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Episode 53: Advent Darkness and Light

Cozy up by the tortoise stove for two poems to kick off our advent season! Keith Hansen shares  John Betjemen's "Advent 1955" and "Christmas". 

Episode 52: ”Perhaps the World Ends Here”

Happy Thanksgiving! This week's poem honors the world of the table and the table of the world. 

It's "Perhaps the World Ends Here" by Joy Harjo. 

Episode 51: ”In Westminster Abbey”

Keith Hansen is back, this time with a poem by John Betjeman: "In Westminster Abbey". It has a spirited rhyme scheme & meter, and a good dash of satire & snark. Enjoy! 

Episode 50: There‘s a Poem About That

This episode includes a poem about preferring pencils to pens, a poem about two people who never meet, and a poem about writing a poem. 

There's nothing too small or obscure to be pondered in poetry... and in the jeweler's glass of the poem small things aren't so small after all. 

"The Pencil" by AE Stallings https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/pencil/513860/

"On The Way to Work" by Stephen Dunn


"Who" by Jane Kenyon 


Episode 49: Three by Jane Kenyon

It's as simple as it sounds. I read three small but substantial poems by Jane Kenyon. 

Episode 48: ”Klipsan Stallions”

Linda Bierds writes poems thick with beautiful language, historical drama, and an uncanny sense of discovery.  In today's poem, "Klipsan Stallions," she applies her genius to a true story of a shipwreck and the horses who swam out to save sailors' lives. 

Episode 47: Larry Woiwode‘s ”Venerable Elm” and ”Horses”

Keith Hansen brings us two poems by North Dakota's poet laureate Larry Woiwode. It's hard to top trees and horses among nature's beauties...this will be ten minutes well spent. 





Episode 46: But I Am Done With Apple Picking Now

"After Apple Picking" by Robert Frost is a dreamy, drowsy autumn poem that retains its fresh mysteriousness through many readings and many, many years. 


You can find the poem here if you'd like to read it for yourself:


Episode 45: God, Truck, Nature: Interview With Dave Mehler

Another conversation with local poet Dave Mehler, another record set for longest episode!

This time I have a chance to pelt Dave with questions about reading & writing, to hear his story of being a truck driver poet, and to hear him read from his book Roadworthy. Grab some whittling or knitting and enjoy: this is a sweeping episode that includes some good poems and leisurely conversation. 

I edited this one all by myself, so if the volume levels are eclectic don't blame Ben. 


Check out Dave's book here:


Episode 44: Autumn Poetry to Memorize: Bonus Episode!

"They’s something kindo’ harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer’s over and the coolin’ fall is here—"
I humbly exhort you to take one of these poems and carry around in your heart's pocket this fall. 
"Something Told the Wild Geese" by Rachel Fields
"The Morns Are Meeker Than They Were" by Emily Dickinson
"When the Frost is on the Punkin" by James Whitcomb Riley 
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