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A podcast that explores the impact that poetic imagination can have on videogame design and criticism.

Sep 15, 2021


Cookie Hiponia — author, poet, and former lead editor of Destiny 2 and Mass Effect — joins to discuss the social simulation games Stardew Valley & Animal Crossing through the lens of poems about making and giving.

Barbara Jane Reyes, "Track: 'Dahil Sa Iyo,' Pinay (1998)"
Pablo Neruda, "Ode to My Socks"


Jul 20, 2021

Game critic and narrative designer Michael Lutz joins to discuss Gone Home (Fullbright Games 2013) through the lens of poems about dilapidated homes and their mystique.

Walter de la Mare, "The Listeners"
Æmilia Lanyer, "The Description of Cooke-ham"
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Michael Lutz
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Dec 19, 2020

Game developer and poet Shonté Daniels joins to discuss Contra III: The Alien Wars (KONAMI 1992) through the lens of poems about failure, loss, and love under tense circumstances.

Theodore Roethke, "My Papa's Waltz"
Elizabeth Bishop, "One Art"

Shonté Daniels

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Mar 30, 2020

Critic Joshua Trevett joins to discuss Bloodborne (FROM Software 2015) through the lens of poems about dreamspace, memory, and the horrors of marriage.

Sylvia Plath, "The Applicant"
Jorge Luis Borges, "Adrogué" (Harold Morland, trans.)
Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Waning Moon"

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Jan 2, 2020

Poet William Wright joins to discuss Tokyo Jungle (Sony 2012) in conjunction with two poems about extinction, ecology, and the imagination.

James Dickey, "For the Last Wolverine"
Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese
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James Howell, "Blood Ecology"
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