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 May 19, 2011

Conrad's Corner: May 19, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads Maxine Skuba's poem, "My Place."

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Conrad's Corner: May 17, 2012

Julie Moore reads Maureen Fry's poem, "Convalescence."

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Conrad's Corner: May 13, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads Marietta Ball's poem, "Shape Shifter."

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Conrad's Corner: May 10, 2011

Julie Moore reads Mary Jo White's poem, "Refrigerator Note."

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Sat May 7, 2011

Conrad's Corner: May 7, 2011

In honor of Mothers' Day, Conrad Balliet reads three poems by Judy Johnson about her mom.

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