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Poetry Set to Music, I

Saturday, September 27, 2014

This New Sounds program, the first of a two-part series, explores poetry in song, including Appalachian blues music recorded by Martha Redbone set to works of William Blake, and more.

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New Sounds

Poetry Set to Music, I

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

From the classical art songs of Schumann and Schubert that used as their text words by great poets of the day to brand-new Appalachian blues music just recorded by Martha Redbone set to works of William Blake, this New Sounds program explores poetry in song.  Sample from Redbone’s new album, “The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake” and its hollered melodies, lullabies, and folky mountain takes on the Romantic 18th century English poetry.

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New Sounds

Poetry Set to Music, I

Thursday, May 10, 2012

From the classical art songs of Schumann and Schubert that used as their text words by great poets of the day to brand-new Appalachian blues music just recorded by Martha Redbone set to works of William Blake, this New Sounds program explores poetry in song.  Sample from Redbone’s new album, “The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake” and its hollered melodies, lullabies, and folky mountain takes on the Romantic 18th century English poetry. 

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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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Transportation Nation

Ode to Poetry's Comeback In The New York City Subway

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Poetry in Motion poster on the 1 train in NYC. (Photo by Jim O'Grady)

The MTA, once roundly cursed,
For removing verse
From subway trains
Is today taking pains
To announce the return of Poetry in Motion.

There was a riderly commotion
When it ended in 2008
And the MTA realized too late
That nobody cared to contemplate
The in-house promotional placards that replaced them.

And now a literate lilt has returned underground
Where can be found
Dickinson, Frost and Ezra Pound
And more besides
As a straphanger rides from Dyckman to Canarsie.

As well, you may perchance
to read a couplet by The Bard
on the back of a Metrocard.
'Tis true,
You can scan a stanza and then swipe it through.

That's Poetry in Motion, back on a train near you.

 

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WNYC News

Engraving the Inaugural in Words

Monday, January 19, 2009

Elizabeth Alexander is the latest in a long line of commemorative poets that includes Homer and Virgil and W.H. Auden, but will be only the fourth poet to read at a presidential inauguration when she honors Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Robert Frost couldn’t read the playful “Dedication” he had composed for John F. Kennedy’s 1960 inauguration because of sun glare and high winds, and instead spoke these powerful lines from memory:

In 1993, at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou also personified the land:

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