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08:10

Book critic Maureen Corrigan

Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Poetry Speaks (Sourcebooks) a collection of poems by 42 English speaking poets, along with biographical and critical essays, as well as three CDs featuring the poets reading their own work.

40:39

Avant-Garde New York Poet David Lehman

Lehman is the series editor of "The Best American Poetry." His new book "The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets" (Doubleday) is a cultural history about a group of poets in the 1950s who he says helped to reinvent literature, like John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler. They took their cue from the Abstract Expressionistic painters of the time who were also in New York.

05:17

A View Into the Embattled World of Women Construction Workers.

Book Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two new books by poet and construction worker Susan Eisenberg. Her poems attest to the misogyny still present in the construction industry. The books are "Pioneering: Poems from the Construction Site" (ILR Press/Cornell) and "We'll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction" (ILR Press/Cornell)

10:28

Poet Gary Snyder on Nature and Urban Life

Snyder was part of the beat poetry scene in 1950s San Francisco, and inspired a character in several Jack Kerouac novels. He studied Eastern philosophy and religion, and later settled in a more isolated part of the United States -- far from the urban world. He won the Pulitzer Prize, and continues to teach and write. His new collection of essays considers his relationship with the wilderness. (Rebroadcast)

04:12

A New Memoir of Poetic Scandal

Commentator Maureen Corrigan reviews poet Peter Davison's account of the thriving literary scene in 1950s Boston, called "The Fading Smile."

04:51

From the Archives: Author Grace Paley.

Writer Grace Paley. Born in the Bronx in 1922, she's written three highly acclaimed volumes of short stories. Paley was actively involved in the feminist and anti-war movements, and regards herself as a "somewhat combative pacifist and a cooperative anarchist." Her "Collected Stories" have just been released by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. (Rebroadcast from 3/26/92).

15:00

Classical Music Critic -- and Poet -- Lloyd Schwartz

Our classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz has a new collection of poems, "Goodnight, Gracie." David Lehman calls it "a moving and inventive collection, his best and most ambitious to date." Lloyd is also music editor of The Boston Phoenix and is co-director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts.

15:49

Lloyd Schwartz Discusses his Poetry.

Our classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz has a new collection of poems, "Goodnight, Gracie," (published by Phoenix Poets). David Lehman calls this new collection, "a moving and inventive collection, his best and most ambitious to date." LLOYD is also music editor of The Boston Phoenix and is co-director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts.

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