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Poetry speaks expanded : hear poets from Tennyson to Plath read their own work /

Other Authors: Paschen, Elise., Mosby, Rebekah Presson.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Sourcebooks, 2007
Edition: [Second edition].
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"By the time you''re done, your biggest problem may be that you wish there was more."

"The definitive anthology of poets reading their own work."

"This grand immersion in poetry follows the best-selling Poetry Speaks (2001) and includes a never-before-published and truly thrilling recording of James Joyce reading "Anna Livia Plurabelle" from Finnegans Wake. Book and CDs work beautifully together, kindling deeper appreciation for the transmuting power of poetry, a practice of discipline, skill, and magic."

"...The prose comes to life when read aloud, especially when you hear James Joyce read it himself."

"This tome is a reminder how the human spirit is capable of finding an outlet in oppressive times, how poetry can help explain why we do what we do as a thinking people...Certainly, in our struggle to make sense out of what we do not understand, Poetry Speaks Expanded helps on so many levels." Â- Carol Hoenig, THE HUFFINGTON POST

"...[A] bountiful experience: there is the thrill of discovery and re-discovery as with any good anthology, with an added emphasis on the poets'' personalities and growth" Â- John Hammond, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

"[An] accessible, beautifully executed collection guaranteed to offer poetry fans a memorable reading and listening experience" Â- WORDCANDY.NET

"...[A]s I savored these beautiful poems, it reminded me of French poet Charles Baudelaire who wrote, ''Any man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.''" - Norm Goldman, BOOKPLEASURES.COM

"Light[s] up a reader''s eyes." - Frank Wilson, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Hear And Read All Of ThesePoets (And More)
244 Poems Included In The Book
107 Poems Read By The Poets Themselves On 3 Audio CDs

Robert Graves, E. E. Cummings, Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, William Butler Yeats, Gertrude Stein, Carl Sandburg, James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Ted Hughes, Robinson Jeffers, Philip Larkin, Wallace Stevens, Louise Bogan, Melvin B. Tolson, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Ogden Nash, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Allen Ginsberg Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Robert Frost, Muriel Rukeyser, Gwendolyn Brooks, Randall Jarrell, Jack Kerouac, John Berryman, Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, Robert Browning, Robert Duncan, May Swenson, John Crowe Ransom

Poetry Speaks Expanded is 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, ranging from Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, James Joyce and T. S. Eliot to Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughesand Gwendolyn Brooks.

"This book has the potential to draw more readers to poetry than any collection in years."

"Readers and listeners are guaranteed to hear poems in a new way after spending time with this book and CD set."

"Superb, accessible....A unique and essential purchase"

--Forthe first time ever, James Joyce reads "Anna Livia Plurabelle" from Finnegans Wake alongside the original text from the book
--T. S. Eliot reading "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
--Sylvia Plath''s anger and raw emotion as she reads "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus"
--Jack Kerouac reading from "MacDougal Street Blues," accompanied by Steve Allen on piano
--May Swenson rehearsing "The Watch" prior to a reading
--H. D. reading a part of "Helen in Egypt" from a rare recording made shortly before her death
--Ted Hughes reading "February 17" during a BBC interview
--A never-before-published recording of Alfred, Lord Tennyson reading "The Charge of the Light Brigade"
--W. B. Yeats explaining his reading style and why he chooses to read that way
--Robert Frost reading "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

Essays Written By Today''s Most Influential Poets, Including: W. S. Merwin on Robert Graves, Seamus Heaney on W. B. Yeats, Paul Muldoon on James Joyce, Robert Pinsky on William Carlos Williams, Sonia Sanchez on Gwendolyn Brooks, Galway Kinnell on Walt Whitman, Rita Dove on Melvin B. Tolson, Jorie Graham on Elizabeth Bishop and Al Young on Langston Hughes

"The most ambitious, innovative poetry project to be published in years."

A Book Sense Top-10 Selection


Track List
Note from the Publisher
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

Review by Booklist Review

This large book allows long poems to fill the page like a musical score, while short poems are paired with photographs of poets and reproductions of handwritten manuscripts. This physical largesse is matched by generosity of spirit as living poets offer crisp and empathic commentary on 47 poets who have gone before them. Here, thanks to the expertise and good taste of editors Paschen and Mosby, is Rosellen Brown on Carl Sandburg, Billy Collins on Ogden Nash, Susan Hahn on Dorothy Parker, Edward Hirsch on Robert Browning, and Mark Strand on Wallace Stevens. Then there are the three accompanying CDs. Fluently hosted by Charles Osgood, they contain mesmerizing recordings of each historic poet reading her or his work. This grand immersion in poetry follows the best-selling Poetry Speaks (2001) and includes a never-before-published and thrilling recording of James Joyce reading Anna Livia Plurabelle from Finnegans Wake. Book and CDs work beautifully together, kindling deeper appreciation for the transmuting power of poetry.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2007 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This second edition of the popular anthology is an accessible introduction to 20th century poetry on the page and in the air. Forty-seven poets-beginning with Tennyson, moving through Eliot, Kerouac and Bishop, among many others, and ending on Plath-are represented in this book and CD package. Attesting to the fact that poetry remains a spoken art form, this book may convince readers that well-chosen words gain vitality when heard aloud, as Allen Ginsberg?s incantatory rendering of "Howl" proves. William Carlos Williams? "The Red Wheelbarrow," in the poet?s voice, takes on a playful singsong quality. Gwendolyn Brooks, reading "We Real Cool," affects her subjects? swagger and attitude, shifting to solemnity for the grave final line: "we die soon." The book also includes useful biographical information and a literary essay on each writer by contemporary poets, who locate the poets in historical context: Anne Stevenson, for instance, comments on Plath and Paul Muldoon on James Joyce, by whom this edition also contains a previously unreleased recording of the "Anna Livia Plurabelle" section of Finnegan?s Wake. Reluctant poetry readers may find themselves drawn to the printed page by the spoken work, and poetry fans are likely to find much to love here. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Poetry Speaks (Sourcebooks, 2001) has been expanded to include James Joyce, Robert Graves, May Swenson, Jack Kerouac, and Ted Hughes. Each of the 47 poets, all deceased, is introduced through a biographical sketch, an essay by a contemporary poet, the text of a few representative poems and, of course, select recordings. The inviting layout and scattering of primary-source material (gems include a handwritten poem on a paper plate by Etheridge Knight and an edited draft of W. H. Auden's "September 1, 1939"), and the invaluable effect of poems read by their creators remain the collection's hallmarks. The experience of listening to Joyce read an excerpt from Finnegans Wake with his thick Irish brogue will inevitably take any dissection of his work to new depths. This volume will continue to prove a playground for poetry lovers and a spark for any literature class.-Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Elise Paschen was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. While an undergraduate at Harvard, she was awarded the Lloyd McKim Garrison Medal and the Joan Grey Untermyer Poetry Prize. Elise received her M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in 20th Century British and American Literature at Oxford University where she co-founded Oxford Poetry.

Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America from 1988 until 2001, she is the co-founder of Poetry in Motion. Paschen was the featured Illinois poet at the National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress in September 2006.

Elise Paschen is the author of Bestiary (Red Hen Press, 2009), Infidelities (Story Line Press, 1996), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts (Oxford: Sycamore Press). Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies and she is editor of The New York Times best-selling anthology Poetry Speaks to Children and Poetry Speaks Who I Am (Sourcebooks).

Dr. Paschen serves as Poet Laureate of Three Oaks, Michigan and teaches in the MFA Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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