Episode 14: Amaan Hyder prescribes A RECOGNITION by Shani Mootoo + DO YOU SPEAK PERSIAN by Kaveh Akbar

Welcome to a new season of the show, now rebranded and slightly reformatted as POETRY PHARMACY!

You might notice that we have a slightly different way of doing things: two readers, three poems, and even more POETRY LOVE than ever before.

We’re kicking off the new season with AMAAN HYDER, author of a recent collection of poetry At Hajj (Penned In The Margins) who reads to me a poem from a collection he loves by the writer and visual artist Shani Mootoo. I then read and we talk about a poem I love by Kaveh Akbar, and we finish with Amaan’s poem The Clot.

Links to the poems read and discussed in this episode: Shani Mootoo’s A RECOGNITION / Kaveh Akbar’s DO YOU SPEAK PERSIAN? /Amaan Hyder’s THE CLOT.

Some reviews for Amaan’s new collection At Hajj can be found here, and here.

If you’ve enjoyed the episode, please (pretty please) could you leave us a nice review on iTunes,  Also, in the next year, I’m trying to raise funds for the S.H.E College Fund initiative in Kenya by learning 52 poems in 52 weeks. Here’s my 52 Poems in 52 Weeks Donations Page. If you’re feeling some poetry-love after our reading and discussion, a donation, no matter how small (or large) would be greatly appreciated. 

[Theme music for the podcast is from Vladimir Martynov’s The Beatitudes played by the wonderful coversart on YouTube]

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