PITCHING WOO: BIRTHDAY, EARTH DAY, BEING ALIVE AND ELATION EQUATION (it’s pretty quantum) In which we hear (hear hear!) love tributes to life itself, including and especially when all seems pretty precarious—
Me on an erupting volcano (what was I thinking?) in passionate embrace, reflections as a mom on the role of metaphor in loving beings, birthday boys John Muir and Shakespeare, connected vitally with earth, poignancy from Thornton Wilder, Helen Reddy, Carol King, David Whyte, Keith Douglas, James Wright, Billy Collins, Frederick Holderlin, George Barker, Li Po, Stephen Spender, Rilke, Michael Blumenthal, Yeats, Rumi, translations by Robert Bly, e.e. cummings OF COURSE—ultimate birthday poet, Willie Nelson singing you are my sunshine, which you are, literally: this is our hour together, slowing down to celebrate birthdays of being, miracles of what can be, and what poetry has to do with it, pitching woo.
© Barbara Mossberg 2015
THE POETRY SLOW DOWN, produced for radiomonterey.com, by Zappa Johns, with Professor Barbara Mossberg, Sunday PST Noon-1 pm