Friday, December 29, 2006

Holidays, Holy Days ...

Last week's show is still up on the archives, and if you like Dylan Thomas, it'd be a worthwhile listen, since Laura read the whole of his "Child's Christmas In Wales", a story that beautifully discloses the wonderment of childhood and winter, and the dear quirky world of a small Welsh community.

As we didn't manage to say during the show, it first came out in 1954 - not, in other words, until after Thomas had died, in 1953, not yet forty. I doubt that it's ever been out of print.

This Sunday we'll be reading and responding to some other poems of the holidays, of beginnings and endings, renewals and celebrations, so join us for the first ever WordPlay New Year's Eve.

Thanks to composer John Mitchell's site for the portrait of Thomas.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Tomorrow: Jaye Bartell

Poet Jaye Bartell, who's been an important part of the Asheville poetry scene for the past five years, is planning to shuffle off to Buffalo in a couple of weeks. We've invited him to join us again in the studio this Sunday to talk about his work, read new poems, and tell us what he has planned for his farewell reading, scheduled for next Friday, 8th December, at 9:30 PM at the New French Bar. Hope you'll tune in and join us.

Note: There's a selection of Jaye's poems in the December Rapid River, available now; his blog is Makes a Bird.