Poetry Speaks Expanded

ISBN: 9781402210624

By: Rebekah MosbyElise Paschen

Published: 10/01/2007

A fusion of the poet’s words with the poet’s voice, including text and recordings of nearly 50 of the greatest poets who ever lived.

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A fusion of the poet’s words with the poet’s voice, including text and recordings of nearly 50 of the greatest poets who ever lived. In 2001, Poetry Speaks brought together the words and voices of poetry for the first time, breaking onto bestseller lists all over the country and changing the way readers and listeners enjoyed poetry. Now the brand new Poetry Speaks Expanded adds new text and rare recordings to that legacy. Hear 47 of the greatest poets read 107 of their best poems on 3 audio CDs, from Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, James Joyce and T.S. Eliot to Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks. Read essays as written by today’s most influential poets, including Al Young and Seamus Heaney. And experience all that poetry can be. What reviewers said about Poetry Speaks: “This book has the potential to draw more readers to poetry than any collection in years...The definitive anthology of poets reading their own work.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review “…[B]y the time you’re done, your biggest problem may be that you wish there were more.” –Wall Street Journal “Suberb, accessible…A unique and essential purchase.” –School Library Journal You’ve never experienced poetry like this before! Poetry Speaks Expanded is an innovative fusion of a poet’s words and voice. Hear 47 of the greatest poets who ever lived read 107 of their best poems on 3 audio CDs, from Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, James Joyce and T.S. Eliot to Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Read essays as written by today’s most influential poets, including Al Young and Seamus Heaney. And experience all that poetry can be—only from Sourcebooks MediaFusion.

About the Author

Rebekah Presson Mosby

Elise Paschen is the author of Infidelities (Story Line, 1996), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts (Oxford: Sycamore Press, 1985). Her work has been published in magazines such as Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The Nation and in numerous anthologies including Reinventing the Enemy's Lannguage and A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America (from 1988-2000) and co-editor of Poetry in Motion (Norton, 1996), she teaches in the Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently she is a Frances Allen Fellow at The Newberry Library. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter. Rebekah Presson Mosby interviewed more than 350 contemporary poets and writers as the host and producer of the syndicated radio literature series New Letters on the Air from 1983-1995. Since 1987, she has filed 140 art news features and six one-half hour documentaries as a freelance reporter for National Public Radio. She also freelances as a producer/editor for Rhino Records. Her Rhino titles include the multi-disc audio anthologies In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry (1996) and Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work (2000).


Table of Contents

Track List -
Note from the Publisher -
Introduction -

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892) -
Anthony Hecht on Alfred, Lord Tennyson
“The Bugle Song”
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Crossing the Bar

Robert Browning (1812–1889) -
Edward Hirsch on Robert Browning
My Last Duchess
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
Meeting at Night
How They Brought the Good News from
Ghent to Aix

Walt Whitman (1819–1892) -
Galway Kinnell on Walt Whitman
from Song of Myself
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Bivouac on a Mountain Side
The Last Invocation

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) -
Seamus Heaney on William Butler Yeats
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Adam’s Curse
The Second Coming
Among School Children
Sailing to Byzantium
Crazy Jane on the Day of Judgment
Coole Park and Ballylee, 1931

Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) -
C.D. Wright on Gertrude Stein
Christian Berard
She Bowed to Her Brother
If I Told Him

Robert Frost (1874–1963) -
Richard Wilbur on Robert Frost
The Oven Bird
The Road Not Taken
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Nothing Gold Can Stay
To Earthward
The Silken Tent
Come In

Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) -
Rosellen Brown on Carl Sandburg
Cool Tombs
107 from The People, Yes

Wallace Stevens (1879–1955) -
Mark Strand on Wallace Stevens
Fabliau of Florida
Bantams in Pine-Woods
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
The Idea of Order at Key West
So-And-So Reclining on Her Couch
Not Ideas About the Thing But the Thing Itself

James Joyce (1882-1941)-
Paul Muldoon on James Joyce
Chamber Music II
Chamber Music X
Chamber Music XVIII
She Weeps Over Rahoon
Ecce Puer
Anna Livia Plurabelle from Finnegans Wake

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963) -
Robert Pinsky on William Carlos Williams
Spring and All
To Elsie
The Red Wheelbarrow
A Sort of a Song
To a Poor Old Woman

Ezra Pound (1885–1972) -
Charles Bernstein on Ezra Pound
The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter
Cantico Del Sole
In a Station of the Metro
Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
XLV from The Cantos

H.D. (1886–1961) -
Rafael Campo on H.D.
from Helen in Egypt

Robinson Jeffers (1887–1962) -
Robert Hass on Robinson Jeffers
Hurt Hawks
The Purse-Seine
The Day Is a Poem (September 19, 1939)
Oh, Lovely Rock
Carmel Point

John Crowe Ransom (1888–1974) -
John Hollander on John Crowe Ransom
Captain Carpenter
Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter
Painted Head
The Equilibrists
Dead Boy

T. S. Eliot (1888–1965) -
Agha Shahid Ali on T. S. Eliot
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
La Figlia Che Piange
Journey of the Magi
Burnt Norton from Four Quartets

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950) -
Molly Peacock on Edna St. Vincent Millay
First Fig
Love Is Not All: It Is Not Meat nor Drink
I Shall Forget You Presently My Dear
Childhood Is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies

Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) -
Susan Hahn on Dorothy Parker
One Perfect Rose
News Item
A Pig’s-Eye View of Literature
The Lady’s Reward

E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) -
Brad Leithauser on E.E. Cummings
in Just-
love is a place
may i feel said he
anyone lived in a pretty how town
as freedom is a breakfastfood
pity this busy monster

