• Poetry Month: Rita Dove - "Canary"

    October 23, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO is celebrating!

    Rita Dove
    Rita Dove

    Rita Frances Dove served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. She is the first African American to be appointed in that position, and the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

    Billie Holiday’s burned voice
    had as many shadows as lights,
    a mournful candelabra against a sleek piano,
    the gardenia her signature under that ruined face.
    (Now you’re cooking, drummer to bass,
    magic spoon, magic needle.
    Take all day if you have to
    with your mirror and your bracelet of song.)
    Fact is, the invention of women under siege
    has been to sharpen love in the service of myth.

    If you can’t be free, be a mystery.

  • Singer Ann Hampton Callaway: Listen Now

    October 23, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Ann Hampton Callaway talks with Rhonda Hamilton about "From Sassy To Divine," her CD tribute to Sarah Vaughan, which she peforms Oct. 23 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York. Enjoy!


  • Blues Singer Marcia Ball Live At WBGO: Listen Now

    October 22, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Blues singer & pianist Marcia Ball performs live at WBGO and talks with Michael Bourne about her inspirations and album Alligator Man & The Tatooed Lady. Enjoy!