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Deanna O'Shaughnessy

Alton, NH | Member Since 2004

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  • The Language of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sekou Sundiata, Naomi Shihab Nye, Bill Moyers
    • Narrated By Sekou Sundiata, Naomi Shihab Nye
    Overall
    (36)
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    (12)
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    (11)

    In a series of fascinating conversations with eighteen American poets, and in dozens of poems, The Language of Life celebrates language in its "most exalted, wrenching, delighted, and concentrated form," and its unique power to recreate the human experience: falling in love, facing death, leaving home, losing faith, finding God.

    Deanna O'Shaughnessy says: "Life-changing"
    "Life-changing"
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    This series, "Language of Life", though "only about poetry", was not only life-changing for me, but also ~ literally ~ for several of my friends who heard it. Coleman Barks' presentation of Rumi's poetry was exquisite and very moving. I have heard other productions of Barks reading Rumi's poetry, but none of them captured the magic as this presentation does. There is amazing life, vibrancy, passion and humor throughout all of the poets' presentations. As one poet says in the interviews, listening to a poet read his or her own words is like "fireworks for the ears". The performance poetry in this series will forever alter your perception of poetry, and will light a fire under the idea that language is your power, too. This series gorgeously illustrates that, as Rumi says, there are hundreds of ways "to kneel and kiss the ground."

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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