Poetry

Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Real Dead Poets Society

Walter Skold in the "Poemobile".
Sean Hurley

Since 2009, Walter Skold has been traveling the country visiting the graves of deceased poets. Skold, from Freeport Maine, is the founder of the Dead Poets Society of America. He recently came to New Hampshire to find two graves and to participate in the Dead Poets Remembrance Day at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord.  

In the bright leaves of the Hopkinton Cemetery, Walter Skold sets a movie camera on a tripod and begins to film the gravestone of the poet Joel Oppenheimer.

"I found this one in 3 minutes and 58 seconds today!"

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Word of Mouth
2:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

A Peterborough Tale Of Friendship, Poetry & The Dump

Credit Todd Bookman

Here's a classic New Hampshire tale revolving around  neighbors in a small town, poetry, and the town dump's swap shop. Read the story here, which includes full transcripts of Swift's poetry, and listen to the full story through Caitlin and Swift's words below.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

I Think I Knew When I Stole The Book - The Poetry Of Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown at Frost Farm
Sean Hurley

As part of National Poetry month, NHPR's Sean Hurley has been introducing us to a New Hampshire poet every Friday. Today, in our final part of the series, we hear from Deborah Brown who lives in Warner. Brown published her latest volume of poetry, Walking the Dog's Shadow, in 2011.  

Deborah Brown recalls the moment she knew she'd become a poet.

I remember really falling in love with poetry as a kid.  Certainly by middle school years.  But I think I knew it when I stole the book.

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Word of Mouth
2:21 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Word of Mouth 4.19.14

Avoiding awkward conversation on our lunch date - The "W" is startlingly good conversationalist.
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Life can be awkward.  Dinner conversation even more so.  Elevator encounters?  AWWWK-WAAARD. We at Word of Mouth work hard not to be awkward, but hey... even the best radio interviews can get a little weird sometimes.  On today's program, the conversation is flowing just great... but the topic?  It's awkward.


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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Blame The Typewriter - The Poetry Of Rodger Martin

Poet Rodger Martin at Frost Place
Sean Hurley

As part of National Poetry month, NHPR's Sean Hurley has been introducing us to a New Hampshire poet every Friday.  Today we hear from Rodger Martin who lives in Hancock. Martin published his latest volume of poetry, The Battlefield Guide, in 2010.  

Rodger Martin loved writing stories as a boy, but he blames the typewriter for turning him into a poet.

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Word of Mouth
12:41 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

4.17.14: Cringe Humor, An Ex-Conspiracy Theorist & Poetry

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We've all felt it before, that cringe when you witness something awkward that you have absolutely no control over. Let's admit it, though, we don't ever actually look away. We might cover our mouth and contort our face when watching the king of awkward bosses Michael Scott up the awkward ante, but without the Michael-isms, The Office just wouldn't be the same campy success that it was. Today's Word of Mouth delves into those cringe-tastic moments to reveal why it is now the pervasive comedy style.

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Word of Mouth
12:38 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Hannah Burke

Credit Maureen McMurray

We're continuing our Poetry Out Loud feature with Hannah Burke,  a Junior at Jesse Remington High School. Hannah joined us in studio to recite the poem that won her the competition, "Sanctuary" by Jean Valentine.

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Word of Mouth
1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

4.16.14: The Art Of Conversation

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Today on Word of Mouth, we're talking about the art of talking. It's not always easy, it's not always fun, but it's often necessary. So how do we avoid those awkward pauses, non sequiturs, and uncomfortable topics? Sometimes we don't, and our first guests implore us that it's OK. They're breaking the rules of conversation and expanding our potential talking points from the weather to spirit animals (spoiler, Virginia's is apparently the attic raccoon). Listen to the show and then continue the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Frentzen Pakpahan

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Continuing our celebration of the talent from Poetry Out Loud, today we he hear from Frentzen Pakpahan, a sophomore at Dover High School. Pakpahan joined us in studio to recite "The Gift" by Li-Young Lee.

 

Listen to fellow competitors Eden Suoth and Aliyah Brown.  If you or your school is interested in getting involved in Poetry Out Loud, there's more information how to make that happen here.

Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

4.15.14: Remembering The Boston Marathon Bombings & Poetry And Silence

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Crowds are gathering in Boston today to mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Today on Word of Mouth, we remember the victims, the injured, the first responders, and all of those who offered help.

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Word of Mouth
1:27 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Aliyah Browne

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Continuing our celebration of the talent from Poetry Out Loud, today we he hear from Aliyah Browne, a junior at John Stark Regional High School. Brown joined us in studio to recite "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats.

Listen to fellow competitor Eden Suoth recite "Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night" by Walt Whitman here.  If you or your school is interested in getting involved in Poetry Out Loud, there's more information how to make that happen here.

Word of Mouth
3:31 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

4.14.14: The Age Of Radiance, The Girls Of Atomic City, Russian National Fitness & Poetry Out Loud

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Happy Monday, everyone! Halfway through April and the nice weather is finally here. There's a little bit of every subject on today's Word of Mouth. We start with science, move to a look into women's history, and even have lesson in physical fitness before concluding with poetry. Put on your headphones and listen today's show, then join the discussion on our Facebook page!

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Word of Mouth
3:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Eden Suoth

Credit Maureen McMurray

What national competition includes poetry, high school students, and more enthusiasm than e.e. cummings with an all-punctuation typewriter? Poetry Out Loud, of course! Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest in which high school students memorize and recite poems in front of an audience. The 2014 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Championship took place last month in Representatives Hall at the State House in Concord, and our very own Virginia Prescott was  a gracious and impressed master of ceremonies.

Eden Suoth was one such enthusiastic high school student, and a wildly talented one at that. A twelfth grader at Spaulding High School, Suoth impressed the judges and became a top 4 finalist. We invited him into the studio to read one of the poems he recited at the contest, "Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night" by Walt Whitman.

If you or your school is interested in getting involved in Poetry Out Loud, there's more information how to make that happen here.

Word of Mouth
2:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Your Public Radio Haikus!

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It's National Poetry Month - but let's face it - verse isn't for everybody.  That's why we're celebrating the occasion with a low-stakes challenge that every NHPR junkie can enjoy: the Public Radio Haiku!  Whether you're a Nobel laureate or a poetry novice, writing haiku about your favorite host or program is fun, easy, and like pledging your support to NHPR (see what I did there?) it only takes a minute or two.

Submit your three-line poem in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter - and give it the tag #radiohaiku.  Just make sure you've got the right number of syllables (5,7,5) as we'll be counting on our knuckles to personally ensure that every submission qualifies. 

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Arts & Culture
6:15 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Saying The Unsayable - The Poetry Of Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello
Joanne Smith

In honor of National Poetry month, NHPR's Sean Hurley is introducing us to a New Hampshire poet every Friday.  Today we hear from Jennifer Militello.  The Goffstown native has recently published her second book of poetry - "Body Thesaurus."

While her relatives gathered for coffee in her grandmother's kitchen, 9 year old Jennifer Militello would sneak off into a back room to read aloud from the two books she found there.  A heavy collection of Edgar Allen Poe and a slimmer volume of Emily Dickinson.

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