Earlier this week, a reminder popped up on my FaceBook: “Conrad Balliet has a birthday today. Let him know you’re thinking about him!” Had he not passed away last August, he would have turned 92. I miss him a lot. He hosted Tower Group meetings in his home and recited poetry on WYSO’s Conrad’s Corner for decades. Local poets stepped
up to fill the gap. Steve Broidy now hosts our monthly meetings; Lori Gravley and David Garrison have kept the Corner going. Conrad’s old recordings are interspersed throughout the schedule, and it is always uplifting to tune in and hear his voice.
Conrad was a WB Yeats aficionado so I wrote this parody of “Where My Books Go” to read at his memorial service. I think of it every time I hear him reciting Yeats on the radio:
All the verse he has uttered
on the radio each night
preserved for all eternity
through the magic of sound bytes
Our sad, sad hearts shall perk their ears
as his lilting voice recites
the works of Yeats and all the greats,
a comfort and a delight
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