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By the time you're done, your biggest problem may be that you wish there was more." WALL STREET JOURNAL "The definitive anthology of poets reading their own work." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "This grand immersion in poetry follows the best-selling Poetry Speaks (2001) and includes a never-before-published and truly thrilling recording of James Joyce reading "Anna Livia Plurabel By the time you're done, your biggest problem may be that you wish there was more." WALL STREET JOURNAL "The definitive anthology of poets reading their own work." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "This grand immersion in poetry follows the best-selling Poetry Speaks (2001) and includes a never-before-published and truly thrilling recording of James Joyce reading "Anna Livia Plurabelle" from Finnegans Wake. Book and CDs work beautifully together, kindling deeper appreciation for the transmuting power of poetry, a practice of discipline, skill, and magic." - BOOKLIST ..".The prose comes to life when read aloud, especially when you hear James Joyce read it himself." NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED host Jacki Lyden "This tome is a reminder how the human spirit is capable of finding an outlet in oppressive times, how poetry can help explain why we do what we do as a thinking people...Certainly, in our struggle to make sense out of what we do not understand, Poetry Speaks Expanded helps on so many levels." Carol Hoenig, THE HUFFINGTON POST ..".[A] bountiful experience: there is the thrill of discovery and re-discovery as with any good anthology, with an added emphasis on the poets' personalities and growth" John Hammond, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS "[An] accessible, beautifully executed collection guaranteed to offer poetry fans a memorable reading and listening experience" WORDCANDY.NET ..".[A]s I savored these beautiful poems, it reminded me of French poet Charles Baudelaire who wrote, 'Any man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.'" - Norm Goldman, BOOKPLEASURES.COM "Light[s] up a reader's eyes." - Frank Wilson, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Hear And Read All Of These Poets (And More) 244 Poems Included In The Book 107 Poems Read By The Poets Themselves On 3 Audio CDs Robert Graves, E. E. Cummings, Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, William Butler Yeats, Gertrude Stein, Carl Sandburg, James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Ted Hughes, Robinson Jeffers, Philip Larkin, Wallace Stevens, Louise Bogan, Melvin B. Tolson, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Ogden Nash, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Allen Ginsberg Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Robert Frost, Muriel Rukeyser, Gwendolyn Brooks, Randall Jarrell, Jack Kerouac, John Berryman, Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, Robert Browning, Robert Duncan, May Swenson, John Crowe Ransom Poetry Speaks Expanded is a fusion of the poet's words with the poet's voice, including text and recordings of nearly 50 of the greatest poets who ever lived, ranging from Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, James Joyce and T. S. Eliot to Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks. "This book has the potential to draw more readers to poetry than any collection in years." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW "Readers and listeners are guaranteed to hear poems in a new way after spending time with this book and CD set." -LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW "Superb, accessible....A unique and essential purchase" -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Poetry --For the first time ever, James Joyce reads "Anna Livia Plurabelle" from Finnegans Wake alongside the original text from the book --T. S. Eliot reading "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" --Sylvia Plath's anger and raw emotion as she reads "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus" --Jack Kerouac reading from "MacDougal Street Blues," accompanied by Steve Allen on piano --May Swenson rehearsing "The Watch" prior to a reading --H. D. reading a part of "Helen in Egypt" from a rare recording made shortly before her death --Ted Hughes reading "February 17" during a BBC interview --A never-before-published recording of Alfred, Lord Tennyson reading "The Charge of the Light Brigade" --W. B. Yeats explaining his reading style and why he chooses to read that way --Robert Frost reading "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" Essays Written By Today's Most Influential Poets, Including: W. S. Merwin on Robert Graves, Seamus Heaney on W. B. Yeats, Paul Muldoon on James Joyce, Robert Pinsky on William Carlos Williams, Sonia Sanchez on Gwendolyn Brooks, Galway Kinnell on Walt Whitman, Rita Dove on Melvin B. Tolson, Jorie Graham on Elizabeth Bishop and Al Young on Langston Hughes "The most ambitious, innovative poetry project to be published in years." -QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB A Book Sense Top-10 Selection


