winter podcasts

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Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

Today I’m presenting a piece that is extraordinarily well-known, by an American poet whose work is still read and...

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A Dust of Snow

Here’s another winter poem by Robert Frost to put to our uses. Writing about my last piece here, Frost’s “Stopping by...

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Stopping by a Woods with Bad Cellphone Service

For some time, I’ve disliked the way the idea of “generations” has been treated by the culture at large. Not the...

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In the Bleak Midwinter

Tomorrow is Christmas, a holiday that in the English-speaking world owes a lot to the English Victorians in...

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Clear Winter

Once more I’m going with a fresh translation for today’s words. And once more, they’re from the French, as I take on...

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A Certain Slant of Light

The Parlando Project combines various words (usually poetry) with music as varied as I can make it. When I planned...

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Hyacinth Girl

Let us return to that April epic of high-church Modernism. T. S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland.”  Long time listeners will...

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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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The Grasshopper and the Cricket

John Keats charming little poem about the sounds of summer performed. For more about this and other combinations of...

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Arrival

Today’s words are from William Carlos Williams. Unlike our last episode, I wouldn’t call this a love poem. Oh, I...

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The Snow is Deep on the Ground

This is Kenneth Patchen's winter poem for troubled lovers, which I perform here with with drums, bass, and piano. For...

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2ebruary

I decided on my own that Yeats’ piece in the last episode was about February, but I have some other pieces that say,...

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A Cold Heaven

We’ve already met Irish poet William Butler Yeats with a brief poem earlier this month. Now his words return with a...

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On Being Asked for a War Poem

Today's episode is a short, yet puzzling piece with words by William Butler Yeats: “On Being Asked for a War Poem.”...

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Cold Minneapolis Nights

Eric Burdon and the Animals had a considerable run of hit singles in the 1960s. To the degree that we remember that...

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Winter is Good

Here in the upper Midwest we are now in the middle of winter, and so are in a various ambivalence about it. Part of...

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A Rustle of Feathers

As promised, here’s my “bird in the house” piece presented as a companion to Dave Moore’s episode from yesterday. I...

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The Bird Dream

You may have noticed that episode frequency has fallen off a bit this month. Well besides the usual struggle of an...

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An Old Mans Winter Night

This is the most difficult set of words to read coherently that I’ve presented so far in the Parlando Project. Robert...

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