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Poetic Responses To Crisis



It's a show about the gift of poetry in difficult times.

When Germany invaded Poland, igniting World War II, W.H. Audenwrote one of the great poems of the 20th century. To help him survive the war and its atrocities, Abraham Sutzkever wrote lovely and haunting poems about the Holocaust. And when terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center, Galway Kinnell wrote a poem about the towers as they burned and fell. So as the world lives through a pandemic, what can poetry offer us now? We'll connect with three local poets to discuss poems of the past and how their current work is helping them make sense of this time.


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.