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 32: Laynie Browne

Episode 32: Laynie Browne

Rachel Zucker speaks with poet, professor Laynie Browne about schools of poetry, poetic influences, personal losses, feminism, contemplative poetics, devotional practices, spirituality, writing for a small audience, homage, writing for survival, poetry as a form of protection and as a coping mechanism, the many, many books and projects Laynie is currently working on, suffering, illness, and the importance of listening.


Books by Laynie Browne

You Envelop Me (Omnidawn, 2017)

P R A C T I C E (SplitLevel Texts, 2015)

Scorpyn Odes (Kore Press, 2015)

Lost Parkour Ps(alms) (Presses Universitaires et ruen et de havre, 2014)

Psaumes De Parkour Perdus (Presses Universitaires et ruen et de havre, 2014)

The Ivory Hour (Spuyten Duyvil, 2013)

Roseate, Points of Gold (Dusie Press, 2011)

The Desires of Letters (Counterpath, 2010)

The Scented Fox (Wave Books, 2007)

Daily Sonnets (Counterpath, 2007)

Mermaid’s Purse (Spuyten Duyvil, 2006)

Drawing of a Swan Before Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2005)

Pollen Memory (Tender Buttons, 2003)

Acts of Levitation (Spuyten Duyvil, 2003)

The Agency of Wind (AVEC, 1999)

Rebecca Letters (Kelsey Street Press, 1997)


The Complete Work of Apis Mellifera (with Bernadette Mayer, Further Other, 2017)

Nascent Toolbox (with Lee Ann Brown, The Owl Press, 2004)


Periodic Companions (with Noah Saterstrom forthcoming, Tinderbox, 2017)

The Book of Moments (forthcoming, Presses Universitaires et ruen et de havre, 2018)

The Ivory Hour (Spuyten Duyvil, 2013)

Acts of Levitation (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002)


I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues, 2013, w/ Place, Bergvall & Carmody)

Other Books, Writers and Artists Mentioned in the Episode

Ishmael Reed

C.D. Wright

Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop

Michael Harper

Michael Ondaatje

Bernadette Mayer

Alice Notley

Lee Ann Brown

Lisa Jarnot

Arielle Greenberg

Forrest Gander

Lost Roads Press

Hannah Weiner

Jackson Mac Low

Tom Raworth

Lyn Hejinian

Leslie Scalapino

Karen Randall

Cole Swensen

Elizabeth Willis

Pattie McCarthy

CA Conrad

Robert Creeley

Frank O’Hara

Brenda Hillman

Sharon Olds

Cecilia Vicuña

Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (University of Iowa Press, 2008)

Nathaniel Dorsky’s Devotional Cinema (Tuumba Press, 2005)

Other Relevant Links

Propolis Press

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Tender Buttons Press

Norman Fischer (Jewish Mysticism)

Dave Wolfe-Blank

Rabbi Avram Davis (rabbi)

Rabbi Miles Krassen

Episode 33: Sabrina Orah Mark

Episode 33: Sabrina Orah Mark

Episode 31: Carmen Giménez Smith

Episode 31: Carmen Giménez Smith