From the Library…Edna St. Vincent Millay

Note: Some of today’s music comes from orig­i­nal wax cylin­ders and ear­ly 78 rpm records. Because these are orig­i­nal record­ings, there are some songs that are very “non polit­i­cal­ly cor­rect” and that would be con­sid­ered inap­pro­pri­ate in today’s world. For exam­ple, their por­tray­al of African Amer­i­cans and Irish Amer­i­cans is often neg­a­tive. Radio Riel presents these as a his­tor­i­cal record and in NO way sup­ports these con­cepts. We have tried to remove as many of the songs that we con­sid­er offen­sive as pos­si­ble.

My can­dle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends–
It gives a love­ly light!

Today, Radio Riel fea­tures music from the ear­ly part of the 20th Cen­tu­ry (1900 — 1930) in hon­or of our spe­cial pro­gram, pro­duced in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library, on the Amer­i­can poet, Edna St. Vin­cent Mil­lay.

Cale­don Library Book Dis­cus­sion and Lis­ten­ing Par­ty
Select­ed Poet­ry of Edna St. Vin­cent Mil­lay
Sun­day, Jan 11th, 2009
1–3pm SLT
HG Wells Memo­r­i­al Library, Cale­don Well­sian

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This month we peer into the future to con­sid­er the poet­ry of Miss Edna St. Vin­cent Mil­lay. Mil­lay’s pas­sion­ate out­pour­ings are rather height­ened than con­strained by her pre­cise poet­ic dic­tion. Add to this a strik­ing­ly nat­ur­al and unabashed­ly frank poet­i­cal voice (her works reflect the spir­it of non­con­for­mi­ty that per­vad­ed her Green­wich Vil­lage milieu) and you have poet­ry that has been both inspi­ra­tion and solace for four gen­er­a­tions of enthu­si­as­tic read­ers.

Mil­lay is just­ly cel­e­brat­ed for her abil­i­ty to com­bine mod­ernist atti­tudes with tra­di­tion­al forms, cre­at­ing a unique Amer­i­can poet­ry. From a bio­graph­i­cal sketch on the Poet­ry Foun­da­tions site:
A review­er for the Lon­don Morn­ing Post wrote, “With­out dis­card­ing the forms of an old­er con­ven­tion, she speaks the thoughts of a new age.” Amer­i­can poet and crit­ic Allen Tate also point­ed out in the New Repub­lic that Mil­lay used a nine­teenth-cen­tu­ry vocab­u­lary to con­vey twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry emo­tion: “She has been from the begin­ning the one poet of our time who has suc­cess­ful­ly stood athwart two ages.” And Patri­cia A. Kle­mans com­ment­ed in the Col­by Library Quar­ter­ly that Mil­lay achieved uni­ver­sal­i­ty “by inter­weav­ing the wom­an’s expe­ri­ence with clas­si­cal myth, tra­di­tion­al love lit­er­a­ture, and nature.”

This event will be the sec­ond of our “inter­ac­tive­ly DJ’d” Poet­ry Dis­cus­sions. With the kind co-oper­a­tion of Radio Riel DJ (and Mil­lay enthu­si­ast) Gabrielle Riel, we will lis­ten to record­ings of the poems, dis­cuss them, and then lis­ten to them a sec­ond (or, who knows, even a third time.)

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now by click­ing here, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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