Cover to Cover with Jack Foley

Cover to Cover with Jack Foley – August 22, 2018

August is Jack’s birth month (a lion in one calendar, a dragon in another). He turned 78 years old on August 9th. 2018 also marks thirty years at KPFA: his first show was in 1988, What kind of summary is possible? What can one say about 78 years on this much loved, glorious, brilliant, benighted, tragic, comic planet? First of two parts.
 What follows from all those years?


Today’s show is the first half of an interview with poet Ivan Argüelles. Host Jack Foley wrote this about Argüelles’ remarkable work: These poems are not for the faint of feeling or the faint of intellect, but they are for those who value poetry, literature, the world: “to hold in your hand / a distaff and by your side a harp to sing the lonely nights / in the labyrinth of sleep….”


Cover to Cover with Jack Foley

Cover to Cover with Jack Foley – July 11, 2018: From a Syrian Journal

Work that was originally scheduled for the July 4 program. Responding to the Muslim ban, Jack wrote some poems out of his recollections of a wonderful trip he and his late wife Adelle took to Syria in 2003. The theme of Syrians welcoming the stranger is everywhere present in these poems. Adelle also wrote about the trip, producing a sequence in 2003 and then adding to it in 2012. Adelle’s work—and her reading of it—will also be featured on the show.


Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in 1919. On March 24, 2018 he turned 99 years old. Today’s show is a celebration of Ferlinghetti’s career and of his new book from New Directions, Ferlinghetti’s Greatest Poems, edited by Nancy J. Peters. This is a rebroadcast of the second half of an interview Jack Foley did with Lawrence Ferlinghetti on April 21, 1994. The interview took place at City Lights and in it Ferlinghetti candidly discusses his entire career.


Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in 1919. On March 24, 2018 he turned 99 years old. Jack’s next two shows are a celebration of Ferlinghetti’s career and of his new book from New Directions, Ferlinghetti’s Greatest Poems, edited by Nancy J. Peters. The back cover reads, “In 1953 Lawrence Ferlinghetti cofounded City Lights, the first paperback bookstore in the United States, a Mecca for millions. His Coney Island of the Mind is one of the best-selling volumes of poetry by any living American poet. Born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919, Ferlinghetti has received the Robert Frost Memorial Medal and the first Literarian Award of the National Book Foundation.” It has blurbs from Bob Dylan (“A brave man and a brave poet”) and Francis Ford Coppola (“Lawrence gets you laughing then hits you with the truth”). These two shows are a rebroadcast of an interview Jack Foley did with Lawrence Ferlinghetti on January 3, 1990. The interview took place at City Lights and in it Ferlinghetti candidly discusses his entire career.


Cover to Cover with Jack Foley

Cover to Cover with Jack Foley – May 30, 2018: The History of English Poetry Part 3

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH POETRY
Today’s show continues The History of English Poetry, a Naxos AudioBook written by Peter Whitfield and read by Derek Jacobi with supporting cast. Part Three will continue with “The Elizabethan Achievement.” It will focus on George Chapman (c. 1559-1634); Arthur Golding, “Shakespeare’s Ovid” (c. 1536-c. 1605); Richard Stanyhurst (1547-1618); Samuel Daniel (1563-1619); Michael Drayton (1563-1631); Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593); and William Shakespeare (1564-1616).


Cover to Cover with Jack Foley

Cover to Cover with Jack Foley – May 2, 2018: Jack Foley & Nina Serrano

A first Wednesday means another edition of the Nina-Jack Show (May Day/M’aider). But don’t be too distressed. It will be another fun filled, emotionally charged pot of poetry at the rainbow’s end (94.1 FM). Nina and Jack give free rein to the horses of Imagination but retain their right to grumble and criticize. Are you in the Trump Dumps? Try Foley and Serrano as The Green Hornet and Kato,