It gets to the point and has a wry sense of humor. There is much said about the poet and scholar in the interview with him, though it is a short interview: pithy.
No punches pulled.
I like where the poet reveals his sensibilities of poetic sensibilities.
Surprised at the scholars honesty.
I am the author of the interview reviewing his own work.
One hallmark of this audio book, other than the wonderful price, is the reading by A.T. Chandler. He brings the piece to life well. So I think. To say it is better than the print version is another matter, for that asks that a reader fails to bring certain values and meanings of the imagination that are in themselves very special and maybe better than an audio book. I say, this audio book is excellent, no doubt. A.T. Chandler is a superior narrator, no doubt.
The ethos of the place is my favorite character, for it is in the character of this particular rooming hour, caught at the very beginning with all the gods and goddesses of the garden that a chord and theme is struck. God help us all.
There is a kind of emptiness in this rooming house, and it is in the description of their bags and in the guests temporary way of living that I am caught with a favorite sense of the place. But since this is a true story, and I did live there, know many people lived in the rooming house for years.
Frankly, I found the story kind of sad--when I thought about it. This was not the best rooming house in the county. The man who owned it was very nice. The location was great. But it was run down. Too bad for it was in a very class town in Northern California just outside San Francisco in Marin County.
Frankly, again, I wrote this prose poem in one sitting. A.T. Chandler did a very good job of narrating the piece. Some have been critical of the way he did it. I thought his interpretation just right. See what you think. It is a true story, about a real place.
This sweet story was written by me when my mother was alive and is based on a true story of an Opossum who lived under Christa's back porch. I loved best that she had imagination and was determined to live with the so many animals that lived around that big house on all that property that Christa's mother owned on that gated huge lot with the stream. True story, I say. I made it up myself, so I should know.
Good question. I read this story at Church and I am sorry to say, but right now I can't remember. My friends who heard it at Church had all kinds of complimentary other stories to compare it with. That was very complimentary for me. If I say so myself, I read it quite well. They said so, too.
She has such good timing. Crystal reads children's stories and I was lucky to have her. I was lucky she would read the story. It is a short one. Just like a toy, I sometimes think.
I just love this little story. It has so many moments like dancing in the moonlight. The time when the racoons get together to plot, or when it is revealed that the Opossum has a radio in her apartment that is below the deck where she lives behind Christa's house. As I say, true story. Christa lived alone and loved animals, by the way. That is not in the story.
Originally, I printed this story on a little flyer. It went nowhere but to friends. Then it was a quiet little story. Finally, I decided it was worth showing. And now it is an audio book read by the talented Crystal A. Sershen. That Opossum has come a long way baby! Sweet story, if you ask me.
I wrote this book and hired William Bailey III who starts the book reading the ISBN number. This is avante for a book of religious poetry, to say the least. Persevere for William has a warm voice of African American style and of the books I've listened to this one is special, if I may say so. It is a book dear to me as I favor this book of poetry of mine.
Two poems stand out among the man right now: The poem that describes living a life of contemplation, (Apophatic Prayer) and the poem that describes time in a hospital emergency room. There are many other poems, and I think a reader will find a number of special ones--most like prayers.
I think the poem Apophatic Prayer is read very well by William Bailey III. It is a long and unusual poem about living a contemplative life. Willliam has a deep, rich, and warm voice--quite the unusual thing for this white man's poem, or what is usually a white man's poem. He wanted to do it, and I went for it.
The book is too long for me and the poems too long in some instances for me to absorb them in so lengthy a sitting as one time. I enjoy going back over them. But bear with William. He is an unusual reader and narrator. Some people who have bought the book read it before bed or on awakening for they find the poems like prayers.
This is a high brow kind of set of poems. Get ready for them to be read emotionally. This is unusual for think thinkk poetry, but I am glad to have the emotional content revealed so well and so evidently well.
I admit I turned this story around for the filmmaker was angry with her grandfather and he was a holy man. But that story is here, too. So the conflict of a granddaughter's love for a grandfather is apparent. And he served his country with more than honor, with holiness. All say that.
As author of the interview and narrative of reporting the story I was surprised at the filmmakers anger at her grandfather and the church. There was not just one moment of this significant fact. But that is just my opinion.
Oh, yes. She has a very good voice and it has a distinct sound to it. You will agree, she is good and narrates this well: intelligently.
That the prayers in the book of holy men and woman prayed for this man who was a Chaplian. I found that quite moving and was surprised he was in the book. But I am religious, myself, so that would have meaning to me.
This is really a story of World War II and the effect one man's going to war had on his family. For me, as writer of the narrated documentary news piece, it told of a granddaughter's reaction to a holy grandfather and her disaffection to the Church and religion. It did not captivate her or move her to faith. I found this surprising, personally. And edifying in a historic sense. It told of her generation's values, if I may editorialize outside the documentary.
As the author of this lengthy interview Robert Siegel did an informative and colorful job so intelligently presented. The addendum of his poetry was a delight: the pig poem the best.
His contemplative sensibility struck me strongest and was a kind of character in itself. I enjoyed his mentioning the monk Bruno Barnhart, a kind of legend himself.
He has done a number of narrations for me and is quite good. He is clear, and can emote in the right places but does not overdo it for his style is straighforward and documentary news.
I have difficulty listening to these kinds of things in one sitting. I want to savor them, for there is poetry in them and i go back and listen.
Since the original documentary interview appeared Church of England Newspaper, London and this audio book was narrated the poet passed away. Rest in peace Professor.
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