Conrad Balliet

Host - Conrad's Corner

Conrad A. Balliet was weaned on the likes of "Mary had a little lamb," bounced on his mother's knee to the tune of the Pennsylvania Dutch rhyme of "ride-a ride-a Geilie," grew up in a home with Kipling's "If" on a plaque on the wall, and spent his adolescence with The Best Loved Poems of the American People, fancying himself as A.E. Housman's Shropshire Lad.

After brief and not very successful efforts at painting (houses and fences), bus driving, and the U.S. Army, he worked his way as an English major through Muhlenberg, Lehigh, and Cornell. His academic interests paralleled his personal growth from late Victorian to early modern, and he spent, part time, many years wandering through Europe and the lower reaches of the imagination trying to understand and explain the poetic and human complexities of W.B. Yeats and his beloved Maud Gonne MacBride.

He came to WYSO in 1993, and still does what he enjoyed doing at Wittenberg University for thirty years: reads and recites poetry whenever possible, and encourages people to share his appreciation and love of images and metaphors, rhythms and rhymes.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Conrad's Corner: February 24, 2014

Julie Moore reads her poem, "Ohio."

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Conrad's Corner: February 20, 2014

Janeal Ravndal reads Barbara Astor's poem, "Road Trip."

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Conrad's Corner: February 13, 2014

Cathy Essinger reads her poem, "Coincidence."

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Conrad's Corner: February 10, 2014

Janeal Ravndal reads Barbara Astor's poem, "Road Trip."

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Conrad's Corner: February 5, 2014

Marietta Ball reads her poem, "Steve Jobs Died."

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