May 5, 2007
This week on A Prairie Home Companion — a special springtime poetry show with Allen Ginsberg reading the words of Walt Whitman, Meryl Streep reading the words of Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver, and Billy Collins and Rita Dove reading their own words. The poetic Randy Newman is on, along with Gillian Welch, Greg Brown and Bob Dorough. Plus, the story of another Bob: a younger, struggling artist with an iffy sense of meter and a tendency to slouch. Join us Saturday for all this and more on a special poetry home companion.

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Segment 1
00:12:00Tishomingo Blues
00:55:00GK Intro Poetry Show
00:02:39The Story of Bob
00:10:54GK Intro Randy Newman
00:11:18"The Great Nations of Europe" and "I Miss You" - Randy Newman
00:18:51GK Intro Billy Collins
00:19:27"The Revenant" - Billy Collins
00:21:48"You Reader," "Afternoon With Irish Cows," "The Lanyard," "Flock," "Surprise," and "No Time" - Billy Collins
00:32:28Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:33:46GK Intro Meryl Streep
00:34:23Collection of American Poems by Henry Taylor, Mary Oliver, John Updike, Wendell Berry, James Wright, Langston Hughes, Robert Lax, and Julia Kasdorf, read by Meryl Streep and GK
00:43:37GK Intro "Cowboys" script
00:44:07Lives of the Cowboys script
00:54:57GK Intermission Credits
00:57:08Intermission: "Dinah," "Under The Stars," "Brill Building Cleanup"
Segment 3
00:59:03GK Welcome Back/ Intro Bob Dorough
01:00:01"Devil May Care" - Bob Dorough
01:03:09GK Intro "Song of Myself"
01:04:25Excerpts "Song of Myself" - read by Allen Ginsberg, Robert Bly and GK (listen to full version)
01:18:50"Winter's Come & Gone," "My Morphine" - Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
01:27:01"Duluth," "Hockey," "Berry Picking," "An Ill Wind" - Louis Jenkins
01:32:47GK Intro Mono
Segment 4
01:33:41The News From Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:47:13GK Intro Greg Brown and Rita Dove
01:48:14"Vivid" - Greg Brown
01:51:10"Courtship," "The Secret Garden" and "Pastoral" - Rita Dove
01:54:51GK Credits
01:55:50"Spring and All" - Greg Brown

Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" read by Allen Ginsberg, with Garrison Keillor and Robert Bly

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