11.25.22 Trophic Cascade by Camille T. Dungy
11.26.22 “Kind” by Leonard Nathan from Naomi Shihab Nye’s What Have You Lost?
11.27.22 “Shakespeare as a Waiter” by BJ Ward
11.28.22 “Moon Hymn” by Alice Oswald
11.29.22 “Etude” by Ted Kooser
11.30.22 “Life Study” by Molly Peacock
12.1.22 “Mrs. P., Who Worked in the Cloth Room, Became Famous for Her Quilts” by Michael Chitwood
12.2.22 “Luna Moth” by Carl Phillips
12.3.22 “Statuary” by Katherine Larson
12.4.22 from Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
4 thoughts on “Episode 302”
Thank you, Nancy — for listening and for helping to make these special episodes possible.
Jane: Thank you so much for this delightful and detailed information on the Kooser Valentine poems. I appreciate you as a listener and fellow lover of poetry.
Hello Sara, I am enjoying your poetry reading project. I’m writing a note about Ted Kooser’s Valentine Mailing List. I also signed up for the Valentine mailing list at a poetry reading he gave in Lincoln after he was named the U. S. Poet Laureate. The last postcard I received is dated 2007 and notes that it is #22 and the last of the series. The poem on that card is titled “The Paper Boat.” In 2008, the University of Nebraska Press published Valentines, a limited edition book of all the Valentine poems, illustrated with pen and ink drawings by Robert Hanna. I have a signed copy and it is a beautiful little book. In the introduction to the book, Kooser describes how the Valentine mailing list originated. By 2007, his list included “around twenty-six hundred names” and printing and postage costs “ran into the hundreds of dollars” so he discontinued this tradition. I thought you and other poetry fans might enjoy this information. Thank you for such a thoughtful podcast.
That was a real treat! I know I will listen again and again – and I hope there are more to come.