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

Performers Various Artists

Shout! Factory | January 6, 2012 | Compact Disc

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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

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 6, 2012

Genre: General

Style: Comedy/Spoken

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Shout! Factory

UPC: 826663100297

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

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 6, 2012

Genre: General

Style: Comedy/Spoken

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Shout! Factory

UPC: 826663100297


Title Track Time
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.R‚sum‚ - 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 Ben‚t --
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 --

Editorial Notes

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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