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.

Ways to Connect

Conrad Balliet reads Elizabeth Schmidt's poem, "Acknowledgement."

Conrad Balliet reads Lianne Spidel's poem, "Gray Areas."

Dayton native Noah Falck has been published in online journals, print anthologies and his own chapbooks.  Snowman Losing Weight is his first hardbound collection of poems.  Here Falck sits down with WYSO's Conrad Balliet to discuss the art of poetry and taking inspiration from real life and imagination. 

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Cursive Repurposed."

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Mitchner's poem, "Valve."

Conrad Balliet reads his poem, "Baptism."

Conrad Balliet reads Judy Johnson's poem, "Keepsake."

Conrad Balliet reads John Booth's poem, "Yo Dawg."

Conrad Balliet reads Julie Moore's poem, "Elisha's Bones."

Conrad Balliet reads Marsha Bush's poem, "The Client."