8 Inspiring Poetry Podcasts

 
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written by THEA VOUTIRITSAS

Looking for more out of your favorite poems? Poetry podcasts are a great way to dive deeper into poems you love or find new favorites. Sometimes a poem read aloud can take on a whole new meaning. Other times, unpacking an old favorite can make you fall in love with it all over again. Whether you’re a poetry reader or a writer, here are 8 poetry podcasts to fill your airwaves.

 

1. poemtalk

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Poem Talk is a poetry podcast hosted by professor and poet Al Filreis in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation. Each episode runs 40–50 minutes and Filreis leads a roundtable discussion of a single poem. He and his rotating roundtable crew discuss a variety of poems from as early as the 1800s to the present.


2. The Poetry Break

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West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman hosts this poetry podcast. Episodes are released monthly and feature a different poet each month. Harshman offers original commentary along with each poem. The Poetry Break runs anywhere from 5–10 minutes—perfect for your morning commute.


3. all up in your ears

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All Up in Your Ears is a monthly poetry podcast featuring hosts Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Francine J. Harris, Jonathan Farmer, and Kaveh Akbar. Each month, two of the hosts pick out a new poem, and the crew unpacks it together. They discuss, praise, and disagree along the way. Each podcast is 45–60 minutes long.


4. The Poetry Gods

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You don’t have to love poetry to love The Poetry Gods (but it sure helps). Hosted by Aziza Barnes, Jon Sands, and José Olivarez, this poetry podcast doesn’t let high academic jargon dull down a poem. Running around 60–90 minutes, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the poem as well as the hosts.


5. PoetryNow

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Another gift from the Poetry Foundation, PoetryNow offers weekly bite-sized looks into a single poem in just four minutes. Glance into the minds of today’s most accomplished poets as they share their poems and the story behind them.


6. Talk About Poetry

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Totally unscripted, Talk About Poetry brings together several working poets to talk about the poems that interest, engage, or even annoy them. Each podcast can last anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour, and the hosts don’t pin themselves to one specific topic, so you’re in for something new each time.


7. Classic Poetry Read Aloud

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This poetry podcast is exactly what it sounds like. Classic Poetry Read Aloud is a library of classic poems. Their goal is to make poetry more accessible and heighten the emotional impact of a poem through reciting. The length of the podcast varies depending on the poem, but it’s perfect for poets looking to draw inspiration from the greats.


8. The New Yorker: Poetry

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The New Yorker’s poetry editor, Kevin Young, hosts this poetry podcast. Each episode is 20–40 minutes long and features a guest host. The guest reads a poem for discussion, and then Young lets the conversation flow freely.

These podcasts are as entertaining as they are informative. With poetry podcasts, you can hear poems, meet poets, and analyze with experts. Whether you’re searching for more out of your poetry experience or just don’t have time to sit down and read, they’re the perfect way to get a little more poetry in your life.

 
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