Poetry Centered features curated selections from voca, the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s online audiovisual archive of more than 1,000 recordings of poets reading their work during visits to the Center between 1963 and today. In each episode, a guest poet introduces three poems from voca, sharing their insights about the remarkable performances recorded in our archive. Each episode concludes with the guest poet reading a poem of their own. Our inaugural season includes episodes hosted by Hanif Abdurraqib, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ada Limón, Urayoán Noel, Maggie Smith, and TC Tolbert. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
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1.1 The Big Story of Life on Earth
Alison Hawthorne Deming introduces recordings of Diane Ackerman reading a love poem for an extraterrestrial (“Ode to the Alien”), Cornelius Eady choosing gratitude as a response to anger and racial discrimination (“Gratitude”), and N. Scott Momaday describing a memorable encounter with Georgia O’Keeffe (“Forms of the Earth at Abiquiu”). Deming also reads a new poem written during this time of quarantine and isolation, “Territory Drive,” originally published at Terrain.org.
Six poets in residence at the amazing, futuristic, eco-exploratory Biosphere2. Check out the poems in a special feature on Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.
Read and listen to Alison’s poem, “Morning in the Lung”, in the series.
Alison Hawthorne Deming read her poem “The Toothbrush” at the beautiful tribute to poet Steve Orlen (1942-2010), a fellow professor at the University of Arizona. The tribute took place on January 22 at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
Five of Alison’s poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.