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 54: Gerald Stern

Episode 54: Gerald Stern

Rachel Zucker speaks with poet, essayist and educator Gerald Stern about his new poems, his old poems, Tourette Syndrome, keeping in touch with students, the Iowa Writers Workshop, teaching, place, memory, writing (not nice things about) living or identifiable people, Jewish identity and much more.

Extra Materials for Episode 54

Books by Gerald Stern

Galaxy Love (W. W. Norton, 2017)

Divine Nothingness (W. W. Norton, 2016)

Death Watch: A View from the Tenth Decade (Trinity University Press, 2017)

This Time (Vaso Roto, 2014)

Stealing History (Trinity University Press, 2012)

In Beauty Bright (W. W. Norton, 2012)

Early Collected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2010)

What I Can’t Bear Losing: Essays (Trinity University Press, 2009)

The Preacher: A Poem (Sarabande, 2007)

Everything is Burning (W. W. Norton, 2006)

American Sonnets (W. W. Norton, 2003)

Last Blue (W. W. Norton, 2001)

This Time: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 1999)

Lucky Life (Carnegie Mellon, 1995)

Bread Without Sugar (W. W. Norton, 1993)

Other Books/Writers Mentioned in the Episode

Terrance Hayes

Anne Marie Macari

Ross Gay

Thomas Lux

Marvin Bell

Brenda Hillman

Robert Hass

Jorie Graham

Heather McHugh

Bob Perelman

Lucy Biederman

James Schuyler

Ezra Pound

Matthew Rohrer

Robert Lowell

Allen Tate

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Episode 55: Anne Waldman

Episode 55: Anne Waldman

Episode 53: Tommy Pico

Episode 53: Tommy Pico