poetry http://wamc.org en Orion Book Award Winner "Sightlines" By Kathleen Jamie http://wamc.org/post/orion-book-award-winner-sightlines-kathleen-jamie <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>With a poet’s eye and naturalist’s affinity for wild places, <a href="http://www.kathleenjamie.com/">Kathleen Jamie</a> reports from the field in a collection of fourteen essays in her book, <em>Sightlines</em>, which has won the <a href="http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/article/8042/">2014 Orion Book Award for Non-Fiction</a>.</p><p>Jamie roams her native Scottish byways and hills and sails north to encounter whalebones and icebergs. Interweaving personal history with her scrutiny of landscape, she dissects whatever her gaze falls upon from vistas of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to orcas rounding a headland, to the aurora borealis lighting up the frozen sea.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:53:59 +0000 Joe Donahue 94976 at http://wamc.org Orion Book Award Winner "Sightlines" By Kathleen Jamie The Sandisfield Players Present Dylan Thomas’ "Under Milk Wood" http://wamc.org/post/sandisfield-players-present-dylan-thomas-under-milk-wood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.sandisfieldartscenter.org/box-office/under-milk-wood">The Sandisfield Players</a> are presenting a production of Dylan Thomas’ <em>Under Milk Wood</em>. It features a cameo performance by Simon Winchester and narration by Benjamin Luxon.</p><p>This is a rare opportunity to hear the poetry and humor of Thomas’ wonderful creation, <em>Under Milk Wood</em>. The play spans one entire day and a dreaming night in the life of a small Welsh seaside town through a series of lyric adventures, each with its own cast of eccentric and sometimes bawdy characters.</p><p>Commissioned in 1953 by the BBC it was finished only a month before Dylan Thomas’ death at age 39.</p><p>Benjamin Luxon is the narrator and director. In the 1970’s and 80’s, Luxon was one of the most versatile and gifted operatic Baritones singing all over the world, and in almost every genre of music. But Luxon’s career was cut short by acute hearing loss. Now instead of Opera, it’s the spoken word.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 93412 at http://wamc.org The Sandisfield Players Present Dylan Thomas’ "Under Milk Wood" "Venera" By Jay Rogoff http://wamc.org/post/venera-jay-rogoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Jay Rogoff has taught at Skidmore College since 1995; first in the former Liberal Studies Program, and since 2001 in the English Department, where he teaches courses in poetry, poetry writing, nonfiction writing, arts reviewing and criticism, Shakespeare, and twentieth century poetry.</p><p>His new poetry collection is <em>Venera</em>. It is Rogoff’s fifth book. In it, a husband consoles his wife when she is wakened by an imaginary child; another man daydreams of his kindergarten crush. Mary at the Annunciation, stunned by Gabriel’s inhuman beauty, contemplates her decades of purity stretching ahead.</p><p>Drawing on the natural world, personal intimacy, and the imagination as evoked in visual art and biblical narrative, Rogoff’s poems detail our drive to both acts of veneration and submission to Venus’s sensuous power.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88639 at http://wamc.org "Venera" By Jay Rogoff Vox Pop : Poetry Forum : 4/16/14 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-poetry-forum-41614 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">April is National Poetry Month, and today we’ll celebrate the likes of Whitman, Frost, and Ginsberg by welcoming readings of your favorite poems and recollections of how you discovered and fell in love with those words.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:30:00 +0000 88306 at http://wamc.org Vox Pop : Poetry Forum : 4/16/14 "His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute" By Maya Angelou http://wamc.org/post/his-day-done-nelson-mandela-tribute-maya-angelou <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">His Day is Done</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Maya Angelou delivers an authentically heartfelt and elegant tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, who stood as David to the mighty Goliath of Apartheid and who, after twenty-seven years of unjust imprisonment on the notorious Robben Island, emerged with “His stupendous heart intact / His gargantuan will / Hale and hearty” to lead his people into a new era.</span></p><p>Maya Angelou joins us to discuss the poem and the loss of a man she feels fortunate to have called a friend.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 83534 at http://wamc.org "His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute" By Maya Angelou Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems From Billy Collins http://wamc.org/post/aimless-love-new-and-selected-poems-billy-collins <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins has put together his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years.</p><p><em>Aimless Love</em> combines more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous books - <em>Nine Horses</em>, <em>The Trouble with Poetry</em>, <em>Ballistics</em>, and <em>Horoscopes for the Dead</em>.</p><p>Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79826 at http://wamc.org Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems From Billy Collins Made in the Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/made-berkshires <p></p><p>Curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, <a href="http://madeintheberkshires.org">Made in the Berkshires </a>is a locally-grown festival of new works including theatre, film, dance, poetry, music, short stories, performance and visual art.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The 2013 Made in the Berkshires Festival being held from October 11 to October 13 at The Colonial Theatre, The Garage, and The Unicorn Theatre. Hilary and Barbara join us to tell us more.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 75227 at http://wamc.org Made in the Berkshires Paul Elisha: Back To Poetic Sanity http://wamc.org/post/paul-elisha-back-poetic-sanity <p>What does the phrase:”National Destiny,” truly mean?&nbsp; Too often, the impassioned palaver of politicians simply get it wrong.&nbsp; Here, where the spirit of the self-proclaimed destiny of unified accomplishment became the gargantuan model of every free individual’s dream, we have created ‘Nervana-Run-Amock.’&nbsp; The result has been the ‘Malling’ of America, with ‘Big-Box’ outlets and Strip-Malls covering every vestige&nbsp; of green that Nature has grown.&nbsp; This evolution has been accompanied by the corrosion of a nationwide network of infrastructure, unmatched in any other populous expanse.&nbsp; This is the burden with which our ‘National Destiny’ of material acquisition has endowed us.&nbsp; Now our problem is: What to do about it?</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:33:55 +0000 Paul Elisha 70332 at http://wamc.org The Sixth Annual Mount Tremper Summer Arts Festival http://wamc.org/post/sixth-annual-mount-tremper-summer-arts-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mounttremperarts.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Sixth Annual Mount Tremper Arts Festival </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">presents adventurous artists, intimate audience experiences and unique </span>“Art-B-Qs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” - all nestled in the Catskill Mountains.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The festival features 11 weeks of programming where art can be a radical adventure and audiences, along with artists, can have a relaxing environment for nourishing their shared curiosity.</span></p><p>Here now to tell us more are Mount Tremper Arts Artistic Director Mathew Pokoik and Aynsley Vandenbroucke.</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 68093 at http://wamc.org The Sixth Annual Mount Tremper Summer Arts Festival Book Picks - The Golden Notebook http://wamc.org/post/book-picks-golden-notebook-11 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">Jacqueline Kellachan from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.goldennotebook.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">The Golden Notebook</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">&nbsp;in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">List after the break.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 65123 at http://wamc.org Book Picks - The Golden Notebook