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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Poetry
7:59 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Conrad's Corner: September 6, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads Cathy Essinger's poem, "Not to Reply"

Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Sun September 4, 2011

Conrad's Corner: An Interview With Maxine Skuba

Maxine Skuba is a professional counselor and teaches Life/Work Planning classes at Wright State University, Clark State Community College and Antioch University Midwest.  Over the last 16 years she has subdued her inner critic and is now comfortable with also being called a poet.

Here Skuba speaks with Conrad Balliet about writing as threapy, travel and inspiration. 

Poetry
7:59 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Conrad's Corner: August 30, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads Jim Brooks' poem, "Responses to Dreams"

Poetry
7:59 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Conrad's Corner: August 26, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads Mary Jo White's poem, "Phobias"

Poetry
7:59 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Conrad's Corner: August 25, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads Ron Knipfer's poem, "Why Aren't Children Listening?"

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