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The Power of Caretaking and the Poetry of Mary Oliver

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
12/11/2006

Caring for others is a journey of self discovery. Today, Seattle writer Jennifer Sokol tells us how taking care of her mother after a major stroke tested her patience and opened her heart. We also hear poetry from Mary Oliver and get new book reviews from Nancy Pearl.



At 2:07 p.m. - The Poetry of Mary Oliver
In November 2005, nearly a thousand people crowded into Seattle’s Town Hall to hear a rare public reading by Pulitzer prize-winning poet Mary Oliver. Seattle was one of just a handful of cities where she read from her "New and Selected Poems, Volume Two," (Beacon Press, 2005). Today we bring you excerpts from Mary Oliver’s reading, including some of the poems that have made her one of America’s best-loved and best-selling poets (Originally aired January 9th, 2006). Mary Oliver’s reading at Town Hall was sponsored by University Bookstore, the Seattle Public Library and Richard Hugo House.

Next Monday, December 18th on the Beat, we’ll bring you further excerpts from Mary Oliver’s rare Seattle appearance.




At 2:20 p.m. - Jennifer Sokol
Caring for others is a journey of self discovery. One day many of us will face the physically and emotionally demanding job of caring for an aging parent. In her memoir, Six Years of Grace, Seattle author Jennifer Sokol writes about her experieince with caregiving. Jennifer Sokol joins us to share how caring for her dying mother tested her patience and opened her heart.

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  • Jennifer Sokol


  • At 2:45 p.m. - Nancy Pearl Book Reviews
    Our weekly visit with Public Radio librarian and author of More Book Lust, Nancy Pearl

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  • Nancy Pearl


  • At 2:55 p.m. - The Duhks
    For four years now, a band of five skilled, high-energy, tattooed twenty-somethings from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been riveting audiences and winning staunch fans across North America and around the world with blend of soul, gospel, North American folk, and Irish dance music. The title of The Duhks' new CD, Migrations, seems to speak for itself. The Canadian prairie band has toured relentlessly, played rock halls and festivals, and made Nashville virtually their second home. The title also marks just how far The Duhks have traveled as a unit. We’ll listen to songs from Migrations later this hour.


    Related Event:
    The Duhks play in Bellingham, Tuesday, December 12th.

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  • The Duhks
  • The Nightlight Lounge
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