The Poetry Review‘s new podcast is here, featuring a discussion between Review contributor Sandeep Parmar and Mary Jean Chan, guest co-editor with Will Harris of the spring 2020 issue.
Sandeep reads her poem, ‘The Nineties’, and reflects on its origins – growing up in California at the time of the L.A. riots, which followed the arrest and beating of Rodney King, the trial of O.J. Simpson and the 1994 Northridge earthquake – and their relevance now, following the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement as a catalyst for change. In an exhilarating conversation, Sandeep and Mary Jean discuss race and contemporary literature, the lyric ‘I’ and, post-Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric, the fluidities and opportunities of the second-person ‘you’, and changing the critical context of BAME writing with the Ledbury Emerging Critics scheme, which Sandeep co-founded with Sarah Howe.
This is our second podcast from the spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review, joining a discussion between contributor Nick Makoha and guest editor Will Harris.
You can listen to Mary Jean Chan and Sandeep Parmar’s discussion below, or via Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for ‘The Poetry Society’ in your podcast app of choice to subscribe.
28 August 2020