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Milk and Honey

73 ratings

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Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The audiobook is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes listeners through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

©2015 Rupi Kaur (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Cyrano de Bergerac

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Comédie héroïque en 5 actes et en vers d'Edmond Rostand. Ce chef-d'œuvre du théâtre populaire valut à son auteur une gloire immédiate. Le soir de la représentation générale, c'est un déluge d'applaudissements qui appellent Edmond Rostand sur scène. Ce succès ne s'est jamais démenti et Cyrano de Bergerac, héros tragique et attachant, est entré dans le patrimoine universel. Peut-être parce qu'il incarne superbement un mythe bien ancien : celui de l'amour et du bonheur impossible. "Ainsi, il y a un chef-d'œuvre de plus au monde", écrivait Jules Renard le soir de la générale. Cyrano demeure la plus grande réussite de théâtre populaire à ce jour connue et le dernier acte, avec son couvent et ses feuilles mortes, est aussi absolument émouvant.

(P) et © Compagnie du Savoir

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Milk and honey

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Dolore, amore, abbandono, guarigione; questi i temi di cui parla Rupi Kaur in "Milk and honey". Molto più di una raccolta di prose e poesie, questo audiolibro è una Bibbia della femminilità, un universo in cui perdersi, una fonte di gioia e di emozioni profonde. "Milk and honey" è uno strumento per affrontare, tramite la poesia, un viaggio attraverso i momenti più difficili della vita, perché "il bene è dappertutto, devi solo essere disposto a vederlo". Dure e commoventi, leggere e sconcertanti, le parole di Rupi Kaur, accompagnate dai suoi disegni, toccano profondamente il cuore di tutti coloro che cercano consolazione e coraggio nella forza della poesia. E della sincerità.

©2017 tre60 (P)2019 Adriano Salani Editore

Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

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What elevates Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire's ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam, reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times - as in Tayeb Salih's work - and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes of Nawal El Saadawi. As Rumi said, "Love will find its way through all languages on its own"; in Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, Warsan's début, we witness the unearthing of a poet who finds her way through all preconceptions to strike the heart directly.

©2013 Warsan Shire (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Rise in Love

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Revised edition: Same poetic content you know and love, but with a few minor edits and an adjusted cover! Love is a mess and while some choose to clean and organize it, others choose to run around and play in it. There are different ways to love, ones to love, and kinds of love. So, let’s fall in, rise out of, and be in love together. With five sections (i.e., You, Them, Life, God, Me), Rise in Love: A Poetry Chapbook is a collection of poems celebrating the many nuances love has, reminding listeners that just because love is complicated doesn’t mean it can’t also be wonderful. In a society where everyone is divided across justice-oriented issues, this collection emphasizes that love is what can bring us back together.

©2020 Worth a Read Too, LLC. (P)2021 Worth a Read Too, LLC.

Length: 41 mins
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the mermaid's voice returns in this one

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Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA Today best-selling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one - the third and final installment in her women are some kind of magic series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto. The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.  Guest poems narrated by Janina Edwards, Soneela Nankani, and Emily Woo Zeller.

©2019 Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Swimming Lessons

18 ratings

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This program is read by the author The debut collection of poetry from Lili Reinhart, the actress and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and body positivity. I seem to be your new favorite novel. One that keeps you up at night, turning my pages. Fingers lingering on me so you don’t lose your place. Swimming Lessons explores the euphoric beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that stems from passion. Relatable yet deeply intimate, provocative yet comforting, bite-sized yet profound, Lili's poems reflect her trademark honesty and unique perspective. Swimming Lessons reveals the depths of female experience, and is the work of a storyteller who is coming into her own. A Macmillan Audio Production from St. Martin's Griffin 

©2020 Lili Reinhart (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Length: 59 mins
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The Hollow Men

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Immerse yourself in T.S. Eliot's thought-provoking poem as award-winning narrator Mike Vendetti reads "The Hollow Men".  "This is the way the world ends", T. S. Eliot tells us at the end of his 1925 poem, "The Hollow Men": "not with a bang but a whimper".

Public Domain (P)2021 Mike Vendetti

Length: 4 mins
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If-

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"If-" is a timeless classic, a masterpiece about keeping your balance in a topsy-turvy world and maintaining personal integrity. A phenomenal poem by English Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), written circa 1895 as a tribute to Leander Starr Jameson, it is a literary example of Victorian-era stoicism. Among other nuggets, it advocates the idea of not allowing your successes to go to your head or allowing your failures to go to your heart. A great stabilizer for everyone. It contains truly sage advice needed now more than ever!  The poem is written in the form of paternal advice to the poet's son, John. A succinct yet tremendously potent body of work. A must-have for every library.

Public Domain (P)2021 Serenity Audiobooks

Narrator: René Ruiz, Sam Kusi
Length: 1 min
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Unlearn

82 ratings

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The internationally best-selling self-empowerment work from influencer, rapper, and spoken-word artist Humble the Poet, now available in a new edition with a new foreword by the author. Unlearn offers short, accessible, and counterintuitive lessons for reaching our full potential. Beloved for his sincerity, playfulness, and sage advice, globally famous rapper, spoken-word artist, poet, blogger, and influencer Humble the Poet has traditionally shared his message of self-discovery, creativity, and empowerment with his fans through music and written word. That message has now been extended to this empowering audiobook, offering insights and wisdom that challenge conventional thinking and help you tap into your best, most authentic self.  Humble sees life with unique clarity. In Unlearn, he opens our eyes to our own lives, helping us to recognize the possibilities that await us and the challenges that prevent us from realizing our dreams. With his characteristic honesty and forthrightness, he helps us shed the problematic lessons we’ve learned throughout our lives that limit us, from sabotaging habits, to fixed mind-sets, to past regrets, and relearn new, unconventional ways of moving through life.  Among his 101 lessons are: Fitting in is a pointless activity Don’t trust everything you feel Killing expectations births happiness Comparisons are killer Baby steps add up You decide your worth Profound in its simplicity, Unlearn is the perfect invitation to a new beginning and to pursue a life of fulfillment.

©2019 Humble the Poet (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
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Every Word You Cannot Say

4 ratings

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A special, dramatized audiobook version read by the author and Roshina Ratnam.

I know you don’t want to talk sometimes. Sometimes because it hurts and sometimes because you’re just not supposed to talk about what you want to talk about.

Sometimes it can be hard to say, “this is beautiful,” when no one else can see what you see. Or, “Here, this is where the pain is.” But some part of you knows, the truth about the words you cannot say is that they only hurt until you say them. They only hurt until the person who needs to hear them, hears them. Because we are human, and the closest we’ve ever come to showing each other who we really are, and how we love, is with words. So I’m going to try to say to you here, what I wish you’d say to me too. Please.

Listen. We can change things.

Here.  

©2019 Iain S. Thomas. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Andrews McMeel Publishing

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The Song of Hiawatha

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Longfellow's great narrative poem has been unjustly neglected in recent years though it gives a sympathetic portrait especially of Hiawatha, reared by Nokomis, daughter of the Moon, and his bride Minehaha. It is famously underpinned by its hypnotic rhythm, which makes it ideal listening.

Public Domain (P)2005 Naxos AudioBooks

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Sparks of Phoenix

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As the phoenix emerges from its ashes, Zebian emerges ablaze in this book, not only as a survivor of abuse, but as a teacher and healer for all those who have struggled to understand, reclaim, and rise above a history of pain. She tells her story in six stages: Falling, Burning to Ashes, Sparks of Phoenix, Rising, Soaring, and finally, A New Chapter, which demonstrates a healthy response to new love as the result of authentic healing. With her characteristic vulnerability, courage, and softness, Zebian seeks to empower those who have been made to feel ashamed, silenced, or afraid; she urges them, through gentle advice and personal revelation, to raise their voices, rise up, and soar.

©2019 Najwa Zebian. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Wild Embers

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Discover a powerful and relatable poetry collection of love, loss, and healing - perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace.  In this magical poetry collection, Nikita Gill unflinchingly explores the fire in every woman and the emotions that lie deep in one's soul. Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and verse that burns with magnificent beauty, this raw and powerful collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth. In these words, listeners will find the magnificent energy to spark resistance and revolution. 

©2017 Nikita Gill (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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Seeds of Kindness...

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Kindness was a lesson worth learning as a child in the 1950s and 1960s - and it is more relevant than ever as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and racial unrest. Jim Boeglin draws on the lessons he learned as a child and throughout adulthood to spread that message in this book of poetry. Much of the collection was written during “shelter in place” restrictions in the spring and summer of 2020, which was also when protests raged throughout the United States to prevent racial injustice in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd. It was a time of stress, sorrow, and pain in the world - especially for minorities, and the millions of coronavirus victims and the families of those infected. It was also a challenging time for first responders, healthcare workers, and others on the front lines of treatment. Ponder the impact of being kind during a time of global crisis and plant seeds to spread positivity as you read this collection.

©2020 Jim Boeglin (P)2020 Jim Boeglin

Length: 50 mins
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Owed

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From "one of the most impressive voices in poetry today" (Dissent magazine), a new collection that shines a light on forgotten or obscured parts of the past in order to reconstruct a deeper, truer vision of the present. Gregory Pardlo described Joshua Bennett's first collection of poetry, The Sobbing School, as an "arresting debut" that was "abounding in tenderness and rich with character", with a "virtuosic kind of code switching". Bennett's new collection, Owed, is a book with celebration at its center. Its primary concern is how we might mend the relationship between ourselves and the people, spaces, and objects we have been taught to think of as insignificant, as fundamentally unworthy of study, reflection, attention, or care. Spanning the spectrum of genre and form - from elegy and ode to origin myth - these poems elaborate an aesthetics of repair. What's more, they ask that we turn to the songs and sites of the historically denigrated so that we might uncover a new way of being in the world together, one wherein we can truthfully reckon with the brutality of the past and thus imagine the possibilities of our shared, unpredictable present, anew.

©2020 Joshua Bennett (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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Poets of Nature

2 ratings

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It is hard to top the pleasure of a woodland walk in Spring - unless of course you have a lyric poet as your guide. Now that is possible with Poets of Nature. Let Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Bronte, and Ralph Waldo Emerson take you into that realm of Nature "where we seldom wander". Drawing upon the treasury of classical poetry, Poets of Nature explores the deep green paths of nature with some of the world's most distinguished poets. This audio seeks to guide us back from the confines of a human constructed world to one that we are more at home and in harmony with.

Public Domain (P)2009 BMA Studios

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Love from the Vortex & Other Poems

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Love from the Vortex & Other Poems (Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC) is poet and scholar-activist Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz’s first full-length collection. An archaeological exploration on love and intimacy, the book charts her journey of finding and losing love over the span of three decades with six different men who came into her life at various times, but also offers a universal take on what can happen when one seeks love and connection with others, and the lessons that follow when that connection and love is lost.  Revealing moments of happiness, fantasy, frustration, and eventually dealing with the dissolution of relationships, the book moves beyond these anticipated stages to moments of grace and beauty that come with the discovery and practice of self love, and a more fuller understanding of what it means to truly love someone as your love yourself.

©2020 Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC (P)2020 Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC

Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
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Ossuaries

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Dionne Brand’s hypnotic, urgent long poem is about the bones of fading cultures and ideas, about the living museums of spectacle where these bones are found. At the centre of Ossuaries is the narrative of Yasmine, a woman living an underground life, fleeing from past actions and regrets, in a perpetual state of movement. She leads a solitary clandestine life, crossing borders actual (Algiers, Cuba, Canada), and timeless. Cold-eyed and cynical, she contemplates the periodic crises of the contemporary world. This is a work of deep engagement, sensuality, and ultimate craft from an essential observer of our time and one of the most accomplished poets writing today.

©2010 Dionne Brand (P)2019 McClelland & Stewart

Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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The Hill We Climb

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Amanda Gorman’s powerful and historic poem “The Hill We Climb”, read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration “Stunning.” (CNN) “Dynamic.” (NPR) “Deeply rousing and uplifting.” (Vogue) On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this special audiobook. Including an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, this keepsake celebrates the promise of America and affirms the power of poetry.

©2021 Amanda Gorman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Bell I Wake To

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Poetry. The poems in Bell I Wake To create a sacred space honoring seasons, generations, the body, and every living creature the poet comes across. Patty Crane writes with the kind of attention Simone Weil says is close to prayer, and indeed under her gaze, everything is blessedly alive with song and shimmer, present in its leafing out and its leaving. Her supple language can transform a white birch into a mouthful of sunrise and then to the flush on a young girl's cheek. "My subject is surprise," the poet says, the kind of surprise that comes from precise seeing, vivid language, and the sly humor of one who knows how quickly the ordinary can turn and amaze. This is a beautiful book, a crucial presence in our scattered world.

©2019 Zone 3 Press (P)2020 Zone 3 Press

Length: 48 mins
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Stranger Music

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With the appearance of his first record album in 1967, Leonard Cohen - already well known in his native Canada as a poet and novelist - was introduced to audiences in the US, where he quickly took his place among the preeminent singer-songwriters of the time.  Over the years, and through the release of more than a dozen studio albums, Cohen gained a reputation as a dazzlingly literate and consistently daring songwriter. His status as a cult artist grew and solidified, not only in North America, but all across Europe; singers of enormously diverse styles recorded his songs; his influence could be charted in every new wave of recording artists that followed his emergence. In 1988, the release of his album I'm Your Man thrust him back into the mainstream spotlight - his last three albums all hit the top 20 charts in the US, and even after his death in 2016, fans continue to appreciate the musical legacy he left behind.  Now, Stranger Music brings together, for the first time in one volume, a generous selection of Leonard Cohen's song lyrics and poetry. Stranger Music reveals the range and depth of Cohen's work. It is a long-overdue celebration of his extraordinary gift for language that speaks with rare clarity, passion, and timelessness.

©1993 Leonard Cohen and Leonard Cohen Stranger Music, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
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Depression & Other Magic Tricks

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Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50,000,000 views.  Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living.  Andrea Gibson, author of Pansy, writes, "I read this book on a day I couldn't get out of bed and it made me feel like I had a friend in the world.... Simply put, this book disappears loneliness."

©2017 Sabrina Benaim (P)2019 Button Publishing Inc

Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems and A Good Cry

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The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts, and informed generations. She's been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive issues, including race and gender, that touch our national consciousness. Love Poems: Nikki reads a stunning collection of more than 20 romantic, bold, and erotic love poems, expressing notions of love in ways that are delightfully unexpected and full of fearless passion and spirited wit. From the revolutionary "Seduction" to the tender "Just a Simple Declaration of Love" and the elegiac "All Eyez on U". written for Tupac Shakur, these poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which Nikki Giovanni is beloved and revered. A Good Cry: With her new collection, Nikki offers listeners an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. Reading her work, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents' marriage and her early life. Nikki also celebrates her good friend Maya Angelou and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared.

©2017 Nikki Giovanni (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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No Matter the Wreckage

6 ratings

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Following the success of her breakout poem, "B", Sarah Kay releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents listeners with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay's talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects ("The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire"). Both fresh and wise, Kay's poetry allows listeners to join her on the journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It is an honest and powerful collection.

©2016 Sarah Kay (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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Leaves of Grass

2 ratings

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One of the great innovators in American letters, Walt Whitman created a daringly new kind of poetry that became a major force in world literature. Leaves of Grass is his masterpiece, written in a pure, uninhibited style, combining sensual and mystical sensibilities. Its bold, joyous voice, its expansive optimism, and its transcendental vision made it uniquely American. Because Walt Whitman kept adding poems throughout his life to his original Leaves of Grass, this "death-bed edition" of 1892 is the most complete version of his finished work.

Public Domain (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
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Spent

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Poetical pods that pop and burst and reveal flavors of situational circumstance. Sickly sweet, bitter and tangy, sour and tart, it doesn't matter, but they should all leave a taste on the tongue. That is poetry for me. Once consumed, the stain of taste should still be there, for a while at least, I think. What about you? What do you look for? What flavors sate your poetical thirst? Inside here you will find topics covered ranging from mental health and sexual affairs to alcoholism, beauty, and escape and a pick 'n' mix of the above and more.

©2015 Lee Robbins (P)2015 Lee Robbins

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Leaves of Grass

Summary

When Walt Whitman self-published "Leaves of Grass" in 1855, he rocked the literary world and forever changed the course of poetry. In subsequent editions, Whitman continued to revise and expand his poems - but none matched the raw power and immediacy of the first edition. This volume presents the 1855 "Leaves of Grass" in its entirety, unchanged, along with Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous letter to Whitman.

Public Domain (P)2017 Sam Torode

Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
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Rilke

2 ratings

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Rainer Maria Rilke has been called the most significant and compelling poet of spiritual experience of the 20th century. His exploration of the struggle between life and art and the supremacy of divine love over personal love has touched the hearts of men and women everywhere. The poems in this reading are from the selected poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, edited and translated by Stephen Mitchell. Also featured are new translations made exclusively for this program.

©1980, 1981, 1982, 1987 Stephen Mitchell (P)1988, 2017 Audio Literature/Phoenix Books

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Many Miles

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Following the success of At Blackwater Pond, this second CD from best-selling poet Mary Oliver contains a selection of 37 previously published poems and four as yet uncollected, read by the poet in her steady, magnetic voice. Oliver recites from the full range of her poetry - from her classic nature writing, to her verses for her mischievous bichon Percy, to her ever-deepening spiritual poems. Many Miles will be a most welcome addition to the collections of her fans.

©2010 Mary Oliver (P)2014 Beacon Press

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Dog Songs

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A New York Times best-selling collection of new and favorite poems, celebrating the dogs that have enriched the poet’s world Beloved by her fans, special to the poet’s own heart, Mary Oliver’s dog poems offer a special window into her world. Dog Songs collects some of the most cherished poems together with new works, offering a portrait of Oliver’s relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. These are poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. In these pages we visit with old friends, including Oliver’s well-loved Percy, and meet still others. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver’s life emerge as fellow travelers, but also as guides, spirits capable of opening our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection. Dog Songs is a testament to the power and depth of the human-animal exchange, from an observer of extraordinary vision.

©2013 Mary Oliver (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Mary Oliver
Author: Mary Oliver
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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Make Me Rain

Summary

One of America's most celebrated poets challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart. For more than 30 years, Nikki Giovanni's poetry has inspired, enlightened, and dazzled readers and listeners. As sharp and outspoken as ever, this artist long hailed as a healer and a sage returns with this profound book of poetry in which she continues to call attention to injustice and give listeners an unfiltered look into the most private parts of herself. In Make Me Rain, she celebrates her loved ones and unapologetically declares her pride in her Black heritage, while exploring the enduring impact of the twin sins of racism and white nationalism. Giovanni reaffirms her place as a uniquely vibrant and relevant American voice with poems such as "I Come from Athletes" and "Rainy Days" - calling out segregation and Donald Trump; as well as "Unloved (for Aunt Cleota)" and "When I Could No Longer" - her personal elegy for the relatives who saved her from an abusive home life.  Stirring, provocative, and resonant, the poems in Make Me Rain pierce the heart and nourish the soul.  

©2020 Nikki Giovanni (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Nikki Giovanni
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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The Heart of the Matter

Summary

This book of poetry entails my many phases of atmospheric adaptation. It allows me to be free and have much fun doing so. After all, life must go on and on. This is for all the beings in a world of fighting for freedom of good, creative, and loyal penmanship. The universe is one of a unique yet sometimes agitated system. I hope you enjoyed listening to this book, even if you didn't listen to this book. May God bless you,  Tonya Latrice Massenburg

©2013 Tonya L. Massenburg (P)2013 Tonya L. Massenburg

Narrator: Fran Gregory
Length: 10 mins
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No Matter the Wreckage LIVE

Summary

Following the success of her breakout poem, "B", Sarah Kay releases the LIVE recording of her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. This live recording of Sarah Kay's reading of No Matter the Wreckage, at The Wild Project in NYC, presents listeners with the new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay's talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and the unlikely romance between inanimate objects ("The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire"). Both fresh and wise, Kay's poetry allows listeners to join her on the journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It is an honest and powerful collection.

©2014 Sarah Kay (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Sarah Kay
Author: Sarah Kay
Length: 33 mins
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Rendang [English edition]

Summary

In "Rendang", Will Harris complicates and experiments with the lyric in a way that urges it forward. With an unflinching yet generous eye, "Rendang" is a collection that engages equally with the pain and promise of self-perception. Drawing on his Anglo-Indonesian heritage, Harris shows us new ways to think about the contradictions of identity and cultural memory. He creates companions that speak to us in multiple languages; they sit next to us on the bus, walk with us through the crowd and talk to us while we're chopping shallots. They deftly ask us to consider how and what we look at, as well as what we don't look at and why. Playing eruditely with and querying structures of narrative, with his use of the long poem, images, ekphrasis, and ruptured forms, "Rendang" is a startling new take on the self, and how an identity is constructed. It is intellectual and accessible, moving and experimental, and combines a linguistic innovation with a deep emotional rooting.

©2020 Will Harris (P)2020 Will Harris

Narrator: Will Harris
Author: Will Harris
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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9327 Days to Oblivion

Summary

9327 Days to Oblivion is the debut poetry anthology from Jas James. Written across the very worst and very best times of her life, this diverse collection is a walk through the extreme, the conflicting and the downright taboo thoughts and feelings that accompany grief, loss, learning to accept yourself and finding a voice.

©2020 Jasmine James (P)2021 Jasmine James

Author: Jas James
Length: 47 mins
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Autobiography of Red

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The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional recreation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present. Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. When Herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is.

©1998 Anne Carson (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Author: Anne Carson
Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
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I'm Rising

1 rating

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Powerful and inspirational self-love poems, prose, and mantras take the listener on an emotive journey of empowerment through life’s triumphs and tribulations. This uplifting book is more than a mere collection of poetic musings; it serves as a powerful tool of self-love and personal transformation that belongs on every fierce soul’s bookshelf - or better yet, on their nightstand for their daily dose of inspiration each time they rise. I'm Rising inspires one to tap into their infinite potential so they can overcome any obstacle that appears on their unique path. Through heartfelt storytelling, alliterative diction, and soul-awakening themes, this empathic work instills each listener with an unwavering sense of perseverance, courage, and compassion. The collection offers poems for women and men, urging us to stretch and grow to our fullest potential. The prose provides encouraging words with a call to action to harness our self-confidence to achieve the goals we were destined to shatter.  Whether in search of a connection, shared experiences, healing thoughts, or encouragement, this self-help collection offers ready salves to our daily life experiences. I'm Rising is organized into three chapters entitled "Evolving", "Resilience", and "Rising" to aid in finding those special words meant for us.

©2019 Michelle G Stradford (P)2020 Michelle G Stradford

Narrator: Milan Dancy
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

1 rating

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A collection of the finest work of one of America's best-loved poets. Despite Dickinson's prolific writing, fewer than a dozen of her poems were published during her lifetime. Critics now consider Dickinson to be a major American poet. Read by Julie Harris.

©2010 Saland Publishing (P)2010 Saland Publishing

Narrator: Julie Harris
Length: 45 mins
Available on Audible
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The Divine Comedy

31 ratings

Summary

Blake Ritson, David Warner, Hattie Morahan and John Hurt star in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Dante's epic poem.

Inferno: Thirty-five year old Dante finds himself in the middle of a dark wood, in extreme personal and spiritual crisis. Hope of rescue appears in the form of the venerable poet Virgil, now a shade himself, who offers to lead Dante on an odyssey through the afterlife, beginning in the terrifying depths of Hell.

Purgatorio: Dante is led up Mount Purgatory by his guide. They encounter numerous souls who have embarked on the same difficult journey - one that will eventually lead to their spiritual salvation.

Paradiso: Dante's journey comes to a glorious conclusion as he is led by Beatrice, through the spheres of Paradise and into the presence of God himself. As they ascend, they encounter a number of souls who have also achieved blessedness. Many years later, the older Dante reflects on the episodes from his life that have inspired his great poem.

