This Is Just To Say

Host Carrie Fountain talks with poets about the poems they make and love. 

Fountain has published two collections of poetry, including, most recently, Instant Winner. Her first novel, I’m Not Missing, comes out in July.

Fountain's poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, and The New Yorker, among others. She is the writer-in-residence at St. Edward's University and is visiting writer at the Michener Center for Writing at UT.

Support for “This is Just to Say” comes from The School of Arts and Humanities at St. Edward’s University.

Poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with Natalie Diaz about "Envelopes of Air," a poetry project she did with Ada Limón for The New Yorker, and much more.

Poet Mahogany L. Browne joined poet and novelist Carrie Fountain to talk about how she came to poetry, to share one of her favorite poems by Hiwot Adilow and to read her powerful poem "Black Girl Magic."

Poet Sam Sax talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about poetry as biography, the history of medician, poetry as performance and  much more.

He also reads his poem "#Hypocondria" from his book Madness, and shares one of his favorite poems, "Katherine With The Lazy Eye. Short. And Not a Good Poet." by Francine J. Harris.


"[Poetry] is the only place that I can defy the world," Roger Reeves told poet Carrie Fountain and producer Rebecca McInroy for this edition of This Is Just To Say. Thinking of poetry as a place and a practice, rather than the attempt to create the "perfect poem" was just one of the many revelations in their conversation.

Reeves also generously debuted his poem "Children, Listen," now available at poets.org, and he shared one of his favorite poems "Preliminary Question" by Aimé Césaire, from his book Solar Throat Slashed.


Best-selling poet, writer and slam performer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz reads her poem "The First Check-Up After My Mother Died" from her book How To Love The Empty Air, and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about the possibility models for her as a poet, what it means to grieve with an audience, and the importance of the work of Kevin Young in her life.


Poet Emmy Pérez reads her poem "Green Light Go" and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about living on the border as an act of resistance, the beauty of writing from anger, the healing power of the natural world and much more.


Poet Marie Howe reads and discusses her poem "One Day" with host poet and novelist Carrie Fountain. They talk about poetry as a spiritual practice, their time together at UT Austin's Michener Center, and 's poem, "The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act."

Poet Kaveh Akbar shares his poem Being in This World Makes Me Feel Like a Time Traveler, from his collection "Calling A Wolf A Wolf." He also talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about how he came to poetry, appreciating the lyricism of poems and the value of reading widely.

Also, check out Akbar and the poet he mentions on the show, Caroline Bird, on The BBC's Echo Chamber.

Poet Matthew Dickman reads from his new book of poems, Wonderland, and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about toxic masculinity, childhood, the origins of violence and much more.


Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about reclaiming the power, beauty, and wonder of a C-section birth through her poem  "Self-Portrait as C-Section Scar."

They also talk about Nezhukumatathil's entry point into poetry through the work of Naomi Shihab Nye, and she shares one of her favorite poems, "Eclipse" from poet Jenny George's debut book, The Dream of Reason.

This Is Just To Say: Tomás Q. Morín

Apr 9, 2018

Poet Tomás Q. Morín reads his poem "For My Daughter" from his collection Patient Zero and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about experiencing loss, the power of imagining the unlived life, and the vulnerability it takes to create as a poet and an artist.

On this special edition of This is Just To Say, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain and KUT's Rebecca McInroy share Naomi Shihab Nye's poem "Kindness" and discuss the importance of poetry today.


Poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with poet Victoria Chang with about how her poem "Obit" allowed her to process the death of her mother.

Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about reclaiming the power, beauty and wonder of a C-section birth through her poem  "Self-Portrait as C-Section Scar."


Host poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with poet Tarfia Faizullah about how the loss of her sister in a car accident influenced her poem "West Texas Nocturne."

Poet Maggie Smith talks about her poem "The Mother" with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain.


Poet Diane Seuss talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about how writing her poem "Song in My Heart" gave her strength after a devastating divorce.

In this edition of This Is Just To Say, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with poet Carl Phillips about his poem "White Dog."


Poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with poet Matthew Zapruder about the collaboration that inspired his poem "Frankenstein Love" from his collection Come On All You Ghosts (2010).