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Poetry
Aug 19, 2014 — Simin Behbahani, renowned for her piercing and fierce language, published 19 books of poetry over the course of six decades.
Aug 1, 2014 — Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
Jul 4, 2014 — For "This Week's Must-Read" poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips turns to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, the man who first heard America singing.
Jun 13, 2014 — As part of our series "This Week's Must-Read," poet David Lehman recommends a book for those still surprised by Eric Cantor's political upset.
Jun 12, 2014 — Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, who will serve as the next poet laureate, tells NPR's Melissa Block that his inspirations — landscape, language and God — have stayed constant for 50 years.
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Country Schoolhouse
Audio Play:
No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
Irving Bachellor
Audio Novella:
A Franklin Manor Christmas
Paul Willcott of Saranac Lake reads his original Adirondack holiday story set in a down-at-heels former cure cottage and monastery occupied by a lonesome ex-professor.
Irving Bachellor
Audio Novel:
Eben Holden: A Tale of the North Country
An NCPR Exclusive: an audio edition of the 1900 classic North Country novel, Eben Holden, A Tale of the North Country, by Irving Bacheller. This 28-episode three-hour Real Audio production features the voices of a host of volunteer performers..

Spoken word performance interviews from NCPR

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Six sonnets from Relax Yr Face performed by Albert Glover

Canton poet and publisher Albert Glover dropped by the NCPR studio to read a few sonnets from his collection Relax Yr Face, Glover Publishing 1998. We hear, in order, Mental, Nocturnal, Proposal, Maternal, Matinal and Cardinal.  Go to full article

A speech and a ditty from Shakespeare by Shenandoah Shakespeare Express

The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express returns to Canton each year. They brought their not-your-father's-Shakespeare approach to the Bard into the NCPR studio. We hear Allison Glenzer deliver the famous "All the world's a stage" speech, and J.C. Long, Allison Glenzer and Sasha Olnick with a ditty from As You Like It.  Go to full article

Bahia, February 2 and Hawking performed by Steven White

Steven F. White is a poet and translator teaching at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. During August 2001, he performed a selection of twenty years of his poems and translations in the NCPR studio, where they have been mixed into a rich brew of poetry, music, chant and ambient sound called Transversions.  Go to full article

Dam Builders and Vow performed by Dale Hobson

Dale Hobson, NCPR Webnaut from Potsdam, New York, reading Dam Builders and Vow before a rowdy crowd at Martha And Ev's annual barn party, February 2001.  Go to full article

How Hermit Thrush Got His Song

Ray Fadden (Tehanetorens), Mohawk Elder and educator of Onchiota NY, tells the traditional story "How Hermit Thrush Got His Song."  Go to full article

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