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Poesie d'amore

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Partecipe in eguale misura dell'estrema dolcezza orientale e di una certa crudezza di ritmi di tipo occidentale, in queste "Poesie d'amore" Hikmet mostra le due facce della sua natura, lirica ed epica, saldate in un risultato unico. Versi immortali, che riassumono nell'elemento erotico i diversi aspetti dell'attività e dell'esperienza dell'autore, poeta d'amore perché prima di tutto poeta di battaglie e di idee.

©2007 Mondadori (P)2017 Mondadori

Length: 55 mins
Available on Audible
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The Truth About Magic

9 ratings

Summary

From the Instagram sensation and internationally best-selling author of The Dark Between Stars and Love Her Wild comes another romantic and deeply moving collection. The Truth About Magic builds on the pains and joys of romance explored in Love Her Wild and the New York Times best seller, The Dark Between Stars - heartbreaks and falling in love, looking back and looking inwards - by taking a fresh, awakened journey outward. An adventure into the great unknown. It’s about finding ourselves, our purpose, and the simple joys of life. It’s about lavender fields, drinking white wine out of oak barrels on vineyards, laughing until you cry, dancing in old barns until the sun comes up, and making love on sandy beaches.  The Truth About Magic is a vibrant, transcendent journey into growth, which will leave you energized and eager to explore the wider world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Atticus (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Atticus
Author: Atticus
Length: 38 mins
Available on Audible
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Mind Platter

2 ratings

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Mind Platter is a compilation of reflections on life as seen through the eyes of an educator, student, and human who experienced her early days in silence. It is written in the words of a woman who came from Lebanon to Canada at the age of 16 and experienced what it was like to have fate push her to a place where she didn't belong. It is written in the voice of every person who has felt unheard, mistreated, misjudged, or unseen. The audiobook contains over 200 reflections on topics we encounter in our everyday lives: love, friendship, hurt, inspiration, respect, motivation, integrity, honesty, and more.  Mind Platter is not about the words it contains, but what the listener makes of them. May this book give a voice to those who need one, be a crying shoulder for those who yearn for someone to listen, and inspire those who need a reminder of the power they have over their lives.

©2018 Najwa Zebian (P)2019 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Najwa Zebian
Author: Najwa Zebian
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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LOVE.HER.WILD

Summary

Ein Sommer in Rom, 231 Jahre und acht Monate nach Goethe. Mit seiner Ehrlichkeit, seinem Blick für das Wesentliche und tiefer Romantik hat sich Atticus auf seinem Instagram-Account @atticuspoetry in die Herzen hunderttausender von Menschen geschrieben, er gilt als einer der bekanntesten Instagram-Poeten. In eindringlichen Worten hält er sowohl die kleinen als auch die allergrößten Augenblicke des Lebens fest: den ersten flüchtigen Blick einer neuen Liebe in Paris, Nacktbaden in einer lauen Sommernacht, während einer nächtlichen Autofahrt laut einen Song im Radio mitsingen, ein Glas alten Whiskey trinken und dabei zusehen, wie die Sonne in der Wüste untergeht.

©2017 / 2019 Finch & Zebra - Buss & Thielen GbR / dtv Verlagsgesellschaft mbH und Co. KG / Atticus Publishing / Atria Books. Übersetzung von Kilian Unger (P)2019 Finch & Zebra - Buss & Thielen GbR

Author: Atticus
Length: 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Brown

Summary

James Brown. John Brown's raid. Brown v. the Topeka Board of Ed. The prize-winning author of Blue Laws meditates on all things "brown" in this powerful new collection. Divided into "Home Recordings" and "Field Recordings", Brown speaks to the way personal experience is shaped by culture, while culture is forever affected by the personal, recalling a black Kansas boyhood to comment on our times.  From "History" - a song of Kansas high-school fixture Mr. W., who gave his students "the Sixties / minus Malcolm X, or Watts, / barely a march on Washington" - to "Money Road", a sobering pilgrimage to the site of Emmett Till's lynching, the poems engage place and the past and their intertwined power.  These 32 taut poems and poetic sequences, including an oratorio based on Mississippi "barkeep, activist, waiter" Booker Wright that was performed at Carnegie Hall and the vibrant sonnet cycle "De La Soul Is Dead", about the days when hip-hop was growing up ("we were black then, not yet / African American"), remind us that blackness and brownness tell an ongoing story.  A testament to Young's own - and our collective - experience, Brown offers beautiful, sustained harmonies from a poet whose wisdom deepens with time.

©2018 Kevin Young (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Kevin Young
Author: Kevin Young
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Adultolescence

20 ratings

Summary

From Teen Choice Award-nominated comedian and vlogger Gabbie Hanna, known on YouTube as The Gabbie Show, an astounding debut poetry collection that captures the essence of what it means to come of age in today's world. Full of confessional, whimsical, and darkly humorous observations about life, love, and the early years of adulthood, this collection of over 150 poems will introduce you to the unique point of view of one of the Internet's most remarkable voices.

©2017 Gabbie Hanna (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Gabbie Hanna
Author: Gabbie Hanna
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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The Nectar of Pain

1 rating

Summary

In The Nectar of Pain, Zebian sheds light on the feelings and experiences that emerge from a painful heartbreak. She writes that the process of cleansing oneself of that pain - day by day, hour by hour, and second by second - is the real work of healing. With uncommon warmth and wisdom, Zebian empowers all who have lost to let go of anger and transform their suffering into the softness, sweetness, and beauty of nectar. She holds her listeners by the hand as they heal. This audiobook is narrated by the author. Be sure to look out for The Collected Poems of Najwa Zebian, the audiobook of all three volumes of Zebian's poetry with music backdrops, coming out October 6, 2019.

©2018 Najwa Zebian (P)2019 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Najwa Zebian
Author: Najwa Zebian
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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The Poems of T. S. Eliot

8 ratings

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Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Jeremy Irons' perceptive reading illuminates the poetry of T. S. Eliot in all its complexity. Major poems range from 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' through the post-war desolation of 'The Waste Land' and the spiritual struggle of 'Ash-Wednesday', to the enduring charm of 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats'.  The Spectator praised Jeremy Irons' interpretation as 'so accessible, reading Eliot as if finding his words for the first time, grappling with them, relishing them, using them to express feelings that we all share as we struggle to accept, to recognise or relinquish'. Dame Eileen Atkins also appears alongside Jeremy Irons in the reading of 'The Waste Land'.  UPDATED EDITION WITH POEM TITLES FOR EASY NAVIGATION.

©2015 BBC (P)2016 BBC

Author: T. S. Eliot
Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
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Book of Longing

11 ratings

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Book of Longing is a critically-acclaimed collection of poetry by the late Leonard Cohen. The audiobook features edited and remastered archival recordings of the author himself, reading the poems in a home environment. The result is a rare, personal experience from one of the western world’s most popular and innovative creative artists.

©2007 Leonard Cohen (P)2018 McClelland & Stewart

Narrator: Leonard Cohen
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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The Iliad & the Odyssey

7 ratings

Summary

The Iliad: Join Achilles at the Gates of Troy as he slays Hector to Avenge the death of Patroclus. Here is a story of love and war, hope and despair, and honor and glory. The recent major motion picture Helen of Troy starring Brad Pitt proves that this epic is as relevant today as it was twenty five hundred years ago when it was first written. So journey back to the Trojan War with Homer and relive the grandest adventure of all times. The Odyssey: Journey with Ulysses as he battles to bring his victorious, but decimated, troops home from the Trojan War, dogged by the wrath of the god Poseidon at every turn. Having been away for twenty years, little does he know what awaits him when he finally makes his way home.  These two books are some of the most important books in the literary canon, having influenced virtually every adventure tale ever told. And yet they are still accessible and immediate, and now you can have both in one volume.

©2019 Homer (P)2019 Page2Page

Narrator: Charles Purkey
Author: Homer
Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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A Part of Me

Summary

I am the son of man. I am the one made of clay. I was driven by the call in my chest to see the sea. I was driven by its salt calling the salt in me.  If I was melted by the sea in such a chaos of the drowned, then leave my shadow on the palm, and leave it there as old and calm as the palm tree, or as the olive tree or fig tree. Then, take the best of my tweets and turn them all in a prayer, recite it once and then again, relieve my pain, revoke the curse of son, of man for him to go back to heaven and leave alone the universe.

©2020 Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd (P)2021 Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd

Length: 27 mins
Available on Audible
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El Siglo de Oro

Summary

Poetas: Vida y Obra Introduccion Juan Boscan Garcilaso de la Vega Fray Luis de Leon Francisco de la Torre Fernando de HerraraPoemas Juan Boscan Garcilaso de la Vega Fray Luis de Leon Francisco de la Torre Fernando de Herrara

©2002 Coral Communications Group, LLC (P)2002 Coral Communications Group, LLC

Author: Frank Rivera
Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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Love Her Wild

20 ratings

Summary

The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, who has captured the hearts and minds of well over 300k followers on his Instagram account, @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flare, Love Her Wild captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love, a late-night drive singing along to a car radio, the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit, the simple pleasure of a good whiskey. Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few short lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind - and will awaken your sense of adventure.

©2017 Atticus Poetry (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Atticus Poetry
Length: 41 mins
Available on Audible
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The Iliad & The Odyssey

7 ratings

Summary

Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity. If Homer did in fact exist, this supposedly blind poet was from some region of Greek-controlled Asia-Minor and recited his poems at festivals and political assemblies. In this extraordinary two volume audio set, the glorious saga again unfolds, telling the story of courage and magical adventure in Ancient Greece. The Iliad, the first of Homer's epic poems, tells of the counsel of Nestor, Achilles's slaying of Hector, and the defeat of the Trojans by the Greeks. In The Odyssey, in his perilous journey home after the Trojan War, Odysseus must pass through the land of the Cyclopes, encounter Circe the Enchantress, and face the terrible Charybdis and the six headed serpent Scylla. Both epics are translated here by Samuel Butler.

(P)2002 Commuters Library

Narrator: John Lescault
Author: Homer
Length: 28 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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The Girl and the Goddess

Summary

Best-selling poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with an innovative novel in verse, exploring Hindu mythology and legend.  Let her be a little less human, a little more divine.  Give her heart armor so it doesn't break as easily as mine.  Meet Paro. A girl with a strong will, a full heart, and much to learn. Born into a family reeling from the ruptures of Partition in India, we follow her as she crosses the precarious lines between childhood, teenage discovery, and realizing her adult self. In the process, Paro must confront fear, desire and the darkest parts of herself in the search for meaning and, ultimately, empowerment.  Nikita Gill's vivid poetry and beautiful illustrations have captured hearts and imaginations - but in The Girl and the Goddess, she offers us her most personal and deeply felt writing to date: an intimate coming-of-age story told in linked poems that offers a look into the Hindu mythology and rich cultural influences that helped her become the woman she is today.  

©2020 Nikita Gill (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Nikita Gill
Author: Nikita Gill
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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The Mountains Within

Summary

Sound interesting? The author thinks so too! Listen to The Mountains Within: Poems of the Wild and experience poetry about the wild today. "As you open this book, innumerable joys overflow its confines, cascading in through your eyes and your ears and the pores of your skin. Allen Gilchrist writes under the influence of the more-than-human earth, and he has crafted a cadence all his own for singing the exuberance of mountains, spiders, sequoias, and swooping wings - a verbal music for conveying all that he inhales through his senses and alchemizes in his heart, back out again into ours." (David Abram, author of Becoming Animal) "The Mountains Within is a joy of a book. Allen Gilchrist is one of those rare souls whose life and writing radiate nature's ecstatic presence and benevolence. Each poem is a doorway inviting the reader to partake in an intimate connection with wildness." (Joseph Bharat Cornell, founder, Sharing Nature Worldwide)

©2017 Garth Gilchrist (P)2021 Garth Gilchrist

Narrator: Allen Gilchrist
Length: 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Wooden Lions

Summary

Wooden Lions is the ultimate animal-lovers’ audiobook, with each poem in this amazing collection cradling the soul of a creature. Morton’s poetry winds through our connection with the animal spirit, breathlessly binding us forever in their wisdom; their endless lifting up of humankind. This is a celebration of all beasts, reminding us to cherish all those who nurture us.

©2020 Ms. Karla K. Morton (P)2021 Ms. Karla K. Morton

Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Olio Live

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In Olio Live - a very special one-night performance recorded live at the Minetta Lane Theater in February, 2019 - poet Tyehimba Jess introduces listeners to his 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, Olio.  A stellar cast of actors, accompanied by pianist Jeremy Gill, performs a selection of poems from the collection, all of which reinterpret the lived experience of real historical figures. You’ll meet William "Blind" Boone, who testifies to Scott Joplin’s greatness at a time when "Alexander’s Ragtime Band" by Irving Berlin used uncredited sections of Joplin’s work; Sissieretta Jones, an operatic star who elevates what a "revue" show could be; and other African American musical stars of the early 20th century. Despite the Emancipation of African Americans and the rise of Tin Pan Alley, these gifted composers and musicians continued to experience appropriation of their work and, often, lack of remuneration. In this context, the word "olio" also means a hodgepodge, or a miscellaneous collection of literary or musical selections; taken as a whole, the triumphant performances of Olio Live ask listeners to consider the nature of identity, performance, and ever-present history. Tyehimba Jess and Yahdon Israel immortalize and embody a long tradition of African American "citizenship through musicianship" in this timeless live audio. Cover art photo by Rog and Bee Walker

©2016 For poems: Tyehimba Jess (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Amazing Peace and Other Poems

2 ratings

Summary

This dazzling Christmas poem by Maya Angelou is powerful and inspiring for people of all faiths. In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world. “Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward,” she writes, “and speak the word aloud. Peace.”  Read by the poet at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House on December 1, 2005, Maya Angelou’s celebration of the “Glad Season” is a radiant affirmation of the goodness of life.

©2005 Maya Angelou; 2005 Random House, Inc."On the Pulse of the Morning" 1993 Maya Angelou; 1993 Random House Inc.Phenomenal Woman 1971, 1978, 1983, 1990, 1994 Maya Angelou (P)1995 Random House Inc.

Narrator: Maya Angelou
Author: Maya Angelou
Length: 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Validate Me

Summary

From the best-selling author of She Must Be Mad comes the second book of poetry and prose from Charly Cox. What is love? Baby don’t hurt me...but please like my Instagram post. Hello, my name is Charly and I am code-dependent, so would you please, please just validate me?  From the best-selling author of She Must Be Mad, comes Charly Cox’s second collection of poetry and prose. This is an account of a life lived online. Swiping for approval. Scrolling for gratification. Searching for connection. From the glow of a screen in the middle of the night, to the harsh glare of the hospital waiting room, Validate Me, is a raw and honest look at the highs and the lows of a digital life. The new voice of a generation, Charly’s words have the power to make us all feel less alone.

©2019 Charly Cox (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Author: Charly Cox
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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When the Stars Wrote Back

1 rating

Summary

In the vein of poetry collections like Milk and Honey and Light Filters In, this compilation of short, powerful poems from Instagram sensation Trista Mateer shines beauty and insight into relationships, love, growing up, and learning to cope. When the Stars Wrote Back features completely new material, plus some fan favorites from Trista's account. This powerful collection unpacks how to heal from trauma, explores love in many forms, and empowers you to love yourself and take up the space you deserve. "Big Bang Theory" what happens if we collide? will it feel like atoms bursting? will it burn like light? will your hands feel the same as other people's hands? will the whole world change if we touch? do you want to find out?

©2020 Trista Mateer (P)2020 Listening Library

Length: 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Carrying

Summary

“Ada Limón’s new collection is her best yet, a much needed shot of if not hope, then perseverance amidst much uncertainty.” (NPR) From National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limón comes The Carrying - her most powerful collection yet. Vulnerable, tender, acute, these are serious and brave poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance. A daughter tends to aging parents. A woman struggles with infertility - “What if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?” - and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy. A nation convulses: “Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal.” And still Limón shows us, as ever, the persistence of hunger, love, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives. “Fine then, / I’ll take it,” she writes. “I’ll take it all.”   Praise for The Carrying  “Ada Limón is one of the country’s finest poets.” (Shelf Awareness) “The Carrying is one of Ada Limón’s best. Even in poems about racism, misogyny, violence, and the darkness that often accompanies life, Limón’s resiliency shines through.” (Bitch Media) “The Carrying is dazzling, precise, transformative and deeply humane. Ada Limón is an American treasure.” (Jami Attenberg) “In these poems, joy and longing and grief sing with a music that - regardless of what I am burdened or blessed to carry - makes me want to live passionately and fully in the difficult world. The Carrying is a gift.” (Natasha Trethewey)

©2018 Milkweed Editions (P)2018 Milkweed Editions

Narrator: Ada Limón
Author: Ada Limón
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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Spoiler Alert

5 ratings

Summary

National Best Seller Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own.  Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. The world may know him as Aeneas, star of the biggest show on television, but fanfiction readers call him something else: Book!AeneasWouldNever. Marcus gets out his frustrations with the show through anonymous stories about the internet’s favorite couple, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone discovered his online persona, he’d be finished in Hollywood. April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s long hidden her fanfic and cosplay hobbies from her “real life” - but not anymore. When she dares to post her latest costume creation on Twitter, her plus-size take goes viral. And when Marcus asks her out to spite her internet critics, truth officially becomes stranger than fanfiction. On their date, Marcus quickly realizes he wants more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. But when he discovers she’s Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to keep from her. With love and Marcus’ career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?

©2019 Olivia Dade (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Isabelle Ruther
Author: Olivia Dade
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings

Summary

A musical, magical, resilient volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River. Stomp dance songs, blues, and jazz ballads echo throughout. Lost ancestors are recalled. Resilient songs are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country. Called a “magician and a master” (San Francisco Chronicle), Joy Harjo is at the top of her form in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.

©2019 Joy Harjo (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Joy Harjo
Author: Joy Harjo
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

1 rating

Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. Composed during the 14th century in the English Midlands, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight describes the events that follow when a mysterious green-coloured knight rides into King Arthur's Camelot in deep mid-winter. The mighty knight presents a challenge to the court: he will allow himself to be struck by one blow, on the condition that he will be allowed to return the strike on the following New Year's Eve. Sir Gawain takes up the challenge, decapitating the stranger - only to see the Green Knight seize up his own severed head and ride away, leaving Gawain to seek him out and honour their pact.  Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, Gawain is among the greatest Middle English poems: a tale of magic, chivalry and seduction.

Public Domain (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Frank Turner
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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Homeless in My Heart

Summary

Following in the footsteps of A Glass Half Full, Lone Wolf and When Jack Sued Jill, Homeless In My Heart - Felix Dennis's long-awaited new collection of verse - is 'the story of a fool whose life was saved by poetry'. Felix Dennis' life has been a long series of unlikely events: incarceration by the British government in 1971 following the longest conspiracy trial in British history; recording a chart single with John Lennon; co-authoring Muhammad Ali's first biography; becoming one of the richest individuals in Britain; launching one of the most successful media brands in the world; falling into crack cocaine addiction; beginning the task of planting a huge native broad-leaf forest in the Heart of England; salvaging the wreckage of a life dedicated to hedonism; and, lastly, and most surprisingly of all, discovering that he could write the kind of poetry that people wanted to read and to hear. Now, with the publication of Homeless in My Heart, Felix Dennis' extraordinary talents have come to fruition - from ironic tales of darkness and savagery to hymns of praise for the glories of nature. Homeless in My Heart fulfils the promise predicted by the author and critic Tom Wolfe, who has called Dennis 'a 21st-century Kipling [whose poetry] rollicks and rolls with rhyme, meter, and melody'.

©2008 Felix Dennis (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Felix Dennis
Author: Felix Dennis
Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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What to Remember When Waking

12 ratings

Summary

A poet like David Whyte turns words into transcendent vehicles for spirit. With What to Remember When Waking, this celebrated writer and teacher reveals how our reality is created through conversation with the universe - and how we can create an identity robust enough to meet life's gifts and demands. On this new six hour audio-learning course, Whyte tells us how to live at the frontier between the spiritual and physical needs of everyday life; how deeper states of attention amd intention can transform our own identity; and how we become more courageous. more present to the deeper understanding of ourselves, our loved ones and our world.

©2010 Sounds True (P)2010 Sounds True

Narrator: David Whyte
Author: David Whyte
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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The Merseyside Poems

Summary

The industrial past. Stories of real people. Arts and culture. History and contemporary life. Merseyside provides almost an embarrassment of riches enough to inspire any poet! Dean Fraser sought for these poetic tales to do justice to the uniqueness of Merseyside and all the while during the writing of this collection his sense of humour was never too far away (he feels it must be imprinted within the DNA of the region!)  The poet came to appreciate and genuinely love Merseyside as he wrote this collection during the Covid-19 lockdown of spring 2020. Inspired by places he had visited over the years and tales of people encountered along the way. Some of these are people he actually met; others are those who left their mark on history now brought to life once more through the power of words.

©2020 Dean Fraser (P)2021 Dean Fraser

Narrator: Dean Fraser
Author: Dean Fraser
Length: 53 mins
Available on Audible
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The Universe You Swallowed Whole

Summary

The poems in this collection fly from the microcosm of ripples in a lake to the macrocosm of light bending in a black hole, from math to jazz, from informal to formal, from the here-and-now to the hereafter. This short book contains an infinite universe - one that you will long to return to again and again.

©2020 Kimberly Leah Maines (P)2020 Richard Scott Hughes

Author: Scott Hughes
Length: 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Nothing Is Okay

Summary

Nothing Is Okay is the second full-length poetry collection by Rachel Wiley, whose work simultaneously deconstructs the lies that we were taught about our bodies and our beings, and builds new ways of viewing ourselves. As she delves into queerness, feminism, fatness, dating, and race, Wiley molds these topics into a punching critique of culture and a celebration of self. A fat positive activist, Wiley's work soars and challenges the bounds of bodies and hearts, and the ways we carry them.  Contains mature themes.

©2018 Rachel Wiley (P)2019 Button Publishing Inc

Narrator: Rachel Wiley
Author: Rachel Wiley
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
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Great Goddesses

1 rating

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Best-selling poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with a collection of poetry and prose retelling the legends of the Goddesses, both great and small, in their own words.

With lyrical prose and striking verse, beloved poet Nikita Gill (Fierce Fairytales, Wild Embers) uses the history of Ancient Greece and beyond to explore and share the stories of the mothers, warriors, creators, survivors, and destroyers who shook the world. In pieces that burn with empathy and admiration for these women, Gill unearths the power and glory of the very foundations of mythology and culture that have been too-often ignored or pushed aside.

Gill's poetry and stories weave old and forgotten tales of might and love into an empowering collection for the modern woman.

©2019 Nikita Gill (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Nikita Gill
Author: Nikita Gill
Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
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Sunset

Summary

A book of modern contemporary poetry using forms from around the world.

©2021 Eugenia Fain (P)2021 Eugenia Fain

Narrator: Blaze Goldburst
Author: Eugenia Fain
Length: 23 mins
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The Iliad

18 ratings

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With her virtuoso translation, classicist and best-selling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer's timeless epic of the Trojan War. Composed around 730 BC, Homer's Iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted 10-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieged city of Ilion. From the explosive confrontation between Achilles, the greatest warrior at Troy, and Agamemnon, the inept leader of the Greeks, through to its tragic conclusion, The Iliad explores the abiding, blighting facts of war. Soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished, hero and coward, men, women, young, old - The Iliad evokes in poignant, searing detail the fate of every life ravaged by the Trojan War. And, as told by Homer, this ancient tale of a particular Bronze Age conflict becomes a sublime and sweeping evocation of the destruction of war throughout the ages. Carved close to the original Greek, acclaimed classicist Caroline Alexander's new translation is swift and lean, with the driving cadence of its source - a translation epic in scale yet devastating in its precision and power.

