A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the recipes, advice, lists, anecdotes, quotes, politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other non-Literary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist’s life and work. One feels, when listening to Commonplace, the pleasure of eavesdropping on the kind of unexpected, intriguing connections that only happen when interesting people sit together in a small room and talk about their real concerns and ordinary lives.

Episode 3: John Murillo

Episode 3: John Murillo

In this episode, Rachel Zucker speaks with John Murillo, author of Up Jump the Boogie, about his initiation as a priest in La Regla de Ocha, his writing process, Philip Levine and other poets he loves, his thoughts on the ethics of writing poetry, and duende. Murillo explores the interstices of narrative and lyric poetry, the structure of love poems, how to navigate the line between one’s own story and the stories of others and what it means to be in someone’s poetry tribe.

EXTRA RESOURCES FOR EPISODE THREE

John Murillo’s website

Up Jump the Boogie (Cypher Books, 2010)

Click here for Tracy K. Smith’s essay on duende

Click here for Federico García Lorca’s lecture on duende

Episode 4: Claudia Rankine

Episode 4: Claudia Rankine

Episode 2: Nick Flynn

Episode 2: Nick Flynn