Regular host Dennis Morton introduced two special guest hosts for this past Sunday’s Poetry Show, Danusha Laméris and Maggie Paul. Danusha and Maggie visited the show to introduce this year’s Fourth Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading (MMM). Both have been past Poetry Show guests, either as poet or as host.
Danusha Laméris had another reason to be a guest on this particular show. She was the winner of the 2013 Morton Marcus Poetry Contest, and will read her winning poem at the MMM.
Dennis begins the show with a Dylan Thomas poem, to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the great Welsh poet. Dennis, Danusha and Maggie follow with several poems by the late Mort Marcus, inspiration for the eponymous annual event.
The balance of the show is an introduction to the life and poetry of the special guest reader for this year’s MMM – Naomi Shihab Nye. A prolific American writer of half-Palestinian ancestry, Naomi’s poetry is influenced by her father’s experiences coming to America as a refugee.