Reviews
Found in the pandemic and love this podcast so much. Have had many great poets I didn’t know brought to my attention and love Helena’s voice and style of conversation with the poets. Lots of deep insights into the work and poets themselves. Totally addictive listening, I listen to it every week...Read full review »
Ciara E White via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/20/22
I understand that this show captures the current popular inclinations in poetry. But I find the poems and discussions in most episodes uninteresting. This show is a reminder that modern poetry is a direct progeny of the 1960’s counterculture. I wish they would at least focus their discussions...Read full review »
Crowbar Man via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/17/22
this is the only podcast that i come back to religiously to listen to each new episode. like other reviewers, i listen to this podcast when trying to sleep, and it’s always comforting. helena connects with each poet on such a rich level, and she gives them space to unfold with such compassion and...Read full review »
hmae21 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/07/22
I am impressed by the care and attention that goes into creating this podcast. I am impressed each time by the thoughtful and insightful questions that are asked. One receives a beautifully executed glimpse of the poet’s life, mind, and heart due to a most talented and sensitive interviewer. The...Read full review »
Sarspacious via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/22
This is one of the best poetry podcasts (I’ve listened to too many). The guests write vibrant poetry across a range of styles. The host,Helena de Groot, skillfully draws her guests into conversation, asking interesting questions. She creates a warm comfortable space to enjoy poetry and the...Read full review »
Tillerkins via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/02/22
I don’t sleep well which means I have time, and lots of it, to listen to podcasts. I also even more rarely leave reviews. This episode with Spencer Reece was exceptional, even more so because Reece is an exceptional person, and his writing phenomenal. His story and readings shook me in so many...Read full review »
Earth Mother via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/31/21
The MCs are terrible. Curtis had so much better interviewing skills too. The new girls aren’t articulate at all. The 4 stars are for the content though.
Gopherpatrol via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/21/21
I have been introduced to so many wonderful poets through this podcast.
Gbriella via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/25/20
I've listened to Poetry Off the Shelf for many years and some interviews numerous times, from Curtis Fox's interview with Kay Ryan concerning Robert Frost's poems, including "Spring Pools," to Tuesday, 7/21/20's talk with William J. Maxwell on his book F. B. Eyes. // I...Read full review »
KSB, poet via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/21/20
Helena de Groot is a masterful interviewer! This podcast is a treasure. Thank you!
Lizardspa via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/13/20
I enjoy being exposed to new poetry and poets. Hearing the conversations and insights has really helped me in examining the way I look at life and has had a tangible effect on my life.
Isaac😂 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/26/20
Helena de Groot asks all the right questions at the right time to her guests. When a new podcast appears I’m excited and grateful. Many thanks to Helena and our Poetry Foundation.
onestarinthegalaxy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/19/20
This podcast is so good especially. Topically. In terms of the speakers. I value the frame of socio political matters (diffabilities, PTSD, addiction, much more). I also really love it. Just as it is. What it does beyond language, which is rare, it gathers. I kinda feel I'm with others and...Read full review »
publickimagelttd via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/28/20
emulsion of: wondering and aplomb an experience so ingenious so igneous and beautiful it flows from the open, bountiful and scienceless trachea that links the world outside to the passionate magmas (thank you) in us
Logan Mironoff-Chin via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/27/19
I live and die by this life-enriching podcast, but I mourn the loss of Curtis Fox, an incomparable host. No disrespect meant for Ms. de Groot, but I think we’re owed an explanation for the sudden changing of the guard.
Poetry Rules! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/27/19
an emulsion of wonderin’ and aplomb an experience so ingenious so igneous and beautiful it flows from the open, bountiful and scienceless trachea that links the world outside to the passionate magmas (thank you) in us
MurasakiFloof via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/22/19
Where o where is Curtis Fox?
Susanfriberg via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/09/19
The title says it all. The Poetry Foundation is doing some wonderful, necessary work via audio and Off the Shelf is part of that work
Daveiii via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/18/19
I’m sorry but the show lost something when Curtis left
Illmatic~!!! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/06/19
This is EXTREMELY biased and VERY HELPFUL for me, a conservative, to see the inner experience of people I fundamentally disagree with to understand them better for the simple reason that so much of what they say is pure bull malarkey.
