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Kita Shantiris, guest poet

Poet Kita Shantiris was the in-studio guest of host Dennis Morton on the Poetry Show for February 7, 2016. Ms. Shantiris will be reading for Poetry Santa Cruz this Tuesday, 7:30 PM, at Bookshop Santa Cruz, along with local poet Doren Robbins. A psychologist who runs a non-profit mental health center, Kita Shantiris' new poetry [...]

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Readings: Elkins, Shantiris, Manhattan Review, The Dark Horse, Evans, Harrison, Beckman-Rohrer

Sunday's show featured a variety of readings by host Dennis Morton, plus recorded readings by a pair of American traveling poets. The show started off with several poems from Blue Yodel, a new collection by Ansel Elkins. Ms. Elkins, a native of Alabama, is new to the Poetry Show reading catalog. One reviewer described her poetry [...]

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Danusha Lameris, guest poet

Host Joan Maro welcomed local poet Danusha Laméris to the KUSP air studio for an hour to read and discuss Danusha's poetry, especially her recently-published first book – The Moons of August (Autumn House Press, 2014). An introduction by Naomi Shihab Nye: "Danusha Laméris writes with definitive, savoring power – in perfectly well-weighted lines and [...]

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Readings: Gioia, Young, Nurkse, Beaumont, Kunitz, Clifton, Bass, Snyder, Humes

For this week's show, host Dennis Morton read works from a variety of poets, beginning with two whose work appears in the latest issue of the Catamaran Literary Reader: Dana Gioia and Al Young. We hope to have Catherine Segurson, founder and editor of Catamaran, as a guest in the near future – to continue [...]

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Len Anderson, guest poet

On this week's Poetry Show, host Dennis Morton was joined by local poet, poetry activist and frequent guest Len Anderson. As local poetry fans know, Len is the primary force behind the nuts-and-bolts operations of Poetry Santa Cruz (PSC). It was appropriate, therefore, that Len and Dennis talked first about upcoming PSC events and read poems [...]

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Readings: Rattle, Muldoon/Tobin, Hoagland, contemporary Scots

For the first Poetry Show of 2016, host Dennis Morton devoted the first half to the latest issue of Rattle (#50). Selections included: Cocktail Hour, by Michael Brosnan The Theory of Everything..., by Christopher Buckley It's Been a Week, by Maria Mazzioti Gallan The Twenty Year Workshop, by Lynne Knight The Prayer, by Rachel Rose Our [...]

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Readings: Duffy, Kowit, Griswold

Joan Maro joined Dennis Morton to co-host the last Poetry Show of 2015 on December 27. In honor of the season, Dennis started off with a reading of Mrs. Scrooge: A Christmas Poem, by Carol Anne Duffy. Ms. Duffy is the current Poet Laureate of the UK, and composed this witty modernized distaff retelling of the Dickens [...]

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Readings: Gioia, Justice, Pollitt, Johal, Piercy, Brunk, Shaw, Updike and more

On the Poetry Show broadcast of December 20, 2015, host Dennis Morton began by reading part of an essay by Dana Gioia, newly appointed Poet Laureate of California, followed by a few of his poems. Next up were poems by Donald Justice, Katha Pollitt, Ramandeep Johal, Marge Piercy, Juanita Brunk, Tilly Shaw and John Updike. [...]

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Readings: Gilbert, Wolfe, Zamora, C. D. Wright, Gander, Neruda and more

On this week's Poetry Show, host Dennis Morton shared a variety of poems from a variety of poets. The hour began with Alone, by Jack Gilbert, from Collected Poems (Knopf, 2012). This unusual love poem comes recommended by Dennis' high school writing workshop students. Next up were selections from a number of books, including: Tarantella, a [...]

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Readings: Eva Salzman and Women's Work

Host Joan Maro gave Dennis Morton a night off and gave Poetry Show listeners an hour of poetry and commentary on December 6, 2015. Readings came primarily from two poetry books in which Eva Salzman had a starring role. The first was Double Crossing: New and Selected Poems (2004). As the title indicates, Double Crossing [...]

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