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Review Poetry, the most ancient literary art, comes alive here through the most modern of technologies. Nothing beats the sound of the human voice, and nothing reminds us so beautifully of the music as well as the words of the poem as the variety of voices assembled on these discs. The performers on this compilation come in all sizes and shapes, in all vocal tones and timbres. Listeners will be delighted to discover poems they have not heard before. They will be astonished to hear, as if for the first time, old chestnuts that burst into bloom again through unexpected renditions. Best of all, they will be reminded of poems they once knew but have forgotten. Give these cds to everyone you love, especially to those who think they don t like poetry. You will change their lives. --Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University; editor-in-chief of The Southwest Review; scholar of poetry; author, most recently of, Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness. Review When I was an undergraduate, an English professor said, in passing, a poem a day keeps the doctor away. He meant, I assume, that being regularly exposed to the best that has been thought and written is a universal medicine. This collection helps bring poetry off the page and back into the ear, where it belongs, and hearing it read with such skill is a constant revelation. I have not found myself ever, for instance, since I was forced to in college, deciding to sit down and read Tennyson or Milton, but hearing them read has made me realize what I've been missing. This is the best of the best, read by the best of the best. I plan on listening to this CD every day on my commute and saving a bundle on my mental health bills. --Tom Lutz s books include Doing Nothing, A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America, Crying: A Natural and Cultural History of Tears; American Nervousness, 1903: An Anecdotal History; and Cosmopolitan Vistas. Professor Lutz has taught at Label: GPR Records
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