Michael Silverblatt Interviews Mary Ruefle


This week's episode of KCRW's Bookworm, hosted by Michael Silverblatt -- one of the most nuanced readers to be heard anywhere -- features Mary Ruefle, noted poet, on her newest book release, a meditation on poetry: Madness, Rack, and Honey published by Wave Books.

Madness, Rack, and Honey is a collection of Ruefle's lectures on all things poetry. I'd buy the book for the chapter headings alone; I find them irresistable:

On Beginnings

Poetry and the Moon

On Sentimentality

On Theme

On Secrets: Eight Beginnings, Two Ends

On Fear

Madness, Rack, and Honey

My Emily Dickenson

Someone Reading a Book is a Sign of Order in the World

Remarks on Letters

Kangaroo Beach

I Remember, I Remember

Twenty-two Short Lectures

Lectures I Will Never Give



I Remember, I Remember - On handsome roofers, attentive cows, and sudden tears of youth. - by Mary Ruefle - The Poetry Foundation


UC Berkeley - Lunch Poems - Mary Ruefle