Radio + Poems + Jazz

Listened to a lot of community and public radio in my casita this past week (following events in Egypt, and during the Taos State of Emergency), especially KTAO and KUNM.  Since I don’t have internet, I make notes about interesting things I hear — but alas, my notes were incomplete.  Almost every day, I seem to catch an astrology reading by KTAO’s “Joseph the Starwatcher” —- if you’ve even wondered what the stars have in store for you, you simply must tune in (morning or night, his update can be heard streaming at http://www.ktao.com.  Truly a unique local voice.  (Daily at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM Mountain Time).

At some point, I heard a fantastic and eclectic jazz show whose identity I didn’t catch — between songs, the host read poems aloud, including work by Bill Hickok (“Dark Matter”), an amusing poem (“Here in Berkeley”) by Tony Hoagland (which is ostensibly about Berkeley but also sounds a lot like Taos, and includes the line “No matter how you feel, you have to act / like you are very popular with yourself;”), the poem “Assault to Abjury” by Raymond McDaniel which includes the wonderful post-state-of-emergency line “God help us we tried to stay shattered but we just got better,” and a moving narrative poem by David Wagoner (“Silence of the Stars”) which begins:


“When Laurens van der Post one night
In the Kalihari Desert told the Bushmen
He couldn’t hear the stars
Singing, they didn’t believe him.  They looked at him,
Half-smiling.  They examined his face
To see whether he was joking
Or deceiving them.”

If anyone recognizes what station/show this was, shoot me an email — I’d love to listen again!

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