Why a poetry album? Easy answer: I love poetry. I love reading it. I love memorizing it. I love hearing great actors recite it. As the poet Mark Strand wrote, “Ink runs from the corners of my mouth / There is no happiness like mine / I have been eating poetry.” In the past, when I was full from eating, I have had the audacity to set poetry to music. But, on this audiobook, you will hear the music of the poems. Poetry unadorned. Words. Because in truth, great poetry needs nothing but a great actor, a voice as eloquent and expressive as the poem itself, to lift the poem off the page and into the heart.
I have never done a project that has elicited so much enthusiasm. From the actors arriving at the studio who thanked me for inviting them to participate, "Are you kidding?" I’d say, "Thank you!" to the engineers who would say, "I never got this stuff, but these guys make it so beautiful." This audiobook has been a joy from beginning to end, a true labor of love. And whenever I heard my stomach rumbling during the production process, I always knew I could find something delicious to eat in the studio. Mmmm. Yeats? That hits the spot.
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An enjoyable collection of poems but I preferred the Poets Corner collection by Lithgow with its mini summary of each poet and poem to give context.
Great collection, but frustrating with no chapter titles.
Why can't audible title chapters when books have them titled? Especially with a poetry collection, it would seem an obvious addition.
Absolutely!! It was a great listen. It had all different kinds of poems, read by different people. This made it a very fun experience.
I love the variety and the quality of the readers.
I loved the reading of the “The Nap Taker” by Shel Silverstein. There are so many good pomes on the audio book it is definitely worth buying.
Yes, I couldn't wait for the next poem
If you love poetry this is an awesome read / listen! It is an amazing selection of poems / poets with awesome readers!
The poems are beautifully read- but without a table of contents or guide of any sort, the listening experience is quite random. Very disappointing.
Thoroughly enjoyed he selections and the performances. Recommended for poetry aficionados. Repeatedly listening to this and wish a volume two was in the works.
The readings really make the poems jump to life. The actors did a wonderful job. I hope they will make more of these in the future.
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