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MN Reads: "Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood" by Barton Sutter

Northland poet Barton Sutter joins us this morning to read from his newest work, and talk about poetry: "language," he says, "that would like to be music."  

A Nice Little Tavern in the Woods for Jack Hickerson You talk about Your ethnic animosity, There was a guy— This was when I was a kid— Was a Finnish guy Had a nice little tavern Back here in the woods— Just off the curve, Right back in here— And he was a Finn, A Finnish guy, And he was death on Russians. You go into his bar— Nice little bar, Log cabin place— And order a vodka, He’d throw you out. Beyond belief, I know, But that’s the truth, that’s it: You go into his bar Wearing anything red, He’d throw you out: “Out! Get out!” he’d shout. “No Russians allowed! Goddamn Commie bastards!” We laugh about it now, But I don’t know, but Maybe he’d lived in Karelia, Maybe they took his family’s land. Maybe they killed his cousins. World War II, you know. That Finnish guy. “Out! Get out!” Lots of innocent folks were surprised. Remember how they used to wear red Instead of orange In deer season? His business didn’t do too well In deer season back then. ~ Barton Sutter

Barton Sutter's new collection of poetry, Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood is published by Nodin Press.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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