Book Hype Podcast

Episode #131: Waxing Poetic

Hosted by Brittany, Karen, and Kristen

March 23, 2017

Book Hype hosts Karen, Brittany and Kristen dig into the wonderful world of poetry in honor of National Poetry Day!

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What we’re reading:
Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer
Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz
Egomaniac by Vi Keeland
T2 Trainspotting script by John Hodge

Book Bites:
A short poem, “Invitation” by Shel Silverstein, read by Brittany Lovely, a gift to all.

The wonderful world of poetry
-We’ve all written poetry ourselves.
-Brittany peaked at age 6 and retired from the art form.
-Kristen stopped somewhere around middle school and declares them travesties.
-Karen hasn’t written any recently, but she has the longest lasting poetry career of all the hosts.

Our favorite poets
-Shel Silverstein is one of Karen’s favorites and gives her treasured middle school flashbacks.
-His visual aesthetic was so distinct, especially compared to the colorful world of Dr. Seuss.
-Kristen is a Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson fan.
-Ginsburg and T.S. Eliot are two of Brittany’s favorites.
-Thanks for Howl, Rory Gilmore.

Our favorite poems
-“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot is Brittany’s favorite poem, and has a quality line in: “I measure my life in coffee spoons.”
-Karen is going way back with her favorite, “I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor.”
-She has some distinct memories of a life-scarring moment including a microphone and performances.
-Kristen is sticking to her favorites with “Dreams.”

Poetry: Love it or hate it?
-We each have our own reasons for loving and hating poetry.
-Kristen’s mention of slam poetry reminds Karen of Watsky and his incredible words. If you haven’t heard of Watsky, give him a Google.
-Brittany regales us with tales of her semester studying prison poetry in college, and of a few poets she met that left their mark, especially Jericho Brown and Christine Hemp.

Book News:
One book, One NY program and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
-According to a Nielsen survey, eBook sales are in decline, especially thanks to children’s books.
-We have a quick books vs. eBooks discussion.
-Will you be tuning into Midnight, Texas? True Blood fans are probably rejoicing.
Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be Melrose, a five-part miniseries on Showtime based on the semi-autobiographical works of Edward St. Aubyn.
-Are we ready for the Obamas’ memoirs?

What’s Next?
-A very special interview with Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper’s Wife, which has a movie adaptation hitting theaters March 31, 2017.

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