To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Computers permeate our lives. They scan our groceries.
They entertain us. They keep us safe. But, can they write a poem?
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, will your desktop
be the next Bard? And, the life of the original rock n' roll rebel:
the 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Also, the role of poetry
in the revolution in Somalia
||Charles Hartman collaborated with
his computer to write poetry. He describes his experience
in the book "Virtual Muse: Experiments in Computer Poetry."
Hartman tells Jim Fleming what it was like, and how his students
react to being asked to critique the computer's work. And
we hear lots of samples. Also, Alexander Stille writes
about how cheap tape recorders have influenced the oral tradition
of poetry in Somalia in his book "The Future of the Past."
Stille tells Steve Paulson how poetry became a political weapon
in Somalia's revolution. And we hear lots of examples recorded
Poet Patiann Rogers'
work is collected in a volume called "Song of the World
Becoming: New and Collected Poems, 1981-2001." She
tells Jim Fleming why she finds the language of science
inspiring, and says naming things is the way to notice and
appreciate them. And she reads some of her poems.
||Louis Colaianni thinks anyone
can be taught to speak Shakespeare. He gives Anne Strainchamps
a lesson using the introduction to "Romeo and Juliet."
We also hear it performed by a pro. Colaianni and Cal Pritner
are the co-authors of "How to Speak Shakespeare."
Also, Graham Robb is the author of "Rimbaud: A
Biography." He tells Steve Paulson that Rimbaud was an
extraordinary poet but a manipulative and self-destructive
personality. His genius and his Bohemian lifestyle continue
to inspire young artists. We hear some of his poetry read
by actor Steven Van Herren.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-08-25-A.
- Louis Colaianni and Cal Pritner, How
to Speak Shakespeare (Santa Monica Press)
- Charles Hartman, Virtual Muse: Experiments
in Computer Poetry (Wesleyan University Press)
- Wyatt Mason, ed., Rimbaud Complete
(The Modern Library)
- Graham Robb, Rimbaud: a Biography
(W.W. Norton & Co)
- Pattiann Rogers, Song of the World
Becoming: New and Collected Poems, 1981-2001 (Milkweed
- Alexander Stille, The Future of the Past
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Kosmic Messenger. "Eye to Eye." Kosmic
- Desmond Williams. "Brooklyn Blues."
Delights of the Garden. 18th
Street Lounge Music.
- Mickey Hart. "Udu Chant." The Best of
Mickey Hart: Over the Edge
and Back. RYKO.
- Thunderball. "Heart of the Hustler."
Scorpio Rising. 18th Street
- Blue States. "Theme From Within." Nothing
Changes Under the
Sun. 18th Street Lounge Music.
- The Doors. "Wild Child." The Soft Parade.
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