From Frank Zappa to Bob Dylan, Walt Whitman to Percy Bysshe Shelley, Emily Dickinson to George Eliot, Rabbi Burns to Shakespeare, Thoreau to Robert Kennedy, we hear thoughts on what goes into the phenomenon of thinking of “my” country, and what poetry has to do with it . . . . Untangling or at least identifying the entanglements: a heart-felt and earnest show about belonging to each other and our earth, ending with a love poem by Kevin Prufer, “In A Beautiful Country,” and that’s the feeling poetry can give us, with which I’d like to leave us, for today.
THE POETRY SLOW DOWN
Dr. Barbara Mossberg
Produced by Sara Hughes
September 21, 2014
© Barbara Mossberg 2014
I, OGRE: WILD THING! UMTRAMMELED SPIRITS—AND UNBOUND, AS WE HEAR IT FOR THE INNER AND OUTER OGRES AND CELEBRATE THE POET’S STAND UP ROLE IN PERSONAL AND CIVIC RESILIENCE,
Noting the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, pondering The Washington Post experiment with violinist Joshua Bell, mourning Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, reflecting on community theater productions of Shrek the Musical and Into the Woods, fairy tales, and Sir Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage, what poetry has to do with it all–at a time when we are increasingly aware of what is at stake for each other and our earth in standing up for our beauty and value, and refuting notions of ugliness and what we fear inside and out.