It’s the new year, (okay it’s February, but I still count it as the close to the new year), and even poets might make a resolution to exercise a little more. But what if that natural high from your walk or working out on the treadmill or exercise bike just aren’t enough to motivate you? This week I discovered the Poetry Foundation’s collection of podcasts. These little gems are great incentives for me to hit the road with my iPod firmly in place. Sure, I might not be communing with nature that much, but right now “nature” on my roadway is cinder encrusted snow banks and half-melted dog-doo. I can try to look beyond at the fresh rivulets of snow melt but it helps to have something cool to listen to as well.
If you search for “poetry” in the podcasts section of the iTunes store, you’ll come up with dozens of options but the Poetry Foundation’s podcasts are the most reliably inspiring. You can choose to subscribe to:
- Poetry Magazine Podcast (Editors Christian Wiman and Don Share go inside the pages of Poetry, talking to poets and critics, debating the issues, and sharing their poem selections with listeners.)
- Poetry Off The Shelf (Producer Curtis Fox explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously.)
- Poetry Lectures (Talks given by notable scholars and critics on poets, poetry, and their intersections with other art forms. Features recordings from historic archives and live events.)
- Poem of the Day (Great classic and contemporary poems read by poets and actors delivered every day.)
- Avant-Garde All the Time (Poet Kenneth Goldsmith presents selections from UbuWeb, the learned and varietous online repository concerning concrete & sound poetry, experimental film, outsider art and all things avant-garde.)
- Poem Talk (Kelly Writers House impresario Al Filreis leads a lively roundtable discussion of a single poem with a series of rotating guests including Linh Dinh, Randall Couch, Jessica Lowenthal, Charles Bernstein, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, erica kaufman, and others.)
- Essential American Poets (Listen to Donald Hall’s selection of classic American Poets reading from their work. These recordings are being made available as the result of a collaboration between the U.S. and U.K poet laureates Donald Hall and Andrew Motion.)
My iPod runneth over, and hopefully all of the FREE podcasts will help keep me motivated to keep on exercising. If you’re interested in learning more about these podcasts, check out the audio/podcast section of the Poetry Foundation’s website.
Please add any other podcast suggestions to the comments! I need all the inspiration I can get.