Building an Isthmus

Poems for this episode: "To My Mother" by Edgar Allan Poe"The Winter Moon" by James Robert Kibby"You Can't Beat the Beech Tree" by Tiffany Clark""Hope" is the thing with feathers" by Emily Dickinson Check out Tiffany's Book Memories: Guiding Us Through Life For more about the American Beech Tree click here For more information about…Read more Building an Isthmus

The Sap of Spring

This week we focus on resurrection. Poems for this episode are: "My Heart Leaps Up" by William Wordsworth "God's Grandeur" by Gerard Manley Hopkins "Death, be not proud" by John Donne "A Better Resurrection" by Christina Rossetti To submit your work for a chance to hear it on a future episode or see it on…Read more The Sap of Spring

With an Eye toward Eden

With an Eye toward Eden, She sits alone. Her mind a garden Filled with muses blooming, Dripping nectar in aromatic words For the quill-like tongue of the Bee, Who inquires of its chambers, Sips its mysteries, And reposits honey for progeny. "With an Eye toward Eden" written by James Robert Kibby For this episode, we…Read more With an Eye toward Eden

Wild Nights! – With Emily Dickinson

By James Kibby I understand the title of this post is a bit provocative, but it got you here, right? Before you jump off this post believing it's click bait, just keep reading to find out what Danica McKellar looks like now... She played Winnie Cooper on the popular TV series The Wonder Years, and…Read more Wild Nights! – With Emily Dickinson

“First, to the Grand Canyon!”

This is part two of an interview James did with author, poet, playwright, kanjam enthusiast, dad joke teller, long time Buffalo Sabres fan, and cat lover Thomas H. Iak. In this episode we share some dad jokes, discuss Tom's joys and challenges with writing his first novel, and we acquaint ourselves with Seneca Grove's most…Read more “First, to the Grand Canyon!”

Apples in Bloom

We take a special look at a couple traditional ballads and some literary ballads. Works for this episode:"John Henry" traditional ballad performed by Pete Seeger from his Smithsonian Folkways album American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1 "Barbary Allen" traditional ballad performed by Jean Ritchie from her Smithsonian Folkways album Jean Ritchie: Ballads from Her Appalachian Family…Read more Apples in Bloom

When the Morning Comes (A Civil War Ballad)

By James Kibby 19th Century America is one of my favorite periods in American history to study because it was in this century that the U.S. established itself as a superpower and faced it's greatest challenge as a nation: civil war. It's crazy to think about how bloody this war was, how bitter the sentiments…Read more When the Morning Comes (A Civil War Ballad)

Back and Back and Back

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.from The Giver by Lois Lowry Poems for this episode: "Sonnet 60: Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore" by William Shakespeare"The House on the Hill" by Edwin Arlington Robinson"Song: Memory, hither come"…Read more Back and Back and Back