Saturday, May 24, 2008

New feature on Writer's Almanac daily

"The Writer's Almanac" has put a new feature on their daily emails. Each poet's name is now a link. If you click on it, you get links to their other poems used on "The Writer's Almanac." If you like the day's poem, you can read more by the same poet.

This morning's poem was by "Boarding House" by Ted Kooser.

Through the link I described, I have just come across Kooser's "Abandoned Farmhouse" which begins:

He was a big man, says the size of his shoes
on a pile of broken dishes by the house;
a tall man too, says the length of the bed
in an upstairs room; and a good, God-fearing man,
says the Bible with a broken back
on the floor below the window, dusty with sun;
but not a man for farming, say the fields
cluttered with boulders and the leaky barn.

Read the rest...

This poem takes me back to abandoned Saskatchewan farmyards I've seen. For example, we visited my husband's childhood farm homesite some years ago ...

and found his old workboots.

A visit to "The Writer's Almanac" website reveals that they've made other improvements like linking poems by title as well as the date they were posted. They also have a new search feature. Of course the daily morning reading (5 minutes) has been available from iTunes as a podcast for a while now, as well as listenable from the web site and the daily email.

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Sound of silence

Do you hear it? Silence. No more music. When I checked the Sonific website this morning, after noticing my player hasn't been working in the last few days, I discovered that it is no more, due to music licensing issues. I'm sad. Explanation is here.