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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 133 – Suppose Like a Poet


Might 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” (interior
imaginative and prescient) and the “classical flip” (communication/craft) in poetry,
the good Latin poet Horace, and extra. Ryan performs, in his
dynamic model, 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 set of
authentic poems; How one can Suppose Like a Poet;
and Proteus Certain: Chosen Translations, 2008-2020.
Forthcoming are his anthology of up to date Catholic poetry from
Paraclete Press (spring 2023), and one other e-book of authentic poems,
The Ghostlight.


0:00 – Proteus Certain

13:09 – Hospitality as basic 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 Suppose Like a Poet

The Stranger World

Literary Issues

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