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The Stars Are All Around


The poetry & music of the Stars featuring poems by Tess Gallagher, Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman along with music from Tom Baxter, Stina Nordenstam and Declan O’Rourke.  Your host: Tracy Gaughan






People by WestWords

Theme of People in poetry and music featuring: Carl Sandburg’s tribute to the people of Chicago, James Tate’s Lost Pilot and the Idea of Ancestry by Etheridge Knight. Along with music from Damien Rice, Hozier and Bell X1.
Presenter: Tracy Gaughan

WestWords Perfect Pair 27.08.2014

Carl Sandburg is one of my favourite American writers.  Born in Illinois in 1878, he wrote poetry for two years before his first book of verse, In Reckless Ecstasy, was printed in 1904. A further two volumes followed, Incidentals in 1907 and The Plaint of a Rose in 1908. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his Complete Poems in 1950. Sandburg died in North Carolina in 1957. This is:

By Carl Sandburg

LET us sit by a hissing steam-radiator, a winter’s day, gray wind pattering frozen raindrops on the window,
And let us talk about milk wagon drivers and grocery delivery boys.

Let us keep our feet in wool slippers and mix hot punches—and talk about mail carriers and messenger boys slipping along the icy sidewalks.
Let us write of olden, golden days and hunters of the Holy Grail and men called “knights” riding horses in the rain, in the cold frozen rain for ladies they loved.

A roustabout hunched on a coal wagon goes by, icicles drip on his hat rim, sheets of ice wrapping the hunks of coal, the caravanserai a gray blur in slant of rain.

Let us nudge the steam radiator with our wool slippers and write poems of Lancelot, the hero, and Roland, the hero, and all the olden golden men who rode horses in the rain.


Listen to Summer by WestWords!

Listen to the poetry and music of the Summer with Tracy Gaughan, featuring:

Back Yard by Carl Sandburg & Constellations, Jack Johnson

Summer from The Second Pastoral by Alexander Pope & Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D Minor, Tomaso Albinoni

In The Summer by Nizar Qabbani & We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea, Declan O’Rourke

Green Crab’s Shell by Mark Doty & High On The Tide, Fyfe Dangerfield

Summer by Louise Gluck & It’s Summertime, The Flaming Lips

If You Get There Before I Do by Dick Allen & Darlin Wait For Me, Richard Hawley


Winter by WestWords

Written and presented by Tracy Gaughan, WestWords is live on 6pm Sat/10am Thurs and available to podcast


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This weeks show features:

Winter Winds – Mumford & Sons

Wintertime by Robert Louis Stevenson wth White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

Winter Seascape by John Betjeman wth After The Storm – Craig Armstrong

Winter Song – Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

Winter Milk by Carl Sandburg with Winter – Tori Amos

Winter And The Nuthatch by Mary Oliver with The Blue Bird – Anuna

Woods In Winter by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with The Skaters Waltz – Emile Waldteufel

Late Snow by M.R. Peacock with A Winters Tale – David Essex

And Winter Came – Enya

Enjoy the show!