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Poets are the antennae of the race (Ezra Pound). Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world (Percy Bysshe Shelly). And poetry, broadly defined contributes more to the GDP of countries than the military does. For all these reasons and more, we continue to compile recordings that feature bardic voices from the past and present.


Alternative Radio
2000 Years of Chinese Poetry

As part of AR’s World Poetry Series, David Barsamian interviewed Bill Doub, a scholar of Oriental culture and former CU professor. Doub and his wife Nancy edited the Asian Studies...

June Jordan
Childhood Memories, Poetry & Palestine

Interviewed by David Barsamian.

Hafeez Ahmed Khan
Ghazal: Urdu Poetry

Recorded at a mehfil, a house concert where everyone takes their shoes off and sits on pillows and carpets. The informal atmosphere is quite different from a concert hall. In this recording,...

John Trudell
Indian Realities: Poetry and Viewpoints

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David Barsamian
Literature From the World of Islam

An introduction to Islamic literature, hosted by David Barsamian.  The program features English translations of poetry and prose.

John Trudell
Live in Eugene

John Trudell believes that the progression of civilization has spawned a “mining of the spirit.” Society pollutes the minds of its people with technological toxic waste. The individual is alienated...

John Trudell
Native American Poetry and Perspectives

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Jorge Edwards
Neruda & Modern Latin American Literature

Pablo Neruda of Chile, 1904-1973, won the Nobel Prize in 1971. Jorge Edwards, a Chilean writer, discusses Neruda's vast literary output. Edwards, who knew Neruda, describes how his work evolved...

June Jordan
Poetry & Politics

June Jordan knows well the burdens placed upon the children of immigrants. It's part of what gave her the courage and conviction to observe the world with the unblinking eye...

Ernesto Cardenal
Poetry Reading

Produced by David Barsamian as part of The World Poetry series.

Gary Snyder
Poetry Reading

Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders and Nanao Sakaki at Naropa University

Simon Ortiz
Poetry Reading

One of Native America's most important writers and poets reads his work and is interviewed by David Barsamian.

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