Madness Radio on 12/03/12

Madness Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 12/03/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Musician Susan McKeon on poetry and healing emotional suffering

Singing in the Dark - Susan McKeown

Is poetry the way to truly understand madness? Do rituals and music -- such as Ireland's tradition of keening -- have the power to heal emotional suffering? Susan McKeown, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and folklorist, supported her partner through an extreme state. She began a journey to uncover intergenerational trauma in her family and in the history of her native Ireland, and was inspired to take poems about madness -- by Anne Sexton, Theodore Roethke, James Clarence Mangan, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others -- and set them to music in her album "Singing in the Dark."


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