After the Gold Rush - The Poetry of California (BBC Radio 3)
This is just one of those programmes I wish I had made! Fascinating and beautifully put together. I think Julian May is one of the best producers we have and poet Dana Gioia is a warm, generous voice as presenter.
Readings from some of the best Californian poets of past and present and music from Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and John Adams.
I love Dana’s ideas about how the epic scale of California’s landscape has informed its poetry - “the overpowering presence of nature, raw and untameable on the western edge of North America: the dramatic Pacific coastline, the vast mountain ranges, the towering redwoods, enormous deserts and gentle valleys where humanity, constantly arriving in greater numbers, is the interloper.”