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TRR EXTRA: “The Wind of Summer” by Madison Cawein



Sorry I’ve been absent for so long. Truth is, I’ve been sick as a dog since the middle of June, and was unable to record anything for you. I’m on the mend, though, and finally managed to croak out this lovely poem for you. Hopefully there will be a full episode for you next week!

“The Wind of Summer” by Madison J. Cawein

The Reader

TRT: 04:36

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TRR: Episode 83, “The Unknown Soldier”



The purpose of Memorial Day seems to have been lost over the past several decades. Instead of a day of remembrance to honor our fallen soldiers, the day has become little more than an excuse for a three day weekend and big sales events. Ironically, we hear people saying, “Happy Memorial Day,” and they do so without the slightest trace of irony.

In this episode, we have three readings about the Unknown Soldier, the fallen soldier who stands for all the forgotten common men who died in battle, including the poem read by Angela Morgan at the original dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1921.

“The Unknown Soldier” (1922) by Angelo Patri
“Unknown” (1921) by Bruce Barton
“The Unknown Soldier” (1921) by Angela Morgan

The Reader

TRT: 18:31

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TRR EXTRA: “Maple Sugar” by Alfred B. Street



Here’s another Extra for you. A poem fitting the time of year, as the maple sap is running and the sugar houses are preparing to go into full swing with their amber harvest.

“Maple Sugar” (1849) by Alfred B. Street

The Reader

TRT: 5:27

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TRR EXTRA: “The Old Year and the New” by W.H. Rhodes



Out with the old, in with the new. Here’s a fitting poem to end 2016 with, by William Henry Rhodes. Rhodes’ most famous work was “A Case for Summerfield” (1871), which featured a villain named Black Bart. A real criminal later took up the name as an alias, and we still recognize the name “Black Bart” as a western outlaw today via songs, cartoons, and stories set in the Old West. Here’s hoping your new year will be bountiful and full of good fortune and joy.

“The Old Year and the New” by W. H. Rhodes

The Reader

TRT: 3:15

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TRR EXTRA: “Twas the Night Before Christmas”



Here we share with you the classic Christmas poem better known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” A little candy cane for your holiday!

“A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore

The Reader

TRT: 4:40

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TRR EXTRA: “The Snowstorm” by Ralph Waldo Emerson



A short verse from Emerson, describing the handiwork of the snow.

“The Snowstorm” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Reader

TRT: 2:33

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TRR EXTRA: “The Wind and the Moon” by George MacDonald



Here’s one last Extra for your November listening.

“The Wind and the Moon” by George MacDonald

The Reader

TRT: 3:21

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TRR EXTRA: “November” by Alice Cary



Here’s another Extra for you, this one by Alice Cary. Cary was a very popular writer and poet in the mid-19th Century, and was friends with many writers, artists, and celebrities in New York at that time. When she died in 1871, among her pallbearers were P. T. Barnum and Horace Greeley.

“November” by Alice Cary

The Reader

TRT: 02:19

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TRR EXTRA: “The Wind” by Robert Louis Stevenson



Author Robert Louis Stevenson is best known for his classic tales of adventure, such as “Treasure Island” and “Kidnapped!” However, Stevenson also wrote verses for children, such as the one we now offer as a November Extra for you.

“The Wind” by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Reader

TRT: 02:13

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TRR EXTRA: Autumn Poems by Bliss Carman



As we continue to honor the season of Autumn, we offer you two poems by Bliss Carman. Carman was a Canadian who, despite having lived most of his life in the United States, was recognized in later years as Canada’s own poet laureate.

“Autumn” & “Lines for a Picture” from “Later Poems” (1921) by Bliss Carman

The Reader

TRT: 02:26

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