Friday, April 22, 2011

Poetic Pairings - 4/22/2011

VPR Classical's 'poetic pairings' for National Poetry Month continue today. We're starting each weekday morning with a poetry reading and a piece of music that somehow responds to the theme of the selected poem.

Today's selection was made with Earth Day in mind. Dublin poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney reads his "Death of a Naturalist", the story of an experience on a hot summer day at frog pond. Then we'll hear Georg Philip Telemann's own homage to amphibians in his Concerto, "Die Relinge" - "The Frogs".

As a special treat, later in the 8am hour this morning Vermont poet Major Jackson will stop by for a conversation about his latest book "Holding Company", National Poetry Month, and other topics.

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.

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