Radio OnEarth, "Robert Redford Reflects..." "Film history is very problematic in that it has romanticized the West since the get-go. It is a romantic place, but in a far different way than Hollywood has presented it. You have to be in it and experience it to know exactly what that value is. It's tough, and it's raw, and nature is unforgiving in certain ways, and beautiful in other ways..."
Radio OnEarth, "Poet Alison Hawthorne Deming on What Nature Teaches" "I don't really understand why animals have such a profound effect on us, but I know they do. And I know we bring that into our care of children, our education of children. We use animal stories all the time, animal movies all the time. But when it comes to adults, we get either natural history or political activism. We don't so often get animal stories that are just kind of fun and interesting and reveal that strange space that will always exist between us and other species..."
Columbia Radio News, "Children of Hope" "Two days before September 11th, he got a call from a 17-year-old college student at 3 a.m. and met her on the rocks in Central Park. where she gave birth to a baby girl who was later adopted. The mother refused to go to the hospital, so Tim put her up in a motel. When the towers came down, she disappeared and was never heard from again..."
Radio OnEarth, "City Girl in the Country: A Conversation with Poet Roberta Swann" "I felt privileged noticing this fly. How beautiful it was. How beautiful the wings were. How much like a Gucci dress it looked like, and how basically original nature is. I don't think I try to do anything in my poems except record them. It all stems from emotion. I'm more an emotional being than anything else. I don't think I could buy a broccoli without an emotion behind it..."
Radio OnEarth, "Revenge of the Weeds: Talking with Poet John Bensko" "Poetry helps remove 'the film of familiarity.' You go through life, and you get so used to things that youstop noticing them, youstop feeling deeply, youstop experiencingdeeply. Modern civilization is very bad about increasing that problem. It makes us insensitive, and getting back to nature is important..."
Radio OnEarth, "The Strangeness of Things: A Conversation with Poet Chard deNiord" "The actual creatures -- as well as flowers and trees and the things of this world -- are stranger than whatever we could imagine, because they actually exist. They've actually come into being in a way that we've almost come to take for granted. We think of a bird or a tree as commonplace, and we forget its miraculousness and its strangeness..."
Radio OnEarth, "Poetry on the Brain: A Conversation with Poet Floyd Skloot" "Because my word-finding capacity was so compromised by the neurological damage, I had to learn how to receive and work with the mistaken word choices that come up when I'm doing the initial acts of composition. Sometimes the word I'm looking for I can't find, but I find something close to it, and it turns out to be a richer vein than the one my intention would have led me to. So I had to learn how to live with accidents and discoveries..."