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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Dylan Thomas Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

This year marks the centennial of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Listen now to an interview with Thomas by Vivienne Koch airing on WNYC’s Reader’s Almanac, in 1952, a year before his death. He talks about his latest collection of poems in In Country Sleep and reads selections.

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Robert Pinsky Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In this December, 1977 interview on the Reader’s Almanac, Robert Pinsky discusses his critical work, The Situation of Poetry, and his collection of poems, Sadness and Happiness. He talks with host Walter James Miller about how poetry can be anti-modern yet still contemporary. He also reads "Poem About People" from Sadness and Happiness

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Helen Morrisey Rizzuto Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Poet Helen Morrisey Rizzuto says “poems capture a moment in time and render that moment timeless” and that  “all poems begin with an impulse and end…with a discovery.”  On WNYC’s Reader’s Almanac in February, 1979, Poet Helen Morrisey Rizzuto spoke with host Walter James Miller about her work, Evening Sky on a Japanese Screen and read selections from it. 

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Samuel Menashe Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In 2004 Samuel Menashe became the first poet honored with the "Neglected Masters Award" given by Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. The award was also to include a book to be published by the Library of America, which turned out to be a "Selected Poems" edited by Christopher Ricks.

More than twenty years earlier, Menashe joined Reader’s Almanac host Walter James Miller in the WNYC studio to talk about his poetry and its criticism. 

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Archibald MacLeish Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In April, 1968 Poet, writer, and former Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish spoke with Reader’s Almanac host Warren Bower. The three-time Pulitzer Prize winner discusses his poetry and reads selections from his , then, latest book of poems, Songs of Eve.

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William Packard Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In April, 1981 the Poet, novelist, playwright, editor and founder of  poetry magazine The New York Quarterly, William Packard sat down with WNYC’s Walter James Miller to talk about his , then latest work, Desire: Erotic Poetry Through the Ages. The Reader’s Almanac guest also read selections of poems from the book. 

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Marianne Moore Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In December, 1961 the poet Marianne Moore came to the WNYC studios to talk with Reader’s Almanac host Warren Bower about the recently published A Marianne Moore Reader.

Listen now to Moore explains as she explains how she chose the book’s contents, a mix of poetry and her nonfiction writing. She and Bower discuss the reaction of audiences to her poems and her being a big Brooklyn Dodgers fan.

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Brooklyn Ferry Poets Cooperative Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In April, 1976 three members of the Brooklyn Ferry Poets Cooperative joined Walter James Miller on the Reader’s Almanac to talk about their latest work: Brooklyn Ferry 10 New York Poets. Coop members Fran Raketti, Jay McDonnell, Samuel Exler also discuss the group and its approach to publishing.

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Eileen Simpson Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In October, 1982 fiction and non-fiction writer Eileen Simpson joined Reader’s Almanac host Walter James Miller to discuss her third book, Poets in Their Youth: A Memoir . The work is based on her years of intimacy with some of the major writers of our time. John Berryman, Delmore Schwartz, Robert Lowell, and Edmund Wilson to name a few. 

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Talk To Me: Sharon Olds Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Poet, author and NYU professor Sharon Olds was joined by her twin nephews Michael & Matthew Dickman at NYU's Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House on March 4th, 2010.

In this session of NYU's Reading Series, Olds read from both old collections and poems she finished on the train that day. The Portland-born Dickman brothers describe how got the "love movement" started with their award-winning fraternally and familiarly inspired poetry.

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Pushcart Prize Winning Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Four Pushcart Prize-winning writers took to the (very, very dim stage) at (Le) Poisson Rouge in 2010 to read from their award-winning works.

The night showcased poetry and prose by Kate Walbert, Marie Howe, Dale Peck and Mark Doty. From pieces set in the past, to ones that reflect on the future, the reading offered a wide variety of work (along with lots of writerly banter). Pushcart Press founder Bill Henderson introduces this excerpt of the reading, which features Kate Walbert and Marie Howe.

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Darwin: A Life of Poems Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

On the Origin of Species more than 150 years old, but the work of Charles Darwin remains as influential as ever. Darwin's great-great-granddaughter, Ruth Padel, tells her famous ancestor's life story all in verse. One poem describes Darwin's awe at the sealife that washed up on the deck of the Beagle. Another tackles how Charles' scientific ideas did not square with his wife Emma's deep religious faith. Listen now to Darwin, A Life in Poems.

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Philip Levine Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

This segment with Philip Levine was produced just before he  became the nation's Poet Laureate. Already WNYC's Poet in Residence back in 2003, Levine reads William Matthews' "Mingus at the Half Note," and how the poem relates personally to him.

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Connie Converse Walking In the Dark Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Connie Converse Walking In the Dark, is a special edition of WNYC's Spinning On Air with David Garland. Listen now to many of Connie's songs for the first time, her story with interviews, commentary, and readings from her letters, journals, and poetry from a November 25, 2012 broadcast.

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National Poetry Month and Natasha Trethewey introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

April is National Poetry Month! Listen to current Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Samuel Menash, the 2013 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Sharon Olds, as well as Louis Utermeyer, Dylan Thomas, Robert Pinsky, Archibald MacLeish, Marianne Moore —and other anapestic treats.

Natasha Trethewey is the first African American to hold the title of Poet Laureate since Rita Dove in 1993. She’s also the first Southerner since Robert Penn Warren — one of the first Laureates. Listen now to Trethewey from The Takeaway, July 6, 2012.

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The New Yorker: Poetry

Michael Dickman reads Ellen Bryant Voigt

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Michael Dickman reads Ellen Bryant Voigt

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The Takeaway

This Is Where: 'All Arms Are Open'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's National Poetry month and our friends at WLRN have launched a poetry project they're calling "This Is Where." We've asked you to submit your own poems about places that have had meaning. 

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Spinning on Air

Poetry & Jazz

Sunday, April 13, 2014

There was a particular renaissance back in the 1950s and '60s, bringing together poetry and jazz. Some of those vintage experiments surely laid the groundwork for the poetry slams and rap of today. David Garland presents some classic poetry and jazz recordings, including the voices of Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes, along with music by Charles Mingus, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, Allyn Ferguson, and others.

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The Takeaway

This Is Where: 'Children Live & Dreams Die'

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

In collaboration with our friends down in Miami at WLRN, we're collecting poems that include the words, "This is where." You can participate by sending us a poem about a place that matters to you.

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Spinning on Air

Patti Smith and Tree Laboratory Coming to The Greene Space

Sunday, April 06, 2014

On Wednesday, April 23, Spinning On Air will present a special event in the Greene Space, "Mixing Memory and Desire: An Evening of Music, Poetry, Sound, and Remembrance," with Jesse Paris Smith, Eric Hoegemeyer, and Patti Smith. The event is sold out, but will be broadcast on Spinning On Air April 27. In this program David Garland presents some highlights of past work by Patti Smith and Tree Laboratory, to give some idea of what their Greene Space performance might be like.

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