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The Molehill Podcast: Pandemic Poetry (feat. Malcolm Guite & Andrew Roycroft)

Wherein Malcolm Guite reads his “Quarantine Quatrains” poetry collection, Andrew Roycroft reads his “Grace Triptych,” and Drew Miller shares the fourth Word of Befuddlement: spoothe.

Malcolm has spent his quarantine in Cambridge, England, while Andrew has been hunkering down in Millisle, Northern Ireland. Both Malcolm and Andrew reference the idea of “distance,” of a “gap” that has stranded us from one another—yet at the same time, what they are offering us is precisely their voices, their breath, and in a way, their presence.

Malcolm Guite’s “Quarantine Quatrains” first appeared on the blog in June of this year, while Andrew Roycroft’s “Grace Triptych” was published on the blog less than a month ago.

Words of Befuddlement

Words of Befuddlement is a special Molehill Podcast segment inspired by games like Dictionary and Balderdash. In fact, it’s no different, except that the word in question doesn’t exist anywhere other than in the notorious mind of Pete Peterson (so don’t go looking for it in a dictionary).

Each week, Drew Miller (host of The Molehill Podcast) will share a new Word of Befuddlement and ask you to send in your very own definition to The following week, he will read some of the definitions he received and reveal the “correct” definition as determined by Pete.

The fourth Word of Befuddlement, shared in today’s episode, is the verb “spoothe.” You can send in your very own definition of “spoothe” to Drew, and he might just read it on next week’s show. And who knows? You may even guess correctly.

Artwork by the inimitable Stephen Crotts Words of Befuddlement graphic by Mindy Cook Original Molehill Podcast theme music by Zach & Maggie

Other music featured in this episode: “O’er Furrow and Field” by Ron Block “Fresh Pair of Eyes” and “Colorbloods” by Brooke Waggoner “Overlook” by Roary “Observance” by Adam Bokesch


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