Cruellest Month #10: El Dorado

Edgar Allan Poe

As we continue down the road of National Poetry Month and have Day 10 of 30 Days of Poetry Audio, it’s time to go back to Edgar Allan Poe and this time it’s his poem, “El Dorado.”

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

Last year at this time we were listening to Yeats and “The Stolen Child.”

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Disambiguation: nothing to do with this El Dorado.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:42:15+00:00 April 10th, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|1 Comment

Cruellest Month #9: You Will Hear Thunder

Anna Akhmatova

National Poetry Month continues and so do we: it’s 30 Days of Poetry Audio. This time around Dindrane gives us her reading of “You Will Hear Thunder,” by Anna Akhmatova.

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

Last year at this time we were checking out Dom’s version of Poe’s “A Dream Within a Dream.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:42:17+00:00 April 9th, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #8: Queen Anne’s Lace

William Carlos Williams

Our parade through National Poetry Month continues with another day of 30 Days of Poetry Audio. This time we pay another visit to William Carlos Williams. Last year at this time it was “The Last Words of My English Grandmother.” This time around it’s “Queen Anne’s Lace.”

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:42:18+00:00 April 8th, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #7: The Lady’s Yes

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

30 Days of Poetry Audio continues with a visit again to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Last year it was “Sonnets from the Portuguese XXII” but this year we go with a reading of quite possibly the nicest attempt at a poetic female-to-male “Thank You But No” ever. It’s “The Lady’s Yes.”

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:42:19+00:00 April 7th, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #4: How Doth the Little Crocodile

Lewis Carroll

National Poetry Month continues. So does our 30 Days of Poetry Audio podcasting/reading exercise. We return to Lewis Carroll, who we spent some time with at this point last year. This time it’s a very short poem, “How Doth the Little Crocodile.”

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:42:21+00:00 April 4th, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #3: Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins

National Poetry Month continues. So does our 30 Days of Poetry Audio podcasting/reading exercise. We return to Gerard Manley Hopkins, who we visited at this point last year. This time it’s his lovely short poem, “Pied Beauty.”

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:42:22+00:00 April 3rd, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #2: Tithonus

Alfred Lord Tennyson

30 Days of Poetry Audio for National Poetry Month hits its second day with Alfred Lord Tennyson. Yes, we led off with him last year but considering the Poe we had to offer up, it seemed fair to let them swap places. Because at this point last year we were checking out Poe’s “The City in the Sea.” But this time around it’s Tennyson’s “Tithonus.”

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:42:23+00:00 April 2nd, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #1: The Raven (A New Translation)

Edgar Allan Poe stamp

So we return to yet another April and yet another National Poetry Month. Just like last year, we’re going to be posting a new poetry recording each day. Some of it will be original. Some of it will be classic material. Some of it will be classic material presented in an entirely new way.

We’re leading off our first poem this year with Edgar Allan Poe‘s “The Raven.” Yes, we’ve showcased it before. Read by James Earl Jones, Vincent Price and Christopher Walken. I’ve even taken a crack at it.

But this something different. Our own Tee Quillin did a straight reading of it and handed it to one of his college classes as an assignment and said, “Do something with this.” Michael Blevins answered the challenge with a new translation of the classic piece that is…well, NSFW for language. We enjoyed it so much we asked for permission to lead off this year with it and we got it. So. Enjoy.

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You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here.

We kicked off last year with Tennyson and “Ulysses.”
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By | 2017-09-24T22:42:25+00:00 April 1st, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|1 Comment