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Glass Mosaic, That Should Be a Word, and Poetry in Medicine

A visit with the artists behind the glass mosaic at the AVAM, Lizzie Skurnick previews her book, That Should Be a Word, and A conversation with poet and neurosurgeon Michael Salcman, editor of the anthology, Poetry in Medicine

  Last October, Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum was officially ‘bedazzled’ when massive, multicolored, two-thousand-square-foot glass mosaic was mounted to the exterior of the building.  Many hands worked for many months on the huge-scale community art project, and while the mural was in progress, The Signal’s Aaron Henkin paid a visit to the artists.

Fans of the New York Times Magazine may recall the popular That Should Be a Word column, penned by Lizzie Skurnick. Each week, Skurnick would coin a new word, like clipster or denigreet to describe a feeling, object, situation or event that defied description with common vocabulary. She’s collected the best of those words, along with some brand new expressions, in her book, That Should Be a Word.   Skurnick talks with producer Lisa Morgan. 

A conversation with author Lizzie Skurnick

Precision, patience, and an eye for detail:  Good qualities in a neurosurgeon.  Good qualities, too, in a poet.  Coincidentally, Dr. Michael Salcman is both.  He’s also the editor of a new compendium titled, Poetry in Medicine: An Anthology of Poems about Doctors, Patients, Illness and Healing.  Dr. Salcman joins producer Aaron Henkin for a look inside the book.

Michael Salcman discusses his anthology, "Poetry in Medicine"

Aaron creates and produces original radio programs and podcasts for WYPR. His current project is The Maryland Curiosity Bureau. Aaron's neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks, earned the 2018 national Edward R Murrow Award. His past work includes the long-running weekly cultural program, The Signal, and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series, Tapestry of the Times. Aaron's stories have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.