spring podcasts

Ruined Refrigerator

Cleverness in poetry or writing can be a mixed blessing. While poetry without cleverness can be bland and unexciting,...

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Thaw

I like to mix up our musical encounters with poetry here, using both well-known and lesser-known poems. Here’s one...

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Millay's Spring

Yesterday’s Edward Thomas poem “Thaw” had an irony, he had rooks, a bird used symbolically to represent death, as...

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Dear March

We had a real Minnesota whip-saw this week, the aftermath of a 15-inch snowstorm as the week began and a day in the...

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In Memoriam

Here’s a story about a poem appropriate for this Memorial Day, though the story includes three Easter holidays....

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Plum Tree Blossoms on 40th Street

Today I step aside from our usual practice here, and present words I wrote. With opportunity, next week I should be...

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St. Francis Einstein of the Daffodils

Metaphor, that stuff that helps make the music of thought in poetry, is the linking or liking of things. This is like...

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A Visit from the Angels

Back more than 200 years ago, poet, painter, engraver and mystic William Blake was reported to be conversing with...

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State of the Celtics at All-Star break - 2/17/17

On Friday's podcast, I discussed the state of the Boston Celtics at the NBA All-Star break (15:55). With the trade...

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EP #33: Direct From Spring Training: 5 Questions You'll Need to Answer for Any College Coach

Are you ready to give confident answers to the most important questions when a college coach contacts you?  Parents,...

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Boris Pasternak's February

A couple of episodes back I mentioned that we’d meet Yeats “rook-delighting heaven” again as we visit some more...

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The Spring of Dead Things

Last night my computer news feed informed me that Chuck Berry had died. As with any 90 year old of a certain fame,...

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Spring View

I’m often attracted to Chinese poetry, and I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s the deceptive simplicity to the images,...

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A Spring Morning

Imagine a world where what you thought was poetry was entirely different. A world where short poems could be as...

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I'll Tell You How the Sun Rose

This LYL Band performance of “I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose” is a bit imperfect. Alternative Parlando Project reader...

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Biking on the Greenway with My Son and Bob Stinson

Minnesota goes wild in spring when it finally gets warm, and so today, which promises to touch 70 degrees, will...

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Theater of the Seasons

Monday night here in Minnesota it snowed. As I took my pre-teen son to school in the morning, he looked at the inch...

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Spring Grass

Did I just say it’s been awhile since I featured a piece with words by Carl Sandburg? I started this Sandburg piece...

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Weird feeling about JD Martinez signing, David Price needs to stay out of recruitment process - 2/22/18

On Thursday's podcast, I reacted to J.D. Martinez signing with the Boston Red Sox this week. I also discussed David...

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In a Station of the Metro

I perform Ezra Pound's account of how he wrote this famous early Modernist English poem and then the poem itself...

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