Leonard and I recorded 260 "Odyssey Through Literature" radio shows between 1980 and 1998, interviewing writers, translators, and scholars of literature from around the world. A hallmark of the show was to read the works in their original languages (as well as in translation). I became accustomed to hearing what Leonard called "the music of the language" before I knew what the words meant.
(Ezra Pound, read by Peter Schneeman)
(Agha Shahid Ali, a Kashmiri poet)
(Rudyard Kipling, read by Jorge Luis Borges)
(Dennis Brutus, an exiled South African poet)
“Where are we going today, Nanny?” I would ask. But I always knew.
“We go down to the sea, mokopuna, to the sea…”
(Maori writer Witi Ihimaera, read by Murray Martin)