©2015 Caroline Alexander (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Dominic Keating
Length: 19 hrs and 46 mins
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Native Guard

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Based on Natasha Trethewey's collection of poems, The Alliance Theatre's production of Native Guard is both an elegy to her mother and a journey into Mississippi's Civil War history. In poetry and song, she reflects on her mother's passing while contemplating the former slaves who became soldiers in a regiment known as the Native Guard. Trethewey's work was the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. This recording was produced with the generous support of The Poetry Foundation. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in July of 2018. Directed by Rosalind Ayres Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg January LaVoy as The Poet Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant as the Native Guard And featuring Nicole Banks Long on vocals and Tyrone Jackson on piano. Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Associate Producer, Studio Production Coordinator, and Mixing Engineer, Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Senior Radio Producer, Ronn Lipkin. Production Assistant, Amanda Allen. Recording Engineer, Erick Cifuentes.   The Alliance Theatre production was originally directed by Susan V. Booth. Offsite Producer for The Alliance Theatre, Donya Washington. Composer and Music Director, Tyrone Jackson. Original Sound Design, Clay Benning.  Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. As conceived and originally produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia. Susan V. Booth, Artistic Director. Mike Schleifer, Managing Director.

©2018 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2018 L.A. Theatre Works

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We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite

Summary

In her debut collection of poetry, Conyer Clayton hovers in the ether, grasping for certitude in often wrong places. Through experiences with addiction and co-dependence, sex and art, nature and death, she grapples for transcendence while exploring what it means to disengage. What is revealed when you allow yourself to truly feel? What do you ask for to carry you into life, and where do you land when this fails? And when you are finally, beautifully, emptied out, who are you? The poems in We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite wonder aloud amidst tangled revelations, and yearn to be lifted away. "The poems in this stunning debut construct a world by colliding its sharpest angles. Instead of an orderly pastoral landscape, Clayton gives us 'a pasture / with a rusted tractor.' Instead of happily-ever-after, we get 'ruins of rock, the frantic mess / we made.' These poems manage to wrench beauty from loss, absence, departure - the various goodbyes that transition us along our individual paths. In this book, Clayton’s speaker emerges from the darkness of grief into 'the space between / earth and sky,' a realm of generous possibility, where poetry begins." (Kiki Petrosino, author of Witch Wife and Hymn for the Black Terrific) "Conyer Clayton’s rich, unpredictable lines are imbued with the transformational traces and scars that humans, nature, and contraptions leave on one another. Vivid sounds and images stagger Plinko-like through these deeply personal poems that display both murmuration and volatility. This is a book that resonates." (Stuart Ross, author of Motel of the Opposable Thumbs and A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent)

©2020 Guernica Editions (P)2021 Page Fright Audio

Narrator: Conyer Clayton
Length: 45 mins
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Gmorning, Gnight!

32 ratings

Summary

From the creator and star of Hamilton comes an audiobook of affirmations to inspire listeners at the beginning and end of each day. “When the world is bringing you down, Gmorning, Gnight! will remind you that you are awesome.” (Booklist) Good morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things. Let others tussle it out. Vamos! Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda’s audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a collection. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift. 

©2018 Lin-Manuel Miranda (P)2018 Random House Audio

Length: 46 mins
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The Divine Comedy

1 rating

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Brought to you by Penguin. The Divine Comedy describes Dante's descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide, his ascent of Mount Purgatory and his encounter with his dead love Beatrice, and finally, his arrival in Heaven.  Examining questions of faith, desire and enlightenment, the poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption. This major translation is published here for the first time in a single volume.

Public Domain (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Words That Burn

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Following the success of Catching LIfe by the Throat, Josephine Hart compiles more poetry from the like of such poets as Milton, Byron, Keats, Shelley, Browning, Frost and Lowell. Read by a dazzling cast of actors including Eileen Atkins, Nancy Carroll, Alan Cox, Charles Dance, Joanna David, Lindsay Duncan, Edward Fox, Emilia Fox, Robert Hardy, Tom Hollander, Jeremy Irons, Felicity Kendal, Elizabeth McGovern, Mark Strong, Dominic West, Greg Wise.

©2008 Josephine Hart (P)2008 Hachette Digital

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Pure Water

2 ratings

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A 2009 Nautilus Gold Award Winner, Pure Water is Coleman Barks’ inspired live performance of the poetry of Jellaludin Rumi (1207-1273) - with Sufi stories and jokes, accompanied with music by Bach, O’Carolan, Friesen and others. The performance captured in this recording recalls the essence of the communal celebrations of poetry, stories, jokes, prayer, and music in which Rumi’s work was first uttered, but presents it in a distinctive contemporary setting. Coleman’s words combine with the cello of Grammy Award-winner Eugene Friesen, carrying the language directly into the heart of the listener with a diverse menu of world folk melodies, Bach, and improvisation. As Rumi wrote: "What is the soul? Consciousness. The more awareness, the deeper the soul, and when such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around. It’s so simple to tell one who puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from the real thing. We know the taste of pure water...."

©2011 Coleman Barks (P)2011 BetterListen! LLC

Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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The Rose That Grew from Concrete

Summary

Tupac Shakur's most intimate and honest thoughts were uncovered only after his death with the instant classic The Rose That Grew from Concrete. His talent was unbounded - a raw force that commanded attention and respect. His death was tragic - a violent homage to the power of his voice. His legacy is indomitable - as vibrant and alive today as it has ever been. This collection of deeply personal poetry is a mirror into the legendary artist's enigmatic world and its many contradictions. Written in his own hand from the time he was 19, these 72 poems embrace his spirit, his energy - and his ultimate message of hope.

©2009 Tupac Shakur (P)2021 Shakur LLC

Narrator: Asaad Fulton
Author: Tupac Shakur
Length: 37 mins
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From Song of Myself (A Poem from The Poets' Corner)

11 ratings

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From listening to his grandmother recite epic poems from memory to curling up in bed while his father read funny verses, award-winning actor John Lithgow grew up with poetry. Ever since, John has been an enthusiastic seeker of poetic experience, whether reading, reciting, or listening to great poems.   The wide variety of carefully selected poems in this book provides the perfect introduction to appeal to listeners new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dylan Thomas are just a few names among Lithgow's comprehensive list of poetry masters. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud."  This unique package provides a multimedia poetry experience with a bonus MP3 CD of revelatory poetry readings by John and the familiar voices of such notable performers as Eileen Atkins, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Billy Connolly, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Lynn Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Gary Sinise, and Sam Waterston. Every listener will enjoy reciting or listening to these poems with the entire family, appreciating how each one comes to life through the spoken word in this superlative poetry collection. 

©2007 The Watershed Company (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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Dear Mother

3 ratings

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The first collection of poetry from Bunmi Laditan, best-selling author of Confessions of a Domestic Failure and creator of The Honest Toddler, capturing the honesty, rawness, sheer joy, and total madness of motherhood.  With the compassion and wit that have made her a social media sensation among mothers around the world, Bunmi Laditan puts into evocative and relatable words what so many of us feel but can’t quite express.  For mothers who love their children with a fiery fierceness but know what it is to feel crushed at the end of those long days, Dear Mother is like a warm hug that says, “I get it.”

©2019 Bunmi Laditan (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Love Poems

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Sensual, earthy love poems that formed the basis for the popular movie Il Postino, now in a beautiful gift book perfect for weddings, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or just to say "I love you!" Charged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda's love poems are the most celebrated of the Nobel Prize winner's oeuvre, captivating listeners with earthbound images and reveling in a fiery reimagining of the world. Mostly written on the island paradise of Capri (the idyllic setting of the Oscar-winning movie Il Postino), Love Poems embraces the seascapes surrounding the poet and his love, Matilde Urrutia, their waves and shores saturated with a new, yearning eroticism.

©2016 Pablo Neruda (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Armando Durán
Author: Pablo Neruda
Length: 38 mins
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Scattered

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Scattered is a collection of poems between the time periods of 2012 - 2019 from the humorous and eclectic mind of Justin Johnson. While some pieces are contrived from complete fantasy others tap into the mental and history of Justin. Whether it's dealing with his own self-doubts and depression, reminiscing over past relationships or presenting interesting stance towards social and political issues, Justin’s erratic writing style is here to remind you that you aren't in this alone and a good laugh can help battle any personal conflicts you are facing.

©2021 Justin Johnson (P)2021 Justin Johnson

Narrator: Justin Johnson
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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A Healing for Gaia: A Celebration of Life and Living

Summary

The starting point here became a dream to express the only vehicle we have to explore this amazing planet: our body. And we all share the same home, this beautiful Earth we live upon. These are poems celebrating our right to grow and evolve through the one true power of the universe - love. It also acts as a wake-up clarion call for us all to cherish this world of ours...treading more lightly through the realization of our role as co-creators. It is up to all of us to determine exactly how our shared home, the Earth, heals - and how essential this has become for ourselves and future generations. Here is the poet speaking from the heart as never before and seeking to reach all of your hearts through love and his desire we all evolve together. 

©2015 Dean Fraser (P)2021 Dean Fraser

Narrator: Dean Fraser
Author: Dean Fraser
Length: 52 mins
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The She Book

3 ratings

Summary

Crafting together the power of words and womanhood, writer Tanya Markul has written a completely unique poetry collection fit for the phenomenal listeners of today. In Tanya's words, "May we raise the bar for how we live our lives. May we ridiculously increase the amount of peace, play, creativity, beauty, love, and joy in everything we do. May we all sip from the wisdom of our suffering. And awaken with the courage to share our stories that can heal our inner and outer worlds."

©2019 Tanya Markul (P)2019 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Tanya Markul
Author: Tanya Markul
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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El Neruda Esencial [The Essential Neruda]

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Mas de cien anos despues de su nacimiento, la poesia de Pablo Neruda es tan vital y querida como siempre. Esta coleccion presenta cincuenta poemas esenciales de uno de los mas grandes poetas de la historia en nuevas traducciones dinamicas, fruto de una colaboracion sin precedentes entre un equipo de poetas, traductores y los principales eruditos del mundo.Una seleccion definitiva que se basa en toda la amplitud de los diferentes estilos, temas y periodos de Neruda. El Neruda esencial da vida y comprension al mundo de uno de los tesoros de America Latina y del mundo. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2004 City Lights Books (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Gerardo Prat
Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
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100 Love Sonnets

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"The happiness I feel in offering these to you is vast as a savanna," Pablo Neruda wrote his adored wife, Matilde Urrutia de Neruda, in his dedication of 100 Love Sonnets. Set against the backdrop of his beloved Isla Negra, these joyfully sensual poems draw on the wind and tides, the white sand with its scattering of delicate wildflowers, and the hot sun and salty scent of the sea to celebrate their love. Generations of lovers since Pablo and Matilde have shared these poems with each other, making 100 Love Sonnets one of the most popular books of poetry of all time. This beautifully redesigned volume, perfect for gift-giving, presents graceful English translations of the original Spanish sonnets. Please note: This audiobook is in English. 

©1959 Pablo Neruda. Heirs of Pablo Neruda 1986 by the University of Texas Press Editorial Losada, S.A., Buenos Aires, 1960 (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Neil Hellegers
Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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El sol y sus flores

Summary

Segundo y poderoso poemario de esta autora best seller. Dividido en cinco movimientos (marchitarse; caer; enraizar; crecer; florecer), este poemario se desliza desde las profundidades de un desamor y el dolor que conlleva hasta la fuerza y la alegría que pueden florecer tras ese sufrimiento. Un vibrante y trascendental viaje sobre el crecimiento y la curación, la descendencia y el honor por las raíces de uno, la expatriación y la búsqueda del hogar en uno mismo. "Rupi Kaur está derrumbando los muros del sector editorial." (The New York Times) "Otras maneras de usar la boca es, desde hace tiempo, el libro más vendido en Estados Unidos. Pero le ha salido un duro competidor: El sol y sus flores, su segundo poemario." (Los Angeles Times) Este audiolibro está narrado por Elvira Sastre, poeta y traductora de la obra de Rupi Kaur.  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2017 rupi kaur (P)2018 Editorial Planeta S.A.

Narrator: Elvira Sastre
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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The Rumi Prescription

3 ratings

Summary

A powerful personal journey to find meaning and life lessons in the words of a wildly popular 13th century poet. Rumi's inspiring and deceptively simple poems have been called ecstatic, mystical, and devotional. To writer and activist Melody Moezzi, they became a lifeline. In The Rumi Prescription, we follow her path of discovery as she translates Rumi's works for herself - to gain wisdom and insight in the face of a creative and spiritual roadblock. With the help of her father, who is a lifelong fan of Rumi's poetry, she immerses herself in this rich body of work, and discovers a 13th-century prescription for modern life.  Addressing isolation, distraction, depression, fear, and other everyday challenges we face, the book offers a roadmap for living with intention and ease, and embracing love at every turn - despite our deeply divided and chaotic times. Most of all, it presents a vivid reminder that we already have the answers we seek, if we can just slow down to honor them. You went out in search of gold far and wide, but all along you were gold on the inside. Become the sky and the clouds that create the rain, not the gutter that carries it to the drain. You already own all the sustenance you seek. If only you'd wake up and take a peek. Quit being a drop. Make yourself an ocean.

©2020 Melody Moezzi (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Mozhan Marno
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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If Men, Then

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A darkly humorous new collection of poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Wideawake Field and Amity and Prosperity If Men, Then, Eliza Griswold's second poetry collection, charts a radical spiritual journey through catastrophe. Griswold's language is forthright and intimate as she steers between the chaos of a tumultuous inner world and an external landscape littered with SUVs, CBD oil, and go bags, talismans of our time. Alternately searing and hopeful, funny and fraught, the poems explore the world's fracturing through the collapse of the ego, embodied in a character named "I" - a soul attempting to wrestle with itself in the face of an unfolding tragedy. "Griswold narrates with a strong voice and moderate pacing. 'What can we offer the child at the border,' she begins with her poem Prayer. Then she continues with her other pieces about race, immigration, and spirituality." (BookRiot)

©2020 Eliza Griswold (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Eliza Griswold
Length: 47 mins
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All of Us

1 rating

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This prodigiously rich collection suggests that Raymond Carver was not only America's finest writer of short fiction, but also one of its most large-hearted and affecting poets. Like Carver's stories, the more than 300 poems in All of Us are marked by a keen attention to the physical world; an uncanny ability to compress vast feeling into discreet moments; a voice of conversational intimacy, and an unstinting sympathy. This complete edition brings together all the poems of Carver's five previous books, from "Fires" to the posthumously published "No Heroics, Please". It also contains a moving introduction by Carver's widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.

©1996 Tess Gallagher (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Norman Dietz
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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The Epic of Gilgamesh

Summary

More than 4,000 years ago, in what's today the nation of Iraq, people were working on versions of this poem about the greatest hero the world had ever seen - King Gilgamesh of Uruk. One-third man, two-thirds god, tyrant, traveler, and tragic figure. He who continues to speak to us to this day, reflecting eternal values of love and friendship, courage, fear, and acceptance of death.  In this volume, you will learn about this work of world literature, although many of you are probably already familiar with it. A new verse that has been recently discovered, and fresh insight prevails.

©2020 DTTV Publications (P)2021 DTTV Publications

Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

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A powerful, timely, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award-winning author of Lighthead. In 70 poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form. Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these poems are haunted by the country's past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares. Inventive, compassionate, hilarious, melancholy, and bewildered - the wonders of this new collection are irreducible and stunning.

©2018 Terrance Hayes (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Terrance Hayes
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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Puppy Poems and Rodent Rhymes

Summary

A collection of poems of various lengths and styles, all written for some of the various pets my hubby and I have had. The pets mentioned in this collection include four degus, two rats, two chinchillas, and two dogs. All poems are captioned with details of the pets they are about.

©2018 Victoria Zigler and Keroberous Publishing (P)2019 Victoria Zigler and Keroberous Publishing

Narrator: Suzan Hennen
Length: 14 mins
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The Elephant and the Castle

1 rating

Summary

The Elephant and the Castle is a short poem about friendship.

©2012 Morehouse Publishing (P)2012 Morehouse Publishing

Length: 2 mins
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Lone Wolf

Summary

The second collection of original verse by the maverick multimillionaire publisher Felix Dennis.

©2004 Felix Dennis (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Felix Dennis
Author: Felix Dennis
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
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Poets of Nature 2

Summary

Enjoy a deep woodland walk with these poets as your guide. Each poem has been carefully selected for its direct access to the heart of nature accompanied by the music of Beethoven, Debussy, and Grieg. This is the second book in this series.

©2019 BMA Audio (P)2019 BMA Audio

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The Math Campers

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A father and husband's meditation on love, adolescence, and the mysterious mechanisms of poetic creation, from the acclaimed poet. The poet's art is revealed in stages in this "making-of" book, where we watch as poems take shape - first as dreams or memories, then as drafts, and finally as completed works set loose on the world. In the long poem "Must We Mean What We Say", a woman reader narrates in prose the circumstances behind poems and snippets of poems she receives in letters from a stranger. Who made up whom?  Chiasson, an acclaimed poetry critic, has invented a remarkable structure where the reader and a poet speak to one another, across the void of silence and mystery. He is also the father of teenaged sons, and this volume continues the autobiographical arc of his prior, celebrated volumes. One long section is about the age of 13 and the dawning of desire, while the title poem looks at the crucial age of 15 and the existential threat of climate change and gun violence, which alters the calculus of adolescence. Though the outlook is bleak, these poems register the glories of our moment: that there are places where boys can kiss each other and not be afraid; that small communities are rousing and taking care of each other; that teenagers have mobilized for a better world. All of these works emerge from the secretive imagination of a father as he measures his own adolescence against that of his sons and explores the complex bedrock of marriage. Chiasson sees a perilous world both navigated and enriched by the passionate young and by the parents - and poets - who care for them.

©2020 Dan Chiasson (P)2020 Random House Audio

Author: Dan Chiasson
Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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Poems to the Three Goddesses

Summary

Poems to the Three Goddesses starts with poems to to Marie, Christine, and Leila, who are imaginary beings representing the best qualities that women uphold. The second half is to a Goddess named Daphne, who is meant to represent every woman. She is also known as The Goddess of Hope (you'll see why). The poems are meant to be inspiring and, well, simply gorgeous. The poems are, generally speaking, gestures of appreciation toward women in the highest esteem and regard. When you listen to this book, you'll just fall in love with words again. These poems are meant to inspire good things like hope, love, beauty, and meaning. They are written efficiently, eloquently, and with a touch of pizazz. Such remarkable writings by an ambitious new poet are meant to entertain and inspire everyone to be better people and to experience the wonder of life while they are in love with another person. These words capture a power that can touch and move people. Just try it, think about it, or just ahead and get it. You truly will be surprised and absolutely amazed by these brilliant, artful poetic writings having to do with the best qualities that life has to offer. You'll absolutely love it. Just listen, and thank you. Kind regards,  Steven Yessick PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Steven Yessick (P)2021 Steven Yessick

Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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The Odyssey

1 rating

Summary

Odysseus has been away from Ithaca, the Greek city-state under his rule, for ten years while fighting in the Trojan War. After the fall of Troy, Odysseus begins the long journey home to his wife and son; however, his journey is plagued by misfortune as the gods feud over his fate, leaving the Ithacans to believe that he has died. In the myths and legends that are retold here, Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom, and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery.

©2019 Homer (P)2019 Page2Page

Narrator: Charles Purkey
Author: Homer
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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Forever Words: The Unknown Poems

Summary

A collection of never-before-published poems by Johnny Cash, edited and introduced by Pulitzer Prize-Winning poet Paul Muldoon with a foreword by John Carter Cash. Since his first recordings in 1955, Johnny Cash was an icon in the music world. In this collection of poems and song lyrics that have never been published before, we see the world through his eyes and view his reflection on his own interior reality, his frailties and his strengths alike. In his hallmark voice, he pens verses about love, pain, freedom, and mortality, and expresses insights on culture, his family, his fame, even Christmas. Forever Words confirms Johnny Cash as a brilliant and singular American literary figure. His music is a part of our collective history, and here the depth of his artistry and talent become even more evident.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 John R. Cash Revocable Trust (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Joy Is the Thinnest Layer

Summary

When the heart is touched, it wants to sing songs of recognized experience. Call it poetry, for then image, cadence, and word melt together as one. This audiobook of poems is about such experiences. That depth of feeling encompasses both desolation and consolation and so brings the listener close to the pulse of life, to joy, the thinnest layer.

©2017 Gunilla Norris (P)2018 Homebound Publications

Narrator: Melanie Carey
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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Mr. Pumpkin-Head and Other Poems

Summary

A collection of poems - many with a hint of humor - about nature, magic, emotions, and the world around us.

©2012 Victoria Zigler, Keroberous Publishing (P)2019 Victoria Zigler, Keroberous Publishing

Narrator: Carol Weakland
Length: 51 mins
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How a Poem Moves

3 ratings

Summary

A collection of playfully elucidating essays to help reluctant poetry audiences become well-versed in verse Developed from Adam Sol’s popular blog, How a Poem Moves is a collection of 35 short essays that walks listeners through an array of contemporary poems. Sol is a dynamic teacher, and in these essays, he has captured the humor and engaging intelligence for which he is known in the classroom. With a breezy style, Sol delivers essays that are perfect for a quick listen or to be grouped together as a curriculum.  Though How a Poem Moves is not a textbook, it demonstrates poetry’s range and pleasures through encounters with individual poems that span traditions, techniques, and ambitions. This illuminating book is for those who are afraid they “don’t get” poetry but who believe that, with a welcoming guide, they might conquer their fear and cultivate a new appreciation.

©2019 Adam Sol (P)2019 ECW Press

Author: Adam Sol
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
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In the Dark, Soft Earth

Summary

Dig into this delectable journey through the dark, sensual, and ravishing poetry of Frank Watson. Ruminate the searing to the sultry as you absorb this haunting lilt of burning carnality. The poems ignite rapid and surprising shifts in focus and perspective as they twist and turn your preconceptions, allowing the implications to linger in your thoughts.  Vignette verses explore the workings of love, nature, spirituality, and dreams with sprinklings of tarot symbolism and jazzy blues. Together these verses contemplate the subtle underpinnings of a soft earth.

©2020 Plum White Press LLC (P)2020 Plum White Press LLC

Author: Frank Watson
Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
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The Dark Between Stars

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From the internationally best-selling author of Love Her Wild comes The Dark Between Stars, a new collection of heartfelt, whimsical, and romantic poems from Instagram poetry sensation, Atticus.  Atticus has captured the hearts and minds of nearly 700k followers (including stars like Karlie Kloss, Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys). In his second collection of poetry, The Dark Between Stars, he turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences - the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as light-hearted, humorous observations. As Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets, sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and pain - the darkness and the stars - to fully appreciate all that life and love have to offer.

©2018 Atticus (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Atticus
Author: Atticus
Length: 34 mins
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La Divina Comedia

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AMA Audiolibros presenta la Narración del Audiolibro en Español (acento Castellano) de "La Divina Comedia" de Dante Alighieri en la voz de nuestro narrador Artur Mas a partir de la traducción en verso de Bartolomé Mitre. La Divina Comedia está considerada como una de las obras maestras de la literatura italiana y mundial. Está compuesta por más de 14.000 versos distribuídos en 100 cantos.  Relata el viaje de Dante por el Infierno, el Purgatorio y el Paraíso, guiado por el poeta Virgilio. El objetivo de dicho viaje es redimir los pecados que ha cometido en el mundo terrenal para obtener la gloria divina. Esta obra es un fiel reflejo del conocimiento medieval dónde se entrelazan temas como la fe en Dios, la ética y la moral.

©2019 AMA AUDIOLIBROS (P)2019 AMA AUDIOLIBROS

Narrator: Artur Mas
Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
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At Blackwater Pond

7 ratings

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Mary Oliver has published fifteen volumes of poetry and five books of prose in the span of four decades, but she rarely performs her poetry in live readings. Now, with the arrival of At Blackwater Pond, Mary Oliver has given her audience what they've longed to hear: the poet's voice reading her own work. In this beautifully produced audiobook, Mary Oliver has recorded forty of her favorite poems, nearly spanning the length of her career, from Dream Work through her newest volume, New and Selected Poems, Volume Two.

