Friday, November 04, 2022

Ed Sanders performing Sappho in Basel in 2019

At the conference on "The Death of the Hippie" at the English Department in Basel in September 2019, poet, journalist, and musician Ed Sanders gave a memorable poetry reading (as did Anne Waldman). For some of the pieces he performed, Sanders accompanied himself on a one-stringed dulcimer, either chanting the poems or singing them. One of the pieces he sang was his setting of a poem by Sappho, which he sang in the original Greek (he recorded it on a 1992 album, "Songs in Ancient Greek"). Sappho lived around 600 BC, so Sanders' performance magically connected him and his audience to the poet across the 2600 years between us and her. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 4 November 2022)

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