The Poetry Conversation

Welcome to The Poetry Conversation with Sharon Bryan.

I post weekly thoughts on poetry, and I hope you’ll join in.  I think of this site as a big room with comfortable chairs where we can gather to talk about poems and poets, craft, translation, what it is to be a poet, what others are reading and listening to, whatever interests you.  I’ll be inviting other poets to do guest posts, so please feel free to make suggestions.

Recent Posts


    Sometimes beautiful poems become so familiar we don’t really hear them anymore. Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” has been analyzed endlessly, joked about, set to pop music tunes. But when someone asked me about it recently, I was amazed to see its original power as I walked through it. STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING…


  • Unsung Masters Readings

    The Poetry Conversation is back from a long walkabout to let you know about a wonderful upcoming event. Many of you are already familiar with the Unsung Masters Series, edited by Kevin Prufer and Wayne Miller, which brings the work of talented but lesser known, out-of-print poets and fiction writers to the attention of a


  • Adam Zagajewski

    The wonderful Polish poet Adam Zagajewski died yesterday in Krakow–an enormous loss.  I don’t know where to start. With his poems, I suppose, which I can read in English, thanks to the wonderful translator, Clare Cavanaugh. They move through his love of music, philosophy, art, his friends, serious engagements with the range of human behavior,


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