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Present Poetry

Present Poetry

By Erynn Crittenden
Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy some Poems!

Tune in every Wednesday to learn about a new poet, hear five of their poems read aloud (with permission), and explore the relevant links provided in the show notes.

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The Chariot (and Other Poems) by Emily Dickinson

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Why I Didn't Go To Your Funeral by Colin Pope
TRIGGER WARNING! These poems reference sex, self-harm, and suicide.  Colin Pope grew up in the Adirondacks of New York and has a long list of writing accomplishments. His poetry, essays, and criticism have appeared in journals such as Slate, Best New Poets, Los Angeles Review, Rattle, Willow Springs, and Denver Quarterly. His manuscript Prayer Book for an American God was named a finalist for the 2018 Louise Bogan Award, and Pope also received two Academy of American Poets prizes, as well as various residencies and scholarships from The Vermont Studio Center, Gemini Ink, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, Round Top Poetry Festival, and others.  Colin holds an MFA from Texas State University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he works on the editorial staff of Cimmaron Review and Nimrod International. Why I Didn't Go To Your Funeral is a collection of poems that explores what it means to be left behind after someone you love commits suicide. Today's podcast features Bliss, Elegy for a Drive-In, The Necessary, If You Ever Became a Paper Doll, and Why I Didn't Go To Your Funeral. Buy your copy at the link above!  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Are you a poet? Want your work to be on the podcast? Then email with your submissions! Also, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share!
September 28, 2022
The Chariot (and Other Poems) by Emily Dickinson
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830–1886) is a staple of American literature and culture. However, her life was one of seclusion and eccentricities that prevented her from being recognized in her lifetime.  Her work didn't become public until 1809- four years after Dickinson’s death, when her sister, Lavinia, discovered forty handbound volumes of nearly 1,800 poems in Dickinson's room. Now, Emily Dickinson is known as an innovative, proto-modernist poet whose work remains a crucial part of literature classes across the united states. Her family home, the Evergreens, was purchased by Amhurst college and now stands as a museum to Dickinson's life and accomplishments.  To learn more about this esteemed author, visit the link above or check out her Wikipedia Page.  The poems in this episode are In a Library, Secret, The Lonely House, A Book, and The Chariot.  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Are you a poet? Want your work to be on the podcast? Then email with your submissions! Also, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share!
September 21, 2022
Poems by Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was arguably France's most acclaimed author and playwright. He enjoyed writing about France, the working people, and the underlying politics that ran the country. He is the author of Les Miserables, one of the greatest historical novels of the 19th century, as well as the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Toilers of the Sea, and many others.  However, life wasn't always simple for Hugo, and he suffered the loss of his eldest (and favorite) daughter when she drowned at 19- a death that devastated Hugo and haunted him for the rest of his life. He also lived in exile from his beloved Paris for several years, missing the funeral of his first wife and her interment alongside their daughter.  Then, there's the mental health aspect. Along with a family history of schizophrenia, historians speculate that Hugo also suffered from graphomania and erotomania.  For more information about this renowned author, check out the link above, or visit his Wikipedia Page for a Bibliography of his works.  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Are you a poet? Want your work to be on the podcast? Then email with your submissions! Also, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share!
September 14, 2022
The Unicorn (And Other Poems) by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001) was an American writer and aviator who flew around the world with her husband (famous aviator Charles Lindbergh) and wrote books and poems about their adventures. Throughout her life, she received numerous awards for her contributions to literature and aviation, several honorary degrees, and landed a spot in three different halls of fame. However, their life wasn't without scandal. Anne suffered through the tragic kidnapping and murder of her eldest son, the discovery of her husband's secret life, and a public fall from grace in WWII. But she never stopped writing. The Unicorn and Other Poems is one of 14 published works and was last published in 1956. The poems read in this episode are- The Man and The Child, The Little Mermaid, Security, Broken Shell, and The Unicorn in Captivity. To learn more, visit her Wikipedia page, or check out her biography at the link above. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Are you a poet? Want your work to be on the podcast? Then email with your submissions! Also, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share!
September 07, 2022
Welcome to Present Poetry!
New episodes every Wednesday!  If you'd like your work featured on the podcast, email with: A short bio for Erynn to read on air 5 poems for Erynn to read on air (in order, if it matters) Any links you want in the show notes And don't forget to like and subscribe! 
August 18, 2022