Passover began yesterday evening at sundown.
This month VPR Classical is celebrating National Poetry Month by starting each weekday morning with a "poetic pairing" - a poetry reading paired with a piece of music that somehow responds to the theme of the featured poem.
Today's pairing features self-described "jazz poet" Dan Jaffe in a reading of his reflective work, "Learning About Passover and Easter". As the poem begins, the narrator recalls, "For one week and a day we eat no bread. Stop fumbling, son, and listen. I was 8."
Dan Jaffe is in his 70s now, with more than 15 books and a long history of involvement with civil rights, jazz, and friendships with fellow poets Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Jaffe's reading will be followed by selections from Handel's great Passover oratorio, "Israel in Egypt".
Listen for more poetic pairings this month, just after 8am weekdays on VPR Classical. You can also find out more about Vermont's month-long celebration of poetry, "Poetry Alive!" here.
[Dan Jaffe's photo is from www.allaboutjazz.com]