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

(Right-click/option-click to download)
The Parable of the Sparrow by Autumn Hall

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

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”.)

(Right-click/option-click to download)
KRCC Interview with the poet Jim Moore

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Click HERE for complete information on the reading.

 

3 Responses to A Poem a Day for the "Cruellest" Month & Jim Moore Tonight at CC

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by KRCC. KRCC said: A Poem a Day for the “Cruellest” Month & Jim Moore Tonight at CC: All irony and fools aside, T.S. Eliot called it … http://bit.ly/c26plI […]

  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!

News

September 25, 2016 | NPR · It’s the first time Jann Wenner has allowed an outside investor to buy a part of the fabled magazine he founded in 1967.
 

AFP/Getty Images
September 25, 2016 | NPR · China says the 500-hundred meter telescope detected a radio signal originating 1,351 light-years from Earth. One of its uses is scanning for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life.
 

AP
September 25, 2016 | NPR · The U.N. Secretary-General said he was “appalled by the chilling military escalation,” and that the bombing of densely populated urban areas may amount to war crimes.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives
September 25, 2016 | NPR · For decades, residents in Santa Fe, N.M., have gathered to burn a massive puppet — but only after stuffing it with symbols of their woes. It’s a way to release the past year’s sadness and start anew.
 

September 25, 2016 | NPR · Humbert Humbert, the main character in Lolita, is one of the most famous “sympathetic” villains in history. Today, a story from the point of view of a sexual predator might not get told in literature.
 

Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
September 25, 2016 | NPR · All this week on NPR, you’ll hear the voices of people Studs Terkel interviewed in his book, Working. Among the interviews you’ll hear this week are a telephone operator and hotel piano player.
 

Music

September 25, 2016 | NPR · It’s the first time Jann Wenner has allowed an outside investor to buy a part of the fabled magazine he founded in 1967.
 

NPR
September 25, 2016 | NPR · This summer, Hamilton met NPR Music in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C. for a tour of some of the places — from his boyhood church to the where he cut hair as a singing barber — that shaped his voice.
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 25, 2016 | NPR · Mendoza says she’s often felt caught between cultures. But she’s learned to embrace multiple identities simultaneously — and it shows in her music.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab