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“On Pieter Brueghel's Icarus” by John Hagney

All of this week's readings are examples of ekphrastic verse, in which the poem is inspired by another work of art. Today's poem responds to the painting "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by Pieter Brueghel

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John Hagney has taught history at Lewis & Clark High School for 45 years.  He presently teaches Modern European History, A.P. & Art History, A.P.  Mr. Hagney is a U.S. Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher, a 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year, a Stanford University High School Teacher of Excellence, and the Northwest Inlander's Best High School Teacher. One of his M.A. theses was the first oral history of the post-Soviet Union and was published as a monograph in twelve languages. 

Chris Maccini previously worked at SPR as Morning Edition host and producing arts and special programming such as The Bookshelf, Poetry Moment, Northwest Arts Review, special features and more.