WordTemple

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 July 16th, 2017 - 4:00 PM:

 

Heathcote Williams and Whale Nation  

Heathcote Williams

Whale Nation - Heathcote Williams

On July 1, 2017, English poet, actor, playwright, screenwriter, political activist and dramatist Heathcote Williams passed away. The author of several book-length polemical poems, including Whale Nation which has been called “the most powerful argument for the…worldwide ban on whaling;'” Sacred Elephant; Autogeddon; and Falling for a Dolphin, Williams invented his “documentary/investigative poetry” style to bring environmental and political issues to the attention of the public. He was also a magician, fire-eater and naturalist who discovered a new species of honey-producing wasp in the Amazon. If you haven’t heard of him, it may be because he eschewed publicity and public readings.  Fortunately, you can hear Williams performing  Whale Nation —  host Katherine Hastings’ personal favorite of his works — on this edition of WordTemple.

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On July 1, 2017, English poet, actor, playwright, screenwriter, political activist and dramatist Heathcote Williams passed away. The author of several book-length polemical poems, including Whale Nation which has been called “the most powerful argument for the…worldwide ban on whaling;” Sacred Elephant; Autogeddon; and Falling for a Dolphin, Williams invented his “documentary/investigative poetry” style to bring environmental and political issues to the attention of the public.

In celebration of Women’s History month, today’s program features five iconic American women poets reading their own work: Gertrude Stein, H.D., Edna St. Vincent Millay, Louise Bogan and Muriel Rukeyser.  With little to no interruption between poets, sit back and experience these historic recordings of our poetic ancestors.  Each offered something new when they burst upon the scene and now, decades later, their work maintains its relevance.  Listen to these poems as you would listen to music.  How do they speak to you in 2017?

This month on WordTemple:

DAVID MELTZER