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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663100297
  • Catalog Number: 31002
  • Sales rank: 118,795

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Charge of the Light Brigade (2:20)
  2. 2 Come into the Garden, Maud (0:20)
  3. 3 How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix - Robert Browning (0:58)
  4. 4 America (0:38)
  5. 5 The Lake Isle of Innisfree - William Butler Yeats (3:10)
  6. 6 The Song of the Old Mother - William Butler Yeats (0:54)
  7. 7 Lucinda Matlock (0:58)
  8. 8 Emily Sparks (0:52)
  9. 9 The Creation - James Weldon Johnson (4:26)
  10. 10 If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso (3:38)
  11. 11 The Road Not Taken (1:04)
  12. 12 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (0:56)
  13. 13 From the People, Yes (#90) (3:12)
  14. 14 So and So Reclining on Her Couch (2:10)
  15. 15 The Red Wheelbarrow - William Carlos Williams (0:15)
  16. 16 For Elsie - William Carlos Williams (1:46)
  17. 17 From Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (3:02)
  18. 18 From Helen in Egypt - Hilda Doolittle (3:35)
  19. 19 Journey of the Magi (With Introduction) (3:19)
  20. 20 Recuerdo (1:29)
  21. 21 Love Is Not All (1:14)
  22. 22 Résumé (0:21)
  23. 23 The Lady's Reward (0:57)
  24. 24 As Freedom Is a Breakfastfood (2:33)
  25. 25 To Juan at the Winter Solstice - Robert Graves (2:21)
  26. 26 From John Brown's Body (3:50)
  27. 27 Strong Man (2:59)
  28. 28 The Negro Speaks of Rivers (With Intro) (0:57)
  29. 29 The Waery Blues (With Intro) (1:46)
  30. 30 Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man - Ogden Nash (2:02)
  31. 31 King of the River (3:16)
  32. 32 The Cave of Nakedness - Wystan Hugh Auden (6:28)
  33. 33 I Knew a Woman (1:47)
  34. 34 Elegy for Jane (1:12)
  35. 35 Late Air - Elizabeth Bishop (0:33)
  36. 36 The Fish - Elizabeth Bishop (2:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Those Winter Sundays (0:52)
  2. 2 The Ballad of Orange and Grape (2:46)
  3. 3 To Be a Jew in the Twentieth Century (1:02)
  4. 4 #23 (The Lay of Ike) (1:11)
  5. 5 #36 (The High Ones Die...) (1:28)
  6. 6 The World Is So Difficult to Give Up... (0:23)
  7. 7 This Is the Solution, To Be Happy with Slaughter... (0:19)
  8. 8 Here I Am with Mike in Hand, Shooting Down the Rapids... (0:38)
  9. 9 I Killed a Fly... (0:29)
  10. 10 What About Dying?... (0:52)
  11. 11 Passing Remark (0:48)
  12. 12 Serving with Gideon (1:17)
  13. 13 And Death Shall Have No Dominion - Dylan Thomas (1:44)
  14. 14 The Tombstone Told When She Died - Dylan Thomas (1:52)
  15. 15 The Mother (2:34)
  16. 16 We Real Cool (1:36)
  17. 17 Skunk Hour (2:25)
  18. 18 Crossing Over (2:17)
  19. 19 See It Was Like This When... (0:39)
  20. 20 Underwear (3:34)
  21. 21 The Secret of My Endurance (2:16)
  22. 22 Ray (2:44)
  23. 23 Love Calls Us to the Things of This World (1:54)
  24. 24 American Haikus - Vijay Seshadri (6:08)
  25. 25 Death Psalm: O Lord - Li-Young Lee (3:45)
  26. 26 Monet Refuses the Operation (2:28)
  27. 27 Woodchucks (1:57)
  28. 28 America (8:47)
  29. 29 Still (2:40)
  30. 30 My Philosophy of Life (4:08)
  31. 31 After Making Love We Hear Footsteps (1:31)
  32. 32 Last Gods (2:03)
  33. 33 A Blessing - James Wright (1:49)
  34. 34 All My Pretty Ones (3:26)
  35. 35 For My Lover, Returning to His Wife (3:07)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Even in Paris - Richard Howard (6:28)
  2. 2 Diving into the Wreck (4:02)
  3. 3 Lovesong - Ted Hughes (2:12)
  4. 4 Omeros (3:02)
  5. 5 The Song of the Taste - Gary Snyder (0:59)
  6. 6 Why I Take Goos Care of My Macintosh Computer - Gary Snyder (1:30)
  7. 7 The Idea of Ancestry (3:09)
  8. 8 Daddy (3:41)
  9. 9 The Greatest Porm in the World (1:20)
  10. 10 An Oddly Lovely Day Alone (2:10)
  11. 11 Bang, Bang Outishly - Amiri Baraka (1:31)
  12. 12 Rhythim Blues - Amiri Baraka (0:24)
  13. 13 Shazam Doowah - Amiri Baraka (0:50)
  14. 14 Dahomey (2:09)
  15. 15 Right to Life (4:09)
  16. 16 The Poem - Mark Strand (2:31)
