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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 133 – Assume Like a Poet

Could 25, 2022

In a wide-ranging and erudite interview, poet and translator
Ryan Wilson joins the podcast to debate how the poet makes use of
the classical advantage of xenia or hospitality, what poets
can be taught from the work of translation, the “romantic flip” (internal
imaginative and prescient) and the “classical flip” (communication/craft) in poetry,
the nice Latin poet Horace, and extra. Ryan performs, in his
dynamic type, basic poems by Horace and others, in addition to his
personal poems.

Ryan Wilson is an adjunct professor of English on the Catholic
College of America, editor of the journal Literary
, and a visiting professor of poetry within the MFA program
on the College of St. Thomas in Houston. He’s the writer of
three books: The Stranger World, a group of
unique poems; How one can Assume Like a Poet;
and Proteus Certain: Chosen Translations, 2008-2020.
Forthcoming are his anthology of latest Catholic poetry from
Paraclete Press (spring 2023), and one other e-book of unique poems,
The Ghostlight.


0:00 – Proteus Certain

13:09 – Hospitality as elementary precept of group,
thought, and poetry

28:05 – The romantic flip and the classical flip

46:22 – Ryan Wilson, “Xenia”

53:39 – Proteus, Hermes, and Orpheus as figures of the poet

1:03:35 – Translation as coaching for the poet

1:17:47 – The Latin poetry of Horace

2:07:55 – Charles Baudelaire, “The Voice”

2:20:00 – How Ryan relates as a Catholic to classical

2:27:10 – Ryan Wilson, “Philoctetes”


Proteus Certain: Chosen Translations, 2008-2020

How one can Assume Like a Poet

The Stranger World

Literary Issues

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