March 16, 2021
In the season premiere of Poetry Centered, the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s podcast, Francisco Aragón shares poems alive with the vibrancy of a particular voice addressed to a particular audience.
Included in the podcast is Francisco X. Alarcón’s bittersweet homage to a poetic ancestor, “Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón.” The late Alarcón is co-editor of Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice with Odilia Galván Rodríguez, and author of Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation, among others published by the University of Arizona Press.
The podcast also features poems from Thom Gunn, and Denise Levertov, mythic. Aragón concludes the episode with a direct address of his own that challenges Arizona’s SB 1070, “Poem with a Phrase of Isherwood.”
Poetry Centered features curated selections from Voca, the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s online audiovisual archive of more than 1,000 recordings of poets reading their work during visits to the Center between 1963 and today. In each episode, a guest poet introduces three poems from Voca, sharing their insights about the remarkable performances recorded in our archive. Each episode concludes with the guest poet reading a poem of their own.
To listen to this episode and past episodes, please go here.