The Goodnight Show with Luc reading a Pantoum of mine
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Click above and enjoy; or you can see (and hear, and/or download for your ambulatory convenience) here: Episode 15 of The Countdown
[from MiPO's Cafe' Cafe' Poetry Community]
poetry podcast runtime: 32 minutes 51 seconds
Poems Featured In This Episode:
1. (02:14) Allen Ginsberg, "A Supermarket in California" [Berkeley 1955]
2. (07:38) Christine Klocek-Lim, "Tonight I Walked Into the Sunset" (November Sky Poetry)
3. (09:38) Erica W. Adams, "panegyrize" (42 Opus)
4. (11:17) Simeon Berry, "Chemotherapy Omnibus" (Riley Dog)
5. (15:48) David Raphael Israel, "One Side of the Heart" (Kirwani)
6. (18:28) Jill Chan, "The Eye" (Navel Orange)
7. (19:52) Laurel K. Dodge, "The Bough Has Broken" (Do it again; this time with feeling)
8. (22:06) Amy King, "Causes for Celebration" (amy king.org)
9. (25:54) Alison Stine, "After Meat" (No Tell Motel)
10. (28:12) Mark Young, untitled ("so maybe there") (gamma ways)
For the past couple months, I've been contributing now and again to the group poetry blog Cafe' Cafe', hosted by Didi Menendez, and taking note of the rather prodigious productive activity of Didi -- involved as she is in blogo-publishing, running a net-based poetry magazine, physical publishing (including a new chapbook series, OCHO -- a recent issue of which includes a sonnet of mine), plus notable poetry podcast projects. The latter has been particularly notable on Cafe' Cafe' since a few weeks ago -- in the sense that when you access that blog, the embedded radio player automatically starts blaring at you (visitors, consider yourselves warned. A hit of the PAUSE control-button on the radio interface at right, suffices to shut down the gratis -- though sometimes likable -- randomly-selected broadcast.)
Readers of my blog may have noted recent, prolific engagement with the pantoum form. (I've blogged some 26 poems in this form in the past 8 days. Tentatively, I've in mind to complete a sequence of 50 of these short formal poems. I've developed the pantoum into a particular version of the form, it may be noted -- mostly with 3 8-line stanzas, though the first was five 8-line stanzas. More typically, pantoums appear in an indeterminate number of quatrains -- though always ultimatly circular.)
Unexpectedly, last Friday, Didi posted a comment on one such blogged pantoum, the 5th in the series -- a poem which begins and ends with the line One side of the heart is dark (a line I've borrowed from -- and with hat-tips to -- W.S. Merwin). She remarked the plan afoot to include this poem in The Goodnight Show [same caveat for that link: watch for the random-broadcast thing]. Pleased and curious, I waited to see how this should reel out.
Meanwhile, the format and process of the said poetry podcast has been evolving. This particular episode (at least) is hosted by none other than Bob Marcacci -- from Beijing! Bob I suspect might not recall that I enjoyed a little bit of email correspondence with him perhaps a year or so ago. I understood (from the Bufallo Poetics list) that he runs an open poetry series at a bookstore in Beijing, and was curious to know about that. My impression is, he somewhat randomly looked at my blog (due to the Cafe'Cafe' connection) -- on a day when, as it happened, this pantoum was the latest blogged.
At any rate, long and short of it is, Luc Simonic has done a credible reading of the pantoum. Bob has prefaced that with observations about the poem and its form that delighted me.
Hearty thanks to Didi, Bob, and Luc for including my work in this pleasant and lively production.