Alex Green, author, most recently, of Emergency Anthems and editor of Stereo Embers, comes on the show for a chat about these things and a great deal more. Come on in and catch some of his infectious enthusiasm!
Sommer Browning prior to recording Talus or Scree.
A while back we switched servers, which caused us to lose some of our earlier episodes. To right this wrong and ensure these great episodes are available for old and new listeners alike, we will be doing archival releases over the coming months. We will kick things off with poet (find her first book here), comic artist, librarian, mother, comedienne her book of President jokes was published by Future Tense Books), Twitter extraordinaire, and, as you’ll hear here, creator of our awesome logo, Sommer Browning. Bonus: Sommer’s new book Backup Singers will be available soon from Birds, LLC. Be sure to get yourself a copy!
Plus, Pookahontas eulogizes R.E.M.!
We will run one more Archive release in March, before bringing back The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline. Once April passes we will continue with these archival releases and new episodes.
Our apologies to our past guests who got lost in the server shuffle. We hope you think of these releases as a low-rent form of time travel.
Shameless self promotion alert! My new poetry chapbook, Horse Ballast, is available from Pavement Saw Press. It’s only nine dollars! Paypal info(AT)pavementsaw.org or send them a check, and let them know which collection you want. Buy some other titles while you’re there!
I guess regular old radio—commercials and all—still exists? Beats me. I haven’t listened to that old-timey contraption in nearly a year. These days, it’s all about the XM. I’m a music nerd. XM welcomes—nay, embraces—that nerdom. I have my Outlaw Country—the only thing I have in common with Peyton Manning beyond large foreheads. I have my Prime Country, a slice of 80s and 90s genre staples and forgotten gems. 60’s on 6? Sure. And there’s a host of 90s alternative stations that will get me wallowing in nostalgia. But that’s just me. XM has around 200 channels or so—I haven’t gotten through all of them yet, actually. And there is bound to be about 20 or so that you’re going to love. So stop listening to the local yahoos on their corny morning program, the same loudmouths who always think it’s a good idea to play “Radar Love” at the drop of a hat. Get something that’s worth listening to.
Megan Kaminski, author of Desiring Map and a heap of chapbooks, pipes in from Kansas to discuss Guy Fieri, basketball, meeting Pete Sampras, suburban terror, and more. She also reads poems from Desiring Map and her next manuscript!