Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
As August ends, Joan Biddle reads poems of heartbreaking delicacy and intimacy. It might seem redundant to describe a poet's work as intimate . . . until you've heard Joan Biddle. Describing the French countryside and crab rangoon with the same care and wonder, Biddle invites us into a world as familiar as a favorite bathrobe and yet even "boners" achieve poetic luminosity. Miss Biddle's poetry makes friends and confidants of its readers.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Ned Oldham Launches Apostrophecast
In our first podcast, Ned Oldham of The Anomoanon graces us with a previously unreleased track, "The Wind," from the album "Songs From A Child's Garden of Verses." In this inspired project, Oldham has set Robert Louis Stevenson's deceptively simple poetry to music, and created an aural world both sublime and eerily familiar. Just as in Stevenson's poems, the apparent innocence of childhood is a conceit used to explore the wonder and melancholy of a world before, or beyond, dreary explanation. In "The Wind," a child considers the nature of air in motion with biblical sincerity. Oldham captures the emotion in sound. No mean feat. As the philosopher said, "Childhood is not a phase of life and it does not end." Listen to "The Wind" and Join us again on the 29th of August for poet Joan Biddle's Apostrophecast.