Reading with Rilke: The Fourth Elegy

“Angel and Puppet: then, finally, the play begins” Bianca Stone in conversation with poet Peter Gizzi discussing Rainer Maria Rilke’s “The Fourth Elegy,” (Edward Snow translation). We’re working our way though the entire Duino Elegies. In today’s episode we begin by discussing the elegy form and both Gizzi’s personal uses of the form, as well […]

Reading with Rilke: The Third Elegy

Bianca Stone talks with the poet Dara Barrios/Dixon about Rilke’s “The Third Elegy,” from his famous Duino Elegies. Exploring more directly the poem and its language, Barrios/Dixon and Stone look at the magnificent poetic devices Rilke uses in his unique way, such as questioning, pathetic fallacy and fungibility of pronouns in the direct address. Join […]

Reading with Rilke: The Second Elegy

We continue our series on Rilke’s Duino Elegies with Edward Snow’s translation of The Second Elegy, talking with poet Mark Wunderlich. Wunderlich, who is currently at work on a book on Rilke, is deep research into the biography, which give us rich insight into creation of “The Second Elegy.” Beginning with what Wunderlich calls the […]

Reading with Rilke: The First Elegy

Rainer Maria Rilke has been hailed as one of the most profound and genius poets of the 20th century. His Duino Elegies in particular, in tandem with the Sonnets to Orpheus, are seen as the pinnacle of his poetic achievements. Whole books could be written on each elegy. Here, Bianca Stone joins with guests to […]

A Place Beyond Shame: Ed Steck on the B Horror Film of Life

Talking today about the work of creating a book from our private work on the self, reckoning with the most unbearable past; as it overlaps and interacts with the art in our lives, which in turn connects to the history of our relationship with art and others: Ed Steck, who spent much of his childhood […]


What is the private space of a diary, what is the public space of a poem, and what does the psyche do in each? What is confession and what is memory in the poem, if it plays with the mechanism, or tone of Diary? How to explore and play the the personal expectations of those […]

Haunting Performances of the (un/discovered) Self: Dorothea Lasky

Dorothea Lasky and I discuss her newest collection of poetry The Shining, the deceptive nature of the “I” in poetry; the undiscovered language that haunts our very psyche–and of course a lot about Kubrick’s film adaptation of The Shining. Mactaggart Jewelry: use the code Psyche20 for 20% off! Louise Glück’s The Wild Iris Jung’s The […]

Poetry & Dreams with Mathias Svalina

Talking with the incredible poet and artist, Mathias Svalina, about language and space of dreams, as it mirrors and informs the poem. Working consistently within the epistolary form, and the “telling” of dream form, Svalina continues the work of looking and seeing the world through the lens of the surreal, pushing against the boundaries of […]

Violence in Language & Finding Repair in Poetry: Paul Hlava Ceballos

In Paul Hlava Ceballos’s Banana [] is a stunning debut full length collection that explored the crushing reality of the violence of “the extractive relationship the United States has with the Americas and its people through poetic portraits of migrants, family, and memory.” The title poem is part poetry and part reportage that traces the […]

Poetry & Dreams with Ana Božičević

Today we’re starting a new randomly occurring series on the podcast where we talk about–on top of whatever else–dreams. We start today with the poet and translator Ana Božičević, whose new book New Life came out this year from Wave Books. Ana Božičević is a poet, translator, teacher, and occasional singer. Ana grew up in […]