3rd Sundays at 4 pm

WordTemple on KRCB features Northern California poet Katherine Hastings in discussion with poets and writers. The program showcases authors by presenting interviews and readings of their work, and exposes the KRCB community of listeners to a wide variety of voices and styles. Reconstructions highlighting the work of poets and writers posthumously will also be featured. From the Beats of San Francisco to Russia's Ratushinskaya, WordTemple will feature some of the most interesting work and stories in the world of literature.


Sunday February 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM:


WordTemple host Katherine Hastings pays tribute to David Meltzer who died on December 31, 2016.  Meltzer was, as Diane DiPrima put it, “one of the secret treasures on our planet. Great poet, musician, comic; mystic unsurpassed, performer with few peers.”  On today’s program you’ll hear part of a reading Meltzer gave at the Beat Museum in San Francisco in February 2007 where, “Beats,” he said, “hang on the walls like wombats," an interview Hastings conducted with him at his home in March 2007, music performed by David with is late wife, Tina, and more. There is no better way to celebrate the gifts David Meltzer left the world than by listening to the man himself.  Tune in and enjoy. 

When I was a Poet 
Everything was Possible 
there wasn’t Anything 
that wasn’t Poetry 

— from “When I Was a Poet”, David Meltzer

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