Retail pak Random House Audio 2000
CS ISBN 0375409645 $15.95 One cassettes
The Voice of the Poet series, produced in installments over a three-year period, is gleaned from Yale library's extensive archive of poetry read at the university over the years. Each program provides a survey of each poet's work at both its strongest and most characteristic; cumulatively, the series reveals the lifeblood of poetry: a human voice making experience into art. Not surprisingly, some of the poets read their work better than others. Elizabeth Bishop is, by far, the least accomplished reader. Although she does seem to improve slightly in a later recording, her reading generally lacks expression. The series itself could not have been put together with more care. A sixty-minute cassette presents the poet reading his or her own work--each includes some never-before-released recordings of the author. Included also is a booklet with a ten-page insightful introduction by noted poet and critic J.D, McClatchy, the text for the twenty or so career-spanning poems read by the poet, and a brief reading list. Beyond the content is the stunning design of the individual packages. Overall, The Voice of the Poet series should stand as a benchmark for other audio poetry programs. P.B.J. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 01]
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