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 52: Richard Siken

Episode 52: Richard Siken

Host Rachel Zucker speaks with poet Richard Siken, author of Crush and War of the Foxes and publisher and poetry editor at Spork Press. They talk about his current five-book project, the restrictions he uses in each book during its composition, how these restrictions can help him avoid repetition, strategies inherent in poetry, rhetoric and discourse, Siken's rules for editing, not naming names, the idea and (f)utility of art therapy, teaching, the job market, the logistics and economics of for-profit-publishing, and family.

Extra Materials for Episode 52

Books by Richard Siken

Crush (Yale University Press, 2005)

War of the Foxes (Copper Canyon, 2015)

Other Writers and Books Mentioned in the Episode

Paul Legault

Dorothy Chan

Dalton Day

Kathleen Rooney

Gary J. Shipley

Abraham Smith

Scott McWaters

Other Relevant Links

John Cage

Dennis Cooper’s George Miles Cycle

Gertrude Stein

Drew Burk

Episode 53: Tommy Pico

Episode 53: Tommy Pico

Episode 51: TC Tolbert

Episode 51: TC Tolbert