Editor Dawn Davis (Bon Appétit) Reads Edna St. Vincent Millay

In this episode, Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Dawn Davis reads “Sonnet 171” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Davis joined Bon Appétit in November 2020 following a long career in book publishing. Through her visionary work at Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, Davis oversaw the publication of numerous influential best sellers — from “The Pursuit of Happyness” by Chris Gardner to “The Known World” by Edward P. Jones. 

Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American poet born in 1892. She became wildly popular during her lifetime — known for her passionate readings and bold social views — and achieved a special mastery over the sonnet.  

“Sonnet 171” by Edna St. Vincent Millay appears in the volume Collected Poems, published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 

Keep up with Dawn Davis on Instagram, and at bonappetit.com

In honor of Mother’s Day, Bon Appétit asked best-selling author and poet Kwame Alexander to call upon a dozen fellow writers for a verse on how their lives — and their cooking — now mirror their mothers’. Alexander then assembled lines from each poet into one crowdsourced community poem, featuring the voices of Lorna Goodison, Erika Sánchez, Van G. Garrett, Georgia Heard, Reuben Jackson, Deanna Nikaido and many more. Click here to read “The Ceremony of Giving.”

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Songwriter Grian Chatten (Fontaines D.C.) Reads Gerard Manley Hopkins

In this episode, Grian Chatten reads “The Windhover” by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Chatten is the frontman of the Irish post-punk band Fontaines D.C., recently described by NME as “the new heroes of the rock resurrection.” The members of the group met while attending music college in Dublin and initially bonded over a shared love for Irish literature. Their second album, A Hero’s Death, has been nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

Gerard Manley Hopkins was an English poet and Jesuit priest who spent the last years of his life as a professor of Greek and Latin at University College Dublin. His poems were not published until 30 years after his death in 1889.

“The Windhover” by Gerard Manley Hopkins appears in Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Major Works, published by Oxford University Press.

Keep up with Fontaines D.C. on TwitterInstagram, and at fontainesdc.com. Click here to watch the music video for “Big,” the song heard briefly at the beginning of this episode.

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Photographer Alec Soth Reads Wallace Stevens

Alec Soth

In this episode, Alec Soth reads “Of Modern Poetry” by Wallace Stevens. Soth is a photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has published over twenty-five books and has been called a “living legend” and “one of the most important photographers working today” by the Washington Post.

Soth’s recent photo book, I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating, is a stunning collection of portraits and interiors from around the world. Soth has described the collection as an attempt to “strip the [photographic] medium down to it’s primary elements.” The collection takes its title from an early poem by the American modernist Wallace Stevens, whose meditations on poetry and aesthetics have helped shape Soth’s understanding of his own work.

“Of Modern Poetry” by Wallace Stevens appears in The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, published by Vintage.

Keep up with Alec Soth on Instagram and at alecsoth.com. His new collaborative book with C. Fausto Cabrera is available here for preorder.

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Counselor Sheryl Paul Reads Walt Whitman

Sheryl Paul

In this episode, Sheryl Paul reads from “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman. Paul is a counselor working in the tradition of Jungian depth psychology. She runs the popular blog and website, Conscious Transitions, and is the author, most recently, of The Wisdom of Anxiety: How Worry & Intrusive Thoughts Are Gifts to Help You Heal. Paul writes of anxiety not as a disorder to be eradicated, but as a wise messenger from the unconscious and an invitation to self-trust.

A key companion on Paul’s own journey to self-trust has been the legendary American poet Walt Whitman. His 52-part epic, “Song of Myself”, first published in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, is among the most beloved and influential poems in the American tradition.

Keep up with Sheryl Paul on Instagram, Facebook, and at conscious-transitions.com.

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Filmmaker Jennifer Crandall Reads Mark Strand

In this episode, Jennifer Crandall reads “Keeping Things Whole” by Mark Strand. Crandall is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. She is the creator, most recently, of Whitman, Alabama – a must-watch web series in which Alabama residents recite passages from Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself.” Crandall has described the project as “an experiment in using documentary and poetry to reveal the threads that tie us together — as people, as states, and as a nation.”

“Keeping Things Whole” by Mark Strand appears in the volume, Collected Poems, published by Alfred A Knopf.

Keep up with Jennifer Crandall on Twitter and at jenncrandall.com.

We feature one short listener poem at the end of every episode. To submit, call the Haiku Hotline at 612-440-0643 and read your poem after the beep. For the occasional prompt, follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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