Poetic License

  • by Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings, William Wordsworth, Billy Collins, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Narrated by Jason Alexander, Christine Baranski, Charles Busch, Chris Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael York
  • 3 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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 that 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 audiobook 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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Sam Motes

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.

Any additional comments?

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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- AOlson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2013
  • Publisher: GPR Records-Spoken Word