All irony and fools aside, T.S. Eliot called it in The Wasteland:

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

April also brings National Poetry Month. As we did last year, we’ll be featuring one poem every day by a local poet that will air just before The Writer’s Almanac everyday at around 2:45 p.m. You can check out each day’s poems here at the High Frequency Poetry blog at KRCC.org.


HERE’s the first poem: “The Parable of the Sparrow” by Autumn Hall

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The Parable of the Sparrow by Autumn Hall

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The excellent poet Jim Moore will also be reading tonight at in the Gates Common Room at 7 p.m. (IGNORE THE 7:30 we misstated at the end of the interview) on the third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. (east of Tutt Library).

You can listen to an interview with Moore in which we discuss writing practice and his lovely 2005 book, Lightning at Dinner right here (PLEASE NOTE: the word in the interview that sounds like “cute” is actually “acute”.)

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KRCC Interview with the poet Jim Moore

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Click HERE for complete information on the reading.

 

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  2. Nancy Atherton says:

    Scholarly rumor has it that Eliot initially labeled February as the cruelest month, but changed it to April because “February” didn’t work with the poem’s meter. Personally, I’d vote for March, so I’m glad it’s over.

  3. Keira says:

    Dear Friends, Happy Fool’s Day!!!

    Moishe had been single for a long time. One day, he excitedly tells his mother that he’s fallen in love at last and he is going to get married. She is obviously overjoyed.
    Moishe then tells his mother, “Just for fun, Mum, I’m going to bring over 3 women and you try and guess which one I’m going to marry.”
    His mother agrees.
    The next day, Moishe brings 3 beautiful women into the house and sits them down on the couch and they all chat for a while. Then Moishe turns to his mother and says, “Okay, Mum. Guess which one I’m going to marry?”
    She immediately replies, “The redhead in the middle.”
    “That’s amazing, Mum. You’re right. How did you know?”
    “I don’t like her.”

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

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