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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Michael Sheen

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Michael Sheen was on the show October 23 to discuss his revival of "Under Milk Wood" at the 92nd Street Y. He is a fan of Murakami and Neil Gaiman. Find out what else he is a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Time Is of the Essence: How to Cook Everything Fast, 100 Years of Dylan Thomas

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mark Bittman talks about his latest helpful cookbook, How to Cook Everything Fast. And actor Michael Sheen talks about "Under Milk Wood" by Dylan Thomas.

The Leonard Lopate Show

A Centennial Celebration of Dylan Thomas' 'Play for Voices'

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The poet premiered “Under Milk Wood” at New York’s 92nd Street Y in 1953, and actor Michael Sheen is directing and starring in a live broadcast reading of it on Sunday at 92Y.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Watching the World and Remembering Dylan Thomas

Friday, May 02, 2014

Please Explain is all about eyes and how they process what we see. Teju Cole talks about his latest novel, Every Day Is for the Thief. Then, we’ll mark the 100th birthday of Dylan Thomas with a special co-production with the BBC—we’ll explore Thomas’s childhood in Wales, his time in NYC, and we’ll hear from some of his fans, like President Jimmy Carter!

The Leonard Lopate Show

Celebrating Dylan Thomas’s 100th Birthday

Friday, May 02, 2014

President Jimmy Carter, author and activist Kevin Powell, and theater director Charlotte Moore share their remembrances of the poet.

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New Sounds

Folk-Inspired Ballads, Male Edition (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 24, 2014

WNYC

Listen to folk-inspired ballads, featuring male folk-singers & wandering minstrels on this New Sounds.  There are surreal songs from a haunting record, “Hirta Songs,” by Alistair Roberts and poet Robin Robertson, with texts inspired by the history, landscape and people of the remote Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda (about 100 miles off the coast of Scotland.)  The record is named after the largest of these islands, where the main employment was fowling the great quantities of sea birds.  (Sheep-herding, crofting and fishing were ways of life as well.)  The eerie songs we’ll hear are both based on Celtic melodies; "A Fall of Sleet," is based on the tune 'The Battle of Inverlochy.' while the other, "Exodus," concerns the 1930 voluntary evacuation of the islands and is based on two tunes.

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New Sounds

Folk-Inspired Ballads, Male Edition

Monday, March 03, 2014

Listen to folk-inspired ballads, featuring male folk-singers & wandering minstrels on this New Sounds.  There are surreal songs from a haunting record, “Hirta Songs,” by Alistair Roberts and poet Robin Robertson, with texts inspired by the history, landscape and people of the remote Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda (about 100 miles off the coast of Scotland.)  The record is named after the largest of these islands, where the main employment was fowling the great quantities of sea birds.  (Sheep-herding, crofting and fishing were ways of life as well.)  The eerie songs we’ll hear are both based on Celtic melodies; "A Fall of Sleet," is based on the tune 'The Battle of Inverlochy.' while the other, "Exodus," concerns the 1930 voluntary evacuation of the islands and is based on two tunes.

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Transportation Nation

I Think That I Shall Never See A Poem As Lovely As That One, Over There, By Mayor B

Thursday, April 26, 2012

It could not be determined by press time whether this was Ovid or Michael Bloomberg.

(New York, NY -WNYC) UPDATED  Question: Which of these names does not belong with the others? Dante, Ovid, Michael Bloomberg, William Butler Yeats?

Answer: Trick question. Each of those poets will have their work displayed on a large Times Square video screen Thursday as part of Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Before the the Mayor's Office released poet Bloomberg's verse, we imagined some. (Actual poem at end of post.)

For example, this Bloombergian haiku:

New York needs further
remaking. On that, I’m firm.
Therefore, my third term.

New York has celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day since 1992. But this appears to be the first year that the mayor's metric prosody will be beamed onto MTV's video screen at 44th Street and Broadway, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Poetry Society of America, which is sponsoring the event, said in a statement that the mayor's "original poem" will share time with "the five winning poetweets of the Mayor’s Office 'Poetweet' contest; images from the MTA Arts for Transit and Poetry Society of America’s newest Poetry in Motion initiative; and poems by famous authors."

Set aside, if you will, the syllabic abomination that is the word "Poetweet" to consider the possibility that Dylan Thomas' defiant line, "Rage, rage against the dying of the light," could be followed by a scrap of mayoral doggerel about the salutary effects of quitting smoking. Perhaps:

I have promises to keep
And besides, a pack of Marlboros isn't cheap.

SUGGESTION: Compose your own fake example of a poem by Mayor Bloomberg and leave it in the comments section below, or "Poetweet" it at us at @TransportNation. 

50.5 Million Can’t Be Wrong

By Mike Bloomberg

Hey there, fella!  Lady, hey!

Didja hear? It’s “Poem in Your Pocket Day!”

Tenth anniversary – the bubbly’s flowing

People are cheering… yelling… Tebowing

Where best to celebrate this whole affair?

The Crossroads of the World – Times Square

Historic site of many a saga

And on New Year’s Eve… one Gaga

From across the globe, they visit here

50.5 million last year

Wanting to see all they’ve anticipated

Just follow directions – it’s not complicated

Bronx Zoo?                 (Take the  or the )

Rockefeller Center?    (Walk 6 blocks, then enter)

Empire State?              (Bus to Fifth, then go straight)

Ferry to Staten?          (At the tip of Manhattan)

Unisphere in Queens? (Get there via several means)

NY Aquarium?           (Too far for kids to walk.  Just carry ‘em)

“Mamma Mia”?           (Right behind you.  See ya.)

So on this big birthday of PIYP

Have a fantastic day in NYC

Take in the town – there is so much here to do!

(Just have a Poem in Your Pocket when you do)

 

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WNYC News

Poet In Residence

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Philip Levine Shares His Favorite Poems

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