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A poem by Wallace Stevens
Read by David Gascoyne with music composed by Humphrey Searle played by Freddie Phillips
To an extent unusual even in modern literature, Wallace Stevens 's poems are about poetry itself. ' His recurring preoccupation,' a critic has said, 'is to penetrate by absolute self-consciousness into the nature of the poetic act.'
' Poetry is the subject of the poem, From this the poem issues and To this returns. Between the two, Between issue and return, there is An absence in reality, Things as they are.'
In this strangely elegant sequence Wallace Stevens struggles to impose order upon-or give meaning to-the chaos of everyday experience (' things as they are') by the act of poetic imagination.
(The recorded broadcast of Aug. 22)


Wallace Stevens
Read By:
David Gascoyne
Composed By:
Humphrey Searle
Played By:
Freddie Phillips
Wallace Stevens
Wallace Stevens

Some thoughts on Piet Mondrian by J. L. Martin
The speaker, who was in touch with Mondrian when the artist lived in London in the late nineteen-thirties, talks about his painting and its relationship with architecture.
A retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings by Mondrian is at present on view in London at the Whitechapei Art Gallery.


Piet Mondrian
J. L. Martin

A series of seven talks
At the end of the war, when the new Town and Country Planning Acts began to come into operation, the post-war programme of reconstruction and new building was commonly expected to last about twenty years. These talks are an attempt to assess some of the failures and achievements in planning and architecture over the first half of this period and to outline some new conceptions that might find support in the next decade.
1—Planning: Local and Regionalby H. Myles Wright
Lever Professor of Civic Design in the University of Liverpool
Most people in this country are now agreed in deploring the further outward growth of the conurbations and big industrial cities while much of their central districts remains decayed; the reappearance of ribbon development; and the continued merging of town and country into the half-and-half land recently labelled ' subtopia.' Professor Wright suggests some possible new lines of action.


H. Myles Wright

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