Our Dr. B is still in Italy, disclaiming and holding forth on the impact of poetic language in civil and human rights, war and peace, and saving our earth (that’s all), and you know just what she’s talking about: William Carlos Williams. e.e. cummings, Thoreau, Mary Oliver, Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Tennyson, Derek Walcott, for starters. Then she’s disputing on Victor Hugo, Cervantes, Homer, Harriet Beecher Stowe (“so this is the little lady who wrote the little book that started our great war”–President Lincoln), and reading from the two books she takes to represent American culture, ideas about redemption, resilience, hope, forgiveness, and a vision for moving on, after registering just how much we hurt, and hurt each other, and want to do good, as authors of our society, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, both about invisibility and the hunger to matter utterly to one’s society. Then, of course, you know she’s talking about Beauty and the Beast, and the role of story, of literacy, in transforming the beast in us to love, empathy, and compassion. We hear she is also talking about the new film Patterson, which features William Carlos Williams. And T.S. Eliot. Next week our show will be about the power of words to save the world, slowing down to not discover at the end of our lives we have not lived at all. Listen now to our show about April, Spring, and what springs and leaps up that we need more than ever, to live our one wild and precious life. Go, PoetrySlowDown! Hear hear all about it! You know you move too fast!
Dr. B is arriving in Rome as we speak, on her way to speak at InClaritas about the role of words in solving earth’s greatest problems. We stand to by hear about what she is saying are “novel” solutions from ancient wisdom and actual “novels” using poetic strategies that contain wisdom we need to live, “without which men die miserably every day.” Be on the lookout for next week’s show live from the UNESCO World Heritage City where Dr. B will talk about words that led to war and peace, new civil and human rights legislation, and courage, insight, redemption, forgiveness, empathy, compassion, strength, hope, and resilience. Is that all? No, says, Dr. B, there’s more: there’s your own role in the power of words to transform and save the world.
Slow Down, Slow Down! That’s what I say—what say you? Welcome to our Poetry Slow Down, KRXA 540AM Think for yourself radio, what a trust in who your self is, what the doctor ordered for our society! I’m Professor Barbara Mossberg, your host here, I’m being broadcast to you live from Yosemite National Park, Continue reading