Dorothy Parker is the featured poet today as VPR Classical's month-long celebration of National Poetry Month continues. I'm opening each show this month with a "poetic pairing": a poet reading their own work, followed by a piece of music that somehow fits the theme of the poem.
This morning we'll feature an unexpectedly introspective poem by the extroverted "grand dame" of the famed Algonquin Round Table group of writers and wits. Dorothy Parker's "Afternoon" finds the legendary wit in a rare reflective mood, considering what old age may be like. We'll follow the archival 1928 recording with Claude Debussy's languid "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun".
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.