Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith has a voice that is almost as beautiful as the imagery in this second collection of her work. She uses her voice well to clarify the structure of each poem and avoid the tics (such as that rising lilt at the end of each line) that make so many poets poor readers of their own work. Her reading is helped,... Read More
Matthew Arnold's poetry is not widely read today, except for "Dover Beach" and perhaps "The Scholar Gipsy," but this selection shows the strengths that made him popular in the nineteenth century. Jonathan Keeble's readings are romantic, as the poems are, and they show the result of careful thought. Arnold's writerly craft and ideas come through. Keeble reads the antique diction... Read More
Listening to a play on audio should be feel like a radio play, with characters interacting with one another in a steady stream of dialogue and action. This full-cast production of JUNK, a play about junk bonds, takes on wonderful regional accents from New York to L.A. and from Texas to the Midwest. A narrator reads the stage directions and the narrative in an uninflected voice... Read More
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