And so it is, a plating of lyric memoir about food and hunger, on eating and being eaten, on who is eating (or not), on what is, and is not, eaten—like Thoreau’s Walden, Where I Lived and What I Lived For, only, this is How I Cooked and What I Ate, and Did Not Eat—the same thing, of course. As actual recipes, the theme of this show is that whatever you do, is the right thing: you can’t go wrong. I find myself saying that a lot, in my recounting of cooking experience and reflecting with you. It is to encourage you to trust yourself as you live this life, knowing you have, in your soul’s pantry, what you need—beginning with the grace of your hunger.
Top o the morning to you, Poetry community! Post-Valentines, in the thick of birthdays of civic leaders, we’re slowing down for our Poetry Slow Down, I’m your host Professor Barbara Mossberg, with our West Coast Producer Zappa Johns, broadcasting live from the tree house, Eugene, Oregon. We’ve got good news today—we need it—in between the headline, deadline, late-breaking, heart-breaking news, we’ve got heart-lines, heart-making, heart-shaking, a slew of poems from our amazing next generation, students at the University of Oregon, with poetic feet in our poetry shoe (if the show fits, hear it!). They’ll throw their hats into the ring with John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, Mary Oliver, William Butler Yeats, Pablo Neruda, Wendell Berry, and a slew of others, and I’ll get our ball rolling, greeting you first with my own valentine to you: glorious listener, friends and fellow earth-lings, ear-lings, this is the anniversary of our 10th year on the air, broadcasting every week since 2008.
© Barbara Mossberg
Life and Death Stakes in Paying Attention, Your Own, Each Other’s, Our Earth’s, and What Amazed Poetry Has To Do With It. (Mary Oliver (a lot), D. H. Lawrence, Emily Dickinson (of course), John Muir (a lot), John Steinbeck, Arthur Miller, Ray Armantrout, Rachel Carson, Susan Schultz, Thich Nhat Hanh, Andrew Epstein and more)