KUSP's Poetry Show

Readings: Hitchcock, Hard Times and Recorded Voices

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G HitchcockThe KUSP Poetry Show broadcast for November 3, 2013 offered readings of a fine selection of contemporary poetry. In the show’s first half, host Dennis Morton read from the books:

  • One Man Boat, by George Hitchcock, with a Foreword by Philip Levine and Introduction by Robert McDowell
  • From the Rococo Eye, by George Hitchcock
  • Good Poems for Hard Times, an anthology of poetry “selected and introduced by” Garrison Keillor.

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Included in Keillor’s collection is Ode to American English, by Barbara Hamby (follow the link to the complete poem), which begins with:

“I was missing English one day, American, really,

with its pill-popping Hungarian goulash of everything

from Anglo-Saxon to Zulu, because British English

is not the same, if the paperback dictionary

I bought at Brentano’s on the Avenue de l’Opéra

is any indication, too cultured by half…”

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The second half of this week’s Poetry Show featured selections from the second of a four-CD collection of poets reading their own work, titled In Their Own Voices: a Century of Recorded Poetry, edited/produced by Rebeka Presson Mosby, who also edited the Poetry Speaks series and the Grammy-nominated  Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006).

 

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