Robert Graves (1895-1985) -
W.S. Merwin on Robert Graves
The Castle
To Juan at the Winter Solstice
Return of the Goddess
Amergin's Charm
With Her Lips Only
The Blue-Fly
A Time of Waiting

Louise Bogan (1897–1970) -
Richard Howard on Louise Bogan
The Daemon
The Sleeping Fury
The Dream
Song for the Last Act

Melvin B. Tolson (1898–1966) -
Rita Dove on Melvin B. Tolson
An Ex-Judge at the Bar
Dark Symphony

Laura (Riding) Jackson (1901–1991) -161
Forrest Gander on Laura (Riding) Jackson
O Vocables of Love
Death as Death
Nothing So Far
Take Hands

Langston Hughes (1902–1967) -
Al Young on Langston Hughes
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Mother to Son
The Weary Blues
I, Too
Good Morning
Harlem [2]

Ogden Nash (1902–1971) -
Billy Collins on Ogden Nash
The Trouble with Women Is Men
Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man
I Do, I Will, I Have
I Must Tell You About My Novel
Laments for a Dying Language

W. H. Auden (1907–1973) -
Dana Gioia on W.H. Auden
O Where Are You Going?
Funeral Blues
As I Walked Out One Evening
In Memory of W.B. Yeats
Musée des Beaux Arts
If I Could Tell You

Louis MacNeice (1907–1963) -
Peter McDonald on Louis MacNeice
Bagpipe Music
Meeting Point
The British Museum Reading Room

Theodore Roethke (1908–1963) -
Joy Harjo on Theodore Roethke
My Papa’s Waltz
The Waking
I Knew a Woman
The Sloth
In a Dark Time

Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979) -
Jorie Graham on Elizabeth Bishop
The Fish
The Map
The Armadillo
Crusoe in England
One Art
In the Waiting Room

May Swenson (1913-1989) -
Grace Shulman on May Swenson
The Watch
At Truro
Orbiter 5 Shows How Earth Looks From the Moon
July 4th
The Woods at Night

Robert Hayden (1913–1980) -
Marilyn Nelson on Robert Hayden
Those Winter Sundays
Frederick Douglass
Homage to the Empress of the Blues
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)
Words in the Mourning Time

Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980) -
Sharon Olds on Muriel Rukeyser
Night Feeding
from Letter to the Front
The Poem as Mask
Waiting for Icarus
Ballad of Orange and Grape

William Stafford (1914–1993) -
Robert Bly on William Stafford
The Star in the Hills
Traveling Through the Dark
Passing Remark
Saint Matthew and All
Report to Crazy Horse

Randall Jarrell (1914–1965) -
Peter Sacks on Randall Jarrell
90 North
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
Seele im Raum
Next Day

John Berryman (1914–1972) -
Elizabeth Spires on John Berryman
The Ball Poem
4 from The Dream Songs
14 from The Dream Songs
22 from The Dream Songs
“Sole Watchman” from Eleven Addresses to the Lord

Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)-
Glyn Maxwell on Dylan Thomas
And Death Shall Have No Dominion
Fern Hill
Among Those Killed in the Dawn Raid Was a
Man Aged a Hundred
In My Craft or Sullen Art
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Robert Lowell (1917–1977) -
Frank Bidart on Robert Lowell
Skunk Hour
Home After Three Months Away
“To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage”
For the Union Dead

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000) -
Sonia Sanchez on Gwendolyn Brooks
A Song in the Front Yard
kitchenette building
We Real Cool
The Boy Died in My Alley
Speech to the Young

Robert Duncan (1919–1988) -
Michael Palmer on Robert Duncan
Poetry, A Natural Thing
The Structure of Rime i
Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow
The Sentinels

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) -
Jason Shinder on Jack Kerouac
MacDougal Street Blues: Canto Uno
7th Chorus from Orizaba 210 Blues
from Book of Haikus
[Biographical Resume, Fall 1957]
99th Chorus from Mexico City Blues
114th Chorus from Mexico City Blues

Philip Larkin (1922–1985) -
Mary Jo Salter on Philip Larkin
Places, Loved Ones
The Whitsun Weddings
Wild Oats
This Be the Verse
The Old Fools

Denise Levertov (1923–1997) -
Nancy Willard on Denise Levertov
Come Into Animal Presence
The Secret
Talking to Grief
A Woman Alone
Her Sadness

Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997) -
C.K. Williams on Allen Ginsberg
A Supermarket in California

Frank O’Hara (1926–1966) -
David Lehman on Frank O’Hara
Why I Am Not a Painter
Poem (Hate Is Only One of Many Responses)
The Day Lady Died
Ave Maria
Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed!)

Anne Sexton (1928–1974) -
Kay Ryan on Anne Sexton
The Truth the Dead Know
Her Kind
The Operation
For My Lover, Returning to His Wife

Ted Hughes (1930-1998) -
Christopher Reid on Ted Hughes
The Thought-Fox
The Howling of Wolves
Crow's First Lesson
February 17
A Pink Wool Knitted Dress

Etheridge Knight (1931–1991) -
Elizabeth Alexander on Etheridge Knight
The Idea of Ancestry
Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital
for the Criminal Insane
Belly Song
Dark Prophecy: I Sing of Shine
The Violent Space

Sylvia Plath (1932–1963) -
Anne Stevenson on Sylvia Plath
Morning Song
I Am Vertical
Lady Lazarus

Index -
About the Contributors -
Acknowledgments -
Permissions -
Audio Credits -
Photo Credits -



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Format: Hardcover

Length: 10.5 in
Width: 9.5 in
Weight: 58.08 oz
Page Count: 400 pages


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