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By the time you're done, your biggest problem may be that you wish there was more." WALL STREET JOURNAL "The definitive anthology of poets reading their own work." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "This grand immersion in poetry follows the best-selling Poetry Speaks (2001) and includes a never-before-published and truly thrilling recording of James Joyce reading "Anna Livia Plurabel By the time you're done, your biggest problem may be that you wish there was more." WALL STREET JOURNAL "The definitive anthology of poets reading their own work." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "This grand immersion in poetry follows the best-selling Poetry Speaks (2001) and includes a never-before-published and truly thrilling recording of James Joyce reading "Anna Livia Plurabelle" from Finnegans Wake. Book and CDs work beautifully together, kindling deeper appreciation for the transmuting power of poetry, a practice of discipline, skill, and magic." - BOOKLIST ..".The prose comes to life when read aloud, especially when you hear James Joyce read it himself." NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED host Jacki Lyden "This tome is a reminder how the human spirit is capable of finding an outlet in oppressive times, how poetry can help explain why we do what we do as a thinking people...Certainly, in our struggle to make sense out of what we do not understand, Poetry Speaks Expanded helps on so many levels." Carol Hoenig, THE HUFFINGTON POST ..".[A] bountiful experience: there is the thrill of discovery and re-discovery as with any good anthology, with an added emphasis on the poets' personalities and growth" John Hammond, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS "[An] accessible, beautifully executed collection guaranteed to offer poetry fans a memorable reading and listening experience" WORDCANDY.NET ..".[A]s I savored these beautiful poems, it reminded me of French poet Charles Baudelaire who wrote, 'Any man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.'" - Norm Goldman, BOOKPLEASURES.COM "Light[s] up a reader's eyes." - Frank Wilson, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Hear And Read All Of These Poets (And More) 244 Poems Included In The Book 107 Poems Read By The Poets Themselves On 3 Audio CDs Robert Graves, E. E. Cummings, Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, William Butler Yeats, Gertrude Stein, Carl Sandburg, James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Ted Hughes, Robinson Jeffers, Philip Larkin, Wallace Stevens, Louise Bogan, Melvin B. Tolson, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Ogden Nash, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Allen Ginsberg Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Robert Frost, Muriel Rukeyser, Gwendolyn Brooks, Randall Jarrell, Jack Kerouac, John Berryman, Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, Robert Browning, Robert Duncan, May Swenson, John Crowe Ransom Poetry Speaks Expanded is a fusion of the poet's words with the poet's voice, including text and recordings of nearly 50 of the greatest poets who ever lived, ranging from Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, James Joyce and T. S. Eliot to Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks. "This book has the potential to draw more readers to poetry than any collection in years." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW "Readers and listeners are guaranteed to hear poems in a new way after spending time with this book and CD set." -LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW "Superb, accessible....A unique and essential purchase" -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Poetry --For the first time ever, James Joyce reads "Anna Livia Plurabelle" from Finnegans Wake alongside the original text from the book --T. S. Eliot reading "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" --Sylvia Plath's anger and raw emotion as she reads "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus" --Jack Kerouac reading from "MacDougal Street Blues," accompanied by Steve Allen on piano --May Swenson rehearsing "The Watch" prior to a reading --H. D. reading a part of "Helen in Egypt" from a rare recording made shortly before her death --Ted Hughes reading "February 17" during a BBC interview --A never-before-published recording of Alfred, Lord Tennyson reading "The Charge of the Light Brigade" --W. B. Yeats explaining his reading style and why he chooses to read that way --Robert Frost reading "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" Essays Written By Today's Most Influential Poets, Including: W. S. Merwin on Robert Graves, Seamus Heaney on W. B. Yeats, Paul Muldoon on James Joyce, Robert Pinsky on William Carlos Williams, Sonia Sanchez on Gwendolyn Brooks, Galway Kinnell on Walt Whitman, Rita Dove on Melvin B. Tolson, Jorie Graham on Elizabeth Bishop and Al Young on Langston Hughes "The most ambitious, innovative poetry project to be published in years." -QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB A Book Sense Top-10 Selection

30 review for Poetry Speaks Expanded

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Mention the word “poetry” and you are likely to get a number of responses ranging from adoration to hatred, with plenty of misconceptions in between. Although poetry was once read, understood, memorized and recited on a regular basis by entire families from the middle class upwards, poetry in the 20th century fell out of general favor largely because of the elements that made it “modern.” It was sequestered into anthologies and studied by unwilling high school students, enjoyed in the realms of Mention the word “poetry” and you are likely to get a number of responses ranging from adoration to hatred, with plenty of misconceptions in between. Although poetry was once read, understood, memorized and recited on a regular basis by entire families from the middle class upwards, poetry in the 20th century fell out of general favor largely because of the elements that made it “modern.” It was sequestered into anthologies and studied by unwilling high school students, enjoyed in the realms of academia, but it was definitely no longer a fixture in the family parlor. Which is a pity. Although it is true that poems such as T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” cannot truly be appreciated without extensive footnotes, the 20th century produced a myriad of poets who wrote verse which is both beautiful and, within certain frames of reference, perfectly understandable. Seeking to communicate this poetry to those who may have not given it a second look after high school, Sourcebooks has published Poetry Speaks Expanded. Featuring 47 of the most famous 20th-century poets (and including – remarkably – a handful from the 19th), it features, for each poet, a photo, a biography, an in-depth but immensely readable critique of the poet’s work, a selection of poems and even, in some cases, a facsimile of verse written in the poet’s own hand. But the obvious highlight of this anthology presents itself in the form of three CDs which feature recordings of the poets reading their own verse. Poetry was (and is) meant to be a living thing – some have said that the page is a temporary stop but not an end for a poem. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the CDs included in Poetry Speaks Expanded. The poets reading here often change their poems, seemingly on the spot; this is especially apparent when the reader follows along in the book (and every recorded poem can be found in the book, which also contains additional poems not included on the CDs). Whether or not any poet is ever absolutely finished with a poem, the point remains that poetry is meant to be heard. Just as one cannot conceive of fully enjoying a Cole Porter, John Lennon or Oscar Hammerstein lyric merely by looking at them, so, in a very real sense, one should not imagine that a silent reading of W.B. Yeats, Dorothy Parker or Walt Whitman can produce pleasure equal to hearing their poems read aloud. And listening to these poems read by their authors is a truly remarkable experience because the verse comes alive in a way that their creators originally intended. Who knew, for example, that Tennyson meant to place such great emphasis on the word “rode” (as in: “into the valley of death RODE the six hundred”) in his poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” or that Gwendolyn Brook’s “we” of “We Real Cool” was meant to be so understated so has to be a quietly syncopated extra beat in her short, rhythmic poem. The recordings also illuminate the poets themselves in ways that those already familiar with them might find surprising. Although one may understand that Carl Sandburg was a Midwestern poet seeking to reach the common man, one might not realize that his mother-tongue was Swedish until hearing him speak. While one may associate James Joyce with the “stream of consciousness” literary technique, hearing his rapid-fire delivery of a portion of “Finnegan’s Wake” gives this connection a startling new twist. And while one may realize that Dylan Thomas was Welsh, nothing can prepare the listener for the powerful lyric beauty of his voice. The bitterness in Sylvia Plath’s voice, the drama in Edna St. Vincent Millay’s, the weariness in Robert Frost’s – all these add a rich depth towards a comprehension of these poets. Enlightening from beginning to end, Poetry Speaks Expanded is a remarkable experience, a wonderful and living addition to any poetry library and a tremendous introduction to the beauties of 20th-century verse. (This was also published at CurledUpWithAGoodBook.com).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tressa

    Wow, was walking past a library display shelf and saw this book sitting there. Cannot wait to read through it and listen to the CDs. The library used to have a recording of Sylvia Plath and T.S. Eliot reading some of their best known poems and I would check them out frequently. The poems were more powerful hearing the authors read them the way they're supposed to be read. Wow, was walking past a library display shelf and saw this book sitting there. Cannot wait to read through it and listen to the CDs. The library used to have a recording of Sylvia Plath and T.S. Eliot reading some of their best known poems and I would check them out frequently. The poems were more powerful hearing the authors read them the way they're supposed to be read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Southernbelletat

    I was stunned to hear Plaths own voice reading her poem Lady Lazarus.. It took my breathe away!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Juliet Wilson

    Poetry Speaks Expanded is a huge and ambitious book with three accompanying CDs, bringing us an overview, from a USA perspective, of English language poetry from the end of the 19th Century to the later years of the 20th Century. The 40 poets included here were chosen from influential poets who have lived and died since the invention of sound recording. The poets are arranged in order of date of birth, starting with Alfred Lord Tennyson and ending with Sylvia Plath. For each poet we are presente Poetry Speaks Expanded is a huge and ambitious book with three accompanying CDs, bringing us an overview, from a USA perspective, of English language poetry from the end of the 19th Century to the later years of the 20th Century. The 40 poets included here were chosen from influential poets who have lived and died since the invention of sound recording. The poets are arranged in order of date of birth, starting with Alfred Lord Tennyson and ending with Sylvia Plath. For each poet we are presented with a brief biographical introduction, an appreciation from a living poet and a selection of their work. The biographies are fascinating, offering real insights into the influences different poets had on each other artistically and personally. The appreciations are all excellent, each writer obviously chosen for their keen interest in the featured poet they are matched with. Each writer takes their own approach to their subject: Brad Leithauser for example gives us a clear overview to the work of e.e. cummings, while Robert Bly concentrates on William Stafford's 'genius in sound and his relation to reverie'.The development of poetic attitudes to numerous themes, including human rights, death, the environment can can be traced through this book, it's also instructive to look at how the style and form of poetry changed through the period. The CDs are also fascinating with an informative narrative from Charles Osgood and sample recordings from all the poets featured in the book, showing the development of reading styles and sound recording quality over the period. Some readers outside the USA may be surprised by some of the poets included or excluded, but as a guide to the greatest influences on US poetry over the past century it is an invaluable resource.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Sun

    While I won't say that this is THE book that changed my life, I will certainly say that it was one of the books that molded it. Through Poetry Speaks, I have discovered many of my favorite poets, poems, and most importantly, fueled my love for poetry. This anthology took me years to get through, but I read through the majority of it this past year. I remember the first poem, Ulysses by Tennyson, years ago, took me a whole day to digest (not to read, but just absorb the amazement that I felt that While I won't say that this is THE book that changed my life, I will certainly say that it was one of the books that molded it. Through Poetry Speaks, I have discovered many of my favorite poets, poems, and most importantly, fueled my love for poetry. This anthology took me years to get through, but I read through the majority of it this past year. I remember the first poem, Ulysses by Tennyson, years ago, took me a whole day to digest (not to read, but just absorb the amazement that I felt that such a work was possible). Sometimes I feel like poetry may suffer from the law of diminishing returns, and poems might feel less magical, for lack of a better word, over time, but even up till yesterday, I was able to come across poems that made me cry. So perhaps not. Poems also speak to you at different times, I feel, so it's important to not rush them. And reading them all aloud is sooo helpful! I basically mumbled my way through a large chunk of this book. Anyways, I don't think this is the place to praise the individual poets. But this is most likely the definitive anthology of poetry, for beginners and know-it-alls alike. There are biographies of each poet, and a few pages written by a modern-day poet on the poet discussed (I only recognized a few), and then a few representative works. Also, the three CDs of the poets reading their own works (for the really old ones, the recordings were on wax cylinders lol) makes the whole thing worth much more than the price it was marked for. One of the best purchases (my parents) ever made in my life. Recommend to everyone!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kay Davis

    Contemporary poet Elise Paschen writes in her introductory essay to Poetry Speaks, "A poem can change your life. In poems, we discover the words and images to understand and interpret the world." Discover some of the classic poets in contemporary literature in this 400-page anthology. The book features biographies of Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Butler Yeats, e. e. cummings, Anne Sexton, Langston Hughes, May Swenson, Sylvia Plath, and many others. Poems are included in the book and on a thre Contemporary poet Elise Paschen writes in her introductory essay to Poetry Speaks, "A poem can change your life. In poems, we discover the words and images to understand and interpret the world." Discover some of the classic poets in contemporary literature in this 400-page anthology. The book features biographies of Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Butler Yeats, e. e. cummings, Anne Sexton, Langston Hughes, May Swenson, Sylvia Plath, and many others. Poems are included in the book and on a three-CD set of poets reading their work. A narrator provides background on some of the poets and poems. With the audio, you can hear the spoken-word version of each poem as the poet intended it to be read. The book is a bit hefty to lug around, but you can pack the CDs in a case and take them with you on a road trip, or to the beach.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I found this book for only $9.99 and thought it seemed like a pretty good deal since it had 3 CDs with it. That was an incredible understatement! It's worth the price of the book alone just to hear Sylvia Plath read "Lady Lazarus" in her own words. Her regal mid-Atlantic voice was completely different than what I expected, but absolutely perfect for her work. To hear her say, "Dying is an art like everything else, I do it exceptionally well," in her knowing cadence.....I had chills! The only dow I found this book for only $9.99 and thought it seemed like a pretty good deal since it had 3 CDs with it. That was an incredible understatement! It's worth the price of the book alone just to hear Sylvia Plath read "Lady Lazarus" in her own words. Her regal mid-Atlantic voice was completely different than what I expected, but absolutely perfect for her work. To hear her say, "Dying is an art like everything else, I do it exceptionally well," in her knowing cadence.....I had chills! The only downside is that "Howl" is cut off about 1/4th of the way through and I would have liked to hear Ginsberg yell the rest of the poem. T.S. Eliot reading "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock" made up for it though, especially to hear his little joke at the beginning about how it takes him a little while to get going when he does poetry readings. This is a wonderful treasure trove of poetry!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peter Swanson

