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Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work 1888-2006

  • 1. Charge of the Light Brigade, The - Alfred Lord Tennyson
    2. Come into the Garden, Maud - Alfred Lord Tennyson
    3. How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix - Robert Browning
    4. America - Anne Sexton
    5. Lake Isle of Innisfree, The - William Butler Yeats
    6. Song of the Old Mother, The - William Butler Yeats
    7. Lucinda Matlock - Edgar Lee Masters
    8. Emily Sparks - Edgar Lee Masters
    9. Creation, The - James Weldon Johnson
    10. If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso - Gertrude Stein
    11. Road Not Taken, The - Robert Frost
    12. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Robert Frost
    13. From the People, Yes (#90) - Carl Sandburg
    14. So and So Reclining on Her Couch - Wallace Stevens
    15. Red Wheelbarrow, The - William Carlos Williams
    16. For Elsie - William Carlos Williams
    17. From Hugh Selwyn Mauberly - John Poch
    18. From Helen in Egypt - Hilda Doolittle
    19. Journey of the Magi (With Introduction) - T.S. Eliot
    20. Recuerdo - Edna St. Vincent Millay
    21. Love Is Not All - Edna St. Vincent Millay
    22. Rsum - Simon J. Ortiz
    23. Lady's Reward, The - Dorothy Parker
    24. As Freedom Is a Breakfastfood - Al Cohn
    25. To Juan at the Winter Solstice - Robert Graves
    26. From John Brown's Body - Steven Vincent Bent
    27. Strong Man - Sterling A. Brown
    28. Negro Speaks of Rivers, The (With Intro) - Richard Howard
    29. Waery Blues, The (With Intro) - Langston Hughes
    30. Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man - Ogden Nash
    31. King of the River - Maxine Kumin
    32. Cave of Nakedness, The - W.H. Auden
    33. I Knew a Woman - Theodore Roethke
    34. Elegy for Jane - Theodore Roethke
    35. Late Air - Elizabeth Bishop
    36. Fish, The - Elizabeth Bishop
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Those Winter Sundays - Robert Hayden
    2. Ballad of Orange and Grape, The - Muriel Rukeyser
    3. To Be a Jew in the Twentieth Century - Muriel Rukeyser
    4. #23 (The Lay of Ike) - John Berryman
    5. #36 (The High Ones Die...) - John Berryman
    6. World Is So Difficult to Give Up..., The - David Ignatow
    7. This Is the Solution, To Be Happy with Slaughter... - David Ignatow
    8. Here I Am with Mike in Hand, Shooting Down the Rapids... - David Ignatow
    9. I Killed a Fly... - David Ignatow
    10. What About Dying?... - David Ignatow
    11. Passing Remark - William Stafford
    12. Serving with Gideon - William Stafford
    13. And Death Shall Have No Dominion - Dylan Thomas
    14. Tombstone Told When She Died, The - Dylan Thomas
    15. Mother, The - Gwendolyn Brooks
    16. We Real Cool - Gwendolyn Brooks
    17. Skunk Hour - Robert Lowell
    18. Crossing Over - Edgar Lee Masters
    19. See It Was Like This When... - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    20. Underwear - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    21. Secret of My Endurance, The - Charles Bukowski
    22. Ray - Hayden Carruth
    23. Love Calls Us to the Things of This World - Richard Wilbur
    24. American Haikus - Vijay Seshadri/Jack Kerouac/Al Cohn
    25. Death Psalm: O Lord - Li-Young Lee
    26. Monet Refuses the Operation - Lisel Mueller
    27. Woodchucks - Maxine Kumin
    28. America - Allen Ginsberg
    29. Still - A.R. Ammons
    30. My Philosophy of Life - John Ashbery
    31. After Making Love We Hear Footsteps - Suji Kwock Kim
    32. Last Gods - Galway Kinnell
    33. Blessing, A - James Wright
    34. All My Pretty Ones - Anne Sexton
    35. For My Lover, Returning to His Wife - Anne Sexton
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Even in Paris - Richard Howard
    2. Diving into the Wreck - David Ray
    3. Lovesong - Ted Hughes
    4. Omeros - Derek Walcott
    5. Song of the Taste, The - Gary Snyder
    6. Why I Take Goos Care of My Macintosh Computer - Gary Snyder
    7. Idea of Ancestry, The - Etheridge Knight
    8. Daddy - Pedro Pietri
    9. Greatest Porm in the World, The - Kevin Prufer
    10. Oddly Lovely Day Alone, An - John Updike
    11. Bang, Bang Outishly - Amiri Baraka
    12. Rhythim Blues - Amiri Baraka
    13. Shazam Doowah - Amiri Baraka
    14. Dahomey - Audre Lorde
    15. Right to Life - Elise Paschen
    16. Poem, The - Mark Strand
    17. Zimmer Imagines Heaven - Paul Zimmer
    18. Cruelty. Don't Talk to Me About Cruelty - Marilyn Chin
    19. I Have Had to Learn to Live with My Face - Diane Wakoski
    20. We Were So Poor... - Charles Simic
    21. I Was Stolen by the Gypsies... - Charles Simic
    22. Everybody Knows the Story... - Charles Simic
    23. Death of a Naturalist - Seamus Heaney
    24. Lester Leaps In - Zoot Sims
    25. Dfance for Militant Dilettantes, A - James Tate
    26. Fire - Gloria Vando
    27. Odysseus to Telemachus - Joseph Brodsky
    28. Sometimes It's Better to Laugh 'Honest Injun - Simon J. Ortiz
    29. Ode to My Shoes - Erica Jong
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Wonder - Sharon Olds
    2. Lost Pilot, The - Anne Sexton
    3. Puerto Rican Obituary - Pedro Pietri
    4. Uh Oh Plutonium - Anne Waldman
    5. Fine Printing on the Label of a Beer of Non-Alcohol Beer, The - Adrian Louis
    6. Sweat Lodge, The - Adrian Louis
    7. Facing It - Yusef Komunuakaa
    8. Logan Heights and the World - Juan Felipe Herrera/Mark Daterman
    9. Colonel, The - Carolyn Forch
    10. History of Armenia, The - Peter Balakian
    11. Grace - Joy Harjo
    12. Parsley - Mark Daterman
    13. Long Meadow, The - Vijay Seshadri
    14. Floral Apron, The - Marilyn Chin
    15. Raisin Eyes - Luci Tapahonso
    16. Concrete River, The - Dr. Luis Rodriguez
    17. My Father, In Heaven, Is Reading out Loud - Jonathan Lamfers
    18. Two Standards - Elise Paschen
    19. I Saw You Walking - Deborah Garrison
    20. Female Seer Will Burn Upon This Pyre, The - Elizabeth Alexander
    21. After the Gig: Mick Jagger - Elizabeth Alexander
    22. Morning Broke on My Cabin Inverted, Tempest in My Forehead - D.A. Powell
    23. Eleven More Days - Carl Hancock Rux
    24. Simon Peter - John Poch
    25. Fragments of the Forgotten War - Suji Kwock Kim
    26. Lucky Criminals - D.A. Powell
    27. Slaughter, The - Kevin Young
    28. Scab - Jonathan Lamfers
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10029

