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Demimonde

DEMIMONDE

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Demimonde is the half-world, the edges of society where artists flourish. Often a term of disapprobation as the artist denizens of the demimonde disdained traditional or bourgeois values, choosing instead to indulge in the pursuit of vice, the extreme and outre, drinking and drugging, gambling, extravagant spending, and sexual hijinks. Demimonde is the half-world, the convergence zone of art and life, where the mainstream and academic meet the outlaw and subversive, where artists of diverse disciplines come together to share their vision and spark. Demimonde is the half-world, the twilight realm of literature where the living confer with the dead, where present-day practitioners of writing commune with past masters, where each text is in conversation with every other text. Demimonde is the half-world, the interface of the written and the spoken. If you love the written word, the spoken word, you are welcome here.

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Today I shall read works by David Lerner, including "Why Rimbaud Went to Africa", plus prose poems by Noelle Kocot and perhaps even something by Ellyn Maybe. Feel free to call in and share something special. Hosted by Doc Sigerson

Today we will have helpings of both Harold Norse and Stanley Kunitz on his birthday. Feel free to call in and share something special. Hosted by Doc Sigerson

I will be reading from Barry Gifford's new collection. Please feel free to call in and share something special. Hosted by Doc Sigerson

I will read from works by Jack Gilbert and Seamus Heaney. Anyone is welcome to call in and share something special.

Back again with a helping of some of John Berryman's work and who knows what else. Feel free to call in and share something special. Hosted by Doc Sigerson

We're back. I'll be reading some Dylan Thomas and who knows what else. Callers are welcome. Hosted by Doc Sigerson

CALL IN TOLL FREE 1-877-560-5724. This week I will read "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg, perhaps the most famous poem of the American 20th century. Then, as befitting the Halloween holiday, I will feature some selections from Fleurs du Mal... more

CALL IN TOLL FREE 1-877-560-5724. This week we feature two poets, one from the Northern Hemisphere, one from the Southern. Tomas Tranströmer, the Swedish master poet is this years winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.... more

CALL IN TOLL FREE 1-877-560-5724. Today I will read from Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot. Also I wlll delve into Jubilant Thicket by Jonathan Williams, a poet connected with the Black Mountain school. There's no telling what I will be able... more

CALL IN TOLL FREE 1-877-560-9724. This week we will be drinking our ales as we read some of the best poetry in the world. First off I will showcase The Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke. Then we will continue with the works of Kenneth... more

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