Hopeful contestant. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/27/19
Curtis Fox is incredibly well spoken and has a great frame of reference. He's also engaging and enlightening.Read full review »
BuffaloNic via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/25/18
If your interested in knowing why Americans are not interested in poetry, this is the reason. A great disservice to those of us incapable of writing such an art form, yet yearning to understand the complex art of the ancient wordsmiths of human culture. When a expert professor explains “You...Read full review »
August Consumer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/29/18
Curtis Fox has just the right tone--he admires what he admires, he engages poets in conversation about craft without straying into mysticism. The series of podcasts about third-wave feminism and poetry was outstanding, and I regularly hear about poets I'm intrigued by. Not just a shill for...Read full review »
Big old fish via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/10/18
In the small field of poetry podcasts, this one rises above the rest in that it is both informal and informative, it doesn’t take it self seriously, and has great themes and conversations. Curtis Fox is a great host and can make even the most academic of guests go done a little easier. Been...Read full review »
SquareBiz539 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/25/17
When you’re at work, in the car, or cooking breakfast, this podcast plays beautifully over speakers or headphones. Great content and production quality for poetry readers wanting to hear discussions on some of their favorite poets or tune in to find new ones. It’s always a guaranteed good episode...Read full review »
Talamak via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/16/17
Just getting into poetry so this is a nice way to find out about poets I don't know. Doesn't take up a whole lot of time but they pack each episode with little inquiries into the poems and/or poets themselves. Well done.Read full review »
vonGhoul via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/16/17
This podcast makes me deeply happy. Wonderful contextualization of the poetry. My first episode was A Change of World, Episode 2 and I am working back now. Love Adrienne Rich. Love this podcast!
AbirdAndOne via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/17/17
Helps me think about poetry more in depth and exposes me to poems I would never have known about before. Thank you!
Hortoninwhoville via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/05/17
I've tried a couple of others, but Curtis Fox's chilled out, random exploration of poetic forms, poets and poetry is the best. I've found some amazing poetry listening to this podcast, and I hope you do too!Read full review »
Gaurav Vaidya via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/21/16
This is a must have for poetry lovers... or even poetry "likers"... subscribe!Read full review »
GetGoneAgain via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/17/16
This podcast is enjoyable and important!
The ultimate high via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/18/16
Podcast is informative and interesting. Love when they get the poets on to explain things. Host does a great job of asking them questions to help clarify poet's intent. Can't give it five stars though until they get rid of that extremely annoying cellphone ring masquerading as intro music.Read full review »
wingnut7000 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/11/16
Have discovered so many great American poets!
LDamesin via Apple Podcasts · France · 02/28/16
This podcast has introduced me to new poets, new ideas about poems I’ve heard before and new ways of thinking. They are playing around with a new format - conversations between poets - which I find hit or miss, but I still come away having learned something every week.
CATHYNIC via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/24/16
Poetry Off The Shelf is an enjoyable podcast that is always engaging, sometimes serious, sometimes funny, and usually challenging in the best ways. Running generally 15 minutes long and staying focused on a single poem/poet/topic, Curtis Fox (the host) adds his insight to and about a poem or...Read full review »
Funkomatic via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/24/15
The best show on poetry. Smart, real and interesting.
T Carl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/11/14
These podcasts are thoughtfully presented; they are educational and inspiring. Thank you for bringing poetry into my life.
Shainin via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/13/12
Amazing podcast, top three of all time, so glad I found it.
Cds7557 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/30/11
Poets and writers talking about poets and writers. Inevitably pretentious, but also illuminating. Perhaps a little too much focus on legends and safely dead poets rather than the contemporary scene, but that's not the poets' fault.Read full review »
dainys via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/30/11
Wonderful. A great wesite for all but especially for men.
A Guy for Poetry via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/11
This is an amazing podcast! I love it!!! Anyone who loves poetry should download it
Alicebvanderveer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/21/10
Efficient format and informed conversation. A delight. You may not agree with the speakers' presuppositions or conclusions on Psalm 23, but you'll find the dialog an interesting, contemporary interpretation of this ancient poem.Read full review »
cribaudo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/09
I am new to I-tunes, but not new to loving poetry. These are free, informative, and engaging. I love the Walt Whitman podcast - great stuff!
Plath63 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/13/09
I've forced my students to listen to this, because it is such a useful, topical, accessible discussion of worthy subjects. Only suggestion: make the uploads a bit more regular, so we know when to anticipate the next episode!Read full review »
KingAdRock via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/31/09
This is one of the best out there. A wide range of topics and schools, a thoughtful and insightful discussion that doesn't over-intellectualize the poem or destroy it with too close of a reading. I don't always like the poems they feature, but I always go away having found something to...Read full review »
Glowy Zoey via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/14/09
Poetry Off the Shelf has a lively format that strikes just the right tone for trips on the bus or working out at the gym. It's intellectually stimulating while being light enough to let you accomplish some light task while listening. Well worth checking out, Jesse Ferguson New Brunswick, CanadaRead full review »
BardofCornwall via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/09/09
This podcast is extremely helpful! I've always stumbled through poetry, sometimes understanding poems, and sometimes not. This podcast really begins to decode poetry, and helps me to see the beauty in it. With interviews with authors and in-depth discussion, this is a podcast for poets,...Read full review »
WordWizard via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/04/09
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