Poetry Off the Shelf

Reviews For Poetry Off the Shelf

I have been introduced to so many wonderful poets through this podcast.
I've listened to Poetry Off the Shelf for many years and some interviews numerous times, from Curtis Fox's interview with Kay Ryan concerning Robert Frost's poems, including "Spring Pools," to Tuesday, 7/21/20's talk with William J. Maxwell on his book F. B. Eyes. // I very much miss Curtis Fox for the poetry his guests read and discussed with great insight. Ms. DeGroot is a fine interviewer though. Today's interview was fascinating, and I'll likely buy the book. The interview lacked some context; for example, that the U. S. invaded Russia 1918-1919 because President Wilson and other industrialists judged Communism a threat to Capitalism. Not only has our government used a heavy hand against people of color but also against socialists. // I enjoy DeGroot's wide-ranging topics and her guests, so it was disconcerting not to be able to understand parts of today's podcast. I had to keep switching the volume control with each change in speaker as DeGroot's voice is quiet and Maxwell's is loud. And the music overwhelmed both speakers to the extent that necessary information was inaudible. I needed to google both the author and the book title. Please fix the sound balance before airing the next podcast. // And thanks to the Poetry Foundation for years of diverse programming.
Helena de Groot is a masterful interviewer! This podcast is a treasure. Thank you!
I enjoy being exposed to new poetry and poets. Hearing the conversations and insights has really helped me in examining the way I look at life and has had a tangible effect on my life.
Helena de Groot asks all the right questions at the right time to her guests. When a new podcast appears I’m excited and grateful. Many thanks to Helena and our Poetry Foundation.
This podcast is so good especially. Topically. In terms of the speakers. I value the frame of socio political matters (diffabilities, PTSD, addiction, much more). I also really love it. Just as it is. What it does beyond language, which is rare, it gathers. I kinda feel I'm with others and that is beautiful actually.
emulsion of: wondering and aplomb an experience so ingenious so igneous and beautiful it flows from the open, bountiful and scienceless trachea that links the world outside to the passionate magmas (thank you) in us
I live and die by this life-enriching podcast, but I mourn the loss of Curtis Fox, an incomparable host. No disrespect meant for Ms. de Groot, but I think we’re owed an explanation for the sudden changing of the guard.
an emulsion of wonderin’ and aplomb an experience so ingenious so igneous and beautiful it flows from the open, bountiful and scienceless trachea that links the world outside to the passionate magmas (thank you) in us
Where o where is Curtis Fox?
The title says it all. The Poetry Foundation is doing some wonderful, necessary work via audio and Off the Shelf is part of that work
I’m sorry but the show lost something when Curtis left
This is EXTREMELY biased and VERY HELPFUL for me, a conservative, to see the inner experience of people I fundamentally disagree with to understand them better for the simple reason that so much of what they say is pure bull malarkey.
Curtis Fox is incredibly well spoken and has a great frame of reference. He's also engaging and enlightening.
If your interested in knowing why Americans are not interested in poetry, this is the reason. A great disservice to those of us incapable of writing such an art form, yet yearning to understand the complex art of the ancient wordsmiths of human culture. When a expert professor explains “You know” and fillers with “So ...” who can not think: If I knew I wouldn’t be listening to this...and especially to you.” A podcast of confirmation bias. I have canceled my subscription to “Poetry” magazine with many poems that sound like prose, and when mortal time permitting, I read a great poem in text. Although, I have read some very moving poems in that well intentioned journal. Sad, is the mismatch of mission and message. My advice to the time restrained, busy lovers of poetry seeking inspiration: use unforgiving Time well and read a good poem.
Curtis Fox has just the right tone--he admires what he admires, he engages poets in conversation about craft without straying into mysticism. The series of podcasts about third-wave feminism and poetry was outstanding, and I regularly hear about poets I'm intrigued by. Not just a shill for the poetry foundation!
In the small field of poetry podcasts, this one rises above the rest in that it is both informal and informative, it doesn’t take it self seriously, and has great themes and conversations. Curtis Fox is a great host and can make even the most academic of guests go done a little easier. Been listening for years—highly recommended.
When you’re at work, in the car, or cooking breakfast, this podcast plays beautifully over speakers or headphones. Great content and production quality for poetry readers wanting to hear discussions on some of their favorite poets or tune in to find new ones. It’s always a guaranteed good episode from one of my favorite podcast shows!
Just getting into poetry so this is a nice way to find out about poets I don't know. Doesn't take up a whole lot of time but they pack each episode with little inquiries into the poems and/or poets themselves. Well done.
This podcast makes me deeply happy. Wonderful contextualization of the poetry. My first episode was A Change of World, Episode 2 and I am working back now. Love Adrienne Rich. Love this podcast!
Helps me think about poetry more in depth and exposes me to poems I would never have known about before. Thank you!
I've tried a couple of others, but Curtis Fox's chilled out, random exploration of poetic forms, poets and poetry is the best. I've found some amazing poetry listening to this podcast, and I hope you do too!
This is a must have for poetry lovers... or even poetry "likers"... subscribe!
This podcast is enjoyable and important!
Podcast is informative and interesting. Love when they get the poets on to explain things. Host does a great job of asking them questions to help clarify poet's intent. Can't give it five stars though until they get rid of that extremely annoying cellphone ring masquerading as intro music.
This podcast has introduced me to new poets, new ideas about poems I’ve heard before and new ways of thinking. They are playing around with a new format - conversations between poets - which I find hit or miss, but I still come away having learned something every week.
Poetry Off The Shelf is an enjoyable podcast that is always engaging, sometimes serious, sometimes funny, and usually challenging in the best ways. Running generally 15 minutes long and staying focused on a single poem/poet/topic, Curtis Fox (the host) adds his insight to and about a poem or poet while seeiking insight from other poets and litereary folks. I've discovered many interesting poems and poets via this podcast. If you are interested in poetry then this is a podcast for you.
The best show on poetry. Smart, real and interesting.
These podcasts are thoughtfully presented; they are educational and inspiring. Thank you for bringing poetry into my life.


