In the first half of the Poetry Show for May 17, 2015, host Dennis Morton returned to the latest issue of the fine literary magazine Ploughshares. This issue of Ploughshares is especially interesting to Poetry Show listeners for two reasons: 1) it is given over entirely to poetry, and 2) Neil Astley is the guest editor.
This week’s new batch of readings from Ploughshares continues where we left off on the Poetry Show two weeks ago, and includes poems by Barbara Hamby, Tracey Herd, Tony Hoagland, Major Jackson and Pascal Petit.
Closing out the first half are a few poems from Caging the Robin, a new book by Tom Crawford.
For the second half of the show, we listen to selections from a CD called The Scar Saloon, by Sholeh Wolpé (2006). The Iran-born poet interleaved her spoken words with traditional and contemporary music by some very talented Iranian instrumentalists to create this multi-media CD. Some of our local listeners may have seen and heard Sholeh Wolpé at last week’s Poetry Santa Cruz reading and, while she was in town, we recorded a conversation between Sholeh and Dennis. That recorded conversation will be next week’s Poetry Show.