    The "non-fiction" label I've added because of the biographical and analytical text related to each poet. This book presents the work of dozens of significant English-language poets. The real treat in this volume is the included discs, whereupon we hear the poets read their own work. What I did not expect was being able to hear the voices of Tennyson, Whitman, and Robert Browning! I had no idea that they'd lived into the era of sound recording. Their recordings are poor quality, reflecting the te The "non-fiction" label I've added because of the biographical and analytical text related to each poet. This book presents the work of dozens of significant English-language poets. The real treat in this volume is the included discs, whereupon we hear the poets read their own work. What I did not expect was being able to hear the voices of Tennyson, Whitman, and Robert Browning! I had no idea that they'd lived into the era of sound recording. Their recordings are poor quality, reflecting the technology of the 1890s, but the fact that the recordings exist at all I find astonishing. I loved hearing Robinson Jeffers, one of my favorite poets. I had heard Robert Frost before, as he lived well into my lifetime, but it's still a special experience hearing him read Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, a work which is high in the running for my favorite poem.

  9. 5 out of 5

    S Shah

    The editorial limitation of poets who have been recorded reading their own work is an interesting one. Certainly, the accompanying CDs of these recordings are a major attraction. The full extent of the content within the book will take some time to get through, but also acts as a useful reference. Some day I'll get through more of it. The audio serves as a sign post to delve further into specific portions of the text. The editorial limitation of poets who have been recorded reading their own work is an interesting one. Certainly, the accompanying CDs of these recordings are a major attraction. The full extent of the content within the book will take some time to get through, but also acts as a useful reference. Some day I'll get through more of it. The audio serves as a sign post to delve further into specific portions of the text.

  10. 4 out of 5

    spoko

    I'm a believer that poetry wants to be read aloud, so this seemed like a great idea for an audiobook. Unfortunately, it really just ended up confirming my prior suspicion: poets are, almost without exception, their own worst readers. Even poets whose work I really enjoy, and whom I thought I would enjoy hearing—Frank O'Hara, Elizabeth Bishop—just really don't do their own works justice. Still, there are some great works here, and I did get turned on to one or two new poets. So that's something. I'm a believer that poetry wants to be read aloud, so this seemed like a great idea for an audiobook. Unfortunately, it really just ended up confirming my prior suspicion: poets are, almost without exception, their own worst readers. Even poets whose work I really enjoy, and whom I thought I would enjoy hearing—Frank O'Hara, Elizabeth Bishop—just really don't do their own works justice. Still, there are some great works here, and I did get turned on to one or two new poets. So that's something.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I picked this book up as I heard it discussed at a conference as a great read for teens. As I skimmed the book I found that while the poetry is good & quality, the majority of it was current & teen issue focused as I thought based on the talk at the conference. The poems are ones that could be teen-focused & used as discussion points with teens, I was looking for a book that dealt with the 90s / 2000 teens...

  12. 5 out of 5

    I.

    This is a must-have! You get to enjoy actual readings and recordings of poets reading their own work: Whitman, Frost, Plath, Cummings, the list goes on and just keeps getting better. This edition has three (3) audio discs included. I never tire of listening.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    It's awesome listening to poets read their poems! I absolutely loved listening to them. It's awesome listening to poets read their poems! I absolutely loved listening to them.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Mcghee

    AWESOME BOOK!!! I used this during my PTLS. It includes some of the world's renowned poetry artist and a CD with their poetry read by them. AWESOME BOOK!!! I used this during my PTLS. It includes some of the world's renowned poetry artist and a CD with their poetry read by them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dayna

    Can somebody pleaseee bring Carl Sandburg back from the dead?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christian Holland

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  21. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gaby

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alanna Reid

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Mccoy

  27. 5 out of 5

    The Rudie Librarian (Brian)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jose

  29. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

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