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”!)
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” […]
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 […]
PRESENTING THE INDEFENSIBLE (Art: from “The Poet and the Angel” by Mario Eloy.) **** We will have to climb through seven hells to hear the angels weeping. TODAY we have a poem, on video, by a controversial figure who calls his behavior “indefensible on every level except the only one that matters.” A poet who’s […]
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.)
NEW POP LIT’s Open Mic returns with spoken word by hyper-talented high school student Fran-Claire Kenney— a short piece in which Ms. Kenney examines every style and variety of friendship. How many of these categories do you fit?
TODAY we feature a spoken word short story by Fran-Claire Kenney, a talented high school student living near Philadelphia. The subject is topical– school shootings. Powerful stuff. Please listen to it.
IN LOOKING for a poem to celebrate the 4th, New Pop Lit‘s chief editor realized he’d recorded one himself. FYI: It’s a trifle sarcastic. To keep him away from the microphone, send us your own recorded verse! Rants, agonies, recitations, comedies, or other “spoken word.” To: newpoplitATgmailDOTcom. (NOTE: The opening to this poem is supposed to […]
More audio? YES! After involvement on other literary fronts we hear the drumbeat chant: “We want audio. We want audio!” So we have up-and-coming poet Adrian Ernesto Cepeda reciting a striking poem about two people, a car, cigarettes, a radio, matches– and moments. Listen to it more than once to catch all of it. […]