Words & Music
A weekly segment of Friday Evening Classics with Will Duchon
On WMNR Fine Arts Radio
“Words & Music” is a relatively new segment on my weekly radio program on WMNR. I’ve always loved good poetry, and the way a poem, like a piece of music, can evoke deep emotional and spiritual response. The format of “Words & Music” is simple: a poem is read immediately followed by a piece of music that, to me, reflects the soul of the poem…or vice versa.
WHAT TYPE OF POETRY MAY BE SUBMITTED? Generally speaking, I am looking for poems that are accessible, and have a “universal” appeal, meaning that they convey a particular emotion, perspective, or experience that many people can identify with (I realize this is a generalization), rather than poems that are deliberately complex or contain references to obscure personalities or historical events, or the Civil War, or fried bananas, etc.
Because there are copyright laws regarding any broadcasting of written words, it is necessary that poems submitted for consideration be accompanied by a SIGNED letter of permission from the author, granting WMNR authorization to broadcast the author’s work. A simple letter is all that is needed, and can be submitted
1) Via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
2) Via regular mail:
Words & Music/ Will Duchon
WMNR Fine Arts Radio
PO Box 920
Monroe, CT 06468
There is no compensation for any poetry used on “Words & Music”. WMNR is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station, staffed by volunteer broadcasters. We have quite a substantial audience, and there should be some satisfaction on the part of the poets to know that their work is being heard and enjoyed by many listeners.