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 18: Terrance Hayes

Episode 18: Terrance Hayes

Host Rachel Zucker talks with award-winning poet Terrance Hayes about Terrance’s new work, living in New York City, the election, teaching workshop, painting, sharing work with peers, not wanting help, provocation, offensive language, the role of audience, and staying true to oneself. Terrance reads a selection of new poems all titled “American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin” to start the conversation.



Books by Terrance Hayes

How to Be Drawn (Penguin, 2015)

Lighthead (Penguin, 2010)

Wind in a Box (Penguin, 2006)

Muscular Music (Re-printed by Carnegie Mellon, 2006)

Hip Logic (Penguin, 2002)

Other Writers, Artists and Musicians Mentioned in the Episode

Yona Harvey

Lynn Emanuel

Amiri Baraka

Patricia Smith

Dean Young

Gertrude Stein

Eddie Murphy

Young Thug

Other Relevant Links

Cave Canem

Episode 19: Andi Zeisler

Episode 19: Andi Zeisler

Episode 17: Natalie Diaz and Roger Reeves

Episode 17: Natalie Diaz and Roger Reeves