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April 09, 2009


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Thank you for this moving post Grace. Yes, you must write that book! Stacey

STACEY, Thank you for the encouragement.Why don't I? It seems it has ben my life force for 32 years and I do not know if I have to relive it to write it.Saving for my twilight(er) years:)

Don't worry, Stacey - we'll hound her until she writes it!

Grace - great post! And what a treasure you have given our country with the Poet and the Poem.

A minor detail -- James Angleton is better remembered as a founder of the CIA.

Ron, Yes you are so right. But in all fairness, he had a literary beginning which was of greater and more lasting service to the greater good! Grace

Grace, this is so rich; thank you. I've been wondering myself about how satellite radio might provide a home for a 24/7 poetry channel. Say there's a base of 10,000 people in the country who would want to subscribe, plus some NEA funds, why not? Ten thousand subscribers at $10/month is 1.2 mil; say you have four three-hour periods of time to staff; you could re-run those twelve hours during the night. Do the thing on a shoestring for a year, hoping to attract some donor support. The kinds of programming would be really various, including individual interviews, readings, news, discussions; but also presentations of things not available, like verse plays; and I bet it would create as
big an audience as it serves to begin with.
Pie-in-the-sky & cold water, I guess. But this post is wonderful, Grace; and I thank you for your dedication to presenting poets' voices all these years, your own included.

JIM I hope you can do such a thing. AFTER helping to put a radio station on the air, it took all my energy, time, resources. I hope you can follow your dream, and that you have the youth to do it.WHY NOT????

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