Speedway & Swan Episode 15: Maryrose Larkin

Poet Maryrose Larkin joins host Brian Blanchfield for an episode of poetry that searches connections among human labor and suffering and art’s materials and practices. Featuring poems by Kenneth Irby, Eileen Myles, Yusef Komunyakaa, Anne Gorrick, D.A Powell, Lindsay Hill, Anne-Marie Albiach, David Woloch, Matvei Yankelevich, and Standard Schaefer. With musical selections by Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bhi Bhiman, Freddy Fender, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Eddy Arnold, and more.

Kenneth Irby | “Early Summer in Southeast Kansas,” Call Steps. Station Hill Press and Tansy Press, 2010.

Anne-Marie Albiach | from “Whiteness and Sediment,” Figured Image. tr. Keith Waldrop. Post-Apollo Press, 2006.

D. A. Powell | “Republic,” Chronic. Graywolf, 2009.

Standard Schaefer | two poems from The Notebook of False Purgatories. Chax Press, 2013.

Yusef Komunyakaa | “The King’s Salt,” The Emperor of Water Clocks. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015.

Lindsay Hill | selections from The Empty Quarter. Singing Horse Press, 2010.

Eileen Myles | “My Box,” I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems. Ecco Press, 2015.

David Wolach | “Poetry Slam, Cardiovascular Unit v. The Oncology Ward,” Hospitalogy. Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013.

Anne Gorrick | “Folio 22: Twenty Years or Twenty Minutes,” A’s Visuality. BlazeVox, 2015.

Matvei Yankelevich | three sections from Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt. Black Square Editions, 2015.

Brian Teare | two poems from The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. Ahsahta Press, 2015.

SPEEDWAY & SWAN is a fortnightly one-hour free-format radio program that presents contemporary poetry against a context of variously compatible and offbeat musical selections.  Culling from the exceptional libraries of his partners, the University of Arizona Poetry Center and KXCI 91.3 Tucson Community Radio, creator and host Brian Blanchfield is joined in conversation each episode by a rotating guest co-host who brings to the hour a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, which, along with the freshest and best from the "new shelves," they read live. 

Each show also features a recorded performance from Voca, the Poetry Center's audio archive of its legendary poetry readings since 1963. SPEEDWAY & SWAN represents a partnership between the Poetry Center, which will archive the show in listenable format with an annotated playlist, and KXCI, where the show streams live.   

Since 1983, KXCI 91.3 FM has been committed to connecting Tucson and Southern Arizona to one another and to the world with informative, engaging, and creative community-based radio programming.

Brian Blanchfield is a poet and writer whose two books of poetry, Not Even Then and A Several World, have won him The James Laughlin Award, a Howard Foundation fellowship, and recognition as longlist finalist for the National Book Award. A poetry editor of Fence, he teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona and runs the downtown Tucson reading series Intermezzo. Contact: speedwayandswan@gmail.com.