â€œI notice I keep saying this and this seems to be my theme. It is a philosophy of life. That if you do it, if you hokey-pokey it, put your whole self in, that is, your memories, your fears, your hopes, your irrepressible optimism and belief, your wistful love, your imagination, your hungers, your forgivable greed, you canâ€™t go wrong. It will turn out all right. Like William Staffordâ€™s poem, â€œWaking at 3 amâ€. I love poems that end with assurance: Rumiâ€™s â€œZero Circleâ€– â€œand we shall be a mighty kindness.â€
â€“Barbara Mossberg, The Poetry Slow Down
A neighbor’s gift of home grown pears in a Chipotle bag decorated with Paulo Coelho story on aging beautiful as pears stirs up this week’s poetry radio show shenanigans of recipes of life wisdom straight from the garden, which is where we began, a bag of pears launching us on our journey with our poetic feet. Weâ€™ll hear poems of ripening of pears and humans being from Stanley Kunitz, Czeslaw Milosz, Lu Yu, May Sarton, Mary Oliver, Gerard Manley Hopkins, B Mossberg, Linda Pastan, Jane Kenyon, Chad Davidson, Susan Stewart, Rumi, and William Stafford. Music by Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Sir Van Morrison, and Withered Hand. Thank you all for slowing down and tuning in! radiomonterey.com, listen live today Noon-1 pm, podcast at BarbaraMossberg.com. Produced by Zappa Johns.
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