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Poetry Off the Shelf

Poetry Foundation

Producer Helena de Groot talks to poets about language, dreams, love and loss, identity, connection, anger, discomfort, the creative process, the state of the world and the world of the soul. Hard conversations are welcomed—laughter is, too.


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4.6 out of 5 stars from 487 ratings
  • The Best

    I am a poet and avid, voracious poetry “learner,” so poetry podcasts have become essential for me. Helena de Groot is simply the best podcaster and reader of poetry out here right now. I was reminded by this the other day as I tuned back in to another popular poetry podcast, immediately remembering why I had stopped listening to it: that podcast host is utterly self-absorbed and spends an inordinate amount of time talking about herself, whining on and on about the woes of her own life. Lots of w... more

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    United States2 months ago
  • The best podcast around poetry

    de Groot is simply one of the great readers of American poetry. I recommend this podcast to all of my friends.

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    Elton Fan #1
    United States3 months ago
  • These podcasts are great. I learn something new every day. As a podcaster myself, I can draw inspiration from these events. 🤗

    All Things Love
    6 months ago
  • Love this podcast

    Found in the pandemic and love this podcast so much. Have had many great poets I didn’t know brought to my attention and love Helena’s voice and style of conversation with the poets. more

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    Ciara E White
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Not interested

    I understand that this show captures the current popular inclinations in poetry. But I find the poems and discussions in most episodes uninteresting. This show is a reminder that modern poetry is a direct progeny of the 1960’s counterculture. I wish they would at least focus their discussions more on the technical aspects of the poetry rather than the social issues that the authors may be preoccupied by.

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    Crowbar Man
    United Statesa year ago

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