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Poetic License

100 Poems – 100 Performers
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

Why a Poetry Album? Easy answer: I love poetry. I love reading it. I love memorizing it. I love hearing great actors recite it. As the poet Mark Strand wrote, “Ink runs from the corners of my mouth / There is no happiness like mine / I have been eating poetry.” In the past, when I was full from eating, I have had the audacity to set poetry to music. But, on this audiobook, you will hear the music of the poems. Poetry unadorned. Words. Because in truth, great poetry needs nothing but a great actor, a voice as eloquent and expressive as the poem itself, to lift the poem off the page and into the heart.

I have never done a project which has elicited so much enthusiasm. From the actors arriving at the studio who thanked me for inviting them to participate, "Are you kidding?" I’d say, “Thank you!” to the engineers who would say, “I never got this stuff, but these guys make it so beautiful.” This album has been a joy from beginning to end, a true labor of love. And whenever I heard my stomach rumbling during the production process, I always knew I could find something delicious to eat in the studio. Mmmm. Yeats? That hits the spot.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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  • Sam Motes
  • 28-09-14

Just the poems Mam.

An enjoyable collection of poems but I preferred the Poets Corner collection by Lithgow with its mini summary of each poet and poem to give context.

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  • Carolyn
  • 31-10-17

Needs Pausing

I enjoy listening to poetry being read, but I have always valued having a moment to catch my breath before the next poem began. Most of the poems I liked, many were great and I would have loved if the device permitted to more easily play again. It was simply that poetry should be digested, better perhaps, breathed in. There was not a moment for that. If the poems had been gently separated by 10 seconds of music, they would have been easier to pause. As is, I tended to keep a finger on the pause button which interferes with listening. Readers were wonderful...but they need, and deserve some space.

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  • Christine
  • 26-08-13

100 poems -No table of contents!!

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The poems are beautifully read- but without a table of contents or guide of any sort, the listening experience is quite random. Very disappointing.

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  • BeeG
  • 10-07-14

Variety!!

Would you listen to Poetic License again? Why?

Absolutely!! It was a great listen. It had all different kinds of poems, read by different people. This made it a very fun experience.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the variety and the quality of the readers.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I loved the reading of the “The Nap Taker” by Shel Silverstein. There are so many good pomes on the audio book it is definitely worth buying.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I couldn't wait for the next poem

Any additional comments?

If you love poetry this is an awesome read / listen! It is an amazing selection of poems / poets with awesome readers!

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  • AOlson
  • 17-02-16

What's the problem with no chapter titles?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Great collection, but frustrating with no chapter titles.

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Why can't audible title chapters when books have them titled? Especially with a poetry collection, it would seem an obvious addition.

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  • Faith M Smith
  • 11-02-16

Absolutely love this!

Thoroughly enjoyed he selections and the performances. Recommended for poetry aficionados. Repeatedly listening to this and wish a volume two was in the works.

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  • David Ahlman
  • 17-07-15

Worth Reading, Worth Hearing

Great Poetic Anthology! Well read, well acted. Recommend it a listen for every poetry lover.

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  • Jesse
  • 23-01-14

Amazing readings!

The readings really make the poems jump to life. The actors did a wonderful job. I hope they will make more of these in the future.

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  • Robert D. Anderson
  • 07-08-19

Including Chapter Titles Should Be Mandatory

Performances and selection are wonderful. The inability to simply tell Alexa "Read Poetic Licence E.E. Cummings" or "Read Poetic License i thank you God for most this amazing day" is unacceptable. Lacking this feature, poetry collections are much, much, much less enjoyable.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 04-09-18

Well done.

An interesting selection well read. I wish it included blurbs about the poet's or the social context in which each post wrote.