A HAMLET SOLILOQUY Keys to Understanding Shakespeare: “Writing had been around for millennia and printing for centuries before people got used to thinking of written words as anything more than a preserved form of speech. Literature was dominated by plays and poetry, both of which had been developed for public performance rather than individual contemplation. […]
Hello! We’re pleased to present another trip to the New Pop Lit microphone by Joel Allegretti, who returns with a humorous work inspired by Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, “The Walt Whitman Complex.” Listen in. (Then be sure to read Joel’s short story at NPL: “The Obb”!)
Today we have stepping up to the microphone Monty Milne, who describes himself as “a Poet, author, and lyricist who hails from the blue skies and still waters of Port Providence, PA.” Monty reads an intriguing piece titled “Chaos and the Cosmos”: a short rumination on “beer and cigarettes and television sets, to keep boredom at […]
Joel Allegretti is best known– especially on the east coast– as a poet. We happen to have a (fun? scary?) Halloween story from him coming next month to our main site– but we thought while we were at it we might as well also get this renowned performer to the New Pop Lit “Open Mic” […]
New Pop Lit Contributing Editor Kathleen Marie Crane returns to the microphone with a freshly written poem, “You Don’t Stand a Chance.” A commentary on the totalitarian bombardments of electronic images and hyperbolic noise dished out on a daily basis from our mad civilization. The poem is not political, but does capture the craziness of […]
YES! Time for another podcast, with Karl “King” Wenclas and the house New Pop Lit cat! The topic? “Value of the Writer.” Discussed (or at least mentioned) are: Michelangelo, classical arts, cats, NFL quarterbacks, opera singers, Michael Jordan and Lebron James, rock n’ roll, the poetry community, Bob Hicok, the Harlem Renaissance, New Commisars, show […]
Misplaced notes; lost talking points; a lurking cat whining in the background– the initial episode of The King Wenclas Podcast began inauspiciously. But listen in anyway. You might enjoy it. (Photo: Statue in Prague of guy who may or may not be a distant relative of New Pop Lit‘s Karl Wenclas.)
“Lennon is dead but McCartney survives.” A seven-minute rumination on fame, celebrity, the sterility of contemporary society, the necessity of authenticity and the costs of success. The reading starts out slow but the words are what count.
WITH RUMORS RAMPANT of agents provocateurs throughout the land including in today’s literary scene, it’s a good time to post this standby poem from New Pop Lit‘s EIC, “The Mole.” IS the mole only an animal– or something more? Paranoid minds wish to know.
Brian Eckert returns to the New Pop Lit microphone with a reading about Empire. “Unholy Roman Empire.” But which Empire? In the past, present, or future? Or is Brian speaking about US? **** (Art: “The Consummation: The Course of Empire” by Thomas Cole.)