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The Subvocal Zoo: Michael Bazzett – Finding the Inner Weird

Poetry Northwest‘s monthly podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets. Each episode features lively conversation between writers in a different location.

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Episode 7 features Michael Bazzett in conversation with Justin Boening. Topics of discussion include a review of Michael Bazzett’s book published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesotan/Eastern European irony, the etymological opposite of “to remember,” recreating delight, Robert Hass; translating the Popol Vuh, and Mark Strand.


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Michael Bazzett’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, 32 Poems, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Best New Poets. He is the author of the chapbooks The Imaginary City (OW! Arts, 2012) and The Unspoken Jokebook, (OW! Arts, 2014). His first full-length collection, You Must Remember This, winner of the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, was published in 2014 by Milkweed Editions.

Justin Boening is Associate Editor for Poetry Northwest.

This is Episode 8, the second episode of the second series of The Subvocal Zoo. Episode 9 will feature Danez Smith.

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