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The Poetry of Loss, Idaho Celebrates Black History and Surviving Antarctica

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
02/09/2009

There are fish swimming in the waters around Antarctica that produce a kind of antifreeze in order to survive. Anacortes author William Dietrich learned about the thin veil between life and death when he visited Antarctica. Also, the poetry of loss.

At 2:05 p.m. – W.S. Merwin

"I have only what I remember," writes W.S. Merwin in "A Likeness," one of many poems that consider the force of memory on our experience of the present. Today, the Pulitzer prize winning poet reads from his newest collection, "The Shadow of Sirius" (Copper Canyon Press, 2008). Merwin is the author of 60 collections of poems, translations, essays and memoirs. Reading at Benaroya Hall as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures poetry series. Recorded by Jack Straw Productions.

At 2:20 p.m. – Visiting the Idaho Black History Museum

Christine Acosta visited the Idaho Black History Museum for a school project and was surprised to find the museum barely open. She realized funding problems were keeping the museum's extraordinary holdings from wider exposure, so she got some people together and planned a fundraiser. Christine talks with Dick Gordon about how the result was ... not quite what she expected.

At 2:40 p.m. – Nancy Pearl Book Reviews

Our weekly visit with public radio librarian and author of "More Book Lust," Nancy Pearl.

At 2:50 p.m. – William Dietrich Does Antarctica

There are fish swimming in the waters around Antarctica that produce a kind of antifreeze in order to survive. These fish, and his own experience at the South Pole taught William Dietrich a lot about survival and adaptation. Bill is an Anacortes based novelist and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He visited Antarctica 15 years ago. His South Pole journey helped Bill Dietrich better understand the thin veil between life and death. Bill talks with Dave Beck.

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