Monday, April 4, 2011

Poetic Pairings - 4/4/2011

It's National Poetry Month. I'm going to open each show this month with a poet reading their own work, followed by a piece of music that somehow fits the theme of the poem.

Our first poetic pairing features verse from someone who had deep Vermont roots. Hayden Carruth wasn't born here, but the three+ decades he spent on his farm in Johnson proved gritty inspiration for many of his most beloved and iconic poems, such as "Emergency Haying", "The Cows at Night", and this morning's selection: "Regarding Chainsaws".

After the poem we'll hear from Frank Nuyts' 1987 concerto for marimba and orchestra, "Woodnotes".

Listen for more poetic pairings this month, weekday mornings from 8-10am on VPR Classical. And you can find out more about Vermont's month-long celebration of poetry, "Poetry Alive!" here.

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