  17. 17 Zimmer Imagines Heaven - Paul Zimmer (1:59)
  18. 18 Cruelty. Don't Talk to Me About Cruelty (0:40)
  19. 19 I Have Had to Learn to Live with My Face (6:43)
  20. 20 We Were So Poor... (0:30)
  21. 21 I Was Stolen by the Gypsies... (0:35)
  22. 22 Everybody Knows the Story... (0:43)
  23. 23 Death of a Naturalist (2:05)
  24. 24 Lester Leaps In (1:08)
  25. 25 A Dfance for Militant Dilettantes (1:29)
  26. 26 Fire (4:08)
  27. 27 Odysseus to Telemachus (1:40)
  28. 28 Sometimes It's Better to Laugh 'Honest Injun (2:55)
  29. 29 Ode to My Shoes (1:49)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Wonder (1:38)
  2. 2 The Lost Pilot (1:56)
  3. 3 Puerto Rican Obituary (5:34)
  4. 4 Uh Oh Plutonium (3:12)
  5. 5 The Fine Printing on the Label of a Beer of Non-Alcohol Beer (1:29)
  6. 6 The Sweat Lodge (1:11)
  7. 7 Facing It (1:10)
  8. 8 Logan Heights and the World (4:35)
  9. 9 The Colonel (2:44)
  10. 10 The History of Armenia (3:37)
  11. 11 Grace (4:27)
  12. 12 Parsley (4:13)
  13. 13 The Long Meadow (4:11)
  14. 14 The Floral Apron (1:24)
  15. 15 Raisin Eyes (1:43)
  16. 16 The Concrete River - Dr. Luis Rodriguez (3:34)
  17. 17 My Father, In Heaven, Is Reading out Loud (2:29)
  18. 18 Two Standards (2:17)
  19. 19 I Saw You Walking (1:42)
  20. 20 The Female Seer Will Burn Upon This Pyre (1:17)
  21. 21 After the Gig: Mick Jagger (1:10)
  22. 22 Morning Broke on My Cabin Inverted, Tempest in My Forehead (3:47)
  23. 23 Eleven More Days (4:52)
  24. 24 Simon Peter (2:09)
  25. 25 Fragments of the Forgotten War (3:46)
  26. 26 Lucky Criminals (2:01)
  27. 27 The Slaughter - Kevin Young (2:18)
  28. 28 Scab (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Daterman Guitar
Technical Credits
Carl Sandburg Poetry
Allen Ginsberg Poetry
Jack Kerouac Poetry
Langston Hughes Poetry
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Poetry
Gertrude Stein Poetry
Robert Frost Poetry
Ogden Nash Poetry
Dylan Thomas Poetry
Anne Sexton Poetry
Charles Bukowski Poetry
Ezra Pound Poetry
Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry
Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry
Dorothy Parker Poetry
Joseph Brodsky Poetry
Sylvia Plath Poetry
Galway Kinnell Poetry
James Wright Poetry
Muriel Rukeyser Poetry
Erica Jong Poetry
Richard Wilbur Poetry
Robert Lowell Poetry
Theodore Roethke Poetry
Wallace Stevens Poetry
Joy Harjo Poetry
Al Cohn Poetry
Amiri Baraka Poetry
Richard Howard Poetry
Zoot Sims Poetry
Anne Waldman Poetry
Al Young Poetry, Liner Notes
Kevin Young Poetry
Sterling A. Brown Poetry
Hayden Carruth Poetry
Walt Whitman & the Soul Children Poetry
David Ray Poetry
Robert Browning Poetry
Wystan Hugh Auden Poetry
e.e. cummings Poetry
Carolyn Forché Poetry
Seamus Heaney Poetry
David Ignatow Poetry
Stanley Kunitz Poetry
Marge Piercy Poetry
Carl Hancock Rux Poetry
William Stafford Poetry
Mark Strand Poetry
John Updike Poetry
Paul Zimmer Poetry
Luci Tapahonso Poetry
Diane Wakoski Poetry
Derek Walcott Poetry
Gary Snyder Poetry
T.S. Eliot Poetry
Denise Levertov Poetry
Alfred Lord Tennyson Poetry
Lucille Clifton Poetry
Adrian Louis Poetry
Adrienne Rich Poetry
Audre Lorde Poetry
James Tate Poetry
John Ashbery Poetry
Yusef Komunuakaa Poetry
Rebekah Presson Mosby Producer, Liner Notes, Production Notes
William Carlos Williams Poetry
Rita Dove Poetry
Etheridge Knight Poetry
Robert Hayden Poetry
Juan Felipe Herrera Poetry
Li-Young Lee Poetry
Charles Simic Poetry
Sharon Olds Poetry
Lisel Mueller Poetry
William Meredith Poetry
Luis Jose Rodriguez Poetry
Jeff Palo Artwork
Elizabeth Alexander Poetry
Randy Perry Remastering
A.R. Ammons Poetry
Peter Balakian Poetry
John Berryman Poetry
Elizabeth Bishop Poetry
Marilyn Chin Poetry
Suji Kwock Kim Poetry
Maxine Kumin Poetry
Jonathan Lamfers Poetry
Edgar Lee Masters Poetry
Simon J. Ortiz Poetry
Elise Paschen Poetry
Pedro Pietri Poetry
John Poch Poetry
D.A. Powell Poetry
Kevin Prufer Poetry
Vijay Seshadri Poetry
Gloria Vando Poetry
William Butler Yeats Poetry
Ted Hughes Poetry
James Weldon Johnson Poetry
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