GOOD LOOKING: PRESENTS, PRESENCE, GIFTS, RE-GIFTS: HERE FOR THE PRESENT, POETRY FOR THE HERE (HEAR HEAR!) AND NOW, A Winter Solstice show during the Ursid meteor shower, in which we consider the immortal Ramona the Pest—Beverly Cleary’s four-year-old, Thornton Wilder’s twelve-year-old Emily, Elizabeth Bishop’s old fish and moose, Mark Doty’s long-dead crab, Marilyn Nelson’s dust, Gerald Stern’s kitchen sink, Ray Bradbury’s hidden Mars, Pablo Neruda’s veggies, Henry David Thoreau’s ice-covered pond, and the philosophy of William Stafford and Raymond Carver and T.S. Eliot and Emily Dickinson and Shakespeare, and me, startled and reeling from my own hard lumps walking into a sign reading Danger! Look Out! If we slow down, and what better way to slow down than with poetry, we can see what there is to see, and experience it as a gift, and maybe not be knocked silly, and on that note, I’ll be sharing writings from Here for the Present! In which I reflect on my efforts to be present in this world of ours, as poet in residence for a city, what it means to be in residence, on earth . . . with you, listener, on this wave-length, you good-looking one.
Livestreamed Noon-1 pm PST Sunday December 21, 2014, radiomonterey.com, podcast BarbaraMossberg.com.