Walt Whitman was born 200 years ago this month. To celebrate, in this installment of my podcast Music I Once Could Dance To, I read an excerpt from one of my favorite poems from Whitman's Leaves of Grass, "I Sing the Body Electric." I then follow up with a poem of mine that was inspired by Whitman's work. Titled "With Apologies to Walt," it opens with the line "I sing the body hydraulic."
Three baseball poems, "Opening the Hall Closet in February," about anticipation baseball fans feel as winter's end approaches, "Baseball," an ode to the ball itself, and "Grandma's Front Porch, 1950," about listening to ball games on the radio in mid-summer as a child. All three poems by Roy Beckemeyer. "Baseball" appeared in Stage Whispers (Roy Beckemeyer, 2018, Meadowlark Books).
April - springtime, blossoms, young love - here are two poems about youth and spring romance: "April's Amazing Meaning," by George Dillon (1906-1968) and "Spring, Bittersweet as Separation," by Roy Beckemeyer.