Exploring the art of poetry through the craft of some of the world's best but most underrated poems.


September 13, 2023 25 mins

Text of poem HERE

No more Versecraft until October! Sorry :( 



Topics discussed in this episode include:


-Matthew comes for my prosodic neck (mea culpa: his reading was first foot trochee, feminine ending).

-Rabbi Neil Blumofe brings up Pirkei Avot

-Susan Spear and Catherine Chandler

-David Yezzi!

-Yezzi's new Anthony Hecht biography, Late Romance

-Matthew interviews David here

-Yezzi's new Selected, More Things In Heav...

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Text of poem here

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Topics discussed in this episode include:


-Matthew's new book, Midlife

-Joshua Mehigan and his books, The Optimist and Accepting the Disaster

-Josh's interview on SLEERICKETS

-American Naturalism

-Josh's poem Down In the Valley

-Sponges 101

-Parapraxis, aka "The Freudian slip"

-Venice by Herman Melville 

-The gang and I talk The Pathetic Fallacy on SLEERICKETS


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Topics discussed in this episode include: 

 E.M. Forster

“The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” by Edward Fitzgerald

Thomas Hardy

W.H. Auden

“Troilus and Criseyde” by Geoffrey Chaucer

“Vis and Ramin” by Gorgani

“Wisdom and Wilderness” by Dick Davis

Thom Gunn

Yvor Winters

Fulke Greville

Edgar Bowers

Mozart vs. Haydn

“The Creation” by Joseph Haydn

“Requiem” by W.A. Mozart

“Symphony 9” by Franz Schubert

“Requiem” by Michael Haydn

The Creative and the Erotic


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August 17, 2023 31 mins

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Read text of poem HERE

Topics discussed in this episode include: 


-No Versecraft next week! :(

-R.S. Gwynn

-On late-bloomers in poetry

-What Krishna meant

-The life-changing power of the unicorn tapestries

-The Amy Clampitt Residency Program and Virginia Konchan 

-The "Tails To Heads" Maneuver.

-"The Eumenides" by Aeschylus

-We're gonna need to see some Id

-Pathos, Bathos,...

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August 10, 2023 31 mins

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Topics discussed in this episode include:


-Varieties of Modernism: The Big Six

-Formalism and Cosmic Rebellion

-Wilbur's audacious sanity

-The Idea Of Literary Celebrity At Key West

-Accent vs. Stress 

-Measuring my stress levels 

-And isn't it ionic... don't you think? 

-The temptation to see ourselves in Nature

-"I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud" by William Wordsworth

-"The Garden"...

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August 3, 2023 36 mins

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Topics discussed in this episode include:


-"T.S. Eliot: The Illusion of Reaction" by Yvor Winters

-Les poetes maudites Tristan Corbiere et Jules Laforgue

-When Eliot was taken to Pound town

-The objective correlative and its problems

-This is basically what East Coker is

-The "Logic" of Imagery (Crane: "Well, one of us is going to have to change!")

-Nancy Drew And The Curious Case...

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July 27, 2023 33 mins

Topics discussed in this episode include:


-Encountering the phantom of Crane


-The lamentable pedigree of the poete maudit

-Life Savers! 

-Why isn't there a movie yet about Harry Crosby? 

-Nothing says Guggenheim fellowship like some tropical adultery

-Neo-Romantics revisited 

-The "Logic of Metaphor" and Logonautics

-Poets as caretakers of language

-Cubic symmetry! 

-Rhymed vs. Blank verse


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July 20, 2023 27 mins

The missing word at 23:18 is "ironically"

Topics discussed in this episode include:


-My thanks to Heights Arts for the feature! 

-Hopkins and Bridges: name a more iconic duo.

-Sprung Rhythm vs. Syllabics

-Bridges' whacky work of logometry, Milton's Prosody

-18th century in the streets, 19th century in the sheets

-Iambic tetrameter couplets and the Hallmark effect

-No more unqualified ahistorical scansions! Me...

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Topics discussed in this episode include:

-Fallout from last week

-The poetry-prose spectrum, and those pesky in-betweeners

-Amphibrachs for days

-Parallelism, and how to sound "biblical"

-The universal accessibility of beauty

-Rain on a sunny day is called WHAT?

-The feminization of landscape

-Hopefully the only time I'll mention Kanye on this show.

-Hopkins cameo!

-Totally tubular priests

-If it ain't Baroque...

-My excur...

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July 6, 2023 21 mins

Apologies for the sirens around the thirteen minute mark. I should've stopped up my mic with wax! 

Topics discussed in this episode include:

-Welcome back everyone!!

-A litany of my recent international escapades

-Spoiler: Poetry is Versecraft (cue flame war)

-Problem 1: Non-metrical gatekeeping

-Problem 2: The mystical word-sorcerors want their poetry back 

-Descriptive vs. Prescriptive definitions (an MBS favori...

