Interviewer vs. Interviewer

Interviewer vs. Interviewer
( Click on picture to view) Elizabeth Lund--Host of Poetic Lines interviews Host of Poet to Poet-- Doug Holder

Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 21 Poet, Playwright, Composer Elizabeth Swados

My guest July 21 5PM will be poet Elizabeth Swados ( This will be a one hour special edition of "Poet to Poet" (5 to 6PM)) After the show Swados will be reading at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge at 7PM in Harvard Square with Bert Stern and Mark Pawlak.

Liz's newest book of poetry, "The One and Only Human Galaxy," ( Hanging Loose Press) has just been released.

Elizabeth Swados is the author of three novels, two non-fiction books, a book of poetry, and nine children's books. A renowned musician, director, and composer, she has received five Tony-award nominations and three Obie awards for her theatrical productions both on and off Broadway. She lives in New York City.

Perhaps best known for her Broadway and international smash hit Runaways, Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed for over 30 years. Some of her works include the Obie Award winning Trilogy at La Mama, Alice at the Palace with Meryl Streep at the New York Shakespeare Theater Festival, Groundhog, which was optioned by Milos Forman for a film, and a wide variety of Biblical musical adaptations. Her work has been performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, at La Mama, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, and locations all over the world. She has also composed highly acclaimed dance scores for well-known choreographers in the US, Europe and South America.

Ms. Swados has been creating issue-oriented theater with young people for her entire career. This work has culminated in a theatrical extravaganza for New York University, The Reality Show, about the trials and tribulations of college in New York City. The piece uses rock and roll, dance and edgy humor and was performed last summer by NYU students at Madison Square Garden.

Recent productions include Atonement, a theatrical oratorio presented by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, an adaptation of S. Ansky’s The Dybbuk at NYU/Tisch, Spider Operas at PS122 (with Mabou Mines), Political Subversities, a political revue that has been presented in two Culture Project festivals as well as at Joe's Pub, and a workshop of Dance of Desire, a translation of Lorca’s Yerma by Caridad Svich. Her opera KASPAR HAUSER: a foundling’s opera enjoyed a seven week run at The Flea theater in TriBeCa. She recently wrapped a new children's CD, Everyone is Different, in conjunction with Forward Face. The CD is circulating in schools around the country.

Ms. Swados has published novels, non-fiction books, children's books and poetry to great acclaim, and received the Ken Award for her book My Depression. Her theater textbook, At Play: Teaching Teenagers Theater, was published by Faber & Faber in June 2006. A new book of poetry, The One and Only Human Galaxy, will be published by Hanging Loose Press in Spring 2009. Awards: Five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards, Guggenheim Fellowship, Ford Grant, Helen Hayes Award, Lila Acheson Wallace Grant, PEN Citation, and others. Most recently Ms. Swados received a special grant to record musical selections from her years of work.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Poet Zvi Sesling July 14 5PM

Zvi Sesling

Zvi A. Sesling has had poems published in the Voices Israel Anthology, Midstream, Ship of Fools, The Chaffin Journal, Poetica, Ibbetson Street, Illya’s Honey, Wavelength, Asphodel, Saranac Review, New Delta Review, Main Channel Voices and Hazmat Review, Ibbetson Street among others. In 2007 he received First Prize in the Reuben Rose International Poetry Competition and was selected to read his poetry at New England/Pen in 2008 by Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish. He is the founder of the Muddy River Poetry Review.



He was drumming his fingers, raising
First the forefinger, then the middle,
Ring and pinkie, and dropping them
Rapidly to create a drumming sound,
Repetitious and as boring as he was
Bored, the only sound in the room
The incessant rat-a-tat-tat of the fingers
Matching the vacant look in his eyes, the
Falling of his face like a melting ice cream
Cone, his left ear cocked slightly upward
To hear a sound that would break the
Boredom, free him from the classroom
For Wanda Bowers, English teacher, Ret.
University City (MO) High School

Feet Last

Some leaves are blushing red,
others are smiling yellow at the

long winter sleep ahead, brown
leaves are ready to be buried while

trees, embarrassed by their nakedness,
await their snow white dresses and

the new green gown that spring brings.
As the trees shed summer, people begin

to cover themselves for winter. First jackets,
then coats, hats and gloves. Boots follow

Her Smile

I can hear her smiles in waves across
miles of telephone wires bringing

her voice and that smile unseen to warm
a cold room like a flame reaching outward

against the chill or lighting a darkened room
like a lamp touched with electric life. Her

voice and smile arouses my drowning spirit as
if she'd tossed a raft into a sea of boredom
For Susan J. Dechter


The snake is on the kitchen counter making its
way toward me. Deception: it is a licorice stick

and instead of a smooth body it is twisted and
instead of biting me, I bite it, my front teeth cutting

through like two cleavers about to engage in battle.
Licorice, you see, is the human mind, it can be twisted

yet remain cheery like a dream, or hard like a nightmare
Like nations it can be sliced into pieces or heated and

stuck together, fractures forever separating the pieces
the way our minds are detached from each other.

* From "Cyclamens and Swords Magazine"