Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Poetic Pairings - 4/6/2011

VPR Classical's month-long celebration of National Poetry Month continues today with another "poetic pairing". I'm opening each show at 8am this month with a poet reading their own work, followed by a piece of music that somehow fits the theme of the poem.

For today's poet we look just over the state border - the Eastern border - to the man who was named the 2006 Poet Laureate of the United States. Donald Hall was born in 1928 in Connecticut, and he moved to New Hampshire in 1975. Since that time he's made his home at Eagle Pond Farm, finding unending inspiration in the years behind him and the landscape around him.

This morning's poetic pairing is actually more of a threesome. We'll hear Hall reading his early spring poem, "Love is Like Sounds", accompanied by Claude Debussy's "Snow is Dancing" from the Children's Corner Suite. Then it's a magical moment from Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' ballet, with the "Waltz of the Snowflakes".

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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