Wallace Stevens: 11 Essential Poems

Human Voices Wake Us

20-02-2024 • 1 hr 2 mins

An episode from 2/19/24: Tonight, I read eleven essential poems by the American poet Wallace Stevens (1879-1955). All of them can be found in his Collected Poems. I also read from his letters, and the essay about Stevens at The Poetry Foundation. The poems are:

  • Anecdote of the Jar
  • The Snow Man
  • Six Significant Landscapes
  • Anecdote of Men by the Thousand
  • How to Live. What to Do
  • Gallant Château
  • Bouquet of Belle Scavoir
  • The Poem that Took the Place of a Mountain
  • The Planet on the Table
  • Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour
  • The Idea of Order at Key West (read by Stevens)

The biographies of Stevens that I mention are the two-volumes by Joan Richardson, and The Whole of Harmonium, by Paul Mariani. The 1988 documentary on Stevens, part of the Voices and Visions series, is also a great introduction.

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