Posted by: Joelle Jameson | April 19, 2010

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Springtime Poetry Dance Party

Edna St. Vincent Millay

I’ve been off the air for the past few weeks for various reasons, so sorry about that for those of you who tune in regularly. To make it up to you, this show is one hour long. And to make it up to myself, I unapologetically played a lot of really fun (high-quality) pop music. The unofficial theme of this show is “emotionally-fraught Springtime and/or love poetry,” and there is no better time to listen to upbeat music than in Spring.

One of the reasons that I haven’t done a show in a while is that I’ve been sick, and while I was sick I read a lot of Edna St. Vincent Millay (whose biography, by Nancy Milford, has come highly recommended). Her poetry is often in rhyme and meter, often about springtime and often sounds much happier than it really is, which was absolutely perfect to read in my delirious state. And it’s great to read even when not in a delirious state, hence this show. And I’m always up for some Eavan Boland and Kim Addonizio.

Poems:

“Journey” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Afternoon on a Hill” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Three Songs of Shattering” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Spring” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Ashes of Life” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Kisses” by Kim Addonizio

“Song” by Eavan Boland

“Dance” by Kim Addonizio

Music:

“Don’t Give Up” by The Noisettes

“It Might As Well Be Spring,” State Fair, 1996 Original Broadway Cast

“Wild Young Hearts” by The Noisettes

“Swans” by Camera Obscura

“Rose-Colored Times” by Lisa Loeb

“Alone” by Lisa Loeb

“Sister Rosetta” by The Noisettes

“French Navy” by Camera Obscura

“The Way I Feel Inside” by The Zombies

“Afternoon” by Eleni Mandel

“Waiting for Rain” by sirsy

“Out Tonight” from “Rent,” Rent – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

“My Maudlin Career” by Camera Obscura

“I Promise You, Thomas,” by Volumizer

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