Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Poetry podcasts & Kunitz memorial

Two things:

**My local NPR radio station, WFIU, is now offering some of its locally-produced programs via podcast -- including "The Poets Weave," a weekly five-minute poetry show. The host, Jenny Kander, sometimes features local poets reading their own work (I've been on a couple of times), and sometimes she reads (in her cool-sounding South African accent) published poems by a particular poet or on a particular theme -- food poems, winter poems, etc. You can listen to or download any of the shows from 2006 so far by visiting this link, or you can subscribe via iTunes (from the podcast section just search for WFIU and you'll find it).

**The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown has announced their plans for a Stanley Kunitz memorial this summer, to coincide with what would have been his 101st birthday. It sounds like it's going to be quite the event:
The Memorial Service will begin at 11:00am in the Stanley Kunitz Common Room at the Fine Arts Work Center, 24 Pearl Street, Provincetown, MA, on Saturday, July 29, 2006. Speaking at the service will be the poets John Skoyles and Cleopatra Mathis, who knew Stanley and his work for many years. In addition, one member of the Kunitz family is expected to speak.

Immediately following, every poem in Kunitz's The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz (W.W. Norton, 2000) will be read aloud by anyone in attendance at the service who wishes to read. The reading will begin with the first poem in the book and will continue until the entire book is read aloud. It is estimated that the reading will take more than 10 hours, giving approximately 200 people the opportunity to read one of Kunitz's poems.

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