  • Credits
    ProducerRebekah Presson Mosby

    Personnel: Mark Daterman (guitar).
    Audio Remasterer: Randy Perry .
    Liner Note Authors: Rebekah Presson Mosby; Al Young.
    Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work 1888-2006, the deluxe, artfully presented box set from Shout Factory, is essentially (though not related to commercially) a new, updated version of In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry released in 1996 by Rhino. Perhaps it's because they were assembled by the same person, Rebekah Presson Mosby, who compiled not only the Rhino anthology, but also Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work and, with Elise Paschen, Poetry Speaks, and she writes the extended liner essay here entitled "Our Lives Distilled." This set was introduced -- as was the Rhino anthology -- with a different essay, by poet, educator, and author Al Young. Much of the material on the Rhino set is replicated here. In the case of writers from the 19th century through the early '50s, this is understandable. After all, how many tapes of Walt Whitman, Alfred Lord Tennyson (there has been some deabte as tothe authenticity of these two recordings), and W.B. Yeats can there be? What isn't here is other poets -- poets who haven't had the same work duplicated over and over -- and why, when there is so much else available? Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Lawrence Ferlenghetti, e.e. cummings, Etheridge Knight, Charles Simic, Sharon Olds, Rita Dove, and many others included here have plenty of recorded material available, some of it arguably as good as what's here. But, licensing being what it is, who knows. In any case, there are some very important updates here: the inclusion of poets such as Carl Hancock Rux, Suji Kwock Kim, Elizabeth Alexander, Elise Paschen, Deborah Garrison, D.A. Powell, Kevin Prufer, Jonathan Lamfers, and more. Many of the greats remain, but it hurts to see Jimmy Santiago Baca and Tess Gallagher left off of this set (they were included on the Rhino package), while it does a heart proud to see some academic stuffed shirts like John Ciardi and Edward Hirsch absent to leave room for some far more vibrant, younger voices, as well as inestimably important historical ones, like the great, dramatic poet James Weldon Johnson (this collection gets points just for including his The Creation in the mix), H.D. (aka Hilda Doolittle), Sterling Brown, Robert Browning, Edgar Lee Masters, and Tennyson (who reads Charge of the Light Brigade). Somebody has to explain why Kenneth Patchen, one of the last links to the traditions of the 19th century yet remaining a thoroughly modern poet and visual artist (of the San Francisco Renaissance school) gets dissed from both collections! There is something included -- or not -- to piss everyone off, but far more pressing is what a wealth there is in this collection. Its book is gorgeously illustrated with biographies, photos, and impeccable design work by Jeff Palo. Highly recommended if you don't have the Rhino collection; but there is too much duplication if you do. ~ Thom Jurek

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