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"For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences."
—Rainer Maria Rilke
National Poetry Month (April) is one of many programs of the Academy of American Poets created to encourage the year-round, life-long reading of poetry. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. (https://poets.org/)
Image: An Owl and Two Eastern Bullfinches, from an Album 'Birds Compared in Humorous Songs, Contest of Poetry of the 100 and 1000 Birds', 1791 (Color Woodblock Print ). Credo Reference.
In this program, Gamoneda describes his genesis as a poet, shaped by a childhood of poverty and traumatization by the horrors of the Spanish Civil War; his perception of the radicalizing and revelatory nature and limited influence of poetry; and the relationship he perceives between poetry and music.
This program showcases more than 130 of the world’s best-known poems cleverly performed and artistically interpreted. Featuring Claire Bloom, LeVar Burton, Robert Culp, Ruby Dee, Henry Fonda, Will Geer, Fred Gwynne, Valerie Harper, Jack Lemmon, Vincent Price, William Shatner, Irene Worth, and others.