37 RTB Books In Dark Times 11: Elizabeth Bradfield (JP)

Elizabeth Bradfied is editor of Broadsided Press, professor of creative writing at Brandeis, naturalist, photographer–and most of all an amazing poet (“Touchy” for example just appeared in The Atlantic). Her books include Interpretive Work, Approaching Ice, Once Removed, and Toward Antarctica. She lives on Cape Cod, travels north every summer to guide people into Arctic climes, birdwatches. She is in and of and for our whole natural world.

So, is it poetry sustaining her now? Or does she (she does!) have other sources of inspiration?

Mentioned in the episode:

Eavand Boland, “Quarantine” (from Against Love Poetry; read her NY Times obituary here)

Maeve Binchy, “Circle of Friends

Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

Edgar Lee Masters Spoon River Anthology

Louise Gluck Averno and Wild Iris

Brian Teare Doomstead Days

Derek Walcott, “Omeros

W. S. Merwin, “The Folding Cliffs”

Natasha Trethewey, “Belloqc’s Ophelia

Yeats, “We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.”

Thomas Eisner, “For Love Of Insects

Trixie Belden

Robert Louis Stevenson, “A Child’s Garden of Verse

Shel Silverstein

Lois Lowry, “The Giver

Liz equates poetry and Tetris

Leanne Simpson, “This Accident of Being Lost

Elizabeth Bradfield, “We all want to see a mammal

Listen to the episode here:

Read transcript here:

Upcoming episodes: Beth Blum guides us through the wilds of self-help, and we fire a concluding salvo of Books in Dark Times, including writer Carlo Rotella and historian of science Lorraine Daston.

Author: plotznik

I teach English (mainly the novel and Victorian literature) at Brandeis University, and live in Brookline.

One thought on “37 RTB Books In Dark Times 11: Elizabeth Bradfield (JP)”

  1. I loved this interview with one of my favorite poets! So wise and warm.
    I wonder if you could make the links open in a new window–I clicked a few times while listening and then lost the audio.
    Thanks for this, I will check out other episodes.

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