Episode #1534

Poetry in Sexts & Music History in Drag

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Taylor Mac (Derrick Little)

Patricia Lockwood, one of poetry’s brightest young stars, combines her funny Twitter persona with serious poetry to create surreal, text message-sized verse. She became internet famous for a poem called “Rape Joke” that managed to be both hilarious and devastating. We hear from Taylor Mac, the avant-drag performer who’s working on a decade-by-decade revue of American popular music, beginning all the way back in the 1770s. Plus, a punk rock teen, pierced to the hilt, discovers something even more hardcore — opera.

Patricia Lockwood Sexts the Body Electric

The viral poetry sensation and author of a string of surreal Twitter “sexts” shows that she’s anything but a one-trick poet in her latest collection.

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Poetry Challenge: Navya from Arizona

We received hundreds of great submissions for our high school poetry challenge. Here’s one about the about the demise of a tree house at the end of summer.

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Father & Son, Show & Tell

A photographer father and his young son collaborated on a book that helped them deal with a haunting absence in their family. A decade later, they’re still working together.

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Aha Moment: Ditching Punk for Opera

A punk rocker teen thought 18th century costumes had major Goth appeal. When she saw them on stage in an opera, she fell in love with a new (old) style of music.

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Taylor Mac's History of American Pop in 24 Hours

Taylor Mac isn’t your typical drag performer. For one thing, he’s working on a 24-hour revue of American pop music that goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War.

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