Speedway & Swan Episode 27: Eric Magrane

Poet and geographer Eric Magrane joins host Brian Blanchfield for an episode of poetry of place, past pastoral, off the map, crossing a threshold, or aground in the borderlands. Featuring poetry by C. S. Giscombe, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, John Pluecker, Alberto Blanco, Marianne Moore, David Schubert, Linda Hogan, Robert Smithson, Richie Hofmann, and Alberto Rios.

With musical selections by Lou Barlow, Xenia Rubinos, Paul Simon, Passion Pit, and more.



Alberto Blanco | “Maps,” tr. Mark Schafer. Dawn of the Senses. City Lights, 1995.

C. S. Giscombe | from “Look Ahead, Look South” from Here. Dalkey Archive Press, 1994.

Linda Hogan | “Map,” The Book of Medicines. Coffee House Press, 1993.

Marianne Moore | “He ‘Digesteth Harde Yron’,” What Are Years (1941). The Collected Poems of Marianne Moore, ed. Grace Schulman. Viking Press, 2003.

John Pluecker | “Here, Hold My Hand,” Ford Over, Noemi Press, 2016.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke | “In the Year 513 PC,” Streaming. Coffee House Press, 2014.

David Schubert | “Dissertation on the Detroit Free Press” (1943). Work and Days. Quarterly Review of Literature Editions, 1983.

Alberto Rios | “Why Animals Stay Away,” Whispering to Fool the Wind. Sheep Meadow Press, 1982.

Richie Hofmann | “Scene from Caravaggio,” Second Empire. Alice James Books, 2014.

Robert Smithson | “From the Middle of ‘Spiral Jetty,’” The Collected Writings of Robert Smithson. University of California Press, 1996.


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. 

Most episodes also feature 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 archives 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. His third book, Proxies: Essays Near Knowing, was the winner of a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction. Contact: speedwayandswan@gmail.com.