20, 2013

DAY 20: Charles Baudelaire * Sandra Simonds *

Sandra Simonds reads CHARLES BAUDELAIRE (April 9, 1821 – August 31, 1867) was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul VerlaineArthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé among many others. He is credited with coining the term "modernity" (modernité) to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience. (Wiki)

Simonds’ reads  'Transliteration of Baudelaire's 'Destruction'. Her poems have been published in many  journals such as Poetry,  American Poetry ReviewThe Believer, the Colorado Review, Fence, the Columbia Poetry ReviewBarrow StreetVolt, the New Orleans Review and Lana Turner. Her Creative Nonfiction has been published in Post Road and other literary journals.
She lives  in Tallahassee, Florida and is Assistant Professor of English at Thomas University in beautiful, rural Southern Georgia.


JOHN KEATS (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work only having been in publication for four years before his death. Hear Susana Gardner read Keats' Ode to a Nightingale here.  
(from  Wiki)

SUSANA GARDNER (1973-  ) is an American poet, recently repatriated. She curates this yearly nondenominational audio advent poetics calendar. She reads a reworked ditty here.

December 18, 2013


JESSICA SMITH'S second book is forthcoming from Chax Press. She works as a poet-librarian and dreams of the ocean in land-locked Birmingham, Alabama, where the trains sound like whales.Jessica reads her poem  "Saskia, Rembrandt (1636)" (unpublished, ekphrastic based on this.

Jessica reads JANE HIRSHFIELD's poem which is known by two titles, one of which is "For the Lichens" (published in 2011 by The Atlantic) and one of which is in the Ecopoetry Anthology as "For the Lobaria, Usnea, Witches' Hair, Map Lichen, Beard Lichen, Ground Lichen, Shield Lichen." 

December 17, 2013


RAUAN KLASSNIK reads a poem by TED HUGHES and a poem of his own as well.

RAUAN KLASSNIK'S writing this bio in burning mist (it's Seattle, yeah) & Can't see much. Blah, blah. Kundera, Apollinaire. Etc. Etc. He reads in the bath a lot. He is lazy and beautiful, blah, blah. Mwah! xoxoxoxo

December 16, 2013


KIRSTEN KASCHOCK reads her poem. She has cold fingers. She is currently visit-professing at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY--which is north of many places. Her chapbook WindowBoxing is available from Bloof Books. Her ms. The Dottery is forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press. She likes to consider herself lucky.

kirsten kaschock reads PATRICK LAWLER has published five collections of poetry: A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough (University of Georgia Press, 1990), reading a burning book (Basfal Books, 1994), Feeding the Fear of the Earth, the winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition (2006), Trade World Center (Ravenna Press, 2012) and Underground (Notes toward an Autobiography)--also from MMM press. He won the 2010 Ronald Sukenick/ABR Prize for Innovative Fiction for Rescuers of Skydivers Search Among the Clouds (2012).

December 15, 2013


My Love Is Green, America, from her book Boyishly (YesYes Books, 2013). 

KEVIN VARRONE is the author of three small children (2006, 2009, 2011), to whom he offers love advice daily, in a small town just outside Philadelphia. In his spare time he models balloon animals and does taxidermy. Kevin reads,
Love Advice for Children.