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
Thu December 8, 2011

Conrad's Corner: December 8, 2011

Julie Moore reads Mary Jo White's poem, "Migration"

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Conrad's Corner: December 6, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads Jane Kretschman's poem, "High School Poetry Class"

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Conrad's Corner: December 2, 2011

Julie Moore reads Myrna Stone's poem, "Less and More"

Arts & Culture
10:44 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Conrad's Corner: An Interview with Marsha Bush

Yellow Springs poet Marsha Bush recently won 2nd place in the Dayton Metro Library's Senior poetry contest with a poem called "Grandchild."  Here she talks with Conrad Balliet about finding inspiration in her children and grandchildren and shares several of her award-winning poems.

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Conrad's Corner: November 22, 2011

Julie Moore reads Marsha Bush's poem, "Letter to My Mother"

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