Poems submitted to OFF THE PAGE by 30 of our listeners -- an anthology of the air. Click on a poet's name and read them here. Every poet needs to find a "voice" -- not merely the vocalization and sound of presentation, as important as that may be to the appreciation of the poet's work -- but a distinct style, attitude and pattern of thought that will propel words and rhythms and ideas as nothing else can. At its most effective, a poetic voice can be both individual and universal, taken up as the voice of the people. It is what makes poetry meaningful to so many. It's also a big reason why poets find radio such a good platform.
April is National Poetry Month and in an annual tradition, OFF THE PAGE offers a program of poems by established published poets as well as from listeners, sent to OffThePage@WSKG.ORG (in the body of the message, not as an attachment). There is no set theme for the poems; the invitation has always brought in a range of written expression that reveals the personal feelings and concerns of members of the unseen audience.
In the studio will be two fine poets with much to say:
Leslie Heywood is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. Her poems have been widely published, both in her books, including "The Proving Ground", "Natural Selection" and the memoir "Pretty Good for a Girl", and in her new volume of poetry, "Lost Arts". She has also been published in leading literary magazines, including Prairie Schooner and Women's Studies Quarterly. Dr. Heywood's interests and professional activity extends into gender studies, distance running and evolutionary neurobiology. She writes, "From the beginning...my research has explored connections between kinesis, consciousness, and embodiment as these are articulated by a specific set of themes—body, gender, affect, and identity—posed from a number of different perspectives: literary historical/feminist; sociological/cultural; evolutionary; neurophysiological and neuropsychological; and creative."
Nicole Santalucia, who grew up in Johnson City, is a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University and founder and coordinator of The Binghamton Poetry Project, which is holding workshops around Broome County for both adults and young people and published an anthology. She is also poetry editor of the university's literary journal, Harpur Palate. Her poems have appeared in Ragazine, Clockhouse Review and the Paterson Literary Review. Nicole's poem "Looking for Lima Beans" received Honorable Mention in this year's Allen Ginsberg awards.