POETRY OUT LOUD
When Rae Armantrout recently won the Pulitzer Prize for
poetry the first thing she said was curious. Read them out loud, she said.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, poetry out loud.
We'll hear Rae Armantrout read her poems. We'll also hear Natalie Merchant
sing our favorite classic poems. And, Bobby McFerrin on the human voice
Poetry is often relegated to academia, but both Bobby
McFerrin and Natalie Merchant think poetry is the literary art most
relevant to our lives today. It certainly is for Amber Rose Johnson,
the 16-year-old winner of the national Poetry Out Loud competition sponsored
by the National Endowment for the Arts. She recites some of the works
she won with, and tells Jim Fleming about the value of poetry in her
life. Singer Natalie Merchant rediscovered poetry in the company
of her young daughter. Her new album, "Leave Your Sleep,"
is a collection of songs adapted from poems by Victorian and early 20th
century poets. She tells Anne Strainchamps how she came to love these
Poems are different things to different people, solace,
a call to action, beauty. But to Rae Armantrout there is one
thing that all poetry should be - read out loud. She recently won the
Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry "Versed." Producer Charles
Monroe Kane loved it so much he just had to talk to her.
Bobby McFerrin is widely known for his Eighties
hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy," but he is admired for many other
things. For the past eight years he's devoted himself to a project called
"Vocabularies," which is now out as an album. It's a mix of
1400 separate tracks sung by 50 different singers, and he tells Steve
Paulson it was a labor of love.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 10-07-11-A.
|Rae Armantrout, Versed
|Natalie Merchant, Leave Your
|Bobby McFerrin, Vocabularies
- Yesternow / Miles Davis / Tribute
to Jack Johnson / Columbia Records.
- I Wish to Weep / Kristin Asbjornsen / From the Soundtrack
to the Film Factotum / Sony Pictures.
- All Natalie Merchant songs are from her CD "Leave
Your Sleep" on Nonesuch Records.
- All Bobby McFerrin songs from his CD "Vocabularies"
on Emarcy Records EXCEPT "Don't Worry, Be Happy" which is
on the CD "Simple Pleasures" on Capital Records
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