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May 25, 2023 22 mins

Topics discussed in this episode include:

-Versecraft will be on hiatus in June. See you again in July! 

-The wonderful educational resources available to Classical musicians

-The not-so-wonderful educational resources available to poets

-Why MFA programs don't cut it

-If creative writing "can't be taught" then poetic education becomes a joke

-No standards = total subjectivity = no legitimate curricula

-Recieved techni...

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Topics discussed in this episode include:

-Matthew's episode A Winter's Tale Pt. 2 

-Alice's episode Grilling Elijah Blumov 

-Why Metal is NOT Rock 

-"Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath

-"Mars, The Bringer of War" by Gustav Holst

-Neoclassical Metal and Symphonic Metal

-Portrait of the Artist As A Young Dork

-"Stand Up And Fight" by Turisas

-"Twilight of the Thunder God" by Amon Amarth


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May 11, 2023 23 mins

Tech woes: Audio cuts out briefly at 11:56. Sorry! 

Topics discussed in this episode include: 

-Please send all your John Forbes and Jane Kenyon hate mail to Alice at 

-My upcoming Poetry Says episode on Gwen Harwood and my role as the prosodic gadfly/mustache-twirling villain of contemporary poetry. 

-Read my poem "The Virtue of Corinthian Columns" here .

-Read my poem "Thalassic Hymn&qu...

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May 3, 2023 24 mins

Tech woes: There's some static at 10:36 where I say "end rhyme." Sorry!

Topics discussed in this episode include:

-Wonderful exchanges with David, Robert , Quartez , Jack, Cameron , and Kevin.
-The Iowa Writer's Workshop
-Philip Levine's The Bread of Time
-Rhythmic modulations (a spondee it ain't!)
-This is the literary device. This is the moment. This is anaphora.

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Mea culpa: Line 9 also differs from lines 2 and 13 by containing a first foot trochaic substitution. 

Topics discussed in this episode include:

-Listen to my new episode with Matthew here

-Check out Ethan McGuire's work here and here.

-Check out Brian Brodeur's work here.

-The Black Arts Movement

-Brooks vs. Hayden

-ANOTHER hybrid sonnet?? (No!)

-Rhythmic motifs

-William Cowper's Light Shining Out of Darkness , T...

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April 19, 2023 23 mins

Content Warning: Abortion, dead fetuses

Mea culpa: Ugh, I should've said "volta italiana." What a philistine I am. 

Topics discussed in this episode include: 

-Lake View Cemetery and the Haserot Angel 

-Getting called out from beyond the grave

-Come see me read!  

-Brian Brodeur!  

-My Great-Uncle, Elton Glaser 

-Buy Brian's latest book: Some Problems With Autobiography 

-Wins and almost-wins in The K...

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April 13, 2023 32 mins

Note: At the 19:27 mark, a word cuts out. That word is "specious!" 

Topics discussed in this episode include:

-Make symposia happen!

-Hey mom, I'm on Sleerickets !

-Also on Sleerickets here

-The Inhumanism of Robinson Jeffers

-Aspects of Metaphysical Poetry

-The 20th century Donne revival 

-T.S. Eliot's essay The Metaphysical Poets 

-The Dissociation of Sensibility 

-Intellect as decoration

-The life and times...

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PSA: No Versecraft next week! Sorry :(  Also, the audio is a little crackly in the beginning, but smooths out after a few minutes.  

Topics discussed in this episode include: 

-Why the 1920's be like that

-The Modernist rogues gallery

-Flapper Poet Girl Gang

-The Neo-Romantics

-Contribute to the Make Versecraft A Legitimate Side Hustle Fund

-Hag Pesach Sameach, y'all

-Who knew 1899-1988 was such a tongue twister?

-Jesus Louises! (...

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March 22, 2023 27 mins

Topics discussed in this episode include:

-Ernest Hilbert! 

-Robinson revisited 

-Sorry Matthew, it looks like I actually have the more controversial podcast. 

-You can listen to the Comedy Central Roast of Versecraft here

-The paradox of relativism

-How (evaluative) Lit Crit works 

-Ernest's Heavy Metal poem 

-Buy Ernest's new book here 

-The Hilbertian sonnet

-A New Formalist style 

-The horror of logistics

-Late Summertime Blues


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Topics discussed in this episode include:

-Quotable comebacks

-My listeners down under! 

-Everyone should know about Ern Malley 

-A hearty thanks to my very first patrons! 

-You too can nourish the fiscal integrity of the show here

-Candidate for American poetry GOAT, Edwin Arlington Robinson

-Adventurer, soldier, and fairy god-fan Kermit Roosevelt.

-The Tom Bradys of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

-Killer Robinson poems Aunt Imogen, Remb...

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