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Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People)

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Episode 72: Ilya Kaminsky
EXTRA RESOURCES FOR EPISODE 72Books by Ilya KaminskyPoetry Collections:Deaf Republic (Graywolf, 2019)Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004)Anthologies:The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (co-editors Susan Harris, Ecco, 2010)In the Shape of a Human I Am Visiting the Earth: Poems from Far and Wide (co-editors Dominic Luxford and Jesse Nathan, McSweeney’s, 2017)Gossip and Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems and Prose (co-editors Katie Farris and Valzhyna Mort, Tupelo Press, 2014)A God in the House: Poets Talk about Faith, (co-editor Katherine Towler, Tupelo Press, 2012)Translations/Readings:Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (with Jean Valentine, Alice James, 2012)This Lamentable City by Polina Barskova (Tupelo Press, 2010)If I Were Born in Prague: Poems of Guy Jean (with Katie Farris, Argos Press, 2011)Other Books and Writers Featured in the EpisodeIsaac BabelLeslie ScalapinoCatullusPropertiusAnna AkhmatovaCzeslaw MiloszTomas TranströmerOther Relevant Links“Searching for a Lost Odessa — and a Deaf Childhood” published in the New York Times, Aug. 9, 2018Ilya reads “Search Patrols” for the Poetry FoundationInterview with Ilya in the Adirondack ReviewPolish poet Adam Zagajewski talks to American translator Clare Cavanaugh and Ilya Kaminsky about contemporary Polish poetry, for the Poetry FoundationEPISODE TRANSCRIPT
Episode 71: Mira Jacob
Rachel Zucker speaks with Mira Jacob, author and illustrator of a newly released graphic memoir Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Zucker and Jacob speak about “the gaze of disbelief,” racism, raising sons in the age of Trump, the relationship between humor and anger, the lonely exhilaration of immersing oneself in a new medium, the challenges and pleasures of translating text into audio and the complicated work of making art about yourself, your children, family and friends. EXTRA RESOURCES FOR EPISODE 71Books by MIra JacobGood Talk (One World, 2019)The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (Random House, 2015)Other Books and Writers Mentioned in the EpisodeBill ChengDani ShapiroJed RothsteinSusan Sontag’s On Photography (Picador)Charlie HebdoOther Relevant LinksTastyTuts
Episode 70: Alicia Jo Rabins
Rachel Zucker speaks with poet, musician and Jewish educator Alicia Jo Rabins about her new book, Fruit Geode, and her lifelong passion for writing. In an episode rich with music, Alicia Jo describes falling in love with Jewish learning, being a classically-trained violinist, learning American fiddle music from a busker, playing in a klezmer punk band, recording three albums of Girls in Trouble songs (written in the voices of female biblical figures), her one-woman rock opera about Bernie Madoff and the collapse of the financial market, the inevitability of cycles, writing a spiritual memoir, the non-binary divine, the Jewish priestess movement, the importance of stopping writing, a hunger for integration, shame, performance, and so much more. EXTRA RESOURCES FOR EPISODE 70Books by Alicia Jo RabinsFruit Geode (Augury Books, 2018)Divinity School (American Poetry Review, 2015)Other Projects by Alicia Jo RabinsGirls in TroubleA Kaddish for Bernie Madoff (the album)A Kaddish for Bernie Maddoff (the film)Chavurta: A Drummer’s Bat MitzvahOther Books and Writers Mentioned in the EpisodeRilke’s Letters to a Young PoetThe War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Orion, 2003)Claudia RankineKenneth KochRon PadgettDavid LehmanJohn AshberyNorman FischerC.D. WrightEnheduanna Other Relevant LinksAnnette Ezekiel Kogan and the band GolemPardesJerry RaikBronfman FellowshipRabbi Jill HammerLMCCBernie MadoffZak MargolisEmotive FruitionMother Foucault's Bookshop
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May 15th, 2016
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