THE VOICE OF THE POET
A remarkable series of audiobooks, featuring distinguished twentieth-century American poets reading from their own work. A first in audiobook publishing--a series that uses the written word to enhance the listening experience--poetry to be read as well as heard. Each audiobook includes rare archival recordings and a book with the text of the poetry, a bibliograohy, and commentary by J. D. McClatchy, the poet and critic, who is the editor of The Yale Review.
"To hear a poem spoken in the voice of the person who wrote it is not only to witness the rising of words off the page and into the air, but to experience an aural reenactment of exactly what the poet must have heard, if only internally, during the act of composition. THE VOICE OF THE POET recordings deliver these pleasures as they broadcast the pitch and timbre of many of the major voices in twentieth-century poetry."--Billy Collins, U.S,. Poet Lauerate.
Richard Wilbur is one of America's most remarkable and honored poets. His first book appeared in 1947, when he was 26, and announced an imagination of uncommon grace. In the nearly six decades since, he has continued to write poems of unmatched beauty. From the start of his prodigious career, Wilbur's technical master, as well as the clarity and compassion of his poems, has been acclaimed. He has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, won every other available honor and the astonished gratitude of critics and eraders across three generations. Images and ideas, the brimming natural world and the meditative enclosures of the mind are combined with an ironic wit and an intellectual poise. They are poems built to last, and meant to both startle and celebrate. Master of the tiny lyric and of the expansive discourse, Wilbur gives all his poems a luxuriant surface, the better to reveal their depths. He once called his poems "arguments against a thingless, an earthless kind of imagination, or spirituality." Indeed they are rooted in the rich soil of the common life and of nature's particularity, and reach towards a wondrous transcendence. This compilation includes previously unreleased archival readings of his early work, plus newly recorded versions of more recent poems--all of them in Wilbur's own resonant voice.
From the Package edition.