©2006 Mary Oliver (P)2011 Random House Audio

Narrator: Mary Oliver
Author: Mary Oliver
Length: 1 hr
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And Still I Rise (Unabridged Selections)

10 ratings

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Maya Angelou’s unforgettable collection of poetry lends its name to the documentary film about her life, And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.    Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.    Thus begins “Phenomenal Woman”, just one of the beloved poems collected here in Maya Angelou’s third book of verse. These poems are powerful, distinctive, and fresh - and, as always, full of the lifting rhythms of love and remembering. And Still I Rise is written from the heart, a celebration of life as only Maya Angelou has discovered it.    “It is true poetry she is writing,” M. F.K . Fisher has observed, “not just rhythm, the beat, rhymes. I find it very moving and at times beautiful. It has an innate purity about it, unquenchable dignity.... It is astounding, flabbergasting, to recognize it, in all the words I read every day and night...it gives me heart, to hear so clearly the caged bird singing and to understand her notes.”

©1978 Maya Angelou (P)1996 Random House, Inc. Random House AudioBooks, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Maya Angelou
Author: Maya Angelou
Length: 22 mins
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Dandelion

1 rating

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New York Times best-selling author Gabbie Hanna delivers everything from curious musings to gut-wrenching confessionals in her long-awaited sophomore collection of poetry. This edition includes a collection of uncomfortably honest personal essays about Gabbie’s childhood and relationships. In this thrilling installment of the inner-workings of Gabbie’s mind, we’re taken on a journey of self-loathing, self-reflection, and ultimately, self-acceptance through deeply metaphorical imagery, chilling twists on child-like rhymes, and popular turns of phrase turned on their heads. Through raw, provocative tidbits, Dandelion explores what it means to struggle with a declining mental health in a world where mental health is both stigmatized and trivialized.  The poems range from topics of rage and despair to downright silliness, so if you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, just laugh until you cry.  Includes Gabbie Hanna’s single “Dandelion”, which was inspired by this book. 

©2020 The Gabbie Show, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Gabbie Hanna
Author: Gabbie Hanna
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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Finding Love Everywhere

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"I didn't have much time for poetry when I was young," Robert Holden writes in the introduction to this elegant and inspiring book. "Maybe I was in too much of a hurry. Fortunately for me, one poem after another found their way through my defenses and came to my rescue. Slowly, but surely, I began to see that inside each poem there was a gift waiting for me. A gift to help open up something inside of me - a new awareness, an epiphany, a cure for loneliness, renewed courage, and a call to action."  Finding Love Everywhere offers that same gift to you. A luminous collection of original poetry set within a framework of deep wisdom from an acclaimed teacher, it invites you on a journey that will move you and transform you as you awaken to the awareness of love's presence all around you.  The 66½ poems in these pages "are meditations with lyrics," Robert explains. "They invite you to be wise, to choose love, and to live your most authentic life."

©2020 Hay House, Inc. (P)2020 Hay House, Inc.

Narrator: Robert Holden
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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Beowulf

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The Old English epic poem Beowulf, recorded in its original Saxon dialect for the first time.  Performed by Icelandic poet, playwright, professional storyteller and performer Svanur Thorkelsson, Audible’s production gives listeners the opportunity to experience how it might have felt to hear bards recite sections of the 3000-line poem from memory in Anglo Saxon dining halls. Audible’s Beowulf recaptures the heroic style and vast scale of what can be considered ‘England’s first native audiobook’.    Considered one of the most important pieces of English literature, Beowulf has gripped audiences for over 1,000 years. It has been hugely influential on English and world literature – in particular Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones – and has continued to be explored and reinterpreted through adaptations across mediums including novels, film, TV, opera, graphic novels and more.  About the narrator Svanur Thorkelsson is a native Icelandic poet and a playwright. As a professional storyteller and a performer Svanur channels his passion for authentic Nordic and Anglo Saxon lore and legends. His work includes media such as radio, theatre and television as well as participation in public and private events. Svanur has also over the years worked to promote and partake in bardic events in the UK and Iceland. 

Public Domain (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Author: Anonymous
Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
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Fierce Fairytales

2 ratings

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Poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with a collection of fairytales poetically retold for a new generation of women. Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: Beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory. But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. Through her gorgeous reimagining of fairytale classics and spellbinding original tales, she dismantles the old-fashioned tropes that have been ingrained in our minds. In this audiobook, gone are the docile women and male saviors. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains. You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own. Complete with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations by Gill herself, Fierce Fairytales is an empowering collection of poems and stories for a new generation.

©2018 Nikita Gill (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Nikita Gill
Author: Nikita Gill
Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
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Euphoria

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In F.S. Yousaf's debut poetry collection, he writes of a journey dedicated to growth, mental illness, spirituality, and self-reflections. Filled with various topics and powerful poetry, this collection will surely give you different emotions, ones which you wouldn't experience otherwise.

©2018 F.S. Yousaf (P)2020 F.S. Yousaf

Narrator: Anthony Ilott
Author: F.S. Yousaf
Length: 49 mins
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The Nightfields

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A new collection from a poet who has made "a body of work at once utterly lucid and breathtakingly urgent" (Louise Glück). Joanna Klink's fifth book begins with personal poems of loss - a tree ripped out by a windstorm, a friendship broken off after decades, the nearing death of parents. Other poems take on the cost of not loving fully, or are written from disbelief at the accumulation of losses and at the mercilessness of having, as one ages, to rule things out. There are elegies for friends, and a group of devotional poems. The Nightfields closes with "Night Sky", 30 metaphysical poems inspired by the artist James Turrell's Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in Arizona that Turrell has been transforming into an open-air observatory for the perception of time. The sequence unfolds as a series of revelations that begin in psychic fear and move gradually toward a sense of infinitude and connection.

©2020 Joanna Klink (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Joanna Klink
Author: Joanna Klink
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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How Far You Have Come

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Includes six audiobook-exclusive poems! How Far You Have Come is an exquisite collection of poetry and essays from best-selling artist and writer Morgan Harper Nichols. In the midst of the hurt and the mundane, the questions and the not-yets, we can forget just how far we have come. Morgan weaves together personal reflections with her signature poems to share her journey to reclaim moments of brokenness, division, and pain and re-envision them as experiences of reconciliation, unity, and hope. The stories in How Far You Have Come are organized around a familiar path Morgan has traveled all her life, along the southern border of the United States. As Morgan reflects on the moments that shaped her, she invites us to: Awaken our hearts and recognize how our own histories have made us who we are today Have a deeper understanding of pressing on and pressing in, of transformation and surrender, of meaning in the losses and wild anticipation for the splendor ahead  Reclaim moments of brokenness, division, and pain and re-envision them as experiences of reconciliation, unity, and hope Become who we are in the moment you hold right now A Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly best-selling author, Morgan has cultivated a loyal online community, over a million Instagram followers, and an in-person following as she shares her unique message around the country. How Far You Have Come is an excellent gift for college and high school graduations, faith celebrations and anniversaries, life transitions, and birthdays.

©2021 Morgan Harper Nichols (P)2021 Zondervan

Narrator: Morgan Nichols
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
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Prince Neptune

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Jack Kerouac meets Arthur Rimbaud for the millennial generation. A debut poetry collection from LA-based Australian writer, singer, songwriter Cody Simpson who has penned hit songs and toured worldwide for the majority of his young life. Conjuring vivid imagery and drawing from the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water, Prince Neptune presents poems and prose on themes of life, love, fame, escapism, environmentalism, with an overarching narrative of nature as a nod to the author's passion for the earth and the environment. Simpson’s poetry combines themes of freedom and the ocean with the wisdom of an old soul.

©2020 Cody Simpson (P)2020 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Cody R. Simpson
Length: 47 mins
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Ink Tales

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Ink Tales reinvigorates fairy tales and myths from around the world, breaking barriers and challenging stereotypes throughout.  Travel across oceans and discover the vengeful wrath of a river god in Kayo Chingonyi's West African tale. Soar too close to the sun with Inua Ellam's timely story of a young refugee girl. Fly to a mysterious castle inhabited by a cursed prince with Helen Mort's retelling of 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon'. Uncover the truth of #Bluebeard with Joelle Taylor's modernised fairy tale. Look to the constellations with Will Harris' futuristic Greek tragedy and never, ever answer to your name in Malika Booker's Trinidadian re-creation of the douen.  Bedtime Stories for the End of the World is produced in partnership with the groundbreaking poetry podcast of the same name. The six featured poets draw on their own experience, adding a new dimension to an existing tale. Bedtime Stories for the End of the World is a spoken word and poetry podcast about the power of myth and the politics of storytelling. The podcast asks some of the UK's top poets to reimagine their favourite myths, fairy tales and legends - the stories they want to keep and protect for the future. It also involves an annual live event, creating a tangible and accessible experience for existing and new audiences.  Reimagined tales include Icarus, the legend of the Zambezi river god, 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon', Bluebeard, Philoctetes and the Trinidadian folklore figure 'douen'.

©2020 Helen Mort, Amandeep Singh, Joelle Taylor, Will Harris, Malika Booker, Inua Ellams, Kayo Chingonyi (P)2020 Bonnier Books Ltd

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Exercices de style

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Le narrateur prend le bus à une heure d'affluence. Il observe un jeune homme avec un chapeau et un cou trop long. Celui-ci s'énerve contre son voisin qui, dit-il, le bouscule chaque fois que passe quelqu'un. Voyant une place libre, il finit par aller s'asseoir. Deux heures plus tard, le narrateur voit le jeune homme place Saint-Lazare qui discute avec un ami de questions vestimentaires. Cette brève histoire est racontée quatre-vingt-dix-neuf fois, de quatre-vingt-dix-neuf manières différentes. Mise en images, portée sur la scène des cabarets, elle a connu une fortune extraordinaire.

©1947 Éditions Gallimard (P)2008 Éditions Gallimard

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The Lost Words

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Finalist, Wainwright Prize In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary - widely used in schools around the world - was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around 40 common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions - the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual - became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world. Ten years later, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a “spell book” that will conjure back 20 of these lost words and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature. The Lost Words is that book - a work that has already cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe, and North America.

©2018 Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris (P)2018 Anansi Audio

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The Strength In Our Scars

4 ratings

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The Strength in Our Scars is Bianca Sparacino's reminder to you: No matter what you're going through, no matter where you are on your healing journey - you are strong. Through poetry, prose, and the compassionate encouragement you would expect from someone who knows exactly what you're working through, Sparacino is here with the words you need. The Strength in Our Scars tackles the gut-wrenching but relatable experiences of moving on, self-love, and ultimately learning to heal. In this book you will find peace, you will find a rock, you will find understanding, and you will find hope.   Remember: Whatever is dark within you has also carved light into your soul. Whatever is lost within you has also brought you back home to yourself. Whatever is hurt within you is also healing you in ways you may not understand at that moment in time. This book hopes to show you that.

©2018 Bianca Sparacino (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
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101 Famous Poems

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101 Famous Poems, compiled by Roy J. Cook and first published in 1916, is a collection of one familiar poem each by the best-known poets in the English language, including Alfred Tennyson, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Milton, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walt Whitman, Lord Byron, Emily Dickinson and William Wordsworth. The anthology is indexed by title, author and first line.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Adam Douglas
Author: Roy J. Cook
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
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Love Letters of Great Men

2 ratings

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When words of love do not come to you on their own, then listen to these letters. Complete, actual love letters of great men like Lord Byron, John Keats, and Voltaire. Leaders like Henry VIII, George Washington, and Napoléon, who wrote to his beloved Joséphine, "I awake consumed with thoughts of you...." Artists like van Gogh, Mozart, and Beethoven, who famously penned, "Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved...." Dozens of intimate letters, coupled with a pdf containing over a score of period illustrations. Plus fascinating biographies, and insights into the couples' relationships - how they got there, the obstacles they faced, and what happened next. Poet warriors, from the first through the twentieth century, including: Ovid, Sir Walter Raleigh, Goethe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, Shelley, Robert Browning, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Pierre Curie, George Bernard Shaw, Jack London, Admiral Peary, Woodrow Wilson, and many more.

©2008 John C. Kirkland (P)2012 Podium Publishing

Narrator: Chris Patton
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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Poetic License

3 ratings

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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.

©2010 GPR Records - Spoken Word (P)2013 GPR Records - Spoken Word

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Three Simple Lines

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One of the world’s foremost writing teachers invites listeners on a joyful journey into the reading and origins of haiku. A haiku is three simple lines. But it is also, as Allen Ginsberg put it, three lines that “make the mind leap”. A good one, he said, lets the mind experience “a small sensation of space which is nothing less than God”. As many spiritual practices seek to do, the haiku’s spare yet acute noticing of the immediate and often ordinary grounds the audience in the pure awareness of now. Natalie Goldberg is a delightfully companionable tour guide into this world. She highlights the history of the form, dating back to the 17th century; shows why masters such as Basho and Issa are so revered; discovers Chiyo-ni, an important woman haiku master; and provides insight into writing and reading haiku. A fellow seeker who travels to Japan to explore the birthplace of haiku, Goldberg revels in everything she encounters, including food and family, painting and fashion, frogs and ponds. She also experiences and allows listeners to share in the spontaneous and profound moments of enlightenment and awakening that haiku promises.

©2020 Natalie Goldberg (P)2020 New World Library

Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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Love Looks Pretty on You

2 ratings

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Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every moment of this audiobook is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.  Lang Leav captures the intricacies of emotions like few others can. It's no wonder she has been recognized as a major influencer of the modern poetry movement and her writing has inspired a whole new generation of poets to pick up a pen.  Love Looks Pretty on You is truly the must-have audiobook for poetry lovers all over the world.

©2019 Lang Leav (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Lang Leav
Author: Lang Leav
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Ahora que ya bailas [Now That You Dance]

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El nuevo poemario del autor de Con tal de verte volar, Miguel Gane, ahora en formato audiolibro. Naces, creces, amas, te rompen, aprendes y no mueres hasta que alguien deja de quererte. Estos poemas son la historia de Ella, la que fue callada porque sus gritos resonaban demasiado alto. Ella, que dejó de ser suya porque quien debía liberar su sonrisa, la acabó enjaulando y aplastando contra el asfalto. Sola, fue capaz de levantarse, de mirar a la cara a su pasado y decirle: «No me has vencido, soy indestructible». Ahora que ya bailas, el mundo entero va a quedarse a tus pies y donde antes había silencio ahora habrá música. La tuya. Atrévete a escucharla. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2018 Miguel Gane (P)2018 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial S.A.U.

Narrator: Miguel Gane
Author: Miguel Gane
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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Sincerely,

1 rating

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In F. S. Yousaf's second book, he brilliantly compiles some letters and love poems into a book that truly defines the meaning of how much a person can mean to another. This is very different from his first collection, as this one carries only positivity and hope for a better tomorrow. Prepare yourself to be smitten by this collection.

©2018 Farhan Yousaf (P)2019 Farhan Yousaf

Narrator: Eric Halvorson
Author: F. S. Yousaf
Length: 22 mins
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Orchids and Neurons

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We live on a planet that is a thin place - a place where time and light continually intersect. And yet we are taught to experience life as thick. When we move intentionally through the thickness that surrounds us and perceive light, we can begin to punch peep-holes into and through time. I, as poet, live a solitary 4-P journey with the partners of prose, poetry, photography, and prayer. In my journey of time and light, I’ve learned that I can free myself from the ballast of ordinary time and soar in the light. This is time travel for me. The most redemptive partner of my four is poetry. The process seizes me, and I become consumed by the emerging poem until it is complete. Poetry and prayer are closely related, at times with a loss of boundaries. I have written poetry since I was an eight year old girl on the Canadian prairies. I simply cannot imagine life without poetry. Orchids and Neurons is an exploration of poetry as molecular and metaphysical, as highly musically-patterned and ontological. The poet is a simply a medium used in a complex process. In this recent body of work, may you discern my process and see yours.

©2018 Ellyn Peirson (P)2019 Ellyn Peirson

Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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The Universe of Us

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A collection of poetry with a celestial theme written and narrated by best-selling author Lang Leav Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav. Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found. Lang's poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

©2016 Lang Leav (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Lang Leav
Author: Lang Leav
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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The Light That Is You: Conversations of Love

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The Light That Is You is an inspirational collection of prayers and supplications, poetry celebrating life, reflective essays, and affirmations of clarity, love, and strength. This is the second book in the Poetry from the Heart collection. Inside, you will find supportive prose that will speak to your heart, elevate your energy, and relax your cares away. The Light That Is You is designed to be like a cheerleader in your pocket. An audiobook that you can always turn to for inspiration and sincere encouragement. It is the perfect gift for you or someone you love.

©2016 Cassandra Melita Webb (P)2018 Cassandra Melita Webb

Narrator: Autumn Woods
Length: 33 mins
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In the Lateness of the World

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"An undisputed literary event." (NPR) A new poetry collection of uncanny grace and moral force from one of our country's most celebrated poets Over four decades, Carolyn Forché's visionary work has reinvigorated poetry's power to awaken the reader. Her groundbreaking poems have been testimonies, inquiries, and wonderments. They daringly map a territory where poetry asserts our inexhaustible responsibility to each other. Her first new collection in 17 years, In the Lateness of the World is a tenebrous book of crossings, of migrations across oceans and borders but also between the present and the past, life and death. The poems call to the listener from the end of the world where they are sifting through the aftermath of history. Forché envisions a place where "you could see everything at once...every moment you have lived or place you have been." The world here seems to be steadily vanishing, but in the moments before the uncertain end, an illumination arrives and "there is nothing that cannot be seen." In the Lateness of the World is a revelation from one of the finest poets writing today.

©2020 Carolyn Forché (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Carolyn Forché
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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Brotherhood: Poems from the Harlem Renaissance

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Enjoy these poems on brotherhood, connection, and community struggle by Harlem Renaissance authors. This collection is ideal for Black History and Women’s History programs.

©2019 Sheryl Dee Mebane (P)2019 Sheryl Dee Mebane

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Egghead

14 ratings

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A strange and charming collection of hilariously absurd poetry, writing, and illustration from one of today's most popular young comedians.... Bo Burnham was a precocious teenager living in his parents' attic when he started posting material on YouTube. 100 million people viewed those videos, turning Bo into an online sensation with a huge and dedicated following. Bo taped his first of two Comedy Central specials four days after his 18th birthday, making him the youngest to do so in the channel's history. Now Bo is a rising star in the comedy world, revered for his utterly original and intelligent voice. And, he can SIIIIIIIIING! In Egghead, Bo brings his brand of brainy, emotional comedy in the form of off-kilter poems, thoughts, and more. Bo takes on everything from death to farts in this weird audiobook that will make you think, laugh and think, "why did I just laugh?" PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Bo Burnham (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Bo Burnham
Author: Bo Burnham
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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Heart Talk

12 ratings

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Cleo Wade - the artist, poet, and speaker who has been called "the Millennial Oprah" by New York magazine - offers creative inspiration and life lessons through poetry, mantras, and affirmations, perfect for fans of the best seller Milk & Honey.  True to her hugely popular Instagram account, Cleo Wade brings her moving life lessons to Heart Talk, an inspiring, accessible, and spiritual audiobook of wisdom for the new generation. Featuring over 120 of Cleo's original poems, mantras, and affirmations, including fan favorites and never-before-heard ones, this book is a daily pep talk to keep you feeling empowered and motivated.  With relatable, practical, and digestible advice, including "Hearts break. That's how the magic gets in", and "Baby, you are the strongest flower that ever grew, remember that when the weather changes", this is a replenishing pause for your daily life.  Keep Heart Talk on your device for an empowering boost of spiritual adrenaline that can help you discover and unlock what is blocking you from thriving emotionally and spiritually. 

©2018 Cleo Wade (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Cleo Wade
Author: Cleo Wade
Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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She Must Be Mad

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This audiobook includes exclusive introductions to a select number of Charly’s poems, an interview between herself and her friend, Jack Harries, and music from Tom Rosenthal. She Must be Mad explores coming-of-age: the pain and beauty of love, the relief and the agony of turning from girl to woman, the isolation of an untethered mind and the power and subjugation of the body. Charly captures the formative experiences of today’s young women from the poignant to the prosaic in writing that is at once witty, wry and heartfelt. Wayward nights out that don’t go as planned; the righteous anger at those men with no talent or skill or smarts who occupy the most powerful positions in the world; the strange banality of madness and, of course, the hurt and indecision of unrequited love. For every woman surviving and thriving in today’s world, for every girl who feels too much; this is a call for communion, and you are not alone.

©2018 Charly Cox; Gone Gone ©Tom Rosenthal; Got Gold ©Tom Rosenthal; Was It You Who I Saw ©Tom Rosenthal (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Charly Cox
Author: Charly Cox
Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
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A Little History of Poetry

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The Bookseller (UK) Editor's Choice A vital, engaging, and hugely enjoyable guide to poetry, from ancient times to the present, by one of our greatest champions of literature What is poetry? If music is sound organized in a particular way, poetry is a way of organizing language. It is language made special so that it will be remembered and valued. It does not always work - over the centuries countless thousands of poems have been forgotten. This little history is about some that have not. John Carey tells the stories behind the world’s greatest poems, from the oldest surviving one written nearly four thousand years ago to those being written today. Carey looks at poets whose works shape our views of the world, such as Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Whitman, and Yeats. He also looks at more recent poets, like Derek Walcott, Marianne Moore, and Maya Angelou, who have started to question what makes a poem “great” in the first place. This little history shines a light on the richness and variation of the world’s poems - and the elusive quality that makes them all the more enticing.

©2020 John Carey (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Ralph Lister
Author: John Carey
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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American Melancholy

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A new collection of poetry from an American literary legend, her first in 25 years Joyce Carol Oates is one of our most insightful observers of the human heart and mind, and, with her acute social consciousness, one of the most insistent and inspired witnesses of a shared American history. Oates is perhaps best known for her prodigious output of novels and short stories, many of which have become contemporary classics. However, Oates has also always been a faithful writer of poetry. American Melancholy showcases some of her finest work of the last few decades. Covering subjects big and small, and written in an immediate and engaging style, this collection touches on both the personal and political. Loss, love, and memory are investigated, along with the upheavals of our modern age, the reality of our current predicaments, and the ravages of poverty, racism, and social unrest. Oates skillfully writes characters ranging from a former doctor at a Chinese People’s Liberation Army hospital to Little Albert, a six-month-old infant who took part in a famous study that revealed evidence of classical conditioning in human beings.

©2021 Joyce Carol Oates (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Cheryl Smith
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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Half-light

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This program is read by the author. WINNER OF THE 2018 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY The collected works of one of contemporary poetry’s most original voices  Gathered together, the poems of Frank Bidart perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His audio represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it’s that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet’s own. And in that embodiment is a transgressive empathy, one that recognizes our wild appetites, the monsters, the misfits, the misunderstood among us and inside us. Few writers have so willingly ventured to the dark places of the human psyche and allowed themselves to be stripped bare with such candor and vulnerability. Over the past half century, Bidart has done nothing less than invent a poetics commensurate with the chaos and appetites of our experience.    Half-light encompasses all of Bidart’s previous books, and also includes a new collection, Thirst, in which the poet austerely surveys his life, laying it plain for us before venturing into something new and unknown. Here Bidart finds himself a “Creature coterminous with thirst”, still longing, still searching in himself, one of the “queers of the universe”.         Visionary and revelatory, intimate and unguarded, Bidart’s Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2017 is a radical confrontation with human nature, a conflict eternally renewed and reframed, restless line by restless line.

©2017 Frank Bidart (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Frank Bidart
Author: Frank Bidart
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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The Charge of the Light Brigade

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"Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die". A lament of airman, soldier, sailor, and marine throughout history from Lord Tennyson's 1854 poem based upon a charge of British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War. British commander Lord Raglan had intended to send the Light Brigade to prevent the Russians from removing captured guns from overrun Turkish positions, a task for which the light cavalry were well-suited. However, there was miscommunication in the chain of command, and the Light Brigade was instead sent on a frontal assault against a different artillery battery, one well-prepared with excellent fields of defensive fire. The Light Brigade reached the battery under withering direct fire and scattered some of the gunners, but they were forced to retreat immediately, and the assault ended with very high British casualties and no decisive gains.

