Monday, May 26, 2008

On Wordplay: Ross Gay
















This week Wordplay features Philadelphia-based poet Ross Gay. Ross visited Asheville in February, read at Malaprops (with Patrick Rosal) and Warren Wilson College, and also sat down with Wordplay veteran Joanna Cooper, an old friend from their days at Temple, for a nice long interview. This week we feature a couple of poems from the Malaprops reading, and much of Joanna's interview. Joanna herself joined me in the studio to provide some background and context.

For our music, Joanna chose Stevie Wonder's "Love's in Need of Love Today" from his Songs in the Key of Life, Vol.1, and Cat Stevens' "Tea for the Tillerman," from the album of the same name.

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Photo of Ross by Joanna Cooper, Asheville, February 15, 2008

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