KUSP's Poetry Show

Salgado Maranhão, guest poet


17 - maranhao-web2Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão was a special guest on the Poetry Show for April 17, 2016.

Salgado, his American translator Alexis Levitin, and local poet/translator Stephen Kessler sat down with host Dennis Morton to read and discuss Levitin’s two translations of Maranhão books  – written in Brazilian Portuguese – and the challenges of translating poetry. The interview was recorded at KUSP on April 9, when Maranhão and Levitin came through town on their book tour.

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The two books of Salgado Maranão poetry translated by Alexis Leviton are Tiger Fur (White Pine Press), and Blood of the Sun (Milkweed Press).

Stephen Kessler is an accomplished poet, translator and past Poetry Show host. In his most recent previous appearance on the Poetry Show, he discussed the art of translation and his translations of Chilean poet Luis Cernuda.

Anne-Marie Fyfe and C. L. Dallat, guest poets


10 - annemariefyfe composite.jpgExpat Irish poets Anne-Marie Fyfe and C. L. Dallat, now residing in London, made time in their joint book tour to visit the Poetry Show on April 10, 2016. Anne-Marie’s new collection is titled House of Small Absences.



10 - cldallat comp.jpgC. L. Dallat’s latest book is The Year of Not Dancing. The two took turns reading and discussing their poems with host Dennis Morton.

This show was a preview of this week’s Poetry Santa Cruz reading, coming up Tuesday evening, 7:30 at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Readings: Vuong, Maverick Poets


03 - Night SkyHost Dennis Morton was joined by local poet and fellow Poetry Santa Cruz board member Len Anderson for an hour of reading and discussion, on the Poetry Show for April 3, 2016. Each reader chose a published collection from which to make selections. For Len it was a new book by a young poet, Ocean Vuong, titled Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon, 2016). The collection has received much critical acclaim as the first full-length published work of a new voice in poetry:

Night Sky with Exit Wounds is the kind of book that soon becomes worn with love. You will want to crease every page to come back to it, to underline every other line because each word resonates with power.” — LitHub

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For his reading selections, Dennis chose an older (1967) anthology edited by Steve Kowit, titled The Maverick Poets. (used copies of the 1988 paperback edition can be found for sale online). The collection includes several early poems by Billy Collins.

Poetry Santa Cruz reading: March 2016


06 - steve_kowitNew with this post, the Poetry Show will post podcasts of recorded Poetry Santa Cruz readings. The March 2016 event, held as usual on the second Tuesday at Bookshop Santa Cruz, was a tribute to poet Steve Kowit, who left us in April 2015. The featured reader was self-described “human” Tom Marshall, a long-time friend of Kowit.

Tom was followed by a number of others who attended the event, sharing favorite Steve Kowit poems.

William O’Daly, guest poet


27 - william-odalyOn March 27, 2016, host Dennis Morton welcomed poet and Pablo Neruda translator William O’Daly to the Poetry Show, to read and discuss Neruda and also his own latest poetry collection, titled The Road to Isla Negra. The new collection is an homage to Neruda, published by Folded Word Press, and features photos by Galen Garwood.

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In earlier days, O’Daly was one of the founders, along with Sam Hamill, of Copper Canyon Press. The founding story began in 1972 with a campus publication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and continues today as one of our very favorite poetry publishers.

Readings: Monterey Bay Area Poets

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————— Maude Meehan * Adrienne Rich * Tilly Washburn Shaw ————————————

In the first of a planned two-show effort, host Dennis Morton selected readings that show the breadth and depth of poetry writing talent around the Monterey Bay. The focus this week was historical and posthumous, spotlighting poets no longer with us. The show’s first segment featured female poets, including:

The second group of readings were drawn from deceased male Monterey Bay area poets, including:

KUSP Spring Fundraiser, New Rattle



Dennis Morton was joined by Joan Maro and Len Anderson to host the KUSP Spring Fundraiser edition of The Poetry Show. All of us here behind the microphones invite our listeners to join us in supporting community public radio on KUSP, and especially in supporting the country’s oldest radio poetry show. Pledge online! – and if you do, tell ‘em how much you enjoy The Poetry Show.

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This week’s show also featured some fine contemporary poetry, of course. Readings were drawn mainly from the latest issue of Rattle magazine (#51 – spring 2016). This issue features contributions from thirty-one feminist poets, and also has an open submissions section. Reading selections were taken from both sections, including:

  • Amy Uyematsu – Zumba Gold at 9 AM
  • Rasaq Malik Gbolahan – How My Mother Spends Her Nights
  • Julie Steiner – Women Only Write About Themselves
  • Jenny Qi – Dissonance
  • Roberta Beary – Five Haiku
  • Julie Marie Wade – I Would Rather Be Gay Than Straight Any Day
  • Juanita Brunk - On This Earth (not from Rattle)
  • James B. Nicola – Have You Ever Woken
  • Beth Gylys – Apron Strings
  • Leila Chatti – Morning

Readings and recordings: American poets anthology, Kowit, Adrienne Rich CD


Dennis Morton hosted the March 6, 2016 Poetry Show. In the first half, Dennis read a variety of poems selected from a not-so-recent but still valuable anthology titled: Fifteen Modern American Poets (George Elliott, ed.). It may be hard to find a copy of the hardback first edition: used copies of the later paperback edition are more common. For our Santa Cruz readers – think local and try Logos Books and Records first. If they don’t have it in their extensive poetry shelf stock, you can order it through them online.  Readings from the book included:

  • Theodore Roethke:  The Waking
  • Elizabeth Bishop: The Fish
  • Muriel Rukeyser: The Return
  • Howard Nemerov: Sonnet at Easter
  • Richard Eberhart: The Eclipse, Cold Fall
  • Josephine Miles
  • Winfield Townley Scott

In anticipation of tomorrow evening’s Steve Kowit tribute reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz, sponsored by Poetry Santa Cruz, Dennis read a couple of Kowit favorites.

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The show’s second half comprised recorded readings by Adrienne Rich of her own poetry, from a 2002 CD titled The Voice of the Poet: Adrienne Rich.  This series of boxed CDs with accompanying booklet (at least 17) was well done by Random House Audio. Most are out-of-publication, but available used. For what may be a complete list, see the Amazon page.

African-American poetry, Danusha Laméris


For the last Poetry Show of Black History Month 2016, local poet Danusha Laméris joined host Dennis Morton to read and discuss a wide range of selections from the rich heritage of African-American poetry. Danusha was recently a guest poet on the show to celebrate the publication of her new poetry collection, titled  The Moons of August  (Autumn House Press, 2014). She shared a few more poems from the new book, but the main focus this week was on other poets.

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Danusha and Dennis chose some of their favorite African-American poets and poems, including:

Catamaran Literary Review, issue #12, with guest Catherine Segurson


14_-_Cat_12_coverCatherine Segurson, frequent Poetry Show guest and founder of Catamaran Literary Reader, joined host Dennis Morton on the February 14 Poetry Show for a review of the latest issue. This is issue #12 for the quarterly publication, which brings together high-quality art and writing, including some very fine poetry. We’re fortunate to have such a quality arts publication originating here in Santa Cruz, and Catherine is the creative force responsible for the continuing excellence of Catamaran Literary Review.

February 14 is also Valentine’s Day, so Dennis and Catherine found a number of love poems to share with listeners, drawn from past issues, along with other selections from the current issue.

Zack Rogow is the poetry editor for Catamaran (and also a past Poetry Show guest). He and Catherine work together to find poets and poems that work harmoniously within each issue, often paired with complementary works of visual art. Poets contributing to this week’s Poetry Show included: