For this special audio blog, we’re excited to present contributor Vincent Hiscock (issue 14.2) as he reads not only his own poem from our pages but also the work of Gary Snyder (“Piute Creek”), William Wordsworth (“The World Is Too Much with Us”), and Denise Levertov (“O Taste and See”). He sees a tether between these pieces and describes those connections between his meticulous and mellifluous readings. In speaking of his own work, Hiscock says that “My poetry, like [Snyder’s], strives to live in the sometimes clarifying and some vertiginous but always breathtaking air of the mountainscape of California.” Breathtaking, indeed!

Near Piute Creek


Listen to Vincent Hiscock’s reading here.



Vincent Hiscock grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and the northern reaches of the San Joaquin Valley in northern California. He currently lives in Ithaca, New York, where he is a lecturer in the Department of English at Cornell University. His poetry is currently or recently published in Poetry Northwest and Poet Lore and has been featured in the A Poem a Day, a project that included an art book, performances at the Institut für Raumexperimente and the Neue Nationalgalerie, and an installation at the Belgian art museum, Mu.ZEE. He’s thankful for the counsel & comradeship of his mentor Alice Fulton.

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