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The PoJo Show

The PoJo show is a collection of audio poetry, fiction, drama, and spoken word combined with music and sound produced by Jedediah Smith and Batty Royale. Each episode of the show will center around a theme, and in response to the coronavirus and lockdown, this inaugural show focuses on literary responses to plagues through history, with writers such as Daniel Defoe, Kenneth Patchen, and Thomas Nashe. Future shows will continue to explore this as well as other topics.

Upcoming program topics:

Venice West: Poets of the Beat Generation in SoCal
Horror poetry: Stoker Award poets and more
Call of the West: Cowboy Poetry
Shocktober: Death Makes a Holiday

If you have recordings of your own poetry/spoken word/etc that might fit with the motif of any of our upcoming shows, let us know. We’re also open to your ideas about what would make a good show.  Contact us at pojoshow at gmail.

Episode 1 – Coronavirus I: Poetry and Plagues thru History:

Includes selections from Jack Kerouac, Thomas Nashe, Edgar Allan Poe, Zbigniew Herbert, Cavafy, Kenneth Patchen, Book of Exodus, Book of Job, Daniel Defoe, Samuel Pepys, and Stephen King.

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Episode 2 – Coronavirus II: Poetry on Illness and Loss:

Includes poems by Sharon Olds, James Dickey, Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kevin Young, Brian Russell, Donald Hall, and Jane Kenyon. Also on YouTube here with slides.

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Episode 3 – Coronavirus III: Poetry on Isolation:

Poems by Russell Edson, Robert Pinsky, Eavan Boland, Maya Angelou, Nazim Hikmet, Roque Dalton, Amiri Baraka, and more.

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Episode 4 – Coronavirus IV: The Poetry of Death:

Includes poems by Edgar Lee Masters, Kenneth Rexroth, W.H. Auden, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Mary Oliver, Garcia Lorca, Philip Larkin, Emily Dickinson, and more.

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Episode 5 – Coronavirus V: The Poetry of Fortitude and Renewal:

Includes poems by Dylan Thomas, Mary Oliver, Charles Bukowski, Ron Whitehead, Audre Lord, William Carlos Williams, Wanda Coleman, Ed Sanders, Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, CP Cavafy, and Carl Sandburg.

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Episode 6 – Shark Week!

Includes poems by Michael McClure, Mary Oliver, Carl Sandburg, DH Lawrence, and Herman Melville. Also fiction and nonfiction by writers like Rachel Carson, Eugenie Clark, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Melville, Jules Verne, and Jacques Cousteau.

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Episode 7 – Beyond and Back: Punk Poetry feat. Exene Cervenka

Includes poems, spoken word, prose, rants, diatribes, and screeds by Jack Brewer, Henry Rollins, Mike Watt, Alisa Alvarez, Lee Ving, Peter Ivers, Michael C. Ford, Shredder, and JoJo, the dog-faced boy.

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