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Poetry! What is it good for?

Conversations with two poets who know each others work.

"Poetry! What is it good for?" podcast is different. In other poetry podcasts -- a poet reads and talks about her poetry. "PWIIGF" brings together two poets who appreciate each others work to engage in a lively conversa
9/8/2021

9/11: 2001 - 2021

Season 1, Ep. 1
The Poetry Foundation editors write: “When major parts of our lives seem to change in a flash, we are reminded that poetry can help us to cope with new realities and to assess the unknowns ahead. When we are stepping out into uncharted terrain, alone or together, poetry can capture our emotions. It can share our vulnerabilities and scars, along with our strengths.”This is the first program of a new podcast co-produced with Bar Crawl Radio and Chris Brandt -- “Poetry. What is it good for?” For this first episode, we explored the 20-year social and emotional after-tremors of the attack by Saudi Arabian terrorists on the United States through the powerful tool of poetry with J. Chester Johnson and Cornelius Eady.J. Chester Johnson is a poet, playwright, essayist, translator, speaker and teacher.He visited Bar Crawl Radio a couple of months ago to talk about his book – “Damaged Heritage” --on the history and his family’s connection with the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas Massacre, one of many human crimes against humanity in whichU. S.White citizens killed over 100 U.S. Black citizens and then prosecuted the survivors for their act of murder.Though Cornelius Eady, an American poet, focuses on issues of race and society, his verse accomplishes a lot more as indicated in his deeply felt reactions to the 9/11 attack on this country. Cornelius is also a musician whose verse is performed as song by The Cornelius Eady Trio. His poetry is simple and accessible, centering on jazz and blues, family life, violence, and society from a racial and class-based POV.