Episode 74: Trash and Treasure is about precisely that, or more imprecisely, about women and how you can’t put them on a pedestal, nor can you bury them under it. Can we just learn how to be decent human beings? No. Okay . . . well, let’s just read some poems and tell trashy jokes then.
Episode 73: Stalked and Branded
Episode 72: Poet as Stalker
Episode 71: Agent Hunger and the Flaming Ducks
Episode 70: Love Is . . .
Episode 69: Rhianna is Pregnant
Episode 69: Rhianna is Pregnant is perhaps not about Rhianna, but you will just have to listen to find out. You may discover it’s about the poetic things that people have left in the world for others to see . . . or perhaps not see. Or maybe it’s about the little known news that Rhianna is pregnant.
Episode 68: It’s the Real Thing
Episode 67: Lady Gaga Scarecrow
Episode 67: Lady Gaga Scarecrow is actually about scarecrows, which we dare to discuss in winter, as this poem left in the museum pissed off Shaun but then it was all right and then, it becomes a pretty good poem or “pome,” as the case may be. Bill reads it 3 or 4 times. We lose count and then we talk about Lady Gaga in her lampshade dress and stuff like that.
Episode 66: Murder Poets
Episode 65: Fallen Woman
Episode 65: Fallen Woman takes you on a journey to the roadside haunts of a female in distress, a Precious Moments doll (to be honest), rescued by Bill and the instigator for Frankenstein-like transformation and poetry and tales of empathy of those who cannot suffer a naked baby doll. Yeah . . . that about covers it.
Episode 64: Rodeo Clown
Episode 63: Wooly-Headed Decline
Episode 62: Abject Terror
Episode 61: Fish are Biting Today
Episode 61: Fish are Biting Today details the inner workings of the fish mind, a wonderful poem by a visitor to the museum and a wonderful poem by Elizabeth Bishop, a memory of floating turds and various and sundry other memories. Do tell.
Episode 60: Being Nobody
Episode 60: Being Nobody begins with Chuck Norris, goes into Bruce Lee, and ends with a lovely Christmas poem, and in between we have a poem about just existing and Emily Dickinson sits in the corner and does her Nobody act for all the world to see. Or something like that.
Episode 59: How Still
Episode 59: How Still is about the Brady Bunch, paper dolls, asses, and Mrs. Santa Claus. Actually, it’s about a perfectly lovely Matsuo Basho haiku sent to us on a postcard from Japan in the year 2013. And it’s also about the Brady Bunch, paper dolls, asses . . .
Episode 58: Antique Doll
Episode 58: Antique Doll is about dolls. And Ukraine. And candles in the window. Tickle Me Elmo jokes. Dolls vs Action Figures. It’s about all of these things and more. It’s about life. And poetry. . . . And stuff like that.
Episode 57: Sibling Situations
Episode 57: Sibling Situations dives into the sibling battles and joys and times your sister tied a bully to the tree or locked the other sisters in the cellar. Oh, not your experience? Well, enjoy these sibling poems and situations vicariously then!
Episode 56: Mushroom Message
Episode 55: Poems in Movies
Episode 54: Crawl Outside
Episode 53: Halloween Teeth
Episode 52: What is Poetry?
Episode 51: Two Heads
Episode 51: Two Heads is about two heads. Two heads speak to us. We are two heads. Two heads are better than one. You get the picture. Head on over this way and listen!
Episode 50: Darkness Descends
Episode 49: Slightly Used
Episode 48: This Hand
Episode 47: Oklahoma Acrostic
Episode 46: Super Cowboy
Episode 45: On the Way
Episode 44: Some Creepage
Episode 43: Cow Path
Episode 42: Forbidden Ukrainka
Episode 41: A New Sensation
Episode 41: A New Sensation is a workout of poetry and exercise–and Shaun has a surprise for Bill, who gets new freedom. POETRY COURT passes judgment on entwined memories of yesterday.
Episode 40: Moon and Sun
Episode 39: Yard Kill
Episode 38: A Lesser Divide
Episode 38: A Lesser Divide describes a one-line poem that inspires the reading of some one-line poems by Joe Brainard and also includes the first installment of Poetry Court where Shaun overuses the gavel and Bill makes a valiant defense.
Episode 37: Poetry Parks
Episode 37: Poetry Parks is not really about parks but includes poems by the Parks’ family who left their work in the museum. The family that writes poetry together . . . well, they’re just cool.
Episode 36: Got Stuck
Episode 35: Dog Dog
Episode 35: Dog Dog reveals a post-it note poem to a magnificent dog of yesteryear. Dog jokes and stories ensue.
Episode 30: Pepper Martin highlights a 1930’s major league baseball sensation Pepper Martin, whom we learned about from a poem by Glenpool poet Gordon Bryan. Play ball! And poetry! And baseball haiku!
Episode 29: You are Bare
Episode 28: Serve Darkness
Episode 27: Dissected Words
Episode 26: Shadow Box
Episode 26: Shadow Box describes a poem evoking experiences related to objects that bring to mind memories, fading over time. Bonus: Bill and Shaun tell each other bad jokes that neither one gets.
Episode 25: Mockingbird Song
Episode 24: Ukraine Testament
Episode 24: Ukraine Testament describes a postcard the museum received from Ukraine in 2014 and how the poetry and sorrow of it has arrived here in our present times.
Episode 23: A Secret
Episode 23: A Secret takes you to the museum’s old secret corner where visitors left their secret poems, one of which we share with you.
Episode 22: My Rooster
Episode 22: My Rooster defines rooster in poetic and otherworldly terms and Foghorn Leghorn makes several appearances, as do other poetic characters of his ilk.
Episode 21: Wild Bergamot
Episode 21: Wild Bergamot describes a poem written from a Firewheel of Fortune card, Shaun’s tummy ache, Bill’s accents, dollops and sound effects and a visit with Earl Grey.
Episode 20: Moonrise Story
Episode 19: Ties Break
Episode 18: Climb a Giant
Episode 17: Still Learning
Episode 16: Crocodile Couplets
Episode 16: Crocodile Couplets allows us to discuss couplets left as a sacrifice to Cora the Crocodile, whose domain included the treehouse at the first poetry museum site. Also, there’s some Valentine’s Day stuff.
Episode 15: Cannibal Lampshades
Episode 14: Get Your Hat
Episode 13: Blues Tune
Episode 12: Rest Your Neck
Episode 12: Rest Your Neck delivers a zen-like poem found in the museum’s medicine cabinet, and Bill has a big reveal, and we sing and recite Old English and stuff.