By Cds7557
Amazing podcast, top three of all time, so glad I found it.
Poets and writers talking about poets and writers. Inevitably pretentious, but also illuminating. Perhaps a little too much focus on legends and safely dead poets rather than the contemporary scene, but that's not the poets' fault.
Wonderful. A great wesite for all but especially for men.
This is an amazing podcast! I love it!!! Anyone who loves poetry should download it
Efficient format and informed conversation. A delight. You may not agree with the speakers' presuppositions or conclusions on Psalm 23, but you'll find the dialog an interesting, contemporary interpretation of this ancient poem.
I am new to I-tunes, but not new to loving poetry. These are free, informative, and engaging. I love the Walt Whitman podcast - great stuff!


This podcast is extremely helpful! I've always stumbled through poetry, sometimes understanding poems, and sometimes not. This podcast really begins to decode poetry, and helps me to see the beauty in it. With interviews with authors and in-depth discussion, this is a podcast for poets, skeptics, and those that bumble around in poetry like me. Definitely try it!
I love this podcast!
This is the perfect extension of Writer's Almanac. The idea of studying one poem or poet gives me the feeling of being back in the college classroom. The poetry choices look are a wide range of styles and times. The length is just perfect for enjoying as I walk.
I look forward to seeing the light blue circle beside this program in my podcast list. Curtis Fox is a great host who takes poetry seriously (but not himself). The conversations are lucent and salient, never veering off into a conversation of parsing out academic theories, but rather making poetry, gasp, enjoyable and even, gasp gasp, funny.
Poetry Off the Shelf Podcast is so wonderful. Hearing the voices of the poets, the interviewers interjections make me feel as if I am part of a conversation. There is a lot of laughter in these podcasts and it reminds the listener poetry is contemporary, relevant and priceless.
I look forward to every one of these podcasts. Curtis Fox is a fantastic host: his interviews are very informative as well as have a wonderful conversational tone and manner without ever going off topic. The recording is top quality as well, so it is more than easy on the ears. I particularly love how you really feel engaged in the discussion even though you are only listening. Finally I suggest subscribing to all PoetryFoundation.org podcasts - they all have something to offer.
I appreciated the most recent podcast for its brief clip of the poet's voice - A.R. Ammons. The poem that Ammons reads aloud (from a Live reading in New York in 1996) is "Still." It IS A.R. Ammons projecting his American voice. However, the two commentators undermine Ammons' poetry as distinctly his, not by classifying him within a literary school, but by saying his poem is "Whitman-esque" or "Wordsworthian." If Ammons strives for the American voice through a distinct, unapologetic and scientific type of writing, he is most like no one else but himself. Yes, I agree that his writing resembles William Carlos Williams. But A.R. Ammons belongs to no school for a reason. Any attempt to dissect what he, the poet, may or may not have been thinking is a disservice to his poetic exploration of the imagination. It is, essentially, to put words in his mouth.
These are some of the best podcasts on poetry - I've been listening for years as the name has changed and the content only gotten better. I hope more are planned.
It's not often that I find a podcast that manages, over the course of several episodes, to make me both laugh and cry. The sound quality is excellent, the poems are exceptional (and often read by their authors) and there is enough difference from one episode to another to keep you tuning in. If you're a fan of The Writer's Almanac, or enjoy any sort of poetry, download Poetry Off The Shelf. You won't regret it.
I've struggled to enjoy poetry over the years on my own, but I never felt like I had the tools. Listening to the PF podcast in the last six months or so has turned me, little by little, into a poetry enthusiast. I can't say that I immediately understand the work, but listening to the no-nonsense approach, especially the interviews with living poets - has empowered me to try poems on my own. Congratulations.
wasnt sure what i was geting but i am thankfull that got this podcas. it really one of the better podcast out there.
Exactly what every podcast should be. Aspiring 'casters would do well to study the entire series. We have in Curtis Fox a wonderful gift to American letters. He is a top-notch producer and engaging host who adapts the best of his radio expertise to the qualities unique to podcasting. The result: consistently excellent audio productions. Fortunately for us, he seems to know something about poetry also. He is always adroit in drawing out his subjects, and he never ever gets in their way. Try for starters "Looking for God with A. R. Ammons," which includes a poem by Walt Whitman, or "So Much Depends On," about William Carlos Williams. Both are available from the archive at PoetryFoundation.org.
A great way to incorporate poetry into your life. Short, sweet, informative & entertaining these podcasts have led me to writers & works I might have otherwise missed. A terrific resource.