POETS’ TAKE ON CAPITOL “NEWS”—WOULD THE GODS DO ANY DIFFERENTLY? IF HOMER IS ANY EVIDENCE, WE MAY YET FACE A HAPPY ENDING. MEANWHILE, SPEAKING OF HAPPY ENDINGS: BIRTHDAYS OF TWO WRITERS OF OLD-SCHOOL COMEDY, SYLVIA PLATH AND E.E. CUMMINGS, FELLOW COGNOSCENTI OF CONSCIENCE AND LIFE AND LITERARY COURAGE
Our Happy Hour, in between the headline, late-breaking, heart-breaking news, the news we need, the news we heed, the news without which men die miserably every day.
Wait, hold on, there, Dr. B! Are you saying . . . I am. Did you mean . . . I did. Sylvia Plath as comic? Yes. Related in any way to e.e. cummings? I think so! Well, bring it on, and show us what you’ve got. Thank you. I’ll do my best.
Welcome to our Poetry Slow Down, airing live Sunday October 6, Noon-1pm PST, KRXA 540AM. We’ll consider the goings on in Washington, D.C., from the perspective of earliest human narratives, Homer, the beginning of The Odyssey in fact, in the behavior of the gods. It’s ultimately a comic epic, a happy ending, order restored, community values upheld, characters prevailing against all odds. And in the same vein, we’ll think about e.e. cummings and Sylvia Plath and what case can be made for comedy, conscience, courage, and cognoscenti.
You know you move too fast. We’ll slow down and see what case there is for celebration of lives, and even hope for today’s national politics, with your host, Professor Barbara Mossberg
THE POETRY SLOW DOWN
Dr. Barbara Mossberg
Produced by Sara Hughes
October 6, 2013
© Barbara Mossberg 2013