August 15, 2009

The Poets, the Dreamers, and You

Hayden Carruth

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a poetry compilation show with a remembrance of Hayden Carruth, a poem by, and song for, Kenneth Rexroth and more Poets Laureate past and present than you can shake a stick at, including: Billy Collins (U.S.), Robert Bly (Minnesota) and Maxine Kumin (U.S./ New Hampshire). Also included are songwriter/poets Elvis Costello, Brad Paisley, Nellie McKay and Nick Lowe. Plus the National Champion of Poetry Out Loud (2009). In Lake Wobegon, Judy Inqvist volunteers to chaperone the sophomore class to the zoo in order to gather material for a poem she's writing.

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    Show Segments
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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 - Logo Open
    • 00:00:12 - Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:00:55 - GK Intro
    • 00:02:54 - Cowboys Script
    • 00:13:45 - Will Farley (National Champion of Poetry Out Loud) reads "Theme for English B" by Langston Hughes
    • 00:19:12 - "Rexroth's Daughter," Greg Brown
    • 00:23:28 - GK reads "Andrée Rexroth," by Kenneth Rexroth w/ Meta Weiss, cello
    • 00:26:20 - GK Intro Powdermilk
    • 00:26:49 - Powermilk Biscuit Break
  • Segment 2
    • 00:28:26 - Robert Bly reads a few poems: "Loving the Old Ones," "Wanting Sumptuous Heavens," "The Slim Fir Seeds," and "I Have Daughters and I Have Songs"
    • 00:35:43 - "I'm Gonna Miss Her," Brad Paisley
    • 00:38:02 - GK "Spring Poem" with Gary Raynor
    • 00:42:53 - River script with Billy Collins
    • 00:55:07 - GK Intermission Credits
  • Segment 3
    • 00:59:18 - GK Welcome Back
    • 01:00:07 - Billy Collins reads "Ballistics" and "Hangover"
    • 01:03:13 - "I've Let Things Slide," Nick Lowe
    • 01:06:23 - Guy Noir with Deborah Garrison
    • 01:21:55 - GK reads Hayden Carruth ("6," "The Fantastic Names of Jazz," "Forty-Five")
    • 01:26:32 - "Indoor Fireworks," Elvis Costello
    • 01:29:31 - GK Intro
    • 01:30:01 - "The Drink," read by Ron Padgett
    • 01:31:02 - "I Wanna Get Married," Nellie McKay
    • 01:35:14 - Maxine Kumin and GK read "The Long Marriage," "Continuum," and "Wagons"
  • Segment 4
    • 01:38:40 - The News from Lake Wobegon
  • Segment 5
    • 01:54:03 - GK Credits
    • 01:55:09 - "Calling For Me," Iris DeMent
    • 01:58:35 - GK Recorded Credits

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Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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