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American Poets (audio CD)

Published Date:
October 2010
British Library Publishing
Bibliographic Details:
Three CDs plus booklet, running time: approx. 210 minutes
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The Spoken Word

This three CD set is a companion to the British Poets compilation. Around 30 poets are included, from Gertrude Stein, born in 1874, to Amiri Baraka, born in 1934.

The 20th century was a time of enormous energy and variety in American poetry, embracing such illustrious names as T S Eliot, E E Cummings, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Robinson Jeffers, Langston Hughes, Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath. Each of the poets is heard reading from their own work.

The recordings are mostly taken from previously unpublished BBC broadcasts.

These CDs are a treasure-trove. Always fascinating and instructive, and always proving that the sound and the sense of poetry cannot be separated.

Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate

Listen to sample tracks using Windows Media Player:

E E Cummings reading 'next to of course god america i'

Robert Frost reading 'After Apple-Picking'

Ogden Nash reading 'The Private Dining Room'

Track listing


Gertrude Stein

1 A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson [extract]

Robert Frost

2 After Apple-Picking

3 Mending Wall

4 Introduction to The Star-Splitter

5 The Star-Splitter

Wallace Stevens

6 Credences of Summer

William Carlos Williams

7 Introduction to Spring and All I

8 Spring and All I (By the road to the contagious hospital)

9 This Is Just to Say

10 The Yachts

11 Picture of a Nude in a Machine Shop

Ezra Pound

12 Canto 1

13 Canto 51

14 Canto 45

Robinson Jeffers

15 Shane O'Neill's Cairn

16 The Low Sky

17 Inscription for a Gravestone

18 The Bed by the Window

19 The Coast-Road

20 Oh Lovely Rock

T S Eliot

21 Four Preludes

22 The Journey of the Magi

23 The Burial of the Dead

Conrad Aiken

24 Gabriel de Ford

25 Introduction to Morning Song of Senlin

26 Morning Song of Senlin

27 Blues for Ruby Matrix I


Archibald MacLeish

1 American Letter

E E Cummings

2 she being Brand

3 ?next to of course god america i?


5 of all the blessings which to man

6 anyone lived in a pretty how town


Langston Hughes

8 One-Way Ticket

9 The Negro Speaks of Rivers

10 Puzzled

11 Trumpet Player

12 Ballad of the Gypsy

Ogden Nash

13 Introduction

14 The Private Dining Room

15 Introduction to Peekaboo, I Almost See You

16 Peekaboo, I Almost See You

Theodore Roethke

17 Introduction

18 The Heron

19 Introduction to Big Wind

20 Big Wind

21 Introduction to The Waking

22 The Waking

Randall Jarrell

23 Introduction to A Quilt-Pattern

24 A Quilt-Pattern

John Berryman

25 Introduction

26 Dream Song 1

27 Dream Song 5

28 Dream Song 27

29 Dream Song 17

30 Dream Song 16

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks

31 Introduction:

32 We Real Cool

33 Introduction to second reading of We Real Cool

34 We Real Cool (second reading)

35 Introduction to ?Riot?

36 Riot

37 Introduction to A Man of the Middle Class

38 A Man of the Middle Class

Robert Lowell

39 For the Union Dead

40 Water

41 The Flaw

Robert Duncan

42 Introduction

43 ?My mother would be a falconress?


Lawrence Ferlinghetti

1 Introduction to ?I am Waiting?

2 ?I am Waiting?

Charles Bukowski

3 fire station

4 the tragedy of the leaves

Allen Ginsberg

5 First Party at Ken Kesey's with Hells Angels

6 Kral Majales

John Ashbery

7 Introduction to Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape

8 Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape

9 Introduction to Variations, Calypso and Fugue on a Theme of Ella Wheeler

10 Variations, Calypso and Fugue on a Theme of Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Anne Sexton

11 Introduction to The Addict

12 The Addict

13 Letter Written on a Ferry While Crossing Long Island Sound

Adrienne Rich

14 In the Evening

15 I Dream I?m the Death of Orpheus

16 Mother-in-Law

17 North American Time (VI-IX)

Gregory Corso

18 The Mutation of the Spirit

Sylvia Plath

19 Candles

20 Berck-Plage

Amiri Baraka

21 A Poem some people will have to understand

22 Epistrophe

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