David Roderick introduces Maw Shein Win's "Score." "The Mysterious Music of Georg Trakl" Alexandra S.Levine talks with immigrant poets who recently participated in the "A New Colossus" poetry festival. Collections by Erika Sánchez, Adrienne Raphel, Karyna Mc Glynn, and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor briefly reviewed by Kathleen Rooney.
Co-created by Bruce George, Danny Simmons, Deborah Pointer, Stan Lathan, and Russell Simmons, the show is a spin-off of the popular Def Comedy Jam which began airing on HBO in the 90's.
Poetry has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh.
Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the Chinese Shijing, or from a need to retell oral epics, as with the Sanskrit Vedas, Zoroastrian Gathas, and the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.
We also have rare video interviews with people such as Peter Reading and John Berger. As of June 20 we have received just under ,000 toward our 2017 goal of ,000 from our readers. If you have not yet given, please join your friends-in-poetry in support of PD's 20th anniversary year with a contribution to help keep us in daily service to you and to poetry! With warmest regards, Don and Diane , edited by Heather Cass White.
Ted Kooser presents Bradford Tice's "Milkweed." Rebecca Foust introduces four poems by Jane Underwood.
As with Def Comedy, Simmons appears at the end of every episode to thank the audience. Though technically not a poetry slam, Def Poetry has become heavily associated with the poetry slam movement, and utilizes many of poetry slam's best known poets, including National Poetry Slam champions such as Beau Sia, Taylor Mali, Big Poppa E, Mayda del Valle, Mike Mcgee, Alix Olson and Rives, among others.