This Is Just To Say

Host Carrie Fountain talks with poets about the poems they make and love. 

Fountain has published two collections of poetry, including, most recently, Instant Winner. Her first novel, I’m Not Missing, comes out in July.

Fountain's poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, and The New Yorker, among others. She is the writer-in-residence at St. Edward's University and is visiting writer at the Michener Center for Writing at UT.

Support for “This is Just to Say” comes from The School of Arts and Humanities at St. Edward’s University.

Poet Emmy Pérez reads her poem "Green Light Go" and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about living on the border as an act of resistance, the beauty of writing from anger, the healing power of the natural world and much more.


Poet Marie Howe reads and discusses her poem "One Day" with host poet and novelist Carrie Fountain. They talk about poetry as a spiritual practice, their time together at UT Austin's Michener Center, and 's poem, "The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act."

Poet Kaveh Akbar shares his poem Being in This World Makes Me Feel Like a Time Traveler, from his collection "Calling A Wolf A Wolf." He also talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about how he came to poetry, appreciating the lyricism of poems and the value of reading widely.

Also, check out Akbar and the poet he mentions on the show, Caroline Bird, on The BBC's Echo Chamber.

Poet Matthew Dickman reads from his new book of poems, Wonderland, and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about toxic masculinity, childhood, the origins of violence and much more.


Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about reclaiming the power, beauty, and wonder of a C-section birth through her poem  "Self-Portrait as C-Section Scar."

They also talk about Nezhukumatathil's entry point into poetry through the work of Naomi Shihab Nye, and she shares one of her favorite poems, "Eclipse" from poet Jenny George's debut book, The Dream of Reason.

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