Professor Martin returns for a second session on the program so we can talk about Herb's long held affection for the poetry of Dayton's greatest poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Herb is the leading scholar of Dunbar's prodigious output of poetry, plays, and novels.
A federal judge has ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states. Judge Timothy Black's ruling on Monday criticized the state's "ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."
He says the state's marriage recognition bans are unconstitutional and unenforceable.
Rick Cauthen and his partner of nine years, were married in New York in 2012. He says when they had their taxes done this year, it was a reminder that Ohio considers their marriage invalid.
The world has been electrified these past weeks by the explosive events in Ukraine: a dramatic political revolution in Kyiv's Freedom Square, the surprise annexation of Crimea into Russia, and rising tensions between Russia and the United States/European Union that are reminiscent of the darkest of Cold War days.
Herbert Woodward Martin's latest collection of poetry features a number of poems that Professor Martin has written over the years upon the flyleaves of other books that he was reading at the time. Here's an example:
On the Flyleaf of Hush I
flood of fire
Herb Martin taught for many years at the University of Dayton. During this interview he provides listeners with glimpses into his life as a teacher and poet. He also reads a number of poems from his latest collection.