Friday, March 04, 2011

Multitasking - Working Out to Poetry Podcasts

I've gotten back into an exercise routine this week, starting out slow rowing 2000 meters in intervals. Not much, but I need to start somewhere. Next week I have my annual physical and, though I know you can't make up for 3 months of no exercise over the course of a week and a half, I figure it can't hurt.

But what I've been enjoying most about my workouts is that I take it as an opportunity to listen to poetry podcasts I've subscribed to through iTunes. Here's what's on my iPod:

* Jane Crown's Poetry Radio Show, on Blog Talk Radio  - The archives of her show can be found at

* New Letters on the Air - Archives and upcoming schedule can be found online at

* Poetry Off the Shelf - On Tuesday, I worked out while listening to "Facing a Sheer Sky," which looked at the poet Louise Bogan. It looks like they haven't posted any new since the beginning of February. Is it cancelled? I hope not! Archives are online at

* The Poetry Magazine Podcast - Updated monthly, usually ties into the issue of Poetry Magazine published that month. This morning, I worked out while listening to the January 2011 podcast, which featured a reading and discussion of Jill Alexander Essbaum's poem "Easter," as well as a long reading-interview with Mark Strand, who is one of my all-time favorite poets. Archives are online at

Are there any podcasts you'd recommend? Let me know your favorites...

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