The Poet (delayed)

using poetry to discover meaning in life

About the show

I dabbled in poetry in high school and into my early 20's but then stopped writing for almost 20 years. A few years ago, a number of personal issues came to a head and I had no real choice but to face them and start working through them. As part of that working through them, I began writing poetry again and it has become a very powerful and effective tool for me in rediscovering and reconnecting with myself, which is at the heart of my recovery. In The Poet (delayed), I'll share some of my poetry and discuss it with different guests. But the real point of the podcast is to use my poetry to start conversations about trauma, healing and personal growth.

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  • Episode 20: They Were Beacons Once

    March 6th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 5 mins
    addiction, authenticity, childhood trauma, gabor mate, johann hari, poetry, recovery, self discovery

    In this episode of The Poet (delayed), I'm joined by Las Vegas based therapist, Brad Singletary as we read my poem, "They Were Beacons Once," and have a discussion about addiction, its cause and recovery.

  • Episode 19: Dark Canopy

    February 27th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 40 mins
    authenticity, depression, hope, major depressive disorder, mdd, mental health, poetry, self discovery, situational depression

    In this episode, I’m joined again by Jackie Pack as I read my poem Dark Canopy and we discuss depression.

  • Episode 18: I'm a Poet

    February 20th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  57 mins 19 secs
    authenticity, christopher silas neal, jennifer adams, pippa’s song, poet, poetry, robert browning, self discovery

    I’m joined this episode by Salt Lake City based author, poet, editor and my new friend, Jennifer Adams. I read my poem, “I’m a Poet,” and we discuss the power of literature and poetry and then talk to her about her new children’s book, All’s Right With the World, that comes out March 7, 2023.

  • Episode 17: She is Steady and She Waits

    January 23rd, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 34 secs
    authenticity, cancer, hodgkin’s lymphoma, mental health, poetry, self discovery, truth

    I was joined by Allison Spencer as we read and discussed my poem, She is Steady and She Waits. Allison was diagnosed with Stage 2 Unfavorable Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (By the way, “unfavorable”? Who comes up with these terms, soccer match announcers? - “That was unlucky!”) But as terrifying as that was, she rose up to battle and, with the help of family, friends and competent medical providers, she waged battle as a head shorn warrior and the cancer is now in remission.

  • Episode 16: Nirvana

    December 19th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 1 min
    authenticity, depression, mental health, mental health awareness, nirvana, poetry, self discovery, suicide, suicide prevention

    TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide is discussed in this episode. If anyone listening is struggling with suicidal ideation, please reach out to a friend or family member. There is also a national hotline in the USA that you can call: 988.

    I was joined by Monte Wingle as I ready my poem, Nirvana, and we discussed thoughts and ideas that came. Also, in the spirit of craving nothingness, we visited True Rest Float Spa to experience their float tank and see how close we could get to nothingness.

  • Episode 15: Terrible Potential

    November 12th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 20 mins
    authenticity, fear, know thyself, nietzsche, poetry, self discovery

    In this episode, I was joined by my nephew, Justin “Justino” Foster. I read my poem “Terrible Potential” and Justino and had a great discussion about the themes in the poem.

  • Episode 14: Beacons

    October 27th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  51 mins 3 secs
    authenticity, beacons, poetry, self discovery

    I’m joined again by Aunt Kash to discuss people who’ve been beacons in our lives as well as our being beacons in the lives of others.

  • Episode 13: Inconsequential

    October 13th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  52 mins 48 secs
    authenticity, connection, parenting, poetry, self discovery

    I’m joined by my friend Jason Langston as I read my poem, Inconsequential. Then we get into a discussion of connection, addiction, parenting and relationships and the fact that no person is inconsequential. As John Donne wrote (old English spelling and all): “No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe.”

  • Episode 12: The Remains of the Day

    October 7th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 41 mins
    authenticity, dignity, great butler, kazuo ishiguro, poetry, self discovery, the remains of the day

    I’m joined by Nate Morris this episode as we discuss the book, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

  • Episode 11: “The Sadness Will Last Forever”

    August 2nd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  58 mins 16 secs
    artist, authenticity, creativity, jung, poetry, self discovery, van gogh

    In this episode, I read my poem, “The Sadness Will Last Forever,” which is about Vincent Van Gogh. I am joined by Adam Nisenson who is a therapist in Salt Lake City as well as an accomplished artist. We discuss creativity and its importance in our lives.

  • Episode 10: A Subtle Wound

    July 23rd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  55 mins 53 secs
    authenticity, childhood trauma, emotional connection, poetry, self discovery

    In this episode I read and discuss my poem “A Subtle Wound” with Jackie Pack. We talk about the importance of connection and holding space for those who’ve experienced trauma.

  • Episode 9: Bonus: “Elvis” Movie Review

    June 26th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 56 secs
    austin butler, baz luhrmann, elvis presley

    I’m joined by Jason Small again. This time to review the new Elvis movie by Baz Luhrmann.

  • Episode 8: Besieged

    June 25th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 3 mins
    authenticity, poetry, self discovery

    I’m joined by Jason Small in this episode as I read my poem “Besieged” and we discuss the difficulty of facing challenges to our way of thinking and being and how we’ve dealt with it.

  • Episode 7: Your Father's Son

    June 18th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  56 mins 53 secs
    communication, fatherhood, hemingway, parenting

    I’m joined by my friend, Ryan Thomas as I read my poem, “Your Father’s Son”, and we discuss fatherhood and parenting.

  • Episode 6: On Pain by Khalil Gibran

    June 15th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  47 mins 2 secs
    authenticity, poetry, self discovery suffering

    In this episode, I read Khalil Gibran’s passage on pain from his book, The Prophet and discuss pain, including discomfort and fear, and the impact it’s had in my life. I also, discuss ways that I’ve found to work through pain such as finding meaning in it.

  • Episode 5: "Emperor Concerto," II

    June 14th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 52 secs
    authenticity, beethoven, healing power of music, poetry, self discovery, the king sisters

    In this episode, I read my poem, “Emperor Concerto, II” and I’m joined by Ric de Azevedo as we discuss the power of music.