It’s May 15, 2016 – our second Sunday without a live broadcast of the KUSP Poetry Show. We have no idea yet whether KUSP will survive, but never fear – we’re not going away, just online. It may take a few weeks to get set up over at the Poetry Santa Cruz website and work out a new routine. Until we get back to regular production of Poetry Show podcasts, the blog will continue here at KUSP.org, and will serve to keep our followers up to date on what’s happening in our world, and in the broader world of poetry.
Also, a blog post wouldn’t be complete without a podcast, so we’re going to delve into the archives. This week, you’re invited to listen to one of the very first Poetry Shows saved as a podcast – from June 11, 2007. Dennis Morton was the host and, for the first time, Santa Cruz’ own Ellen Bass was his guest.
The occasion for this visit was the publication of the second Ellen Bass poetry collection, The Human Line, and it’s a treat to hear her read and discuss some of the poems from that book. Ellen’s most original bit of advice to aspiring poets: “When the muse hands you something, never say no – you don’t want to make her mad…”. There’s more to it than that, of course, but you’ll have to listen to hear the rest. When to listen? We suggest 9:00 Sunday evening as a good time to listen to the Poetry Show.
* We got a nice email from Cahal (C. L.) Dallat, now safely back home in London. He and Anne-Marie Fyfe want to thank Santa Cruz for making them feel welcome at the Poetry Show and at their Poetry Santa Cruz reading. Next time our globe-trotting Poetry Show listeners are in London, be sure to drop in for some Coffee House Poetry at The Troubadour.
* In national poetry news, listen to this brief interview by NPR’s Scott Simon:
It’s the 100th birthday of the Pulitzer Prizes this year – the centenary of a prize that can change the life and the career of a journalist, a photographer, a biographer, a dramatist or a poet. In the latest conversation in our series to mark the Pulitzer’s big year, we welcome Gregory Pardlo. He won the Pulitzer for poetry last year for his collection of poems entitled Digest. He joins us from our studios in New York…
Dennis plans further investigation of Gregory Pardlo and his poetry, so perhaps we’ll have more to say about him in future.