By Heart: On Memory, Poetry, and Form

Episode 173 · July 10th, 2024 · 1 hr 18 mins

About this Episode

In this computerized age, we tend to see memory as a purely cerebral faculty. To memorize is to store information away in the brain in such a way as to make it retrievable at a later time. But the old expression "knowing by heart" calls us to a stranger, more embodied and mysterious take on memory. In this episode, Phil and JF endeavour to recite two poems they've learned by heart, as a preamble to a discussion on poetry, form, and the magic of memory.

Details on Shannon Taggart's Symposium @ Lily Dale (July 25-28).

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