Today’s program features a conversation with Joseph Zaccardi, Marin County poet laureate emeritus and author of four collections of poetry, including Vents; Render; The Nine Gradations of Light; and, most recently, A Wolf Stands Alone in Water. “What is found here, to paraphrase William Carlos Williams, is an uncensored exploration of the human heart. Neither flinching from evil nor denying glimpses of the divine, Joseph Zaccardi guides the reader through visceral encounters with evils announced daily in the headlines (and even darker evils hidden from newsprint and camera) to acknowledge, ‘In everything that holds light, there is room for darkness.’” — Yvonne Postelle
Following the interview with Zaccardi, Katherine Hastings brings us a reading by Jane Mead, recorded at the WordTemple Poetry Series in January 2016. Mead reads from her latest collection (her fourth), Money Money Money / Water Water Water. “A tough, wise, and beautiful book about the human destruction of the earth and everything trying to live here: ‘the poisoned planet poisoning.’ All this brilliant poet’s knowledge and experience have been gathered into the fierce, grieving book, laid at the feet of our global kingdom and powers: ‘How much can you subtract now/How much and still get by.’” — Jean Valentine
Money, Money, Money/Water Water Water addresses not only the economic politics of water, but also the economic politics of investing in your own life. It’s costly, and this book counts the ways. It’s a book of ecooetics in an unusually large send — and one that contributes completely to the genre’s commitment to the political — but it also marks a structural advance in lyric poetry…” Cole Swensen
Mead is the recipient of grants and awards from the Whiting, Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations. She lives in Northern California where she grows zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon wine grapes on the property her grandfather purchased in the early 1900s. She teaches in the Drew University low-residency MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.