Public Domain (P)2019 Mike Vendetti

Narrator: Mike Vendetti
Length: 2 mins
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Lyrical Ballads

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Lyrical Ballads features a selection of poems from Wordsworth and Coleridge's 1798 collaboration, which marked the beginning of the English Romantic poetry movement.

In the first episode, we hear Coleridge's "Lewti" and Wordsworth's "The Thorn", while the second episode showcases Coleridge's "The Nightingale" and Wordsworth's "Lucy" poems. In the final episode, we hear Wordsworth's "Lines Written A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" and Coleridge's pseudo-medieval ballad, "Love".

The poems are expertly read by Julius D'Silva, Mark Meadows, and Peter Gruffyd. This selection was adapted and produced by Emma Harding.

©2012 William Wordsworth (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

Narrator: Mark Meadows
Length: 40 mins
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I Give You the Springtime of My Blushing Heart

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The story of Belvie Rooks and Dedan Gills, their journey and their transformation, is “as old as eternity and as new as now.” As individuals, Dedan and Belvie were already activists, mentors, and voices for justice, but in their union, they became an even greater force for compassion and love. Dedan Gills (1945-2015) was a lifelong social justice and human rights activist who viewed himself as a “soulutionary.” His favorite mantra - “Music is my medicine! Kindness is my song!” - was not only the hallmark of his work, but the quality of his presence. Barbara Holmes writes, “His laughter, wisdom, and attentive presence set the example of how to soar while on this human journey.”  Belvie and Dedan’s journey took them to Accra, where they were married; across the United States and Canada to plant trees and build community as a part of their organization, Growing a Global Heart; into dialogue with people of all ages; and through Dedan’s diagnosis with cancer and passing at Zen Hospice in San Francisco in 2015. This book, born of this journey, speaks to love that is at once personal, collective, and cosmic. It holds an invitation to seek beauty amidst heartbreak, and to raise the level of our humanity. Belvie’s wisdom and listening for how this book wanted to be written, and the reflections of many who knew Dedan well, allow it to resonate with remembrance, but also with a future born of each of us.

©2019 Dedan Gills and Belvie Rooks (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
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Poems of Rumi

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Jalaluddin Rumi is unquestionably one of the greatest spiritual poets of the world. This audio features Robert Bly and Coleman Barks each reading his own versons of Rumi. Brilliant musical accompaniment provides playfulness and ground to great spiritual expression.

©1989 Robert Bly and Coleman Barks (P)2016 Audio Literature, Phoenix Books

Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
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Poem by Peter Menkin: Apophatic Prayer

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This work was originally a set of transcription notes from a talk given by Father Michael Fish, monk, New Camaldole of Big Sur, at Incarnation Monastery, Berkeley. Father Michael spoke of his life in contemplative prayer as a Benedictine living in Big Sur at Immaculate Heart Hermitage. In an effort to catch the poetic sensibility of his long talk of more than an hour, held in the urban monastery chapel, I distilled the notes from the talk I attended as a poem: Invited by God into a wordless kind of prayer - Cataphatic is opening the Bible and believing the images of entering into the wonder of the scene. The same one invites us into the apophatic spirituality. Desert, stripping, pain, addiction. loneliness. (Aloneness.) Desert spirituality will be deeper, and this is one invitation to an all new spirituality. This is the monk's.

©2000 Peter A. Menkin (P)2016 Peter A. Menkin

Narrator: Robert McCoy
Author: Peter Menkin
Length: 6 mins
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Helium

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Helium is the debut poetry collection by internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new audiences. Rudy's poems and quotes have been viewed and shared millions of times as he has traveled the country and the world performing for sell-out crowds. Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, blending love poems, self-reflection, and biting cultural critique on class, race, and gender into an unforgettable whole. Ultimately, Rudy's work rises above the chaos to offer a fresh and positive perspective of shared humanity and beauty.  Contains mature themes.

©2017 Rudy Francisco (P)2019 Button Publishing Inc

Narrator: Rudy Francisco
Length: 1 hr
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A Modern Day Black Woman's Poetry: Volume 1

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In her first published work, A Modern Day Black Woman's Book of Poetry, Volume 1: Two Decades of Growth and Change, Shamar Starks-Ward shares heart, soul, experiences, and changing points of view with her cherished listeners. These poems are an unapologetic collection from the ink pin of a Black woman that range from the immature perspective of an 18-year-old with an old soul to a mature 42-year-old that has weathered many storms, joys, pains, loss, and gains. Here, you will witness a growth and change in perception as well as poetic expression.

©2018 Shamar Starks-Ward (P)2018 Shamar Starks-Ward

Author: Shamar Ward
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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Las Flores del mal [The Flowers of Evil]

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Envuelta en escándalo en el momento de su aparición en 1857, Las Flores del Mal inauguró una poética innovadora que se traduce en la búsqueda de la musicalidad del poema, en la audacia de la imagen y en el famoso sistema de "correspondencias" que habría de dar origen al movimiento simbolista. La obra clave del padre del Simbolismo. Charles Baudelaire retrata en estos poemas el amor, la depravación del hombre, la desesperación y la muerte sentando las bases de la estética de la vanguardia simbolista Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Mediatek SA (P)2020 Mediatek SA

Narrator: Jorge Mansilla
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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Hope Is the Thing with Feathers

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Part of a new collection of literary voices from Gibbs Smith, written by, and for, extraordinary women - to encourage, challenge, and inspire. One of American’s most distinctive poets, Emily Dickinson scorned the conventions of her day in her approach to writing, religion, and society. Hope Is the Thing with Feathers is a collection of her vast archive of poetry to inspire the writers, creatives, and feminists of today. Continue your journey in the Women’s Voices series with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Feminist Papers by Mary Wollstonecraft.

Public Domain (P)2019 Gibbs Smith

Narrator: Amy Landon
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
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Musings

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Sound interesting? The author thinks so too! Listen to Musings: Poetic Echoes and listen to inspirational poems today.

©2020 Eugenia Fain (P)2021 Eugenia Fain

Narrator: Becky Parker
Author: Eugenia Fain
Length: 14 mins
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Built for God's Glory: Understanding Our Life's Purpose

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Built for God's Glory is book four in our inspirational series. This is a loving collection celebrating God's love for his children, offering hope and a deeper understanding of who we are, our value and our purpose in God's eyes. Four moving chapters: God put his best in you Blessings for you Showing the next generation the way forward All God's children   Built for God's Glory is filled with reflective faith-based poems, inspirational essays, quotes of wisdom, and signature prayers to assist you in your personal and spiritual growth and created to inspire and empower all who enjoy the touch of God's love in their lives.  Offering hope, opening hearts, and exploring a deeper view of a spiritual walk and seeking to help you build and expand a calming place of peace in your heart and in your mind, this book is a poetry of faith, hope, happiness, serenity, and empowerment.  Witness ways of finding happiness and joy in God's word. You will enjoy listening to these words of comfort and the healing ways they combine to help you find additional comfort in your life.

©2018 Cassandra Melita Webb (P)2018 Cassandra Melita Webb

Narrator: Autumn Woods
Length: 39 mins
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Study Guide for Beowulf

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Course Hero audiobooks - get unstuck! You've read the epic poem, but you don't understand the symbolism. You've been to every class, but it's 2 a.m., and your essay is due at 9:00. Your midterm is Friday, and you need a boost. We've been there. We know what it's like to study, work, have a life, do your best, and still need help.Course Hero study guides untie the knots. You do the work, we give you the tools to make every minute count. We help you get unstuck. Course Hero audiobook of Beowulf includes: A chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis An in-depth synopsis at the end of the audiobook that summarizes and analyzes the plot, themes, symbols, characters, and main points of the epic poem Engaging narration and music

©2020 Course Hero (P)2020 Course Hero

Narrator: Russell Jaffe
Author: Course Hero
Length: 26 mins
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Light for the World to See

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A collection of three powerful poems that take on racism and Black resistance in America by New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander. Includes an introduction by the author.

©2020 Kwame Alexander (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Narrator: Kwame Alexander
Length: 13 mins
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Poesie della buonanotte per adulti [Bedtime Poems for Adults]

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Perché proprio il girasole? Certamente saprai che ci sono centinaia di fiori, ma che dico migliaia! Bè se vogliamo essere pignoli, secondo i ricercatori britannici del Royal Botanic Gardens ci sono circa 391 mila specie di piante fiorite! Ok ora però sto divagando un po' troppo! La mia scelta, caro lettore, è semplice. Il girasole è il fiore che si orienta sempre verso la luce, verso il sole. E come il girasole, queste poesie vogliono essere un mezzo per indirizzarti il verso la bellezza interiore, la positività e la luce dei sentimenti che sono il sole dell'uomo, non credi? Sono sicura che le poesie che ho scritto in questa raccolta le troverai semplici, piacevoli e interessanti; la loro lettura, sarà in grado di farti porre interrogativi che ti aiuteranno a riflettere su emozioni, sensazioni vissute e desiderate, e infine su questa realtà che, diciamocela tutta, ci ha disabituati a guardare in noi stessi. Mi chiamo Paola Collura, sono una sognatrice, ho sempre portato con me un quaderno e una penna, ovunque andavo; Ho sempre amato scrivere ogni emozione, ogni riflessione, ogni gioia e dolore.  Ti accompagnerò in un mondo particolare, tutto da riscoprire, sarai circondato da quelli che dovrebbero essere i protagonisti indiscussi della nostra vita: l’amore, la natura, le emozioni, gli stati d’animo, l’amicizia e la passione. Cosa aspetti? Lasciati trasportare dalle mie parole, inizia questo viaggio attraverso le mie righe! Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 

©2020 Paola Collura (P)2020 Paola Collura

Narrator: Marika Clementi
Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
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Lays of Ancient Rome

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Lays of Ancient Rome is an 1842 collection of narrative poems by Thomas Babington Macaulay. Four of these: Horatius, The Battle of Lake Regillus, Virginia and The Prophecy of Capys cover heroic episodes from early Roman history. They have brief introductions that treat the legends from a scholarly perspective.  Two others deal with more recent historical events: Ivry, a Song of the Huguenots, deals with French history, and The Armada: A Fragment, is about the Spanish fleet sent to subdue England. They became immensely popular in Victorian England, and were standard reading in British public schools for more than a century.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Tom Logan
Length: 3 hrs
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The Essential Neruda

3 ratings

Summary

More than 100 years after his birth, Pablo Neruda's poetry is as vital and beloved as ever. This collection presents 50 of the most essential poems by one of history's greatest poets in dynamic new translations, the result of an unprecedented collaboration among a team of poets, translators, and the world's leading Neruda scholars. A definitive selection that draws from the entire breadth of Neruda's various styles, themes, and periods, The Essential Neruda breathes new life and understanding into the world of one of Latin America's - and the world's - treasures. The complete list of translators for this edition includes: Stephen Mitchell, Mark Eisner, Forrest Gander, Robert Haas, John Felstiner, Jack Hirschman, Stephen Kessler, and Alastair Reid.

©2004 City Lights Books (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: C. S. Verdád
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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Svetit, da ne greet

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"Svetit, da ne greet" - radiokompozitsiya spektaklya Moskovskogo teatra im. A. S. Pushkina po odnoimennoy p'ese.

©2018 Shishkin Vladislav (P)2018 Shishkin Vladislav

Narrator: Boris Babochkin
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
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How to Fly (in Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)

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In this intimate collection, the beloved author of The Poisonwood Bible and more than a dozen other New York Times best sellers, winner or finalist for the Pulitzer and countless other prizes, now trains her eye on the everyday and the metaphysical in poems that are smartly crafted, emotionally rich, and luminous.  In her second poetry collection, Barbara Kingsolver offers reflections on the practical, the spiritual, and the wild. She begins with “how to” poems addressing everyday matters such as being hopeful, married, divorced; shearing a sheep; praying to unreliable gods; doing nothing at all; and of course, flying.  Next come rafts of poems about making peace (or not) with the complicated bonds of friendship and family, and making peace (or not) with death, in the many ways it finds us. Some poems reflect on the redemptive powers of art and poetry itself; others consider where everything begins.  Closing the book are poems that celebrate natural wonders - birdsong and ghost-flowers, ruthless ants, clever shellfish, coral reefs, deadly deserts, and 1,000-year-old beech trees - all speaking to the daring project of belonging to an untamed world beyond ourselves.  Altogether, these are poems about transcendence: finding breath and lightness in life and the everyday acts of living. It’s all terribly easy and, as the title suggests, not entirely possible. Or at least, it is never quite finished. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

©2020 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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The Life of a Damaged Person

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I hope The Life of a Damaged Person helps whoever listens to it. No matter what race, religion, or creed, male or female, young adults, middle-aged adults. I hope within this audiobook, there was something said to help each and every one of you get through your problems, heartaches, relationships problems, trials, tribulations, or even your divorce. The Life of a Damaged Person was written to be an example for others who start out in the way of a cocoon and develops into a mature, beautiful butterfly. The process that was such a challenge of life experiences. I thank Jesus Christ who pushed and encouraged me and coached me in my lonely, hurtful times. He encouraged me that I could make it through.

©2016 Carol D. Harper (P)2020 Carol D Powe (Harper)

Narrator: Akaya Birdine
Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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Rooted

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A collection of poems challenging modern perspectives on life, beautifully amplified by unique, creative flare. A sincere and honest sharing of the soul.

©2020 Nicole Wild (P)2021 Nicole Wild

Narrator: Nicky Griffiths
Length: 28 mins
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Date & Time

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Phil Kaye’s debut collection is a stunning tribute to growing up, and all of the challenges and celebrations of the passing of time, as jagged as it may be. Kaye takes the listener on a journey from a complex but iridescent childhood, drawing them into adolescence, and finally on to adulthood. There are first kisses, lost friendships, hair blowing in the wind while driving the vastness of an empty road, and the author positioned in the middle, trying to make sense of it all. Listeners will find joy and vulnerability, in equal measure. Date & Time is a welcoming story, which freezes the calendar and allows us all to live in our best moments.

©2018 Phil Kaye (P)2019 Button Publishing Inc.

Narrator: Phil Kaye
Author: Phil Kaye
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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September Love

1 rating

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An audiobook that will change the way you think about love, relationships, heartbreak, and self-empowerment. Breaking the rules, challenging perceptions, and exploring the secret desires we keep hidden from the world.  Beautifully composed and written by international best-selling author Lang Leav, this new collection of poetry and prose will positively influence your life. September Love captures the magic of each passing season, a pearl of wisdom waiting to be discovered with every moment spent listening. An audiobook that will inspire you to reach for the stars.      

©2020 Lang Leav (P)2020 Random House Audio

Author: Lang Leav
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Primero de poeta [First Poet]

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El libro de poesía que, autoeditado por su autora, escaló las listas de Amazon y ha conquistado a miles de lectores. « Vive, j---r, vive. Y si algo no te gusta, cámbialo. Y si algo te da miedo, supéralo. Y si algo te enamora, agárralo.» Primero de poeta son todos los papeles que rellené y quemé, todos los pasos que no di, las vidas que perdí. Todas las declaraciones de amor que callé, los sueños que rompí, los miedos de los que aprendí. Es mi impaciencia, mis ganas de sentir y el pánico. Es descubrir que mis miedos siempre ganan la partida. Es empujarte a que te vayas por si te acercas demasiado. Es querer que te acerques demasiado. Primero de poeta son todos mis errores. Y mi cura. La mejor poesía contemporánea en formato audiolibro. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2016 Patricia Benito (P)2018 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S. A. U.

Narrator: Patricia Benito
Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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An American Sunrise

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A stunning new volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, informed by her tribal history and connection to the land. In the early 1800s, the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, which is now part of Oklahoma. Two hundred years later, Joy Harjo returns to her family’s lands and opens a dialogue with history. In An American Sunrise, Harjo finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where her people, and other indigenous families, essentially disappeared. From her memory of her mother’s death, to her beginnings in the native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Harjo’s personal life intertwines with tribal histories to create a space for renewed beginnings. Her poems sing of beauty and survival, illuminating a spirituality that connects her to her ancestors and thrums with the quiet anger of living in the ruins of injustice. A descendent of storytellers and “one of our finest - and most complicated - poets” (Los Angeles Review of Books), Joy Harjo continues her legacy with this latest powerful collection.

©2019 Joy Harjo (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Joy Harjo
Author: Joy Harjo
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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Mother's Milk

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In this stunning new collection of poems, Rachel Hunt Steenblik (Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings) explores the deep, human longing for a divine mother to complement the male God that has long dominated our culture.  Praise for Mother's Milk: “In these brief and moving poems, Rachel Hunt Steenblik recalls and reimagines the relationship between the daughters of God and their hidden and distant mother. Using her own experience and revelation as well as her wide research, Rachel recreates the Heavenly Mother many dream of knowing, a woman not unlike our own mothers, one who shares our own experience of motherhood.” (Claudia L. Bushman, author of Contemporary Mormonism) "The warm, delicious, delicate and strong poems in Mother’s Milk moved and delighted me. Without doubt this book is a major step toward filling the Mother-sized hole in our hearts. Boldly pulling back the curtain of patriarchy to show that 'God' is not a boy’s name and that we have never lived in a one-parent family, Rachel reminds us that our Mother has never ceased to nourish and love us." (Carol Lynn Pearson, author of Mother Wove the Morning and The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy) “Rachel Hunt Steenblik is Mormonism's most essential and necessary poet since Carol Lynn Pearson. Out of her hunger for a mother God, she has made food for us all. Out of her losses, she has made milk. It's what women's bodies know how to do, of course. But Rachel, oh honey, few of us do it so openly, so truthfully, so plainly, so well. Come, come, everyone - Mormon or not, brothers, sisters, kindred - and take these words. I am so proud that this book will teach the world what Mormon women know - perhaps uniquely - about God." (Joanna Brooks, author of Book of Mormon Girl)

©2017 Rachel Hunt Steenblik (P)2020 Rachel Hunt Steenblik

Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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Randomly Moving Particles

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Randomly Moving Particles is built from two long poems that form its opening and close, connected by three shorter pieces. The title poem, in a kaleidoscope of compelling scenes, engages with subjects that include migration, placement, loss, space exploration and current British and American politics.  It is a clarifying action and reaction between terra and solar system, mundanity and possibility, taking us from the grit of road surfaces to the distant glimpses of satellites. The final poem, How Do the Dead Walk, combines mythic reach with acute observation of the familiar in order to address issues of contemporary violence.  It is altogether more dreamlike, even in its tangibly military moments, grasping as it does at phantoms and intermediate plains. Andrew Motion's expansive new poetry collection is direct in its emotional appeal, ambitious in its scope, all the while retaining the cinematic vision and startling expression that so freshly lit the lines of his last, Essex Clay.

©2020 Andrew Motion (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Andrew Motion
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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Balloon Pop Outlaw Black

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Poetry. Even all by themselves, the titles of Patricia Lockwood's poems reveal the sort of surreal, enigmatic, rhetorically elongated world her sensibility inhabits effortlessly: "When We Move Away from Here, You'll See a Clean Square of Paper Where His Picture Hung", "The Cartoon's Mother Builds a House in Hammerspace", "The Front Half and the Back Half of a Horse in Conversation", "Children with Lamps Pouring out of Their Foreheads", and the inimitable "Killed with an Apple Corer, She Asks What Does That Make Me".

©2012 Patricia Lockwood (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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Seeds Planted in Concrete

2 ratings

Summary

Seeds Planted in Concrete is Bianca Sparacino's raw testament to the beauty that is found within the contrasts of life. Speaking truthfully about the intricacies of both love and loss, Sparacino's first collection of work will speak to the very depths of those who hear it, inspiring a will to love and live. This collection is a manifesto of the journey every human being takes throughout life - an assembly of words that celebrates the resilience of the human heart through stages of hurting, feeling, healing, and loving.

©2015 Bianca Sparacino (P)2016 Bianca Sparacino

Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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The Truth of You

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This is the truth of you. Because you are all I see. Because you are all I breathe. Because when I cannot find you, I am lost. Because when I’m with you, I am found. Because you have the fire of the universe in you, and sometimes you forget. So this book is here to remind you. Dear You, I want you to know that I see you.   I want you to know that even if no one else does, even if you are a ghost in this bookshop or just the static floating across the screen of your computer, wherever you’re reading this, I see you. I see you in the dark, and I see you in the grey. I see you as a story, as words I have spoken or may yet speak. Maybe only in a memory or a dream. I see your hands and your arms and your body and your legs and your face, and I see what you have been and what you will be. I see you and in looking at you, I want you to know that whoever you’ve had to be to survive all this, I will not look away. I want you to know that there’s a space inside this book for you. So if you have the time and the inclination, you can sit here with me, just for a while. And perhaps between us, we can see everything that matters. - pleasefindthis

©2021 Iain S. Thomas (P)2021 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Iain S. Thomas
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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Finna

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Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular - its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy.  “Terrific...illuminates life in this country in a strikingly original way.” (Ron Charles, The Washington Post) Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR • The New York Public Library • Tordotcom Definition of finna, created by the author: fin·na /'fin?/ contraction:  (1) going to; intending to [rooted in African American Vernacular English]  (2) eye dialect spelling of “fixing to”  (3) Black possibility; Black futurity; Blackness as tomorrow  These poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy, and the use of the Black vernacular in America’s vast reserve of racial and gendered epithets. Finna explores the erasure of peoples in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, how the Black vernacular, expands our notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope: nothing about our people is romantic and it shouldn’t be.  Our people deserve poetry without meter. We deserve our own jagged rhythm and our own uneven walk towards sun. You make happening happen. We happen to love. This is our greatest action. 

©2020 Nate Marshall (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Nate Marshall
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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Together in a Sudden Strangeness

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In this urgent outpouring of American voices, our poets speak to us as they shelter in place, addressing our collective fear, grief, and hope from eloquent and diverse individual perspectives. Featuring 107 poets, from A to Z - Julia Alvarez to Matthew Zapruder - with work in between by Jericho Brown, Billy Collins, Fanny Howe, Ada Limón, Sharon Olds, Tommy Orange, Claudia Rankine, Vijay Seshadri, and Jeffrey Yang  As the novel coronavirus and its devastating effects began to spread in the United States and around the world, Alice Quinn reached out to poets across the country to see if, and what, they were writing under quarantine. Moved and galvanized by the response, the onetime New Yorker poetry editor and recent former director of the Poetry Society of America began collecting the poems arriving in her inbox, assembling this various, intimate, and intricate portrait of our suddenly altered reality. Here, we find poets grieving for relatives they are separated from or recovering from illness themselves, attending to suddenly complicated household tasks or turning to literature for strength, considering the bravery of medical workers or working their own shifts at the hospital, and, as the Black Lives Matter movement has swept the globe, reflecting on the inequities in our society that amplify sorrow and demand our engagement. From fierce and resilient to wistful, darkly humorous, and emblematically reverent about the earth and the vulnerability of human beings in frightening times, the poems in this collection find the words to describe what can feel unspeakably difficult and strange, providing wisdom, companionship, and depths of feeling that enliven our spirits.

©2020 Alice Quinn (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Chasia's Enchantment

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Drawing upon wisdom and teachings of the Torah, Pranayama yoga, and her own virtuosity for living a peaceful life, Hilda Chasia Smith’s guided meditations and inspirational words take us on journeys of calmness and joy. From Pranayama come essences of breath, mindfulness, and inner peace. From teachings of the Torah and Kabbala come kindness, compassion, humility, and self-respect. These motifs work together with love to immerse us into the enchanted world of Hilda Chasia Smith.  Hilda Chasia Szternfeld Smith was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to survivors of the Holocaust. Her middle name Chasia was given in remembrance of her aunt Chasia Goszer who died in the Holocaust. Hilda Chasia was a self-realized child; filled with wonder and curiosity, which led her to express a true love of the arts, music and education. She has taught Hebrew, Yiddish, French, and English languages, charm school, music, art, meditation and yoga. She holds degrees from The University of Calgary, The University of Manitoba, Chopra Center University, California, and Pranayama Centers International, founded by Swami Vignanananda. She was part of the Women’s Writing Project at the University of Calgary and has contributed to the Literary International Reading Association (LIRA) writings on Poetry in the Classroom. Her poetry has been published in the Winnipeg Jewish Post and the Calgary Jewish Star and her paintings have been represented by galleries in Calgary, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

©2021 Hilda Chasia Smith (P)2021 Durvile Publications Ltd.

Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
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Notes from the Cat House

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Collected here in one volume are more than 60 poems from Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jack Ketchum. These are read by the author.

©2014 Dallas Mayr (P)2014 David N. Wilson

Narrator: Jack Ketchum
Author: Jack Ketchum
Length: 45 mins
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Loose Woman & Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

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A collection of stories, whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border. The women in these stories offer tales of pure discovery, filled with moments of infinite and intimate wisdom.

©1991 Sandra Cisneros (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Sandra Cisneros
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
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Desert Language: Poems

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The language of the desert is the language of love, and like the desert, it is exposed, sweeping, and mysterious. The desert stands in the background of the author in the distance, to the east, to the west, and to bustling world centers from which he returns to his home in the desert. The audiobook is divided into five chapters. Each chapter deals with a different subject: the desert, marital memory, family, wars, and Holocaust remembrance.

©2018 David Rashty (P)2018 David Rashty

Narrator: Jody Smith
Author: David Rashty
Length: 44 mins
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Poems for You and Me from the Heart

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Poetry.... These poems I write are my own personal way of creating a soothing anthem for you and not just for me.

©2020 T.N \Lilly\ W-B (P)2020 T.N \Lilly\ W-B

Narrator: Bilal Celoro
Length: 27 mins
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A Plea to a Wine Cork...and Other Happenstances

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A Plea to a Wine Cork is but one of many "happenstances" that befall the characters in this charming chap book, the stories revealed in many poetic forms. Here, the author reflects on life's dimensions in rhythms and tones befitting the vibrancy of all stages of life. Playful, inventive, and immensely accessible, we are treated to dreams and first-impressions, passionate stirrings of first loves, overcoming multiple traumas of disappointment, and unwanted resignation. A Plea to a Wine Cork satisfies the soul whether you're the disintegrating cork or the anxious connoisseur.

©2016 James Lee Ross (P)2016 James Lee Ross

Narrator: Terry Bamberger
Author: Jim Ross
Length: 47 mins
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W.B. Yeats and His Father

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These broadcast quality archival recordings have been edited down into an amazing journey led by Robert Bly, one of America's greatest and entertaining thinkers. This audio explores the poetry of Yeats and goes deep into the author's biography to help bring to light the inspirations of Yeat's great works.

Public Domain (P)2016 BetterListen! LLC, all rights reserved.

Narrator: Robert Bly
Author: Robert Bly
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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Il Canzoniere

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La voce del narratore recita le più belle poesie di Petrarca, tratte dal Canzoniere dove l'autore, prende in esame i suoi sentimenti, analizza il suo amore non corrisposto per Laura (chiunque sia stata questa donna) ed esplora le sue crisi più profonde e irrisolte. Il Canzoniere ( titolo originale Rerum vulgarium fragmenta) è una delle opere più famose di tutta la storia letteraria italiana ed europea, la modernità del Petrarca è presente nel "ritmo lento e malinconico dei suoi passi, come una musica che a tratti sciolga la passione in una infinita tristezza."

(c)+(p) 2008 Il Narratore s.r.l.

Narrator: Moro Silo
Length: 34 mins
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Summer Snow

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A major collection of entirely new poems from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Time and Materials and The Apple Trees at Olema.... A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass’s trademark careful attention to the natural world, his subtle humor, and the delicate but wide-ranging eye he casts on the human experience are fully on display in his masterful collection. Touching on subjects including the poignancy of loss, the serene and resonant beauty of nature, and the mutability of desire, Hass exhibits his virtuosic abilities, expansive intellect, and tremendous listenability in one of his most ambitious and formally brilliant collections to date. 

©2020 Robert Hass (P)2020 HarperAudio

Narrator: Robert Hass
Author: Robert Hass
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
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The Chaos of Longing

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Organized in four sections - "Inception", "Longing", "Chaos", and "Epiphany" - K.Y. Robinson's debut poetry collection explores what it is to want in spite of trauma, shame, injustice, and mental illness. It is one survivor's powerful testimony, and a love letter "to those who lie awake burning."  

©2017 K.Y. Robinson (P)2019 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: K.Y. Robinson
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Prayers of My Youth

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In his third poetry collection, poet F.S. Yousaf displays some of his most powerful work in an autobiographical collection which revolves around spirituality, youth, and finding oneself in the midst of life. Filled with longer poems, Prayers of My Youth is a unique and necessary collection, as Yousaf intertwines his history with those who've come before him in a journey of acceptance of what he has experienced.

©2020 Farhan Yousaf (P)2021 F.S. Yousaf

Narrator: Anthony Ilott
Author: F.S. Yousaf
Length: 49 mins
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The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion

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In this prize-winning poetry collection, we watch as the cartographer, used to assuming control over a place by mapping it, is gradually compelled to recognise a wholly different understanding of place as he tries to map his way to the rastaman’s eternal city of Zion. As the book unfolds, the cartographer learns that every place name comes freighted with history, and not every place that can be named can be found.

©2014 Kei Miller (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Narrator: Kei Miller
Author: Kei Miller
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Captive

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"I just want to get better and see the stars and believe in hope again." Captive, Madeline Dyer's first poetry collection, is based on the therapy writings she produced when she was experiencing psychosis and OCD due to autoimmune basal ganglia encephalitis, a rare type of brain inflammation caused by the immune system attacking the brain.  While her communication skills and cognitive abilities diminished due to the effects of the inflammation, she was able to share her thoughts and emotions via the written word, a process that gave her great comfort when she otherwise felt possessed. Captive provides listeners with a glimpse of her tormented mind during this dark time of loneliness, loss, and fear.  "Madeline Dyer's poetry collection Captive is an invitation to the reader to consider the cost of physical illness on the mind and spirit. The poems are a conversation between the speaker, the outer world, and her inner tormentor: sometimes beetle, sometimes monster, sometimes friend, of her mind. Dyer's speaker, who sees herself as one "among all the crying girls", speaks mantras in triplicate and escalating parallels, pausing over the heartbreak of good days, the desire to touch and be touched, and the agony of it all." (Sherre Vernon, author of The Name is Perilous and Green Ink Wings)  "Brutally honest and brilliant, this collection takes the reader through the experience of living with a crumbling mind. From the first unexplainable visions to the fight within and the constant struggle to be heard, Dyer's poetry is a cry out to the world suffused with raw emotion. A captivating and eye-opening experience." (S.E. Anderson, author of the Starstruck Saga)

©2020 Madeline Dyer (P)2021 Madeline Dyer

Narrator: Shelley Salter
Length: 53 mins
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Le Testament

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L'œuvre principale de François Villon. Digressions sur l'injustice, la fuite du temps, la mort, la sagesse... Villon n'a pas uniquement renouvelé la forme de la poésie de son époque mais aussi la façon de traiter les thèmes poétiques hérités de la culture médiévale qu'il anime de sa propre personnalité. Il prend ainsi à contre-pied l'idéal courtois, renverse les valeurs admises en célébrant les gueux promis au gibet. Rencontre entre deux rockers passionnés de la langue française, jongleurs de mots et conteurs d'histoires populaires.

©Domaine public (P)2016 Éditions Thélème

Narrator: Arthur H.
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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Inquire Within

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In this powerful and innovative book of poetry and wisdom, award-winning spoken-word poet, songwriter, and performer IN-Q inspires us to question everything we know and see around us and inside us, to discover what matters most. "Poetry celebrates vulnerability as a strength rather than a weakness. It is a timeless form of storytelling that inspires connection and allows the audience to feel less alone. Experiencing ourselves through another person’s story creates empathy. And empathy is what the world needs most right now." (IN-Q) Raised by a single mother in Los Angeles, Adam Schmalholz, known as IN-Q - In Question - discovered his love for poetry through hip-hop. At 19, he started performing at Da Poetry Lounge and helped build it into the largest open mic in the country. Since then, IN-Q has traveled the world capturing the hearts and minds of millions.  Inquire Within is an accessible, rhythmic, and transformative listening experience. In-Q’s poetry contemplates universal issues of love, loss, pain, forgiveness, and belief, and speaks to our complicated lives today, offering us a different way to think about ourselves and our world. Imaginative and highly visual, this beautifully designed work of art reflects IN-Q’s unique sensibility and includes inspirational call outs to challenge our hearts and minds. Profound in its simplicity, incandescent in its power, Inquire Within emotionally delivers with every minute.

©2020 In-Q (P)2020 HarperAudio

Narrator: In-Q
Author: In-Q
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
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To Laughter with Questions

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What is a comedian doing writing poetry? I often ask myself the same question. I suppose it's just something I can't help doing. In fact, I have always written. As a kid growing up in Chicago, I wrote stories for my own amusement. Later, when work as an actor was scarce, I wrote for Steve Allen. Along the way, I read and appreciated poetry, but never really tried my hand at writing it until late in my "other" career, teaching writing in USC's Master of Professional Writing program. From there, I continued to write on any subject that caught my fancy. At last, I had enough poems to put together to create this collection. In it you will find poems of all sorts, serious, not-so-serious, poems to teach and poems to amuse. Most of my poetry is free verse, although you will also find a few rhyming poems, one trying to teach iambic pentameter, and a few limericks. All of it, however, comes from my own experience. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. -Shelley Berman Shelly Berman is a Grammy Award and three-time gold record award-winning comedian, and an Emmy Award-nominated actor with hundreds of stage, film and television appearances to his credit. He has authored three books, two plays, several TV pilot scripts, and numerous poems, many of which are being presented for the first time in this collection. For over twenty years, Shelley taught humor writing in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, where he is now a Lecturer Emeritus. He lives in Bell Canyon, California with his wife, Sarah.

©2013 Shelley Berman (P)2013 BearManor Media

Narrator: Shelley Berman
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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My Heart of Love

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This book is full of loving poems that will take you and your loved one to a place of intimacy, appreciation, and peace. Light up your soul with messages of love, positivity, and trust. Become romantic with your partner by exploring the love poems in this book. Boost your relationship with intimate poems from the heart. Whether you are looking to experience love, seek to give love, or understand love through poetry.  This book will take you on a journey filled with love. Find peace in your heart by sharing an everlasting love experience through poems of love, care, and peace. Whether you are experiencing some challenges with your love life? This poetry book will help you share genuine love through a series of poems that took the author one year to write. Your desire for love, your curiosity to learn more about love, and experience life by feeling something in your heart for someone is real. Let this book stimulate your mind with loving poems coming from the heart of the author. The poems are real-life divine inspirations that the author experienced in his journey of living a life committed to love. Take a deep breath and let your imagination fly as you listen to the words in My Heart of Love.

©2021 Glory Tshokama (P)2021 Glory Tshokama

Narrator: Joey Clarkson
Length: 16 mins
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Healing with Psychedelics: Essays and Poems on Spirituality and Transformation

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Psychological injuries and trauma suffered during childhood are extremely common. They lead to all sorts of addictive behaviors as well as anxiety, depression, and debilitating and life-threatening physical maladies. In Healing with Psychedelics, Chris writes about how to recognize the often-hidden histories that caused us as children to create a false self and changed how we operate in this world. He then takes us on his personal healing journey, revealing the details of his own experience and describing the process of psychedelic-assisted sacred-medicine therapy. It is his hope that his example will encourage others to seek and realize profound transformation for themselves.  The essays are rich in first-hand accounts of Chris's spiritual experiences, meditation practices, and healing journey. The poems will sing to your heart and call to your unconscious.

©2020 Chris Becker (P)2020 Chris Becker

Narrator: Derek Botten
Author: Chris Becker
Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
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To My Mommy, with Love: Volume 1

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Because Mother's Day is not just once a year . . . It's a lifetime of love! Wollcott & Sheridan presents — To My Mommy, With Love, Volume 1 — A SonicGreeting Card and Lyrical Celebration in praise of our mothers and our love for them. Twenty one SonicMovies — stirring AuralPerformances enhanced with sound effects and musical scores — interwoven in a collaboration centuries in the making between some of the world's greatest musicians, poets and entertainers featuring: John Quincy Adams, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Mathilde Blind, Ada Cambridge, Emily Dickinson, Frances E. W. Harper, Felicia Dorothea Hemans, William Earnest Henley, Lucy Larcom, James E. McGirt, Alice Christiana Meynell, Lydia Jane Peirson, Fr. Abram J. Ryan, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary E. Tucker, "V" [Caroline Wigley Clive], William Ross Wallace, Nathaniel Parker Willis, & K. Anderson Yancy. This is an audio download version of the SonicGreting Card CD designed to be personalized and forwarded to the mothers in your life along with photos, gift cards, jewelry, . . . anything that will fit within its “Pocket Full of Memories”. “To My Mommy, With Love”, The SonicGreeting card CD is available for purchase on Amazon.com. To My Mommy with LoveTrack List: 1. PreludePerformer: Luke Paul Varella Zappardino 2. To Allison Cunningham from Her BoyBy: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Performers: Luke Paul Varella Zappardino, Nicholas William Zappardino & K. Anderson Yancy. 3. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World By: William Ross Wallace (1819-1881) Performers: Lissa Lia & K. Anderson Yancy 4. On My Mother's Birth-Day By: Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835) Performer: Lissa Lia 5. The Shepherdess By: Alice Christiana Meynell (1847-1922) Performer: K. Anderson Yancy 6. To A Little Invisible Being Who Is Expected Soon To Become Visible By: Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825) Performer: K. Anderson Yancy 7. From Reverie Interlude I 8. Motherhood By: Mathilde Blind (1841-1896) Performer: K. Anderson Yancy 9. The Baby’s Thoughts By: Lucy Larcom (1824-1893) Performer: Lissa Lia10. From An Old Doll By: Ada Cambridge (1844-1926) Performers: Luke Paul Varella Zappardino, Lissa Lia & K. Anderson Yancy11. From Reverie Interlude II12. A Harebell By: Lucy Larcom (1824-1893) Performer: Lissa Lia13. Lullaby Go To Sleep By: James E. McGirt (1874-1930) Performers: Lissa Lia & K. Anderson Yancy14. Sonnet To My Mother By: Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835) Performer: Lissa Lia15. My Mother's Voice By: Mary E. Tucker (1838-?) Performer: K. Anderson Yancy16. To My Mother p.121 By: William Earnest Henley (1849-1903) Performer: K. Anderson Yancy17. Frontispiece of An Album Filled With The Works of Art of Three Sisters for Their Mother By: "V" [Caroline Wigley Clive] (1801-1873) Performer: Lissa Lia18. From Reverie Interlude III19. Remembrance of Childhood By: Lydia Jane Peirson (1802-1862) Performers: Lissa Lia & K. Anderson Yancy20. Better Moments By: Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867) Performer: K. Anderson Yancy21. From To A Bereaved Mother [Second Version] By: John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) Performer: Lissa Lia22. My Mother's Kiss By: Frances E. W. Harper (1825-1911) Performer: K. Anderson Yancy23. From Reverie Interlude IV24. Mother Nature By: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Performer: Lissa Lia 25. From Reverie By: Fr. Abram J. Ryan (1838-1886) Performers: Luke Paul Varella Zappardino & K. Anderson Yancy26. A Mother Understands By: Anonymous Performer: Tatiana Lia Zappardino27. Denouement

©2000 K. Anderson Yancy (P)2000 K. Anderson Yancy

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Android Girl: And Other Sentient Speculations

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Android Girl is the perfect title for this collection of poetry. Like an android, this collection balances humanity and machine with an adequate dose of horror. Michael expresses himself in a variety of forms, utilizing both rhyme and free verse to offer wry warnings and submerged truths.

©2020 Three Ravens Publishing (P)2020 Three Ravens Publishing

Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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Where to Begin

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“Author and poet Cleo Wade will make your day with her inspiring and uplifting outlook on life” (People) and she returns with another moving collection of poems and mantras encouraging you to remain hopeful and harness your inner power and create change through self-care and social justice.  If you are ready to be a part of building a society rooted in love, acceptance, justice, and equality, Where to Begin is the ultimate inspirational guide. Building on the wisdom of Cleo Wade’s national best seller Heart Talk, this heartfelt collection will help you stay connected to hope during difficult moments and remind you that no matter what, you still have the power to show up and effect positive change. Remember, your big life is made up of a collection of all of your small moments. Our big world is a made up of a collection of all of our small actions. This book is about where to begin.

©2019 Cleo Wade (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Cleo Wade
Author: Cleo Wade
Length: 57 mins
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Wayward Dreams

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A Thousand Breaths I waited for perfection but it never came I waited for honor but received his brother shame I waited for belief but confusion reigned supreme I waited for clear vision but I couldn't find my dream So instead of waiting until I died a thousand deaths I pulled up my bootstraps and breathed a thousand breaths I took what I had and turned it into something to be proud of I turned my dream into art and my life into hope and love

©2019 Regina Dee Puckett (P)2020 Regina Dee Puckett

Length: 29 mins
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The Perfect Nine

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A dazzling, genre-defying novel in verse from the author Delia Owens says “tackles the absurdities, injustices, and corruption of a continent”  Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s novels and memoirs have received glowing praise from the likes of President Barack Obama, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, and NPR; he has been a finalist for the Man International Booker Prize and is annually tipped to win the Nobel Prize for Literature; and his books have sold tens of thousands of copies around the world. In his first attempt at the epic form, Ngugi tells the story of the founding of the Gikuyu people of Kenya, from a strongly feminist perspective. A verse narrative, blending folklore, mythology, adventure, and allegory, The Perfect Nine chronicles the efforts the Gikuyu founders make to find partners for their ten beautiful daughters - called “The Perfect Nine” - and the challenges they set for the 99 suitors who seek their hands in marriage. The epic has all the elements of adventure, with suspense, danger, humor, and sacrifice. Ngugi’s epic is a quest for the beautiful as an ideal of living, as the motive force behind migrations of African peoples. He notes, “The epic came to me one night as a revelation of ideals of quest, courage, perseverance, unity, family; and the sense of the divine, in human struggles with nature and nurture.”

©2020, 2018 Ngugi wa Thiong’o. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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Taste My Pen: Poetry

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In the name of our sacred pen, we incline our hat to all fans of poetry, and all youth who devote themselves to literature. Our ink advocates for freedom while questioning the true meaning of existence. We are an unexploited resource and cultivated citizens without a country who sing to eradicate exclusion, discrimination, and racism in society. Being conscious of our unique genre, we also believe we must share our verses with our peers and the world.  We learn from nature to write; we are inspired by our environment to describe and glean from other sources to be taught. As a poet who is passionate about arts, we have decided to publish our book titled, Taste My Pen. Our poetry is a symphony of love mixed with nostalgia, joy, and melancholy. Some of our poems portray us as a fragile lover, wavering, sometimes cheerful, sometimes sad. In addition to Haitian Creole and French, we also want to publish our texts in English so listeners can have a taste of our writing. We expose the philosophy of ITIAHaiti, the 501(c)(3) literary organization that we are the leader in a way to invite everyone aboard.  We also add our best instructive quotes and two poems that our sweethearts dedicate to us, in which they are very natural and romantic. Our book is a repertoire of music, patriotism, love, and eroticism. Please, stand together to promote youth, inclusion, and social cohesion.

©2020 Wilson Thelimo Louis (P)2020 ITIAHaiti

Narrator: Connor Curlewis
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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Our Numbered Days

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In 2013, Neil Hilborn's performance of his poem "OCD" went viral. To date, it has been watched over 100 million times. Our Numbered Days is Neil’s debut full-length poetry collection, containing 45 of Neil's poems including "OCD", "Joey", "Future Tense", "Liminality", "Moving Day", and many, many never-before-seen poems.

©2015 Neil Hilborn (P)2020 Button Publishing Inc

Narrator: Neil Hilborn
Author: Neil Hilborn
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Tales from Ovid

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From his remarkable debut The Hawk in the Rain (1957) to his death in 1998, Ted Hughes was a colossal presence in the English literary landscape. He was also admired as a performer of his own work. Tales from Ovid, Ted Hughes' masterful versions of stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses, includes those of Phaeton, Actaeon, Echo and Narcissus, Procne, Midas and Pyramus and Thisbe as well as many others. Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. The Hawk in the Rain was published by Faber and Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children, including Wolfwatching (1989). He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for both Tales from Ovid (1997) and Birthday Letters (1998). He was Poet Laureate from 1984, and in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of Merit.

©2016 Estate of Ted Hughes (P)1997 Faber Audio

Narrator: Ted Hughes
Author: Ted Hughes
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
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Finding Mother God

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Honoring the female part of the divine, from a refreshingly modern perspective. Call Her Goddess - call her God the Mother - call her the Feminine Principle - her children need her, and our world deeply suffers the pains of her absence. Through the warmth and the wit of poetry, this book is an invitation for all - women, men, of any religion or of no religion - to welcome her home and set a permanent place for her at the family table. Carol Lynn Pearson’s poetry is accessible, thoughtful, and thought-provoking - the perfect balance of wisdom, humility, and humor. Carol Lynn Pearson has been a professional writer, speaker, and performer for many years. In addition to her volumes of poetry, she is well known for such books as The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy and Goodbye, I Love You, her autobiography; Consider the Butterfly, which was a finalist in the inspiration/spiritual category of the 2002 Independent Publishers Book Awards; and a series of inspirational books that began with The Lesson.  Carol Lynn has been a guest on such programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning, America and has been featured in People magazine. She has a master of arts in theater, is the mother of four grown children, and lives in Walnut Creek, California. You can visit her at www.clpearson.com.

©2020 Gibbs Smith (P)2020 Gibbs Smith

Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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Capitale de la douleur

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Une sélection de vingt poèmes extraits du recueil de Paul Éluard, Capitale de la douleur, vingt poèmes parmi les plus évocateurs et les plus émouvants de cette anthologie, vingt poèmes exprimant la palette des sentiments amoureux de Paul Éluard à l'égard de sa femme Gala : de la joie d'aimer à des cris de désarroi. Des textes courts, rapides et saisissants qui donnent naissance à de merveilleux chants d'amour.

©1926 Éditions Gallimard (P)2007 Éditions Gallimard

Author: Paul Éluard
Length: 34 mins
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Les Fleurs du Mal

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L'édition définitive des Fleurs du Mal a été publiée en 1868, après la mort de Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867). Les premiers recueils furent mal accueillis par la critique. Seuls quelques-uns, dont son ami Barbey d'Aurevilly, défendent la poésie de Charles Baudelaire. Le 5 juillet 1857 parait un violent article du Figaro, qui tout à la fois assure une grande notoriété au poète et le conduit devant les tribunaux. En août 1857, Baudelaire est condamné pour "offense à la morale publique, la morale religieuse et aux bonnes mœurs". Il est condamné à 300 francs d'amende et à la suppression de six poèmes qui seront publiés à nouveau, en 1864, en Belgique. Ce recueil contient 43 poèmes des Fleurs du Mal dont 3 inédits.

©domaine public (P)2005 Éditions Voolume

Narrator: Astrid Defrance
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Caricreature [Caricature]

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Nell`arco di un anno mi sono impegnato a lavorare con caricature che hanno stimolato la mia immaginazione. Intendevo invertire il tradizionale processo di illustrazione dei testi. Ho lavorati sulle illustrazioni ogni giorno. Come la pittura d`azione, avrei potuto chiamarla ”letteratura in azione”, ma ciò avrebbe snaturato la natura del progetto, che era un work in progress, un`entità dinamica, un processo in evoluzione, una scrittura al volo, progressiva. Non ho mai avuto un piano predeterminato e la categorizzazione è stata successiva, ma le invocazioni ai quattro elementi classici hanno influenzato in modo sostanziale la struttura dell`opera.  L`obiettivo iniziale era quello di creare dei personaggi comici, ma avevano molto da dirmi. Sono stati i personaggi a sussurrarmi le parole. Hanno sempre avuto una vita propria e non sono più riuscito a padroneggiarli. Tutte le poesie, i racconti e i monologhi, in un certo senso, sono concatenati, mantengono una visione globale anche se a prima vista appaiono come lampi non collegati in uno spettacolo pirotecnico. Questo libro vuole essere una celebrazione dell`umorismo e dell`ironia, ma allo stesso tempo aspira ad essere un raro invito alla riflessione e alla stranezza. Please note: This audiobook is in Italian.

©2020 Diego Maenza (P)2020 Diego Maenza

Author: Diego Maenza
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
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Living in the Tall Grass

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In Living in the Tall Grass: Poems of Reconciliation, Chief Stacey Laforme gives a history of his people through stories and poetry to allow us to see through the eyes of indigenous people. In it, he hits hard on matters of residential schools, the environment, suicide among indigenous youth, domestic abuse, and so on, but also writes poems of love and hope. Chief Laforme’s universal message is, “We should not have to change to fit into society, the world should adapt to embrace our uniqueness.”

©2018 R. Stacey Laforme (P)2018 Durvile Publications Ltd

Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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Just Being Here

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"What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a human being." Those were the words of the Persian mystic poet Rumi upon meeting the wild dervish Shams Tabriz. And out of their friendship bloomed many of Jelaluddin Rumi's most inspired verses. In Just Being Here, the acclaimed poet Coleman Barks joins master cellist David Darling in a celebration of friendship - some of Rumi's most memorable poems on the subject and five of Coleman's own - illuminated within the interplay of Coleman's inspired readings and David's music. Listen in and let them widen and deepen your senses, like a fresh breeze that invites you to breathe freely and surrender to love in all of its changing guises.

©2011 Coleman Barks and David Darling (P)2011 Coleman Barks and David Darling

Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
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Last Sext

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In her electric fourth collection, Melissa Broder penetrates the itch of existence and explores numberless deaths: the annihilation of self, the bereavement of love, the destruction of fantasy, the transmutation, even, of our ideas of dying. One of the New Yorker's Books We Loved in 2016 What emerges is an infinite series of false endings - each a trap door containing the possibility for alchemy, rebirth, and renewal. Part elegy, part confessional, part battle cry, Last Sext confronts both eternal longing and the mystery of mortality, with language hot, primal, and dark, as Broder's fans have come to love.

©2016 Tin House (P)2017 Talking Book

Narrator: Melissa Broder
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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From a Whisper

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A book of poetry in various styles some dealing with planetary issues including animals, some love poems, some about places visited, and some about the general countryside.

©2014 Mark Wells (P)2014 Mark Wells

Author: Mark Wells
Length: 39 mins
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Untrammeled Love: Trusting Love and Expelling Lust

Summary

Untrammeled Love is more than a collection of poems and prose speaking of love. It is a treasure map taking the listener to the rainbow unmasking the pot of gold revealing what it means to be "In-Love". This audio will bring forth feelings, revive dreams, and scrape the scales from the trammeled vision blocking what should be your true reality.

©2018 Vincent Green (P)2019 Vincent Green

Narrator: Natalie Bamford
Author: Vinny Green
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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The Battle Upstairs

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New York Times best-selling author Maci Bookout shares a bold and authentic collection of poems exploring her inner life as a young mother, wife, and woman. In this eclectic collection of free verse, Maci Bookout lays bare the pain of past heartbreak, while revealing the strength of womanhood and the power to be found in the truth. Taking cues from the style of Rupi Kaur and Charly Cox, Maci’s poetry tells a picturesque tale that weaves through her life thus far, from the emotional collapse of past relationships to the serenity and fortitude she found within herself.

©2020 Maci Bookout (P)2020 Post Hill Press

Narrator: Maci Bookout
Author: Maci Bookout
Length: 25 mins
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Motion in Poetry: A Collection of 20 Traditional Poems That Are Funny, Obscure and Sad

Summary

Motion in Poetry is a collection of 20 traditional poems that are uplifting, funny, obscure, and sad.

©2020 RJ Saxon (P)2020 RJ Saxon

Narrator: Bernard Faricy
Author: RJ Saxon
Length: 29 mins
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On the Way Out, Turn Off the Light

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A bountiful group of poems - direct, honest, and revelatory - that reflect on language, nature, old age, young love, Judaism, and our current politics, from one of our most read and admired poets. "Words are my business", Marge Piercy begins her 20th collection of poetry, a glance back at a lifetime of learning, loving, grieving, and fighting for the disenfranchised, and a look forward at what the future holds for herself, her family and friends, and her embattled country. In the opening section, Piercy tells of her childhood in Detroit, with its vacant lots and scrappy children, the bike that gave her wings, her ambition at 14 to "gobble" down all knowledge, and a too-early marriage ("I put on my first marriage / like a girdle my skinny body / didn't need"). We then leap into the present, her "twilight zone", where she is "learning to be quiet", learning to give praise despite it all. There are funny poems about medicine ads with their dire warnings, and some possible plusses about being dead: "I'll never do another load of laundry...." There is "comfort in old bodies / coming together" in a partner's warmth - "You're always warm: warm hands / smooth back sleek as a Burmese cat./ Sunny weather outside and in." Piercy has long been known for her political poems, and here we have her thoughts on illegal immigrants, dying languages, fraught landscapes, abortion, president-speak. She examines her nonbeliever's need for religious holidays and spiritual depth, and the natural world is appreciated throughout. On the Way Out, Turn Off the Light is yet more proof of Piercy's love and mastery of language - it is moving, stimulating, funny, and full of the stuff of life.

©2020 Marge Piercy (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Marge Piercy
Author: Marge Piercy
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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Smoke & Mirrors

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Smoke & Mirrors is the third book from internationally best-selling poet Michael Faudet, author of Bitter Sweet Love and Dirty Pretty Things - both finalists in the 2016 and 2015 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards. Michael Faudet's latest book takes the listener on an emotionally charged journey, exploring the joys of falling madly in love and the melancholy world of the brokenhearted. Beautifully captured in poetry, prose, and short stories, Faudet's whimsical and sometimes erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of thousands from around the world.

©2017 Michael Faudet (P)2019 Random House Audio

Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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Te rejoindre

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"De tout ce que j'ai écrit, les textes qui figurent dans ce livre audio me sont les plus chers. Ils ont trait à ma mère inconnue. Je les ai écrits pour lui parler, pour lui dire ma tendresse, tenter de la faire revivre quelque peu, elle qui n'a pas eu la vie qu'elle méritait. Je sais maintenant que je lui dois mon besoin d'écrire. J'aimerais que, portés par ma voix, ces pages et ces poèmes la tirent de la tombe, la fassent apparaître, lui procurent des amis qui prolongeront sa mémoire." "Tu n'aurais osé le reconnaître, mais à maintes reprises, il est certain que l'immense et l'amour ont déferlé sur tes terres. Puis comme un coup qui t'aurait brisé la nuque, ce brutal retour au quotidien, à la solitude, à la nuit qui n'en finissait pas. Effondrée, hagarde. Incapable de reprendre pied. Te ressusciter. Te recréer. Te dire au fil des ans et des hivers avec cette lumière qui te portait, mais qui un jour, pour ton malheur et le mien, s'est déchirée." (Charles Juliet, Lambeaux, P.O.L., 1995) Charles Juliet a choisi des poèmes et des textes extraits de Lambeaux (P.O.L., 1995), Moisson (P.O.L. 2012) et Te rejoindre (Atelier des Grames, 2014).

©2016 Éditions P.O.L / Éditions des Grames (P)2016 Éditions des femmes

Narrator: Charles Juliet
Length: 48 mins
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The Type

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Sarah Kay's powerful spoken word poetry performances have gone viral, with more than 10 million online views and thousands more in global live audiences. In her second single-poem volume, Kay takes listeners along a lyrical road toward empowerment, exploring the promise and complicated reality of being a woman. During her spoken word poetry performances, audiences around the world have responded strongly to Sarah Kay's poem The Type. As Kay wrote in The Huffington Post, "Much media attention has been paid to what it means to 'be a woman', but often the conversation focuses on what it means to be a woman in relation to others. I believe these relationships are important. I also think it is possible to define ourselves solely as individuals.... We have the power to define ourselves: by telling our own stories, in our own words, with our own voices."

©2016 Sarah Kay (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Sarah Kay
Author: Sarah Kay
Length: 6 mins
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Winter of Summers

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Winter of Summers is the fourth book of internationally best-selling poet Michael Faudet, author of Smoke & Mirrors, Bitter Sweet Love, and Dirty Pretty Things - a finalist in the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards. His whimsical and sometimes erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of people from around the world. Michael Faudet's latest book explores the fine line between love and loss, the fragility of relationships, self-empowerment, and social commentary. Every piece taking the listener to a world of conflicting emotions, where nothing is what it seems and beautiful dreams come to life. All exquisitely captured in a thought-provoking collection of poetry, prose, and short stories.

©2018 Michael Faudet (P)2019 Random House Audio

Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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Poetic Remedies for Troubled Times

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Baba Yaga offers more off-kilter remedies for the modern dilemmas of an unstable age using her uncanny style, poetic simplicity, and surprising candor. In this follow-up to Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles, award-winning writer Taisia Kitaiskaia once again embodies the legendary witch of Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga, to provide life advice to the questioning and the hurting. Answering real questions from readers, Baba Yaga provides responses in the form of short poems that are lyrical, surreal, sometimes funny, and always honest.  During these difficult days, Poetic Remedies for Troubled Times provides literary self-help for listeners who appreciate Baba Yaga's strange, surprising style, and striking honesty.

©2020 Taisia Kitaiskaia (P)2020 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Zura Johnson
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
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You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense

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Charles Bukowski examines cats and his childhood in You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense, a book of poetry that reveals his tender side. He delves into his youth to analyze its repercussions. "You're a bum, he told me/ and you'll always be a bum...and it's too bad he's been dead/ so long/ for now he can't see/ how beautifully I've succeeded/ at/ that."  True to his words, this prolific poet loves to play the oversexed bum, continually lashing out at other writers, the rich, and anyone who fails to appreciate his brilliance. This collection takes a new turn, though, as Bukowski, now in his 60s, looks back on some tender memories of youth. Other redeeming features include a self-mocking humor and a love for cats. For fans of larger collections and those whose audiences are not easily offended by four-letter words.

©1986 Charles Bukowski (P)2020 Charles LLC

Narrator: Claire Natale
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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Sea of Strangers

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Set sail for a grand adventure narrated by best-selling poet Lang Leav This completely original collection of poetry and prose captures the imagination and is a delight for both Lang Leav's avid fans and anyone encountering her writing for the first time. With every moment, Sea of Strangers invites you to go beyond love and loss to explore themes of self-discovery and empowerment as you navigate your way around the human heart.

©2018 Lang Leav (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Lang Leav
Author: Lang Leav
Length: 58 mins
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B

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A whimsical love letter, a shared promise, a thank you note, and a whispered secret to mothers and daughters everywhere. The perfect gift, B celebrates the bond that exists between a parent and a child. Short and touching, it is a family tradition waiting to begin.

©2015 Sarah Kay (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Sarah Kay
Author: Sarah Kay
Length: 8 mins
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A Fortune for Your Disaster

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In his much-anticipated follow-up to The Crown Ain't Worth Much, poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew.  It's a book about a mother's death, and admitting that Michael Jordan pushed off, about forgiveness, and how none of the author's black friends wanted to listen to "Don't Stop Believin'". It's about wrestling with histories, personal and shared. Abdurraqib uses touchstones from the world outside - from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla to his neighbor's dogs - to create a mirror, inside of which every angle presents a new possibility.

©2019 Hanif Abdurraqib (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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Beowulf

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Beowulf has been translated before, but not like this. In this faithful, but hardly wooden translation, Douglas Wilson gives listeners a taste of the heavy alliteration of Anglo-Saxon poetry. Lewis said Anglo-Saxon poetry was like "blows from a hammer" or "the repeated thunder of breakers on the beach." This recording should delight anyone who loves the sounds of words for their own sake. The essays found in the book are not included in this recording.

©2013 Canon Press (P)2016 Canon Press

Narrator: Douglas Wilson
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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Poetry

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Poetry, arguably, has a greater range of conceptual meaning than perhaps any other term in English. At the most basic level everyone can recognize it - it is a kind of literature that uses special linguistic devices of organization and expression for aesthetic effect.  However, far grander claims have been made for poetry than this - such as Shelley's that the poets "are the unacknowledged legislators of the world," and that poetry is "a higher truth." In this Very Short Introduction, Bernard O'Donoghue provides a fascinating look at the many different forms of writing which have been called "poetry" - from the Greeks to the present day. As well as questioning what poetry is, he asks what poetry is for, and considers contemporary debates on its value. Is there a universality to poetry? And does it have a duty of public utility and responsibility?

©2019 Bernard O'Donoghue (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Clark
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
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Rumi-Nations on Desire

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This is a celebration of falling in love and partaking of the wine of the beloved. It is both a meditation on the Song of Solomon, the Song of Songs, and a celebration - a rumination on the love of the ancient Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi for the divine in ways that bridge divides between faiths as the realization of the desire of nations.

©2016 Edward A. Vinson (P)2020 Edward A. Vinson

Narrator: Tom Bauer
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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The Poetry Pharmacy

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Poetry Pharmacy written and read by William Sieghart.    As heard on BBC Radio 4, the essential prescriptions from William Sieghart's poetic dispensary. Sometimes only a poem will do. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice offer comfort, delight and inspiration for all, a space for reflection and that precious realisation - I'm not the only one who feels like this.   In the years since he first had the idea of prescribing short, powerful poems for all manner of spiritual ailments, William Sieghart has taken his Poetry Pharmacy around the length and breadth of Britain, into the pages of the Guardian, onto BBC Radio 4 and onto the television, honing his prescriptions all the time. This audiobook presents the most essential poems in his dispensary: those which, again and again, have really shown themselves to work.  Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness or even an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain. 

©2018 William Sieghart (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
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Rise Unstoppable

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Rise Unstoppable is an uplifting poetry collection about self-love that amplifies the beauty and intrinsic power of women and girls.  From self-care affirmations to the celebration of accomplishment, this book takes you on the path of self-awareness, acknowledgment of one’s needs, and allows you to step into your courage to transform into an unstoppable force. Among the themes are self-created barriers, personal trauma, unhealthy relationships, workplace challenges, and the social and racial injustices that many of us face. Rise Unstoppable is organized by the following chapters: self-care, transform, amplify, rise, and unstoppable. Each section offers comfort, encouragement, and perspective on life experiences.

©2020 Michelle G. Stradford (P)2020 Michelle G. Stradford

Narrator: Milan Dancy
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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The Collected Best of Robert Service

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This new audiobook features a collection of Service's very best and most beloved verses from his time living in and writing about the Klondike. A rover in his youth, Robert Service ended up settling down as a banker in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in the early part of the century. There, he wrote and recited the crowd-favorite ballads such as "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee", eventually releasing a volume of his work entitled Songs of a Sourdough. He would later transfer with the bank to Dawson City, where he quickly realized his poems had become a great success. He retired from the bank and moved into a two-room cabin on Eighth Avenue, where he committed to writing full-time and produced a novel and two additional volumes of verse about life in the Klondike.    He said good-bye to his little cabin in Dawson in 1912, and though he was never able to return, he kept the Yukon very dear to his heart. He continued to write about the First World War, life in Paris, and his time in the Yukon up until his death in 1958 at the age of 84.  The cabin still stands in its original location in Dawson City. It is open to visitors in the summer months, where recitations of his work have occurred regularly on the front lawn since 1917. Verses included in this audiobook: "The Spell of the Yukon" "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" "The Cremation of Sam McGee" "The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill" "The Men That Don't Fit In" "The Trail of 98" "The Call of the Wild" "The Rhyme of the Remittance Man" "At Thirty-Five" "The Ballad of Hard-Luck Henry" "I'm Scared of It All" "A Rolling Stone" "The Law of the Yukon" "The Song of the Mouth-Organ" "The Prospector" "Bill the Bomber" "The Song of the Wage-Slave" "Goodbye Little Cabin"

Public Domain (P)2020 Jonathan Ostrander

Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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Essex Clay

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Andrew Motion's prose memoir, In the Blood (2006), was widely acclaimed, praised as 'an act of magical retrieval' (Daily Telegraph) and 'a hymn to familial love' (Independent). Now, 12 years later and three years after moving to live and work in the United States, Motion looks back once more to re-create a stunning biographical sequel - but this time in verse.  Essex Clay rekindles, expands and gives a tragic resonance to subjects that have haunted the poet throughout his writing life. In the first part, he tells the story of his mother's riding accident, long unconsciousness and slow death; in the second, he remembers the end of his father's life; and in the third, he describes an encounter that deepens the poem's tangled themes of loss and memory and retrieval.  Although the prevailing mood of the poem has a Tennysonian sweep and melancholy, its wealth of physical details and its narrative momentum make it as compelling as a fast-paced novel: a settling of accounts which admits that final resolutions are impossible.   This includes an introduction written exclusively for Audible by Andrew Motion, and a selection of additional poems only collected in this audio edition.   

©2018 Andrew Motion (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Andrew Motion
Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
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Purpose in Poetry

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A collection of poetry by Kieran Marsden.

©2019 Kieran Marsden (P)2020 Kieran Marsden

Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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Written in Stone

Summary

Eugenia Fain presents a collection of poems.

©2021 Eugenia Fain (P)2021 Eugenia Fain

Narrator: Becky Parker
Author: Eugenia Fain
Length: 20 mins
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Cadastre

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"Sur un arc de cercle dans les mouvements publics des rivages la flamme est seule et splendide dans son jugement intègre." Ce volume est constitué de la version définitive de Soleil cou Coupé et de Corps perdu, réunis sous le titre général de Cadastre.

©1961 Éditions du Seuil (P)2011 Éditions Thélème

Narrator: Jacques Martial
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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On ne part pas on ne revient pas

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Ce texte enregistré en lecture publique le 24 novembre 1991, au théâtre de La Métaphore à Lille, est paru dans la Bibliothèque des voix, dans une lecture à trois voix de Nicole Garcia, Christèle Wurmser et Daniel Mesguich. "Le goût du mot assassin dur et doux dans la bouche, il faut pouvoir le dire, le goûter On pourrait le sertir, le monter comme une pierre À l'anneau de la main, Comment en est-on venu à le traiter Comme un mot étranger ? L'assassin L’accessoire essentiel du théâtre, l'as de nos tragédies Pourrais-tu m'expliquer ce tour de passe-passe Au théâtre, l'être humain est un assassin En réalité l'assassin s'appelle être humain Je me demande pourquoi nous appelons théâtre le théâtre seulement, mais pas la vie Et saurais-tu me dire pourquoi nous craignons tant de voir ce que nous ne craignons pas de faire Le crime commence au petit déjeuner Entre les tartines les poignards, le soir Nous étouffons le meilleur de nous Sous un oreiller, je ne sais pas combien d'enfants." H. C.

©2018 Éditions des Femmes (P)2018 Éditions des Femmes

Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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The Mirror of My Heart

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An anthology of verse by women poets writing in Persian, most of whom have never been translated into English before, from acclaimed scholar and translator Dick Davis. The Mirror of My Heart is a unique and captivating collection of 83 Persian women poets, many of whom wrote anonymously or were punished for their outspokenness. One of the very first Persian poets was a woman (Rabe'eh, who lived more than 1,000 years ago), and there have been women poets writing in Persian in virtually every generation since that time until the present. Before the 20th century, they tended to come from society's social extremes - many were princesses, some were entertainers, but many were wives and daughters who wrote simply for their own entertainment, and they were active in many different countries - Iran, India, Afghanistan, and areas of Central Asia that are now Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. From Rabe'eh in the 10th century to Fatemeh Ekhtesari in the 21st, the women poets found in The Mirror of My Heart write across the millennium on such universal topics as marriage, children, political climate, death, and emancipation, recreating life from hundreds of years ago that is strikingly similar to our own today and giving insight into their experiences as women throughout different points of Persian history. The volume is introduced and translated by Dick Davis, a scholar and translator of Persian literature as well as a gifted poet in his own right. This audiobook includes a PDF that contains notes from the book. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Dick Davis (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Whale Day

Summary

A new collection from Billy Collins, former US poet laureate and “America’s favorite poet” (The Wall Street Journal). Billy Collins’ new collection brings together more than 50 poems and showcases his deft mixing of the playful and the serious that has made him one of our country’s most celebrated and widely known poets. Here are poems that leap with whimsy and imagination, yet stay grounded in the familiar, common things of everyday experience.  Collins takes us for a walk with an impossibly ancient dog, discovers the original way to eat a banana, meets an Irish spider, and even invites us to his own funeral. Sensitive to the wonders of being alive as well as the thrill of mortality, Whale Day builds on and amplifies Collins’ reputation as one of America’s most interesting and durable poets. 

©2020 Billy Collins (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Billy Collins
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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Seriously?: 102 Poems from an Agitated State

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All of the poems in this book are great examples of what not to say. This collection of poetry is a reflection of unfiltered thoughts about people, life's circumstances, and relationships, on a bad day. This book is refreshingly boldly honest, hilarious and a bit troubling. Remy mocks self absorbed people in, "Pride Monster, Do What You Have To Do, Get Out Of My Seat, I'm Your Frienemy." This book is not for those who deny ever having a bad day or toxic people in your life. This is revenge poetry at it's best!

©2011 Remy Rise (P)2015 Remy Rise

Narrator: Barbara Colvin
Author: Remy Rise
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Aimless Love

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DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE: Includes five additional poems only available on the digital download. "Billy Collins puts the 'fun' back in 'profundity.' " --Alice Fulton From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in 12 years. Aimless Love combines new poems with selections from four previous books - Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins's unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard with every word, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience. His work is featured in top literary magazines such as The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out reading venues all across the country. Appearing regularly in The Best American Poetry series, his poems appeal to readers and live audiences far and wide and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins's poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder. In the poet's own words, he hopes that his poems "begin in Kansas and end in Oz." Touching on the themes of love, loss, joy, and poetry itself, these poems showcase the best work of this "poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace" (The New Yorker).

©2013 Billy Collins (P)2013 Random House

Narrator: Billy Collins
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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Bone

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“yrsa daley-ward’s bone is a symphony of breaking and mending...she lays her hands on the pulse of the thing...an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind.” (nayyirah waheed, author of salt.) From the celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, a poignant collection of poems about the heart, life, and the inner self.   Foreword by Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir Bone. Visceral. Close to. Stark.  The poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward’s collection bone are exactly that: reflections on a particular life honed to their essence - so clear and pared-down, they become universal.  From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society’s expectations with the raw experience of being a woman in the world; from detailing the experiences of growing up as a first generation black British woman, to working through situations of dependence and abuse; from finding solace in the echoing caverns of depression and loss, to exploring the vulnerability and redemption in falling in love, each of the raw and immediate poems in Daley-Ward’s bone resonates to the core of what it means to be human.  "You will come away bruised. You will come away bruised but this will give you poetry."

©2017 Yrsa Daley-Ward (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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Bitter Sweet Love, Volume 2

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Bitter Sweet Love is the much-anticipated second collection of internationally best-selling poet Michael Faudet, author of Dirty Pretty Things, a finalist in the 2015 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards. Michael Faudet's whimsical and often erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of people from around the world. He paints vivid pictures with intricate words and explores the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships, and sex. All beautifully captured in poetry, prose, quotes, and little short stories.

