Today’s guest is Dave Harrity, a writer and college professor here in Louisville. The Harritys are also real life friends, as in, his wife and I were drinking wine on my front porch Saturday night. There’s a reason this episode is airing in April … and I’m afraid you might hit that delete key when you find out why.
It’s National Poetry Month, and Dave is a published poet. I know a lot of readers think they’re just not into poetry… and after this episode if you’re still not convinced, that’s fine. Really. Mostly. But I personally came away from our conversation thinking that 2017 is a great time for me to read more poems, and I’d be surprised if a whole lot of readers don’t agree. Poetry isn’t broccoli or the equivalent, and it would sure do us all a disservice to say “Read it, it’s GOOD for you!” But if our conversation about reading without consuming doesn’t convince you don’t need more poetry in your life, either you’re a much, much better internet citizen than I am, or you’re just not paying attention.
So have a little faith in me, and in Dave, give today’s episode a listen, and join the discussion in the comments!
Ready to hit play? Dave kicks us off with his poetry origin story, a high school story about… a girl. 😉
Are you following @whatshouldireadnext on Instagram yet? We’re going to give away two of Dave’s poetry collections there later this week…. so give it a follow and keep your eyes peeled.
Books mentioned in this episode:
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• poet Wendell Berry
• poet Mary Oliver
• poet Billy Collins
• Dog Songs, Mary Oliver
• poet E.E. Cummings
• These Intricacies, by Dave Harrity
• Our Father in the Year of the Wolf, Dave Harrity
• American Chew, by Matthew Lippman
• Sand Opera, by Philip Metres
• Blessing the Boats, by Lucille Clifton
• poet William Stafford
• poet Lucille Clifton
• poet Seamus Heaney
• Mausoleum of Lovers: Journals 1976-1991, by Hervé Guibert
• Dawn, Elie Wiesel
• This is Where You Belong, Melody Warnick
Dave’s 3 poems that won’t bore you: