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Failed Love Show

From melodically challenged | 01:00:00

An hour of poetry and alternative music about losers in love.

Image_1_small Are you a loser in love? Then join us this week on melodically challenged when we will play a solid hour of poets and musicians who crash and burn romantically in our Failed Love show. Poems by Victoria Chang, Sharon Olds, Lola Haskins, Adrian Blevins, John Struloeff, Robin Ekiss, Tony Barnstone, Jehanne Dubrow,April Ossman, Cate Marvin, Eugene Ostashevsky, Sean Singer, Laura McCullough, Alex Dimitrov, Katie Chaple, Tim Siebles, Travis Denton and Carrie Jerrell, who talks about writing her sonnet sequence that features wedding disasters. This show plays music by Nikki Lane, Owen, Vivian Girls and Braid. melodically challenged, where yesterday's poetry comes alive and today's poetry rocks!

Speaking of Music

From melodically challenged | 01:00:00

This week's melodically challenged show will play one hour of poems and alternative music about music!

Image_1_small Poetry is often thought of as a way to put emotions into words. But what happens when words won't work? In this week's melodically challenged show, our poets and musicians explore how music communicates in many different genres. You'll hear poems by Sarah Messer, James Allen Hall, Steve Scafidi, Christian Barter, Terrance Hayes, Betsy Scholl, Tyehimba Jess, Quincy Troupe, Lee Herrick, April Ossman, Oliver de la Paz, Richard Siken, Mark Jarman, Robert Pinsky, Jorge Gimeno translated by Curtis Bauer and Jules Gibbs. You'll hear music by Joss Stone and The Verve,  

Poetry on Wheels

From melodically challenged | 01:00:00

Start Your Engines! And join melodically challenged for an hour of poetry and music about cars.

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E.B. White once said. "Everything is somewhere else and you get there in a car." This week, let melodically challenged behind the wheel to drive you through one hour of poetry and music about cars. You'll hear poems by April Ossman, Anthony Walton, Austin Segrest, Robin Kemp, Beth Gylys, Adrian Blevins, Christian Barter, Kate Northrop, Tony Hoagland, Kim Addonizio, Michelle Rozga, Mike Dockins, Tina Chang, Elaine Sexton, Katie Chaple, Santee Frazier, Major Jackson, Steve Scafidi and Travis Denton.  You'll hear music by The Skylarks, Tom Robinson & SAS Band, and Radiohead. melodically challenged, where yesterday's poetry comes alive and today's poetry rocks!

 

Southern Fried Poetry

From melodically challenged | 01:00:00

Gone With The Wind or The Dukes of Hazzard? Forget whatever formed your ideas of the South and be prepared to experience this region through poetry from some of the South's most accomplished lyric poets: David Bottoms, Thorpe Moeckle and Adam Vines, and through music by Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Image_1_small Gone With The Wind or The Dukes of Hazzard? Forget whatever informs your concept of the South and be prepared to experience this region through poetry from some of the South's most accomplished lyric poets: David Bottoms, Thorpe Moeckle and Adam Vines, and through music by Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama.  These three poets all possess a masculine voice and their poems often revolve around the outdoors, family, and spirituality.

Bright Lights, Big City Poetry

From melodically challenged | 01:00:00

Poetry and music about beauty and madness in big cities.

Photo_small  Christopher Morley said that "All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim." > This week, we'll hear poems featuring the beauty and madness of some of our favorite cities. Poems by Sarah Gambito, Robert Cording, Keetje Kuipers, Walt Whitman, Patrick Rosal, Evie Shockley, Louisa A. Igloria, Gregory Pardlo, Carmen O. Menendez, Ira Sadoff, Edward Hirsch, Czeslaw Milosz, and James Fenton; music by Kings of Convenience, The Waco Brothers, Of Montreal and the Skylarks. We'll visit New York, Jersey City, London, Monterey, Atlantic City, Montreal, Madrid, Paris, and other fine cities.

The Sonnet Show

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall Semester 2014 series | 01:00:00

Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged where this week we will explore the sonnet. From a rendition of one of the first sonnets by Petrarch to today’s contemporary sonnets by Carrie Jerrell, Peter Klein and by our featured poet, Tony Barnstone, we will travel through time enjoying one of poetry's most beloved forms.

Image_1_small  From the Italian “sonnetto,” the word sonnet means “a little sound or song:” a classic poetic form that has been around for centuries. Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged where this week we will explore the sonnet from a rendition of one of the first sonnets ever written by Petrarch to today’s contemporary sonnets by Carrie Jerrell, Peter Klein and by our featured poet, Tony Barnstone. You will hear sonnets put to music by Rufus Wainright, Bryan Ferry and Keb Mo.’ Jessica Temple wrote today’s show and will explain this form while guiding you through centuries of poetry’s most beloved poems.

Beauty

From melodically challenged | Part of the Winter Break 2015-2016 series | 01:00:01

This week on melodically challenged we will look at beauty and hear an hour of poetry and music that reconsiders our relationship to beauty in the men and women around us, beauty in nature and beauty in death and the divine.

Img_2133_small Albert Camus tells us that "Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternityh that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time."This week on melodically challenged we will look at beauty and hear an hour of poetry and music that reconsiders our relationship to beauty in the men and women around us, beauty in nature and beauty in death and the divine. We'll hear poetry by Tim Siebles, John Murillow, Martin Arnold, Adrian Blevins, Purvi Shah, Carolyn Kizer, Terrance Hayes, Alexander Long, Tasha Graff, Geoffrey Brock, Robin Ekiss, Richard Berengarten, Christian Barter, Laura Scheffler Morgan, Ilyse Kusntez, Emily Dickinson, Sarah Wetzel, John Fitzgerald, Camille T. Dungy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Wordsworth, and Ross Gay; we'll hear music by Goldfrapp, Altan, and Sean O'Leary.

Ode Show

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall Semester 2014 series | 01:00:00

This week's melodically challenged show is all about the ode. From classic odes to Nightingales and the West Wind by Keats and Shelley to contemporary odes to hands, bombs, Rosa Parks, and the perineum by Tim Siebles, Ravi Shankar, Petra White and our featured poet Steve Scafidi, we will hear an hour of poetry and music--by Hot Tuna and Regina Spektor--employing this venerated form.

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This week's melodically challenged show is all about the ode. The word “Ode” comes from the Greek aeidein, meaning to sing or chant, and belongs to the long and varied tradition of lyric poetry. Originally accompanied by music and dance, the ode can be generalized as a formal address to an event, a person, or a thing not present. From classic odes to Nightingales and the West Wind by Keats and Shelley to contemporary odes to hands, bombs, Rosa Parks, and the perineum by Tim Siebles, Ravi Shankar, Petra White and our featured poet Steve Scafidi, we will hear an hour of poetry and music employing this venerated form. Music by Hot Tuna and Regina Spektor. Other poets include William McGonagall, Alexander Long, Aracelis Girmay, Thomas Hood, and Douglas Woodsum.

Memory

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall Semester 2014 series | 01:00:00

Albert Schweitzer said, "happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory." Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week you will hear an hour of poetry and music that explores memory: living without a memory and living with memories of places, disastrous relationships, and loved ones who are no longer with us.

Image_1_small Albert Schweitzer said, "happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory." Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week you will hear an hour of poetry and music that explores memory: living without a memory and living with memories of places, disastrous relationships, and loved ones who are no longer with us. We have poetry by April Ossman, Jon Pineda, Mark Conway, Major Jackson, Jane Hirshfeld, Leon Stokesbury, Helene Cardona, Monica Burchfield, Deborah Ager, Kings of Convenience, Marie Harris, Amy Clampitt, Carrie Jerrell, Robert Pfeiffer, Alexander Long, Taylor Mali, Brittany Perham, Quincey Troupe, Marie Harris, Xochiquetzal Candelaria, Robin Ekiss, Oliver de la Paz, and Campbell McGrath. We have music by the Talking Heads, Kings of Convenience and Chumbawamba.

The Red Show

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall Semester 2014 series | 01:00:00

Marilyn Monroe said, "designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn." Well, Marilyn would be right at home in this week’s melodically challenged show, when our poetry and music considers the color red. Poetry by Robert Burns, Katie Chaple, and Yusef Komunyakaa among many others and music by UB40, Priscilla Ahn, The Sadies and Peter Gabriel.

Image_small Marilyn Monroe said, "designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn." Well, Marilyn would be right at home in this week’s melodically challenged show, when our poetry and music considers the color red. Poetry by Robert Pfeiffer, Tim Siebles, Taylor Mali, Cheryl Stiles, Ani Gjika, Sherwin Bitsui, Heather McHugh, Alex Dimitrov, Camille Yvette-Welsch, Bruce Smith, Helen Wickes, Robert Burns, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Corey Green, Tony Hoagland, Travis Denton, Victoria Chang, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrian Louis, Robin Kemp, Katie Fesuk, Katie Chaple, Allison Seay, Maggie Sawkins, and Jennifer Tseng. We have music by UB40, Priscilla Ahn, The Saides and Peter Gabriel.

Parenting Show

From melodically challenged | 01:00:01

Kids, tots, nippers, rug rats, brats, moppets, tykes, shavers, squirts, urchins, ankle biters--they're all over the place and someone has to take care of them. Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged for an hour of poetry and music about parenting.

Mc_box2_small Kids, tots, nippers, rug rats, brats, moppets, tykes, shavers, squirts, urchins, ankle biters--they're all over the place and someone has to take care of them. Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged for an hour of poetry and music about parenting. Ray Romano said, " having children is like living in a frat house--nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there's a lot of throwing up." In this week's show we'll hear poetry by Annie Finch, Sam Witt, Hermine Pinson, Maggie Sawkins, Leslie McGrath, Camille T. Dungy, Billy Ramsell, Arielle Greenberg, Dan Albergotti, Norman Dubie, Estha Wiener, Thorpe Moeckel, our featured poet: Matthew Lippman, Joy Katz, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, and Galway Kinnell. We'll hear music by the Japandroids, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltzin, and Kate Bush. 

The Dream Show

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall Semester 2014 series | 01:00:00

Oscar Wilde said, "a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." This week on melodically challenged our poets and musicians try to fathom our dreams. Poetry by Ilyse Kusnetz, Robert Duncan and Muriel Rukeyser among others and music by Goldfish, Redblossom, and Beth Orton.

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Oscar Wilde said, "a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."  This week on melodically challenged our poets and musicians try to fathom our dreams. Hear poems by James Tate, Megan Sexton, Ilyse Kusnetz, Patrick Donnelly, Rebecca Black, Purvi Shah, Geoffrey Brock, Leon Stokesbury, Mary Crocket Hill, Adam Vines, Muriel Rukeyser, Arielle Greenberg, Thorpe Moeckel, Lynne Thompson, Willis Barnstone, David Bottoms, Billy Ramsell, Tony Hoagland, Robert Duncan, Ross Gay, Sam Witt and Sarah Wetzel. Music by Goldfish, Redblossom, and Beth Orton.

The Sleep Show

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall Semester 2014 series | 01:00:00

Wake Up!!!!!! It’s time for this week’s edition of melodically challenged! Whether it’s eight full hours every night or a quick 40 winks here and there when you can get it, sleep is something we spend about a third of our lives doing. It’s also the topic of this week’s show—an hour of poetry and music about falling asleep and waking up. Poetry by Steve Scafidi, Tiffany Higgins, Paul Guest and our featured poet, Cate Marvin; our music is by Rooney, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Bastille.

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The Gift Show

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall Semester 2014 series | 01:00:01

Anne Morrow Lindbergh said, “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. This week, our poets and musicians consider “gifts:” gifts we have been given, gifts we did not want, and gifts we have had all along we suddenly realize with wonder and gratitude. We have poetry by Thorpe Moeckel, Ilyse Kusnetz and Tim Siebles among others and music by Chumbawamba, John Cale and Beth Orton.

Image_1_small Anne Morrow Lindbergh said, “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. This week, our poets and musicians consider “gifts:” gifts we have been given, gifts we did not want, and gifts we have had all along we suddenly realize with wonder and gratitude. We have poetry by Thorpe Moeckel, Ilyse Kusnetz and Tim Siebles among others and music by Chumbawamba, John Cale and Beth Orton. 

Hope Show

From melodically challenged | Part of the Winter Break 2015-2016 series | 01:00:00

Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon." Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. In this week's show our poetry and music features hope. We have poetry by John Fitzgerald, Rebecca Foust and Ross Gay, and music by Tom Robinson Band, Ben Harper, and All Saints.

Image_1_small Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon." Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. In this week's show our poems and music features hope. We have poetry by Jenn Habel, Dan Albergotti, Jane HIrshfeld, Deborah Ager, Sean Nevin Eugene Ostashevsky, Terry Kennedy, Yusef Komunyakaa, Rebecca Foust, James Richardson, John Fitzgerald, Rebecca Foust, Mary Noonan, Sarah Manguso, Taylor Mali, Spencer Reese, Richard Berengarten, Emily Dickinson, Ani Gjika, Dorothy Parker, Nina Corwin, Christian Barter and Ross Gay. We have music by Tom Robinson Band, Ben Harper, and All Saints.

Spanish Poetry in Translation 2

From melodically challenged | 01:00:01

Frederico Garcia Lorca claimed that in Spain the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world. Well, we're not sure about their dead, but their poetry lives on in another edition of melodically challenged where this week we return to the poets of Spain for part two of our Spanish Translation show. We'll hear poetry by Julieta Valero and Luis Munoz translated by Curtis Bauer and Sara Gallardo's poetry translated by Heath Wing. We'll leave Spain and hear Spanish music from around the world by Javier Enrique, Yolanda Duke and Manny Soundz.

Image_1_small Frederico Garcia Lorca claimed that in Spain the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world. Well, we're not sure about their dead, but their poetry lives on in another edition of melodically challenged where this week we return to the poets of Spain for part two of our Spanish Translation show. We'll hear poetry by Julieta Valero and Luis Munoz translated by Curtis Bauer and Sara Gallardo's poetry translated by Heath Wing. We'll leave Spain and hear Spanish music from around the world by Javier Enrique, Yolanda Duke and Manny Soundz. 

For the Birds, Too

From melodically challenged | 01:00:00

There are 9,956 species of birds on the planet. Unfortunately, there aren't poems about all of them, but we're going to play as many as we can this week on melodically challenged, because this show is For the Birds! Poetry by Travis Denton, Kay Ryan, and our featured poet, Maggie Sawkins, among others, and music by Trailer Bride, Doves, and Limbeck.

Dscn0211_small There are 9,956 species of birds on the planet. Unfortunately, there aren't poems about all of them, but we're going to play as many as we can this week on melodically challenged, because this show is For the Birds! Poetry by Michael Colier, Travis Denton, Kay Ryan, Susan Mitchell, Imily Dickinson, Thomas Hardy, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Butler Yeats, Carl Philips, Adam Vines, Ron Padgett, our featured poet: Maggie Sawkins, Louisa A. Igloria, Robin Ekiss, Henrietta Goodman, Margo Berdeshevsky, Robert Duncan, Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis and Caleb Adler, Suzanne Cleary, and Ilyse Kusnetz. We have music by Trailer Bride, Doves, Limbeck.

Show Me The Honey!

From melodically challenged | 01:00:00

We're abuzz with excitement about today's show, bee-cause it's all about bees! We have bee poems by Maria Hummel, Gabriel Welsch, and our featured poet: Sean Nevin among others and we have music by Graham Coxon, Madrugada, and Billie.

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We couldn't BE any happier about today's show. In fact, we're abuzz with excitement BEcause today's show features poetry and songs about bees! Welcome to Melodically Challenged. Bees are an important part of our ecosystem. Each spring, they pollinate plants like fruits and vegetables, so without bees, our planet couldn't survive. Plus, they make sweet, sweet honey!We have bee poems by Maria Hummel, Gabriel Welsch,  Kevin Goodan, Youna Kwak, Steve Scafidi, Rachel Richardson, Sam Witt, Heather McHugh, and our featured poet: Sean Nevin, among others, and we have music by Graham Coxon, Madrugada, and Billie.

 

Jess: John Muir advised, “Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.” Our first poem of the day is "The Carpenter Bee" by our featured poet, Sean Nevin.

In A Galaxy Not So Far Away ...

From melodically challenged | Part of the Winter Break 2015-2016 series | 01:00:00

Nikola Tesla said, “The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another.” This week on melodically challenged, we have some great poems lined up to tell us about our own planet and those around us as well. Sometimes we can all take a moment to stop and look up at the night sky and be amazed at all the mystery that exists within it. We have poetry by Connie Voisine, Martin Arnold and Nina Corwin among many others and music by Artie Shaw and Duran, Duran.

File0001190356464_small Nikola Tesla said, “The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another.” This week on melodically challenged, we have some great poems lined up to tell us about our own planet and those around us as well. Sometimes we can all take a moment to stop and look up at the night sky and be amazed at all the mystery that exists within it. We have poetry by Eoghan Walls, Tiffany Higgins, Genine Lentine, Elizabeth Volpe, Jules Gibbs, Norman Dubie, Connie Voisine, Martin Arnold, Nina Corwin, Sean Hill, Michael Collier, Camille-Yvette Welsch, and Maria Hummel and music by Artie Shaw and Duran, Duran.

The Bottom of the 9th

From melodically challenged | 01:00:32

Striiiiiiiiiiiiiiike Threeeeee, Yerrrrrrrr Out!!!!! Well, not really. This week on melodically challenged you’re more likely to hit a home run when you hear one hour of poetry and music about America’s favorite pastime—baseball. You will hear poetry by David Bottoms, Marie Harris and Galway Kinnell, music by Shiela Jordan and I’m Not Jim. We will also hear DeWitt Hopper perform Ernest L. Thayer’s famous poem “Casey at the Bat” recorded in 1909!

Summerback_1__small  Striiiiiiiiiiiiiiike Threeeeee, Yerrrrrrrr Out!!!!! Well, not really. This week on melodically challenged you’re more likely to hit a home run when you hear one hour of poetry and music about America’s favorite pastime—baseball. You will hear poetry by Douglas Kearney , Ed Pavlic, David Bottoms, Sean Nevin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sebastian Matthews, Paula Bohince, Rebecca Black, Doug Woodsum, Richard Siken, Galway Kinnell, Mark Halliday, and Kevin Gonsalez. We'll have music by Shiela Jordan and I’m Not Jim. We will also hear DeWitt Hopper perform Ernest L. Thayer’s famous poem “Casey at the Bat” recorded in 1909!

Locals Only: Philadelphia

From melodically challenged | Part of the The Best of melodically challenged Summer Series: Road Trips! series | 01:00:00

Today on melodically challenged, we’re showing some love to the City of Brothery Love: Philadelphia. All of the poets on today’s show have a Philly connection. Some were born and raised there, but now live elsewhere, some moved to Philadelphia from somewhere else, and some are lifelong Philadelphians. We'll hear poems by Brian Heston, Elaine Terranova and Tim Seibles among others, plus, all the songs in today’s show are from the soundtrack to the movie Philadelphia by Neil Young, Peter Gabriel and Ram.

File3321250397414_small Today on melodically challenged, we’re showing some love to the City of Brothery Love: Philadelphia. All of the poets on today’s show have a Philly connection. Some were born and raised there, but now live elsewhere, some moved to Philadelphia from somewhere else, and some are lifelong Philadelphians. We'll hear poems by Brian Heston, Elaine Terranova, Tim Seibles, Ernest Hilbert, Jeff Lee, Kelly McQuain, and CA Conrad.  All the songs in today’s show are from the soundtrack to the movie Philadelphia by Neil Young, Peter Gabriel and Ram.

Endings

From melodically challenged | 01:00:00

Alexa Von Tobel said, “For many, graduation marks the end of formal student life - the end of long spring breaks and of thinking that a 10 A.M. class is far too early.” Although spring is a time of beginnings: flowers budding, birds returning, and the weather changing from rainy and cold to warm and sunny, spring is also a time for endings, and in academia, that means graduations. So this week’s melodically challenged is all about endings. You’ll hear poems by Patrick Rosal, Claudia Rankine, and Mark Jarman and music by Robert Kramer, R3dblossom, and Joseph Armani.

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The Tim Seibles Show

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall 2015 series | 01:00:00

This week melodically challenged will devote its entire show to one poet: Tim Seibles, who has been called one of America's foremost poets and his poetry is said to "immerse the reader in palpable moments--the importance of remembering, the burden of race, and the meaning of true wakefulness."

Img_8757_small  At melodically challenged , we usually build our shows around a theme and pack the hour with poetry and music by a wide variety of poets with different aesthetic styles. But this week we are proud to devote our entire show to one poet: Tim Seibles . You have heard some of his poetry in our shows before, but when he read for Poetry at Tech, he was gracious enough to record some of his new work for our show. You’ll hear some of our favorite poems like “Faith,” “What Bugs Bunny Said to Red Riding Hood,” and “Ode to My Hands,” and new work like “Zombie Blues Villanelle,” and you’ll hear music by Harold Little, Chuck Ragan and Lisa Hilton.

Day by Day

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall 2015 series | 01:00:04

Elizabyth Hiscox wrote that “Monday means Moon Day, Sunday means/what you’d expect./In the Germanic, it is obvious./Still, those big cosmic names/nuzzling at the start of it: blunt stunning.” There are seven days of the week, and on this week's melodically challenged, you’ll hear poems featuring all of them. We have poetry by Derek Walcott, Anabel Caride translated by Curtis Bauer, our featured poet: John Olivares Espinoza, and much, much more; we’ll have music by Keith Urban, Asobe Seksu, and Aloha.

File000786402730_small  Elizabyth Hiscox wrote that “Monday means Moon Day, Sunday means/what you’d expect./In the Germanic, it is obvious./Still, those big cosmic names/nuzzling at the start of it: blunt stunning.” There are seven days of the week, and on this week's melodically challenged, you’ll hear poems featuring all of them. We have poetry by Derek Walcott, Eliot Khail Wilson, Frank X. Walker, Gregory Pardlo, Kate Northrop, Adrian Matejka, Ana Merino translated by Curtis Bauer, John Murillo, Elizabyth Hiscox, Anabel Caride translated by Curtis Bauer, our featured poet: John Olivares Espinoza, Charles Wright, Reginald Harris, Stephen Dobyns read by April Ossman, and Julieta Valero also translated by Curtis Bauer; we’ll have music by Keith Urban, Asobe Seksu, and Aloha.

Calling in Sick

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall 2015 series | 01:00:04

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-CHOO!!!!!! Feeling a little under the weather? melodically challenged can help! This week we will feature an hour of poems and music about being sick in our Calling in Sick show! We’ll hear poems by Christian Barter, Shel Siverstein, Erica Wright, Taylor Mali and much, much more. We’ll hear music by Ok Go, A Perfect Circle, and The Beastie Boys.

_damoiselle_pills-in-box_small Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-CHOO!!!!!! Feeling a little under the weather? melodically challenged can help! This week we will feature an hour of poems and music about being sick in our Calling in Sick show! We’ll hear poems by Christian Barter, Shel Siverstein, Beth Bachmann, Matthew Zapruder, Betsy Scholl, Genine Lentine, David Roderick, Elizabyth Hiscox, Adam Vines, Richard Siken, James Hoch, William Blake, Suzanne Cleary, Sarah Lindsay, John Milton, Nina Corwin, Vikas Menon, Rebecca Foust, David Cappella, and Taylor Mali. We’ll hear music by Ok Go, A Perfect Circle, and The Beastie Boys.

Bad Luck, Good Luck, and Dumb Luck

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall 2015 series | 01:00:04

Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week we will play an hour of poetry and music about luck. You'll hear poems by Ilyse Kusnetz, Philip Levine and Rebecca Foust and music by The Verve, Vic Mensa and Vintage Fusion.

File2841238068157_small Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week we will play an hour of poetry and music about luck. You'll hear poems by Ilyse Kusnetz, Katie Chaple, Philip Levine, Cori A. Winrock, Christian Barter, Elizabeth Volpe, Ada Limon, Yolanda Castano translated by Susan Castro, Ana Merino translated by Elizabeth Polli, Rebecca Foust, Rachel Richardsen, Purvi Shah, Sean Nevin, Yusef Komunyakaa, Steve Scafidi, Taylor Mali, Richard Berengarten and Sean Nevin. You'll hear music by The Verve, Vic Mensa and Vintage Fusion.

Not So Mellow Yellow

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Pablo Picasso said, "Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun." Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week we will hear an hour of poetry and music with the color yellow somewhere in every poem and song. We'll hear poetry by Yusef Komunyakaa, Emily Dickinson and our featured poet: Louisa Igloria, and music by Vel Lewis, Lawrence Blatt, and My Morning Jacket.

Dscn9000_small Bobby Unser said, “ Some people hate lime-green; red has all this emotional baggage. Blue seems to be overall one of the more positive colors, and a little more serious than yellow, ” and David Carson agrees. He says “ Yellow usually means it's not that serious. ” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged . While Unser and Carson may be on the same page as far as the color yellow goes, our poets may have to disagree. This week we’ll hear an hour of poetry and music that has the color yellow somewhere in every poem and song. We'll hear poetry by Emily Dickinson, Meghan O'Rourke, Deborah Ager, Mary Crockett Hill, Yusef Komunyakaa, Seth Michelson, David Roderick, Taylor Mali, Matthew Zapruder, Jennifer Tseng, Sean Nevin, our featured poet: Louisa Igloria, Purvi Shah, Nina Corwin, Steven Dobyns, Cheryl Stiles, Gary Jackson, Laura McCullough, Tiffany Higgans, Ani Gjika, Elizabyth Hiscox, and Robert Pfeiffer; we'll hear music by Vel Lewis, Lawrence Blatt, and My Morning Jacket.  

The Heart of Darkness

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall 2015 series | 01:00:00

Helen Keller said, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged! When we decided to create a show about the dark, we expected to find poetry with ghosts, monsters, and all things that go bump in the night. But instead, we find the word “dark” among poems that explore relationships, perhaps the scariest places we can find ourselves without light. We’ll hear poems by Jennifer Tseng, Stuart Dischell, and our featured poet: Jennifer K. Sweeney, and music by Ted Leo and the Pharmicists, Joe Blessett, and Sean O’Leary.

File8631240924082_small  Helen Keller said, Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged! When we decided to create a show about the dark, we expected to find poetry with ghosts, monsters, and all things that go bump in the night. But instead, we find the word “dark” among poems that explore relationships, perhaps the scariest places we can find ourselves without light. We’ll hear poems by Chad Sweeney, Ravi Shankar, Kevin Goodan, James Richardson, Carmen O. Menendez, Sam Witt, Jennifer Tseng, Sarah Wetzel, Vievee Francis,  Stuart Dischell, Cori A. Winrock, Spencer Reece, Rebecca Foust, Luljeta Lieshanaku translated by Ani Gjika, Robert Duncan, and our featured poet: Jennifer K. Sweeney, and music by Ted Leo and the Pharmicists, Joe Blessett, and Sean O’Leary.

Into the Woods

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall 2015 series | 01:00:00

Of the woods, Lord Byron once said, “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man less, but Nature more.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week we’ll take you into the woods! You’ll hear poetry by Gabriel Fried, Paula Bohince and David Broderick, and music by Grand Avenue, Libera, and One More Girl.

Shaded_walkway_in_woods_small  Of the woods, Lord Byron once said, “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man less, but Nature more.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged , where this week we’ll take you into the woods! You’ll hear poetry by Allison Seay, Paula Bohince, David Roderick, Heather Treseler, Jake Adam York, Tim Seibles, Matthew Lipman, Sally Blumis-Dunn, Marie Harris, Anne Shaw, Rachel Simon, Anne Marie Macari, Gabriel Fried, Robert Farnsworth, Kate Northrop, and Geoffrey Brock, and you'll hear music by Grand Avenue, Libera, and One More Girl.

Truth or Lie

From melodically challenged | Part of the The Best of melodically challenged: The Summer of 17 series | 01:00:00

George Eliot wrote in her first book, Adam Bede, that “Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.” Welcome to melodically challenged. This week's show will explore the truth and the lie. The poems in today’s show ask What is the truth? When do we tell lies? And why? You'll hear poems by April Ossman, Richard Wilbur, and our featured poet Cate Marvin, among others, and you'll hear music by Max Kingen, The Voice in Fashion, and Amin.

File000910851312_small George Eliot wrote in her first book, Adam Bede, that “Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.” Welcome to melodically challenged. This week's show will explore the truth and the lie. The poems in today’s show ask What is the truth? When do we tell lies? And why? You'll hear poems by Ana Merino, Patrick Donnelly, Gerald Stern, John Poch, Anne Waldman, Luljeta Lleshhanaku translated by Ani Gjika, Matthew Shenoda, Kyle G. Dargan, Jennifer Tseng, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Stuart Dischell, Rebecca Black, James Allen Hall, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Frank Giampietro, Brittany Perham, Carrie Jerrell, April Ossman, Richard Wilbur, and our featured poet Cate Marvin.  You'll hear music by Max Kingen, The Voice in Fashion, and Amin.

Gotta Dance!

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Dancer and choreographer Martha Graham defines dance as “the hidden language of the soul.” The poets in today’s show uncover that language and display it in their poems. Welcome to melodically challenged! This week we'll hear poems by Mariano Peyrou translated by Curtis Bauer, Tony Barnstone and Karen Holmberg, and our featured poet Ilya Kaminsky, we'll hear music by Aeon Sable, My Woshin Mashin, and Monty Grieg.

Dancers_five-silhouette-female_1__small  Dancer and choreographer Martha Graham defines dance as “the hidden language of the soul.” The poets in today’s show uncover that language and display it in their poems. Welcome to melodically challenged! This week we'll hear poems by Santee Frazier, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Julieta Valero translated by Curtis Bauer, Gary Jackson, Joy Katz, Mariano Peyrou translated by Curtis Bauer, Anabel Caride translated by Curtis Bauer, Jules Gibbs, Richard Siken, Eugene Ostashevsky, Eoghan Walls, Tony Barnstone, Lee Herrick, Sam Taylor, Juan Carlos Flores, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Rick Noguchi, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Linda Sue Jackson, Patrick Rosal, Gabriel Welsch, and Karen Holmberg, and our featured poet Ilya Kaminsky, we'll hear music by Aeon Sable, My Woshin Mashin, and Monty Grieg.

Month by Month

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall 2015 series | 01:00:00

According to Rabindranath Tagore, “The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” But human beings do count moments and months, and this week’s show will feature poetry and music for each month of the year. We’ll hear poetry by Gabriel Welsch, Carolyn Forche, and Mark Doty among many others and we’ll hear music by Aloha, A Perfect Circle, and Mazzy Star.

Img_2401_small According to Rabindranath Tagore , “ The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ” But human beings do count moments and months, and this week’s show will feature poetry and music for each month of the year. We’ll hear poetry by Gabriel Welsch, Rebecca Black, Jean Bleakney, Estha Weiner, John Casteen, Kevin McFadden, Terry L. Kennedy, Thorpe Moeckel, Carolyn Forche, Kyes Stevens, Robert Cording, Richard Berengarten, Quincy Troupe, George Marsh, C.D. Wright, Alexander Long, Kazim Ali, Bruce Smith, Rebeca Faust, Terry L. Kennedy,  Douglas Woodsum, Marie Harris, Sean Nevin, James Richardson, Laura McCullough, Priscilla Becker, Tony Hoagland, Adrian Blevins, Andres Navarro translated by Curtis Bauer, Joy Katz and Mark Doty and we’ll hear music by Aloha, A Perfect Circle, and Mazzy Star.

The Roaring 20's

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall 2015 series | 01:00:00

The 1920s was a decade of economic prosperity following World War I. It is remembered as the golden age of jazz, the days of bootlegging and speakeasies. The dames were dolls and the men were swell. And the poetry of the 20’s was the bee’s knees! So, put on your glad rags and get a wiggle on, because on this week’s melodically challenged, you’ll hear some of the best poems from the Roaring 20’s! You’ll hear poetry by W. B. Yeats, Dorothy Parker and Robert Frost among many others and music recorded in the 1920’s by Red Nichols and Miff Mole off of the album Red and Miff Remastered.

Img_2799_small The 1920s was a decade of economic prosperity following World War I. It is remembered as the golden age of jazz, the days of bootlegging and speakeasies. The dames were dolls and the men were swell. And the poetry of the 20’s was the bee’s knees! So, put on your glad rags and get a wiggle on, because on this week’s melodically challenged , you’ll hear some of the best poems from the Roaring 20’s! You’ll hear poetry by W. B. Yeats, Vachel Lindsey, Carl Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elinor Wylie, Wallace Stevens, e e cummings, Amy Lowell, G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy Parker and Robert Frost and music recorded in the 1920’s by Red Nichols and Miff Mole off of the album Red and Miff Remastered.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

From melodically challenged | Part of the Fall 2015 series | 01:00:00

Ecclesiastes 8:15 says “Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.” On today’s show, we feature poems and music that take celebrating to heart: eating, drinking, and merrymaking! You’ll hear poems by Sebastian Matthews, Molly Peacock, and our featured poet: Tony Barnstone; you’ll hear music by Split Lip Rayfield, The Meat Purveyors, and Wayne Hancock.

File000812149422_small Ecclesiastes 8:15 says “Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.” On today’s show, we feature poems and music that take celebrating to heart: eating, drinking, and merrymaking! You’ll hear poems by Sebastian Matthews, Matthea Harvey, Santee Frazier, Camille T. Dungy, Ken Cormier, Ana Marino, Anthony Walton, Anne Marie Macari, April Ossman, David Bruzina, Raymond McDaniel, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Anabel Caride translated by Curtis Bauer, Andrew Kozma, Kevin McFadden, Joy Katz, Evie Shockley, Paula Cunningham, Elaine Sexton, Robert Cording, Douglas Woodsum, Molly Peacock, and our featured poet: Tony Barnstone; you’ll hear music by Split Lip Rayfield, The Meat Purveyors, and Wayne Hancock.

RATS!!!

From melodically challenged | Part of the Spring 2016 series | 01:00:00

A.E.Housman said, “I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week we’ll hear an hour of poetry and music about rodents: both the despicable rat and the adorable squirrel, although, according to Sarah Jessica Parker, “a squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit.” You’ll hear poetry by Matthea Harvey, Stuart Dischell, and Travis Denton, you’ll hear music by The Verve, David Gogo and Penguin Café.

Img_1408_small A.E.Housman said, “ I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat. ” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged , where this week we’ll hear an hour of poetry and music about rodents: both the despicable rat and the adorable squirrel, although, according to Sarah Jessica Parker, “a squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit.” You’ll hear poetry by Matthea Harvey, Stuart Dischell, and Travis Denton, you’ll hear music by The Verve, David Gogo and Penguin Café.

Purr-etry

From melodically challenged | Part of the Spring 2016 series | 01:00:00

Albert Schweitzer said, “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week we will offer you refuge from the miseries of life in our Purr-etry show: an hour of poetry and music about cats. You’ll hear poetry by Linda Gregg, William Blake, T. S. Eliot, and Fady Joudah among others; you’ll hear music by Alex Battle and the Engleberts, Nate Maingard, and Philippe Beer Gabel.

Sasha_small  Albert Schweitzer said, “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. ” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week we will offer you refuge from the miseries of life in our Purr-etry show: an hour of poetry and music about cats. You’ll hear poetry by Linda Gregg,  Frank Giampietro, Edward Lear, Arron Baker, Tina Pisco, Tina Chang, Rebecca Black, Gilian Kiley, Lauri Conner, William Blake, T. S. Eliot, Patrick Phillips, Nickole Brown, Luljeta Lleshanaku translated by Ani Gjika, Jericho Brown, Sarah Wetzel, Philip Metres, Ken Rumble, and Fady Joudah among others; you’ll hear music by Alex Battle and the Engleberts, Nate Maingard, and Philippe Beer Gabel.

Hot Cool Jazz Show

From melodically challenged | Part of the Spring 2016 series | 01:00:00

Louis Armstrong once said “Hot can be cool, and cool can be hot, and each can be both. But hot or cool, man, jazz is jazz.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. On this week's show, we’ll explore the hot and cold relationship between jazz poetry and jazz music. You'll hear poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks, Sebastian Matthews, Betsy Sholl, and Anthony Walton among others, and music by Velocity, Trish Hatley, and Cedric Givens.

File0001042763572_small  Louis Armstrong once said “Hot can be cool, and cool can be hot, and each can be both. But hot or cool, man, jazz is jazz.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. I’m Nancy Correro and I’m K.B. Kincer. On today’s show, we’ll explore the hot and cold relationship between jazz poetry and jazz music.  Like the music itself, jazz poetry encompasses a variety of forms, rhythms, and sounds—a relationship that began with the birth of jazz at the start of the twentieth century. Jazz poetry can be seen as a thread that runs through the Harlem Renaissance , the Beat movement , and the Black Arts Movement —and it is still vibrant today. You'll hear You'll hear poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks, Gregory Pardlo, Sean Singer, Matthew Shenoda, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Yusef Komunyakaa, Estha Weiner, Lucille Clifton, Linda Sue Jackson, Marilyn Hacker, Oliver De La Paz, Sebastian Matthews, Betsy Sholl, Langston Hughes, Adrien Matejka, Reginald Harris, Ed Pavlic, Laura Sheffler Morgan, Billy Ramsell, and Anthony Walton among others, and music by Velocity, Trish Hatley, and Cedric Givens.

A Snail's Pace Show

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While most of us are in a constant rush to get things done, Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare taught us that slow and steady wins the race. Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week we’ll hear poems and songs that teach us how to take it slo-o-o-o-o-w. You’ll hear poetry by Mary Noonan, Sam Witt, Sun Yung Shin, and Kyes Stevens, and you’ll hear music by Nate Maingard, Noise Problems, and Greg Gibbs.

File0002022179130_small While most of us are in a constant rush to get things done, Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare taught us that slow and steady wins the race. Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week we’ll hear poems and songs that teach us how to take it slo-o-o-o-o-w. You’ll hear poetry by Alexander Long, Ben Maier, Grzergorz Wroblewski translated by Piotr Gwiazda, Kerrin McCadden, Ana Merino translated by Elizabeth Pollli, Ani Gjika, Purvi Shah, Carolos Pardo translated by Curtis Bauer, Laura Scheffler Morgan, Nicky Beer, Julieta Valero translated by Curtis Bauer, Frank Giampietro, Sam Taylor, David Bruzina, Terry L. Kennedy, Maggie Sawkins, Mary Noonan, Sam Witt, Sun Yung Shin, and Kyes Stevens, and you’ll hear music by Nate Maingard, Noise Problems, and Greg Gibbs.

Nothing But the Blues

From melodically challenged | Part of the Spring 2016 series | 01:00:00

According to blues musician, Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, “The blues is like this. You lay down some night and you turn from one side of the bed to the other: all night long. It’s not too cold in that bed, and it ain’t too hot. But, what’s the matter? The blues has got you.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. On today’s show, we’ll explore blues poetry and hear a few blues tunes. You’ll hear poetry by Yusef Komunyakaa, Maya Angelou, Natasha Tretheway, Kevin Young, and Hermine Pinson, among others and you’ll hear music by Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Andre Williams and Marvin Hill.

Vintage_electric_guitar_small According to blues musician, Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, “The blues is like this. You lay down some night and you turn from one side of the bed to the other: all night long. It’s not too cold in that bed, and it ain’t too hot. But, what’s the matter? The blues has got you.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. On today’s show, we’ll explore blues poetry and hear a few blues tunes. You’ll hear poetry by Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Tretheway, Kevin Young, Lynne Thompson, Ed Pavlic, Sebastian Matthews, Anthony Walton, Peter Gizzi, Juan Felipe Herrera, Anne Sexton, Maya Angelou, Bianca Stone, Major Jackson, Carl Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Toi Derricotte, Adrian Matejka and Hermine Pinson, among others and you’ll hear music by Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Andre Williams and Marvin Hill.

Catching Fire

From melodically challenged | Part of the Spring 2016 series | 01:00:00

Ferdinand Foch said, “the most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” This week on melodically challenged our poetry and music will explore one of the fundamental elements of nature: Fire. We’ll hear poetry by Laura Sheffler Morgan, Kevin A. Gonzalez, William Blake and Taylor Mali among others, we’ll hear music by Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, The Waco Brothers and Paul Burch, and Firewater.

Planet_explode_small  Ferdinand Foch said, “the most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”   This week on melodically challenged our poetry and music will explore one of the fundamental elements of nature: Fire.  We’ll hear poetry by Laura Sheffler Morgan, Kevin A. Gonzalez, William Blake, Sandra Lim, Santee Frazier, Angie Hogan, Cori A. Winrock, Corey Greene, Colin Cheney, Stuart Dischell, Miranda Field, Deborah Ager, Steve Scafidi, Brian Turner, Monica Ferrell, Oliver DeLa Paz, Sara Gallardo, Andres Navarro, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Eoghan Walls, David Roderick, and Taylor Mali among others, we’ll hear music by Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, The Waco Brothers and Paul Burch, and Firewater.

It's a Revolution!

From melodically challenged | Part of the Spring 2016 series | 01:00:00

Singer songwriter Jim Morrison of the group The Doors once said, “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.” The poets in this week’s melodically challenged show challenge themselves by writing poetry inspired by revolution. You’ll hear poetry by Karen An-whei Lee, Naomi Shahib Nye, Mary Jo Bang, and Regie Cabico; you’ll hear music by The Riptones, Firewater, and The Waco Brothers.

File1551235629602_small  Singer songwriter Jim Morrison of the group The Doors once said, “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.” The poets in this week’s melodically challenged show challenge themselves by writing poetry inspired by revolution. You’ll hear poetry by Karen An-whei Lee, Peter Gizzi, James Allen Hall, Santee Frazier, David Baker, Frank X. Walker, Alexander Long, Melissa Stein, Sarah Messer, Janine Joseph, Amber Flora Thomas, Anne Shaw, Jane Hirshfeld, David Trinidad, Sandra Beasley, Jill McDonough, Shane Book,  Suzanne Stein, Roger Bonair-Agard, Audre Lorde, Naomi Shahib Nye, Mary Jo Bang, and Regie Cabico; you’ll hear music by The Riptones, Firewater, and The Waco Brothers.

Porphyrous Poetry

From melodically challenged | Part of the Spring 2016 series | 01:00:00

The word porphyrous means "of or pertaining to the color purple," according to Websters Third New International Dictionary, unabridged, and in this week's show we will hear an hour of poetry and music with the color purple in every poem and song. You will hear poems by Michael Morse, Nickole Brown, Martin Arnold, and Ishion Hutchinson among many others and you'll hear music by Robin Mitchell, Syndrom, and Th.en.d.

10644662_10152709160160358_2068651613912284971_o_small The word porphyrous means of or pertaining to the color purple," according to Websters Third New International Dictionary, unabridged,  and in this week's show we will hear an hour of poetry and music with the color purple in every poem and song. You will hear poems by Michael Morse, Maureen Boyle, Sally Blumis-Dunn, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Carely Salerno, John Casteen, Mary Noonan, Kerrin McCadden, Sean Singer, Gilian Kiley, Norman Dubie, Patrick Donnelly, Emmy Perez, Jane Hilberry, Carmen O. Melendez, Elizabyth Hiscox, Xochiquetzal Candalaria, Helen Wickes, Molly Peacock, Nickole Brown, Martin Arnold, and Ishion Hutchinson among many others and you'll hear music by Robin Mitchell, Syndrom, and Th.en.d. 

At the Movies

From melodically challenged | Part of the Spring 2016 series | 01:00:00

Orson Welles said, “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” Find a good seat, get your popcorn ready, and, please, silence your phones, because this week on melodically challenged, we’re going to the movies with an hour of poetry and music about film. You’ll hear poems by John Murillo, Sara Gallardo translated by Heath Wing, Juan Felipe Herrara and John Olivares Espinoza among many others and you’ll hear music by The New Mystikal Troubadours and Logan Whitehurst and the Jr. Science Club.

File0001374823614_small Orson Welles said, “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.”   Find a good seat, get your popcorn ready, and, please, silence your phones, because this week on melodically challenged, we’re going to the movies with an hour of poetry and music about film. You’ll hear poems by John Murillo, Kate Northrop, Ariana Sophia Kartsonis, Sara Gallardo translated by Heath Wing, Juan Felipe Herrara,John Murillo, Rebecca Black, Reginald Harris, James Allen Hall, Alexander Long, Sam Witt, Arielle Greenberg, Rick Barot, Robin Ekiss, Jane Hilberry, Matthew Dickman, Ken Cormier, and John Olivares Espinoza among many others and you’ll hear music by The New Mystikal Troubadours and Logan Whitehurst and the Jr. Science Club.

Open Windows

From melodically challenged | Part of the Spring 2016 series | 01:00:00

Ella Wheeler Wilcox said, “Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.” In this week’s edition of melodically challenged, our poets look through windows: they look out windows, they look in windows, and look to windows as avenues of understanding. You’ll hear poems by Patrick Donnelly, Chloe Honum, Jorge Gimeno, and Heather Treseler, among others, and music by krow, Carrie Newcomer, Unclebibby and David Szesztay.

Ventana_solitaria_small Ella Wheeler Wilcox said, “Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.”  In this week’s edition of melodically challenged, our poets look through windows: they look out windows, they look in windows, and look to windows as avenues of understanding. You’ll hear poems by Patrick Donnelly, Maria do Cebreiro translated by Neil Anderson, Terry Kennedy, Sarah Wetzel, Andres Navarro translated by Curtis Bauer, Kristen Case, Billy Ramsel, Layli Long Soldier, Jennifer K. Sweeney, Genine Lentine, Patric Donnelly, Colin Cheney, Aaron Baker, Chad Sweeney, Chloe Honum, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Jorge Gimeno, and Heather Treseler and music by krow, Carrie Newcomer, Unclebibby and David Szesztay.

The Four Directions

From melodically challenged | Part of the Spring 2016 series | 01:00:00

Saint Augustine said, “Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and yet, they pass by themselves without wondering.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week, we look toward the four directions as we prepare to leave on our summer breaks. We will combine our wonder at the world with poetry that considers our internal compass through our external locations. You’ll hear poetry by Matthew Olzman, Stacey Lynn Brown, Carrie Jerrell, and Jake Adam York among others, and you’ll hear music by The Paparazzi, Atlas Sound, Still Pluto, and Sergey Cheremisinov as we explore North, South, East, and West in poems and song.

File0001201339122_small  Saint Augustine said, “Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and yet, they pass by themselves without wondering.”  Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week, we look toward the four directions as we prepare to leave on our summer breaks. We will combine our wonder at the world with poetry that considers our internal compass through our external locations. You’ll hear poetry by Matthew Olzman, Stacey Lynn Brown, Carrie Jerrell, and Jake Adam York among others, and you’ll hear music by The Paparazzi, Atlas Sound, Still Pluto, and Sergey Cheremisinov as we explore North, South, East, and West in poems and song.

Hold Your Horses!

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According to Pam Brown, “A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” Welcome to this week’s melodically challenged and hold your horses! Get ready for an hour of poems and music that celebrates the horse in all its glory. You’ll hear poetry by Reginald Dwayne Betts, Layli Long Soldier, Sherwin Bitsui, (pronounced Bit-swee) and a selection of poems from Frank X. Walker’s book: I Dedicate This Ride: The Making of Isaac Murphy; you’ll hear music from The Deafening Colors, Air Waves, and Greg Atkinson.

Horse_sign_5_small  According to Pam Brown, “A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” Welcome to this week’s melodically challenged and hold your horses! Get ready for an hour of poems and music that celebrates the horse in all its glory. You’ll hear poetry by Reginald Dwayne Betts, Layli Long Soldier, Sherwin Bitsui, (pronounced Bit-swee) and a selection of poems from Frank X. Walker’s book: I Dedicate This Ride: The Making of Isaac Murphy; you’ll hear music from The Deafening Colors, Air Waves, and Greg Atkinson

Behind Bars

From melodically challenged | 01:00:01

“I don’t like jail, Charles Bukowski said, “they got the wrong kind of bars in there.” Welcome to melodically challenged where this week’s show takes you behind bars as we listen to poems and music about crime and punishment. You’ll hear poetry by Jake Adam York, Betsy Scholl, Juan Felipe Herrera, and our featured poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, and you’ll hear music by 99 Tales, Chatham County Line, and Crete Boom.

Dsc_0290_small “I don’t like jail, Charles Bukowski said, “they got the wrong kind of bars in there.” Welcome to melodically challenged where this week’s show takes you behind bars as we listen to poems and music about crime and punishment. You’ll hear poetry by Jake Adam York, Betsy Scholl, Juan Felipe Herrera, and our featured poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, and you’ll hear music by 99 Tales, Chatham County Line, and Crete Boom.

 

 

Park It!

From melodically challenged | Part of the Best of melodically challenged Summer of 2020: JULY series | 01:00:01

On a nice, sunny afternoon, there's no better place to be than at the park. Welcome to melodically challenged, where this week’s show has poems and music that features parks of all kinds from neighborhood parks to National Parks. You’ll hear poems by Ansel Elkins, Nick Flynn, Edward Hirsch, and Naomi Shahib Nye among others and music by Ultimate Painting, The Dutchess and the Duke, and Kelly Latimore.

Dscf8871_small On a nice, sunny afternoon, there's no better place to be than at the park. Whether you like hiking, picnicking, or playing Frisbee with your furry friend, there's a park for that! Welcome to melodically challenged, where this week’s show has poems and music that features parks of all kinds from neighborhood parks to National Parks. So, park it right where you are and enjoy the show!  You’ll hear poems by Ansel Elkins, Nick Flynn, Edward Hirsch, and Naomi Shahib Nye among others and music by Ultimate Painting, The Dutchess and the Duke, and Kelly Latimore.

Poems from The Secret of Hoa Sen

From melodically challenged | Part of the The Best of melodically challenged in the Summer of 2018 series | 01:00:00

Welcome to a special edition of melodically challenged, when we will present the poetry of Nguyen Phan Que Mai from the book The Secret of Hoa Sen, published by BOA Editions. In this show, Que Mai reads her poems in Vietnamese and K. B. Kincer will read each translated poem in English. Throughout the show we will hear music by Ngo Hong Quang, a Vietnamese singer and songwriter.

Hoa_sen_high_resolution_cover_small  Bruce Weigl says in the book The Secret of Hoa Sen , “At the heart of Nguyen Phan Que Mai’s poetry in English is a heightened sense of tradition that allows the past to be very much alive in our present lives, and the future, a shining world of wondrous possibilities.” Welcome to a special edition of melodically challenged , when we will present the poetry of Nguyen Phan Que Mai from the book The Secret of Hoa Sen , published by BOA Editions, translated both by Bruce Weigl and Nguyen Phan Que Mai herself. In this show, Que Mai reads her poems in Vietnamese and K. B. Kincer will read each translated poem in English. Throughout the show we will hear music by Ngo Hong Quang, a Vietnamese singer and songwriter.

It's Bedtime!

From melodically challenged | 01:05:00

Benjamin Franklin said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” but James Thurber said, “Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead.” Either way you look at it, it’s bedtime on melodically challenged, when this week we will feature a bed in every poem and song.

Sleepy_max_small Benjamin Franklin said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” but James Thurber said, “Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead.” Either way you look at it, it’s bedtime on melodically challenged, when this week we will feature a bed in every poem and song. You’ll hear poetry by Elena Medel, Colin Cheney, Heather Treseler and Eoghan Walls among many others and you’ll hear music by The Red Crickets, Lugar and White Wires. So get on your pajamas, grab your hot chocolate and get ready for Bedtime, on melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

 

Small Towns

From melodically challenged | Part of the The Best of melodically challenged in the Summer of 2018 series | 02:05:10

“Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. This week’s show is all about small towns: the towns that are our homes, or the towns we drive through on our way to someplace else.

File7771347376175_small “Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. This week’s show is all about small towns:  the towns that are our homes, or the towns we drive through on our way to someplace else. Little villages can have a lot of history. Of course, they can also be the place where everyone knows everyone else’s personal history! You’ll hear poems by Thorpe Moeckel, Rebecca Black, Jake Adam York and Lynne Thompson among many others and music by The Twin Atlas, Blind Pilot, and Night Driving in Small Towns.   

Out of This World!

From melodically challenged | Part of the The Best of melodically challenged in the Summer of 2018 series | 02:05:02

Our solar system consists of a star we call the Sun, the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Yes, I said Pluto. Take that International Astronomical Union. It also includes: the satellites of the planets; numerous comets, asteroids, and meteoroids; and the interplanetary medium. Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week all of our poetry and music will feature elements of our Solar System.

File0001190356464_1__small Our solar system consists of a star we call the Sun, the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Yes, I said Pluto. Take that International Astronomical Union.  It also includes: the satellites of the planets; numerous comets, asteroids, and meteoroids; and the interplanetary medium. Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week all of our poetry and music will feature elements of our Solar System. You’ll hear poetry by Helene Cardona, Tim Siebles, Nina Corwin and Taylor Mali among many others and music by Free Soul School Switzerland, Borrtex, and To Eris. Here on melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

                                                                                                                                               

 

Six Feet Under

From melodically challenged | Part of the 2017-2018 Fall/Winter/Spring series | 02:05:00

Funeral director and poet Thomas Lynch once said, “A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be.” Dearly beloved, we are gathered here for another edition of melodically challenged, and this week’s show is all about funerals: about dying, about burials, about cemeteries, and about saying goodbye.

File4021285826512_small Funeral director and poet Thomas Lynch once said, “A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be.” Dearly beloved, we are gathered here for another edition of melodically challenged, and this week’s show is all about funerals: about dying, about burials, about cemeteries, and about saying goodbye.  You'll hear poetry by Sean Nevin, Charlotte Matthews, Mark Jarman and Annie Finch and music by The Minks, Kevin McCleod, and Allistir Thompson.

So put on your black clothes, bake a casserole for the next of kin, and get ready to go six feet under with melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

Cars, Trains, Boats, and Planes!

From melodically challenged | Part of the The Best of melodically challenged in the Summer of 2018 series | 02:05:03

Saint Augustine said, “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged when this week we will travel using almost every form of transportation possible: cars, trains, boats and planes, which often take us to our loved ones and home.

3dde32b97b0f917a2b77d18ff318c458_1__small Saint Augustine said, “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged when this week we will travel using almost every form of transportation possible: cars, trains, boats and planes, which often take us to our loved ones and home. You’ll hear poems by Jennifer K. Sweeney, William Walsh, Anne Shaw and Dan Albergotti, among many others, and music by Nomcore, I Am Not Lefthanded, David Szesztay, Cory Gray, and Loyalty Freak Music. So grab your suitcase, travel mug, Traffic app and Dramamine, we’re hitting the road on melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

Working the Crowd Show

From melodically challenged | Part of the 2017-2018 Fall/Winter/Spring series | 01:00:01

Welcome to this week’s edition of melodically challenged! We invite you to join the crowd, because we’ll be working the crowd in an hour of poetry and music.

File0002119148801_small  Trent Reznor said, “Live interaction with a crowd is a cathartic, spiritual kind of exchange, and it's intensified at a festival.” Or, we might add, in a poetry radio show. Welcome to this week’s edition of melodically challenged! We invite you to join the crowd, because we’ll be working the crowd in our poems and music. You’ll hear poetry by Rachel Richardson, Andrew Kozma, Emily Warn, and our featured poet, Ed Pavlic; you’ll hear music by Derek Clegg, Jim Bryson and Pocketmaster.

Watching the Clock

From melodically challenged | Part of the melodically challenged Winter Wonderland series | 01:00:00

Abdullah Ibrahim said, “They took away time, and they gave us the clock.” And that’s what this week’s melodically challenged is all about: clocks and the time they record.

File0001089134058_small Abdullah Ibrahim said, “They took away time, and they gave us the clock.” And that’s what this week’s melodically challenged show is all about: clocks and the time they record.  You’ll hear poetry by Tasha Graff, Reginald Dwayne Betts, John Casteen, and Elizabeth Bradfield among many others and music by Food Will Win the War, Pk Jazz Collective, Vexed to Nightmare, The Womb, and Gonzalo Varela. The clock is ticking here on melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

Play It Again

From melodically challenged | Part of the 2017-2018 Fall/Winter/Spring series | 01:00:02

Gertrude Stein called repetition “the lesson that history teaches.” Coming up on melodically challenged it’s “Play It Again,” and every poem will feature some form of repetition: either a word, a phrase, or a whole line. It’s so nice, you’ll want to listen twice!

File5431247157312_small Gertrude Stein called repetition “the lesson that history teaches.” Coming up on melodically challenged it’s “Play It Again,” and every poem will feature some form of repetition: either a word, a phrase, or a whole line.  You'll hear poetry by Airea D. Matthews, Major Jackson, Kay Ryan, Fatimah Asghar, and John Ashbery among many others, and music by Proto Idiot, Wimps,  and Josh Woodward. It’s so nice, you’ll want to listen twice!

It's Got Legs!

From melodically challenged | Part of the 2017-2018 Fall/Winter/Spring series | 01:00:00

Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. This week we’re going to give you a leg up on poetry, with an hour of poetry and music with legs. So, shake a leg! Get to your radio to hear this week’s melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

File000357139426_small Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged. This week we’re going to give you a leg up on poetry, with an hour of poetry and music with legs. You’ll hear poems by David Roderick, Jeffrey Thompson, Keetje Kuipers, and Jennifer Kwon Dobbs among many others and music by Legendary Oaks, Monplaisir, Andy G. Cohen, Blue Dot Sessions, Jon Watts, and this week, we’re featuring Rettward Von Doernberg’s brand new single, called Stay Awhile. So, shake a leg! Get to your radio to hear this week’s melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

Fools Rush In

From melodically challenged | Part of the 2017-2018 Fall/Winter/Spring series | 01:00:02

Alexander Pope wrote in his 1711 poem An Essay on Criticism “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” Not much has changed in 300 years because this week on melodically challenged Fools Rush In! The poems and songs you’ll hear feature fools of all kinds, but no angels! Don’t be a fool; join us this week!

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Alexander Pope wrote in his 1711 poem An Essay on Criticism “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” Not much has changed in 300 years because this week on melodically challenged Fools Rush In! The poems and songs you’ll hear feature fools of all kinds, but no angels! Poems include work from Aracelis Girmay, Cornelius Eady, Ansel Elkins, Jericho Brown, and Jeffrey Thomson. Music includes Red Crickets, Pheasant, and Uniform Motion. Don’t be a fool; join us this week!


Working Wonders

From melodically challenged | Part of the melodically challenged Winter Wonders series | 01:00:03

Socrates said that wisdom begins in wonder, and that is what this week’s show is all about: wonder. This week we’re working wonders on melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

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Socrates said that wisdom begins in wonder, and that is what this week’s show is all about: wonder. You’ll hear poems with a sense of wonder about everything by Reginald Dwayne Betts, Miranda Field, Tim Seibles, Heather Treseler, and Jake Adam York among others and music by Squire Tuck, Doctor Turtle, Edith Frost, KieLoKaz and Griefbirds among others. This week we’re working wonders on melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!  


The State of the Art

From melodically challenged | Part of the The Best of melodically challenged Summer of 2019 series | 01:00:03

Horace said, “A picture is a poem without words,” but this week on melodically challenged, you can have it both ways with an hour of poetry and music about art: paintings, sculptures, drawing, even a classic cartoon.

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Horace said, “A picture is a poem without words,” but this week on melodically challenged, you can have it both ways with an hour of poetry and music about art: paintings, sculptures, drawing, even a classic cartoon. You’ll hear poems by Meaghan O’Rourke, John Struloeff, Heather Treseler, and Maria do Cebreiro translated by Neil Anderson among many others and music by Emily Danger, The Kyoto Connection, Ultimate Painting, Peter Beidermann, Inequalis, and Uncle Milk among others. This week we’re bringing you the state of the art on melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!


Pirate Radio

From melodically challenged | Part of the Best of melodically challenged Summer of 2020: JULY series | 01:00:03

AAAAAAAAAARGE! AHOY MATEYS! This week melodically challenged turns into pirate radio with an hour of poetry and music including all things pirate: the sea, ships, parrots and pirates.

6916e35c433058f8ed98209d2176a180_small AAAAAAAAAARGE! AHOY MATEYS!  This week melodically challenged turns into pirate radio with an hour of poetry and music including all things pirate: the sea, ships, parrots and pirates. You’ll hear poetry by Marie Harris, Stuart Dischell,  Anne Shaw, Adrian Matejka, and Eugene Ostashevsky among others and music by Nathan Moomaw, Entertainment for the Braindead, Black Bones, Komiku, and Damainao Baldoni among others. So grab your sword, boots and eyepatch, we’re pirating radio this week on melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

We've Got It Good!

From melodically challenged | Part of the melodically challenged Winter Wonders series | 01:00:02

goodnet.com asks us, Have you ever felt a rush after doing a good deed? Were you more relaxed after volunteering? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, there’s a good reason - it’s called science.  This week, we’ve got it Good here on melodically challenged, with an hour of poetry and music with the word “good” in every poem.

_dsc6293_small goodnet.com asks us, Have you ever felt a rush after doing a good deed? Were you more relaxed after volunteering? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, there’s a good reason - it’s called science.  This week, we’ve got it Good here on melodically challenged, with an hour of poetry and music with the word “good” in every poem. You’ll hear poetry by Ilyse Kusnetz, Chen Chen, Emily Vizzo, Elizabeth Volpe, and Tim Seibles among many others and music by Daniel Birch, Lobo Loco, David Amber, and Notch, among others. We’ve got it good here on melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

Take a Walk!

From melodically challenged | Part of the melodically challenged Winter Wonders series | 01:00:03

Jim Morrison said, “Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you. And this week on melodically challenged we want you to take an hour and take a walk through the doors of poetry.

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Jim Morrison said, “Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you. And this week on melodically challenged we want you to take an hour and take a walk through the doors of poetry. You’ll hear poems by Sebastian Matthews, Juliana Gray, Matthew Olzman, Petra White and James Richardson among many others and music by Chad Crouch, Ketsa, Gemini Tri, Saalim Ismail, and The Weekend Retreat among others. Go Take a  walk! with melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks! 

The Gift of Life

From melodically challenged | Part of the Best of melodically challenged Summer of 2020: JULY series | 01:00:01

Did you know that almost 114,000 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant? Welcome to melodically challenged. This week we’re focusing on poems that feature organs of the body: lungs, livers, hearts, and kidneys among others and we’ll give you some facts about organ donations.

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Did you know that almost 114,000 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant? Welcome to melodically challenged. Organ Donation is a subject near and dear to us, as our founder, Robert V. Morea, received a double lung transplant in 2003, which allowed him to live the best years of his short life, becoming a program director for WRAS and creating melodically challenged. This week we’re focusing on poems that feature organs of the body: lungs, livers, hearts, and kidneys among others and we’ll give you some facts about organ donations. You’ll hear poetry by Kamilla Aisha Moon, Doug Van Gundy, Camille Yvette Welsh and Oliver de la Paz among many others and music by kitchenromance, Malabaster, the cow goes moo, and Jahzaar among many others. Organ donation is The Gift of Life, here on melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!


IT'S A MATTER OF FAITH

From melodically challenged | 01:00:02

Corrie ten Boom said,  “Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged when this week we’ll share poems about faith.

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Corrie ten Boom said,  “Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged when this week we’ll share poems about faith. You’ll hear poetry by Marcus Wicker, Alison Seay, Mathew Olzman and Antoinette Brim-Bell among many others and music by Dee Yan-Key, Deal the Villain,, and the Agrarians among many others. This week we’re keeping the faith on melodically challenged where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

Going Viral

From melodically challenged | Part of the Best of melodically challenged Podcasts for Radio Summer of 2021 series | 01:22:15

Welcome to this week’s melodically challenged when we’ll hear poems about hospital workers, patients, nurses and doctors.

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Doctors, nurses, and hospital workers have dealt with the physical, mental and emotional effects from their life on the front lines of the pandemic.  They faced unprecedented circumstances — fighting a new and unpredictable virus, watching patients battle illness alone, and worrying about infecting their own family members. Welcome to this week’s melodically challenged when we’ll hear poems about hospital workers, patients, nurses and doctors. We’re going Viral spreading poetry, safely, on this week’s melodically challenged, where yesterday’s poetry comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

The Eye of the Storm

From melodically challenged | Part of the Best of melodically challenged Podcasts for Radio Summer of 2021 series | 01:00:07

Anderson Cooper said, “Anyone who says they're not afraid at the time of a hurricane is either a fool or a liar, or a little bit of both.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, when this week we’ll take you into the eye of the storm: We’re facing hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons and all manner of storms, this week on melodically challenged, where yesterday comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!

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Anderson Cooper said, “Anyone who says they're not afraid at the time of a hurricane is either a fool or a liar, or a little bit of both.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, when this week we’ll take you into the eye of the storm with poetry by A. B. Spelman, Olga Orozco translated by Mary Crow, Patrick Rosal, Aaron Coleman, and Adrienne Rich among many others and music by Sergey Cheremisinov, Parallel Park, Mister Keys, Hash and Josh Woodward among many others. We’re facing hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons and all manner of storms, this week on melodically challenged, where yesterday comes alive and today’s poetry rocks!