Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Poetic Pairings - 4/27/2011

We're coming to the end of National Poetry Month, a month-long celebration of the art form. VPR Classical's starting each weekday morning with a 'poetry pairing': a poetry reading and a piece of music selected to answer to the poem in some way.

Galway Kinnell was born in Rhode Island, and his travels (including time in Paris as a Fulbright scholar) include Europe and the Middle East. These days he makes his home right here in Vermont and is a frequent participant in local readings and poetry projects.

Today's poem seemed to fit the feel of springtime, it's Kinnell's very sensual "Last Gods". After that we'll hear trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger and pianist Roland Pöntinen performing William Weide's variations on "My Love is like a Red, Red, Rose".

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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