©2016 Michael Faudet (P)2019 Random House Audio

Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
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Carnival of the Animals

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This star-studded rendition of Ogden Nash's humorous verses backed by a full-orchestra performance of Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals will surely delight adults and children of all ages. Performed by Ted Danson, Audrey Hepburn, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Arte Johnson, Walter Matthau, Dudley Moore, Deborah Raffin, Lynn Redgrave, Joan Rivers, William Shatner, Jaclyn Smith, Lily Tomlin, and Betty White. Music performed by Mona Golabek and Renee Golabek. Conducted by Lalo Schifrin.

Public Domain (P)1993, 2017 Dove Audio / Phoenix Books

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Daydreams Alongside Surf

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Daydreams Alongside Surf: Cinquain Magic, brings us short poetry in the cinquain and butterfly cinquain form. Whether sitting alongside a soughing sea, or by a crackling fire in a winter snow storm; whether enjoying a spring moment in the morning sun on the deck, or sensing autumn and falling leaves from an urban balcony, cinquain brings us such magic. Jim Ross has given us the magic before, in his books, Scattered Reflections and A Plea to a Wine Cork. He now works his wizardry in this powerful, popular form.

©2016 James L Ross (P)2016 James L Ross

Narrator: Terry Bamberger
Author: Jim Ross
Length: 9 mins
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Best Book of Short Poems

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Best Book of Short Poems is full of love poems, poems dedicated to Marie, a symbolic name for my muse, and other relevant poems relating to things like climate change, everyday life, along with kernels of wisdom and metaphor that are all wrapped up in these poems. If you just love listening to eloquent and extremely interesting poems that are fun to listen to and easy to understand, then Best Book of Short Poems is just the right thing.

©2019 Steven Yessick (P)2020 Steven Yessick

Narrator: Maurice Collins
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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Postcolonial Love Poem

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Postcolonial Love Poem, the brilliant second collection from Natalie Diaz, holds in its poems the urgent appeal for all bodies ? bodies of lovers, family, enemies, as well as of language and rivers and land ? to be held dearly.  In her lyrical landscape, Diaz tenderly prods the wounds inflicted by America onto its Indigenous peoples. When she states, “Let me call my anxiety, desire, then. / Let me call it, a garden,” Diaz allows for the sensation of pleasure to be found in pain; in asserting the autonomy found within desire, the poet simultaneously enables the bodies of Indigenous, Latinx, black, and brown women to be both political and euphoric; and by forcing language to its limits, place is imbued with joy and grief, sensuality and destruction. In this collection, Natalie Diaz opens up and confronts the conditions from which she writes, embracing bodies like hers and those she loves which have been diminished and erased. As Postcolonial Love Poem offers a picture of an America built on hope and the agency of our future choices, it is love Natalie Diaz offers most tenderly in her hands.

©2020 Natalie Diaz (P)2020 McClelland & Stewart

Narrator: Natalie Diaz
Author: Natalie Diaz
Length: Not yet known
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Genius

Summary

gen-ius (noun) The attending or controlling spirit of a place or institution; in ancient belief, either of two mutually opposed spirits, one good and the other evil, supposed to attend a person throughout his life.

©2000 Gene Geter (P)2019 Gene Geter

Narrator: Brad Freeman
Author: Gene Geter
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Mirrors of Fallen Stones

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Mirrors of Fallen Stones: Poetry, Book 5 is a part of Vanessa Chattman's poetry series. This book is the fifth volume of the poetry series. Mirrors of Fallen Stones: Poetry, Book 5 briefly describes the extent of Vanessa Chattman's creative poetic story, telling in the form of fiction. Very few facts are mentioned, but dates and locations are all fiction.

©2014 Vanessa M. Chattman (P)2014 Vanessa M. Chattman

Narrator: Mark Stahr
Length: 13 mins
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La vida entre mis dedos [Life Between My Fingers]

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Para: La persona indicada. De: Aquel que llaman destino. PD: No es casualidad, si adquieres este audiolibro es por alguna razón, de alguna manera debía llegar a ti como una pista que te manda el destino a través de mí. Emociones transmitidas a través de letras. ¡Letras que vienen y van! El amor como fue de inspiración y el alma en su máxima expresión. La vida y sus transiciones, el maravilloso mundo de los sueños y la importancia de observar en lo invisible. La tristeza compuesta por el dolor que conlleva un cambio y sobre todo, el proceso interior del ser humano. La vida entre mis dedos es escarbar en lo más profundo del ser. Un audiolibro que te hará sentir mientras exploras dentro de ti. Una obra que tocará tus emociones mientras despiertas ante la vida. La vida de un ser humano que comprendió que el alma perdurará más allá de nuestro recorrido por este lugar. Te entrego mi equivocación y mi aprendizaje esperando poder rozarte a pesar de la distancia. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2015 Nacarid Portal (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Lupita Sanchez
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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Catching Life by the Throat

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Here is an audiobook of the hugely successful Josephine Hart Poetry Hours at the British Library. Actors such as Roger Moore and Juliet Stevenson read poetry from Auden to Eliot and from Larkin to Plath.

©2006 Joesphine Hart (P)2006 Hachette Audio and British Library

Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
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Counting Descent

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Clint Smith's debut poetry collection, Counting Descent, is a coming of age story that seeks to complicate our conception of lineage and tradition. Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates black humanity while living in a world that often renders blackness a caricature of fear. His poems move fluidly across personal and political histories, all the while reflecting on the social construction of our lived experiences. Smith brings the listener on a powerful journey forcing us to reflect on all that we learn growing up, and all that we seek to unlearn moving forward.

©2016 Write Bloody Publishing (P)2019 Write Bloody Publishing

Narrator: Clint Smith
Author: Clint Smith
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Citations sur l'amour

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Citations sur l'amour : les plus grands mots sur l'amour à déguster sans modération.

© WORDIZ 2010

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Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected

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Although she is most famous for her bestselling fiction, Erica Jong started her publishing career as a poet and has an international reputation for her verse. Becoming Light includes early poems previously uncollected in book form, selections from her previous books and many new poems. Erica Jong's poetry exhibits her rare gifts for inventiveness, wit, vigor, honesty and accessibility. Critics have generously praised Jong's unique poetic voice.

©1992 Erica Jong (P)2009 Phoenix

Narrator: Erica Jong
Author: Erica Jong
Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
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The Cremation of Sam McGee

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Cap the narrator makes a deal with his pal Sam McGee that he will cremate him when he dies. Now the problem is where to do this deed in the frozen Yukon.  Award-winning audiobook narrator and producer Mike Vendetti reads Robert Service's humorous poem.

Public Domain (P)2020 Mike Vendetti

Narrator: Mike Vendetti
Length: 6 mins
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Godism

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This collection of poems teaches that God should be the center of worship of believers in God. The poems deal with friendship with and love of God, as well as religious matters such as living a simple life. They are rhyming yet educational and are suited to all ages. The listener is not required to have much of an understanding of Islam as belief in God is universal and mostly well understood. Some poems are more religiously heavy than others, and some can be thought of as not necessarily religious.  Here is an excerpt of one of the lighter poems: “You must love love, For the love of love you love, And love loves you, So do its lovers love you, For love always loves its lover, And love does not love Except a lover, For you love this that you love it all, In love with love no love you waste at all,” Here is one of the heavier poems: I am a seeker of truth, and I know not everything, so I am knowledgeable. I am knowledgeable, so I put ethics above knowledge. I am ethical, so I put faith in God above ethics. I am faithful to God, so I put God above everything."

©2020 Hamish Dean (P)2020 Hamish Dean

Narrator: Denis Campbell
Author: Hamish Dean
Length: 40 mins
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Islamic Poetry - Volume 1 - The Mystics

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Islam is one of the world’s great religions and over the centuries one of its strongest voices. For peace. For tolerance. For the realisation that we are all in this world together. Whatever our individual beliefs much of its teachings are wise words for us all. As Islam moved from its Arabian heartland to a wider geographic area, its core message remained albeit adapted to different lands, to different ears. Poets were ever eager to provide an alternate way of delivering the ‘message’ in beautiful verse. Their simplicity was embracing, their ornateness a humble offering to greater forces. The poems here are both profound and wide-ranging.  They give verse to thoughts that still preoccupy mankind as central to their message of love and humility. Civilisations may come and go, rise and fade, but culture and its arts linger on in oral histories and the written word. The contribution of these Mystic or Sufi poets comes in many forms.   They view the world in ways that give us pause to reconsider our own. Obviously, translations come in many shades and hues, and even if the translator colours the original meaning of the poem, the essential truths remain. In this volume we have gathered many of the most celebrated of these ancient and classical verses by poets of the caliber and brilliance of Rumi, Kabir, Hafiz and many others. Their wise words illuminate much of what we search for.

©2019 Deadtree Publishing (P)2019 Copyright Group

Author: Rumi, Hafiz, Kabir
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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Looking Back from Tomorrow

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Looking Back from Tomorrow is a compilation of material from one of Thomas Weston's notebooks. It contains poems and observations written in the author's trademark style of sarcasm and biting wit.

©2011 Thomas Weston (P)2015 Thomas Weston

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Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Repeating Moments

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Repeating Moments is a collection of poems by a young woman who struggles everyday with depression, feeling insignificant, and finding reasons to smile at herself in the mirror. Through these poems, she continues her quest to find light in the darkest moments. As pitch black as the journey has been, she’s almost there. She can feel it. Listen if happiness is a commodity your country has to import, or if you, like the author, are looking for the recipe in a lost library.

©2020 Grace Saiz (P)2020 Grace Saiz

Narrator: Jordan Scherer
Author: G.C. Saiz
Length: 53 mins
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Dearly

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National Best Seller The collection of a lifetime from the best-selling novelist and poet. By turns moving, playful and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in transition, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens, and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment. Before she became one of the world's most important and loved novelists, Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. It brings together many of her most recognizable and celebrated themes, but distilled - from minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend. It is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term admirers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy, and humour.

©2020 Margaret Atwood (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

Narrator: Margaret Atwood
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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La Divina Commedia [The Divine Comedy]

Summary

Le tre cantiche inì un unico audiolibro, precedute da riassunti e seguiti da note storiche esplicative del testo. Please note: This audiobook is in Italian.

Public Domain (P)2010 Gli Ascoltalibri

Narrator: Silvia Cecchini
Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
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When Love Rises

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Poetry about life that celebrates love, offers comfort in heartbreak, and inspiration to heal, move forward, and try love again. In this emotional thriller of contemporary prose and poetic reflections, you will discover the many sides to love, from unrestrained joy of the first flutter of a new romance, to the pain of heartbreak, and the journey to healing and finding the inspiration to try at love again. It is organized into three sections - The Love, In the Dark, and The Light - to help you connect immediately to the emotion you are experiencing. With poems as short as the four lines of "Sparks", to longer and more thought-provoking verse such as "Wasted", there is something for everyone to connect to as their own. And whether you are picking it up in a snatched moment during a busy day or settling down for an evening with a relaxing glass of wine, When Love Rises offers something that will touch the soul of any listener.

©2019 Michelle G. Stradford (P)2019 Michelle G. Stradford

Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Freestyle Poetry

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Definite meanings and complex messages inherent to each freely written poem undoubtedly vary significantly according to distinct listeners within their own individualized contexts. Abstract meanings may stem from the inherent nature of particular word placements. It is a freestyle abstraction which contributes significantly to the exploration of the variety of observable meanings and subjective interpretations that might arise throughout these works. A basic sense of structure is created with this writing approach that strives for a basic overall coherence, while also relying on a spontaneous writing style that encourages complexity. Each poem is rooted in a pattern of thought which itself is connected to a larger meaning which has not yet been fully defined. Generally speaking, the words begin to form cohesive dialects that immediately become interpretable responses to the patterns of thought that were involved in their creation. In other words, nothing herein is entirely concrete. Listeners’ experiences create highly individualized interpretations of a writing style which is abstract in nature at times, yet remains fully within the realm of comprehension.These are real free verse poems, created in the moment using only enough editing to prevent unwanted misspellings and unnecessary punctuation errors. The rest of it is left in its purest, most natural, and holiest state. It is a poetry rooted in innocence, and drawn from that place inside of all of us where true inspiration can only be found at certain times. These words will always remain where they were originally placed. Staying true to the moment involves respecting the significance of the experience of a deeper connection to a more meaningful and otherworldly realm from which the almost supernatural ability required to write these freestyle poems is derived. These writings speak to a place of unity that exists among all people, and which manifests at times through the work of those who perhaps feel a strong connection to a larger universal interconnectedness. A basic unity within all things truly exists, but everyone is not yet willing to accept this fact. These poems truly are rooted from within this place of unity, and have themselves manifested by connecting to such a divine intelligence. Wanderings within otherworldly planes of existence, as well as glimpses into certain otherwise unnoticed perspectives on life all contribute significantly to the overall success of the writing. A powerful mixture of the sacred combined with an aura of the profane facilitates a certain surreal balance reminiscent of the ethereal dreamscapes to which his imagination travels when he writes these lingering scraps of hope in their initial state of finality. The last part of this audiobook is a surprise, and has never been published until now. Enjoy your experience with the poetry of this writer who has developed this gift of freestyle writing his entire career. For a poetry written from a deeper, more meaningful and significant place of interconnectivity, try this audiobook today. Thank you! Get the Freestyle Poetry audiobook now if you want. Thanks again, it's deep. Do it.

©2019 Steven Yessick (P)2020 Steven Yessick

Narrator: Douglas Woolley
Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
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La Renaissance

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Le XVIe siècle est très riche, notamment en raison des grandes découvertes et à la pensée humaniste qui se diffuse chez tous les intellectuels de l'époque. Il y a effusion et diffusion des connaissances : on veut tout savoir, tout comprendre. C'est aussi un moment de retour aux textes antiques. La Pléiade, avec Du Bellay et Ronsard, est un groupe d'amis poètes qui ont pour volonté de renouveler la poésie du Moyen Age qu'ils considèrent comme dépassée. Concrètement ils rejettent les formes poétiques médivales - rondeau ou ballade - et apparait le sonnet, une nouvelle forme de poème. Ils enrichissent la langue française en inventant beaucoup de nouveaux mots. Leur style devient moins compliqué, leur écriture plus accessible et plus intime s'ouvre à un public de plus en plus large. Contenu : Chant de Mai et de vertu L'aube éteignait étoiles à foison La complainte du désespéré Mignonne allons voir si la rose Tant que mes yeux L'hiver du sieur d'Aubigné

©Domaine Public (P)2019 Isis

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What the Road Said

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Which way do I go?  That is your choice to make, said the Road. But what if I go the wrong way? The Road curved a little, almost as if it was giving me a hug, and said, Do not worry. Sometimes we go the wrong way on our way to the right way.  It's okay to be afraid or to sometimes wander down the wrong path. Best-selling poet and activist Cleo Wade's What the Road Said encourages us to lead with kindness and curiosity, remembering that the most important thing we can do in life is to keep going. A Macmillan Audio production from Feiwel & Friends

©2021 Cleo Wade and Lucie de Moyencourt (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Cleo Wade
Length: 25 mins
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Orlando Furioso (The Frenzy of Orlando)

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La trama dell'Orlando Furioso è un grandioso susseguirsi di duelli e battaglie, di incontri imprevisti, di mostri e di magie, di castelli incantati e sterminati viaggi fin sulla luna. Il fascino di questo poema non risiede soltanto nel vertiginoso ritmo di avventure che vi sono narrate, ma anche dalla continua e naturale mescolanza fra realtà e sogno. Nel groviglio di storie che compongono il poema ritroviamo i temi dell'amicizia e dell'inganno, della fedeltà e della infedeltà, della lealtà e del tradimento, della prodezza e della superbia. L'audiolibro, costituito da una corposa antologia di oltre otto ore, propone una lettura ad alta voce tutta tesa a far rivivere la splendida sonorità dell'endecasillabo ariostesco. Please note: This audiobook is in Italian.

Public Domain (P)2007 Recitar leggendo Audiolibri

Narrator: Claudio Carini
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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The Lay of the Nibelungs

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One of the finest German medieval epic poems, The Lay of the Nibelungs is perhaps best known now as one of the principal sources for Wagner’s four-part music drama The Ring of the Nibelung. It is easy to see how Wagner was enthralled by the story and the poetry for the power of the tale drives the narrative: intense love, loyalty, jealousy, murder, duty, honour and massacre are all interwoven into a classic. Many of the figures known to us by Wagner’s opera cycle are here: Alberich, Siegmund, Sieglind, Siegfried, Brunhilda, Gunther and Hagen, sometimes in familiar roles, sometimes very different from expectations.  The tragedy is driven by the enmity between two women who were originally friends - Brunhilda, who becomes the wife of Gunther, and Kriemhilda, Siegfried’s wife. A feud between the sisters-in-law leads to conflict and mayhem. Hagen has the dark persona which prompts him to commit treacherous murder, leading the protagonists to a final terrible end.  Unlike the Wagnerian version (he drew in the main from the Volsung Saga version, but also made the saga his own), there is no interference from gods or giants, and apart from the appearance of the ‘hood of darkness’, Tarnhelm, which confers mysterious powers on its wearer, there is little magic.  But this does not lessen the immense power of The Lay of the Nibelungs, as it moves inexorably forward to its climactic conclusion. The structure of the poem is crucial to the drama of the telling.  The anonymous poet established a form based on a steady four-line stanza with rhyming couplets. But the strength of it lies in the metre, three metrical feet, a caesura, and another three metrical feet, for the first three lines, adding an extra metrical foot for the last line for emphasis.  This classic verse translation by Alice Horton, edited by Edward Bell and revised for this recording, is still regarded by scholars as perhaps the most faithful to the 13th century German original. Though modern prose versions are available, they do not have the poetic grandeur befitting such a tale, and Horton’s verse is ideal for an audio recording. David Rintoul brings his decades of experience in classical theatre to bear in his stirring performance.

©2019 Ukemi Productions Ltd (P)2019 Ukemi Productions Ltd

Narrator: David Rintoul
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
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The Beadworkers

Summary

Beth Piatote’s luminous debut collection opens with a feast, grounding its stories in the landscapes and lifeworlds of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world Told with humor, subtlety, and spareness, the mixed-genre works of Beth Piatote’s first collection find unifying themes in the strength of kinship, the pulse of longing, and the language of return. A woman teaches her niece to make a pair of beaded earrings while ruminating on a fractured relationship. An 11-year-old girl narrates the unfolding of the Fish Wars in the 1960s as her family is propelled to its front lines. In 1890, as tensions escalate at Wounded Knee, two young men at college - one French and the other Lakota - each contemplate a death in the family. In the final, haunting piece, a Nez Perce - Cayuse family is torn apart as they debate the fate of ancestral remains in a moving revision of the Greek tragedy Antigone. Formally inventive and filled with vibrant characters, The Beadworkers draws on Indigenous aesthetics and forms to offer a powerful, sustaining vision of Native life.

©2019 Beth Piatote (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Dark Days

Summary

Dark Days delves into the deepest recesses of the human psyche. You will confront your darkest fears and beckon them to the surface of your mind. Nightmares will cause conflict between the charcoal days and bleak nights. With a splash of colorful, sweet sentiment to contrast the shadows, Dark Days will leave a twisted, yet merry mark on your soul.

©2020 Chris Botragyi (P)2020 Chris Botragyi

Narrator: Bernard Faricy
Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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La piel en los labios [Skin on Lips]

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Miguel Gane, autor referente de la nueva generación de poetas, nos transporta en su tercer poemario a un universo lleno de sensualidad, en el que los sentidos son protagonistas esenciales. Poemas que cuentan el inicio y fin del amor desde el erotismo y lo corpóreo como un susurro leve que enarbola la piel. Desde Madrid a Londres pasando por París, el mundo fue nuestro por un instante. Nos quemamos en el fuego, nos revolcamos en la tierra y nos empapamos en el mar. Tan vivos, tan libres; todo lo probamos. Pero entendimos que estábamos ante el fin cuando aquello que nos había unido empezó a separarnos y, en el aire, fuimos dos aviones con rutas diferentes. Lo que queda después del amor es lo que nos define. Llevas mi piel en los labios, pero, nunca lo supe con seguridad, ¿los usaste para morderme o para besarme? Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Miguel Gane (P)2020 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Miguel Gane
Author: Miguel Gane
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
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All Our Wild Wonder

Summary

From renowned poet Sarah Kay, a single-volume poem perfect for teachers and mentors.  All Our Wild Wonder is a vibrant tribute to extraordinary educators and a celebration of learning. The perfect gift for the mentors in our lives, this charming, illustrated poem reminds us of the beauty in, and importance of, cultivating curiosity, creativity, and confidence in others.

©2018 Sarah Kay (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Sarah Kay
Author: Sarah Kay
Length: 7 mins
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Homie

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Danez Smith is our president Homie is Danez Smith's magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith's close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. But then the phone lights up, or a shout comes up to the window, and family - blood and chosen - arrives with just the right food and some redemption.  Part friendship diary, part bright elegy, part war cry, Homie is the exuberant new book written for Danez and for Danez's friends and for you and for yours.

©2020 Danez Smith (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Danez Smith
Author: Danez Smith
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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Quarantine World

Summary

Inspired by the world-changing events of 2020, Michael H. Hanson delivers a moving collection of poetry and verse, driven by his own experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.   "Sometimes dark, sometimes moving, always powerful, Hanson's poetry never disappoints.” (Eric S. Brown, author of Bigfoot War)

©2020 Michael H. Hanson (P)2020 Three Ravens Publishing

Length: 30 mins
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Life on Mars

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In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like "love" and "illness" now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence. These poems reveal the realities of life lived here, on the ground, where a daughter is imprisoned in the basement by her own father, where celebrities and pop stars walk among us, and where the poet herself loses her father, one of the engineers who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. With this remarkable third collection, Smith establishes herself among the best poets of her generation.

©2011 Tracy K. Smith (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Tracy K. Smith
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

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A TIME Magazine Best Paperback of 2017 A Publishers Weekly Best Poetry Collection of Spring A Paris Review Staff Pick A Most Anticipated Book of 2017 at NPR.org, BuzzFeed, VICE, NYLON, and more The only thing more beautiful than Beyoncé is God, and God is a black woman sipping rosé and drawing a lavender bath, texting her mom, belly laughing in the therapist's office, feeling unloved, being on display, daring to survive. Morgan Parker stands at the intersections of vulnerability and performance, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence. Unrelentingly feminist, tender, ruthless, and sequined, these poems are an altar to the complexities of black American womanhood in an age of non-indictments and déjà vu and a time of wars over bodies and power. These poems celebrate and mourn. They are a chorus chanting: You're gonna give us the love we need.

©2017 Morgan Parker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Morgan Parker
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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Reduced to Joy

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Poetry and Inspiration for the Journey of Being Human The infinitely varied journeys of our lives share a common destiny: to be worn of all that is not essential till we are reduced to joy. On Reduced to Joy, best-selling author and poet-philosopher Mark Nepo invites you to join him in a poignant examination of "the gifts and challenges of being a spirit here on Earth," through six captivating sessions that address the vital task of discovering and returning to what matters. Listening to the Teachers Hidden in Every Moment Mark Nepo describes poetry as "the unexpected utterance of the soul." Every poem and by extension every moment can serve as a teacher, if we can attend to it with an open mind and heart. By sharing 56 original poems along with the insights of fellow writers, Mark brings us into our own living conversation with the teachers hidden in everything that we experience, in order to welcome their universal lessons. Over the course of this six-hour program, he reveals the genesis of his own poems, unpacks the stunning insights they hold, and encourages us to reflect both personally and with friends on how these empowering truths show themselves in the poetic revelations of our own lives.There is a Sioux saying that the longest journey you will ever make in your life is from your head to your heart. No one is exempt from this great adventure. With Reduced to Joy, Mark Nepo awaits as your guide to the place "where the glow of your heart touches everything it meets so you can't help but remember how dear it is to be alive." Highlights The Longest Journey - on doing, being, and awakening the source of genius within To Know By Heart - on moving from depth to surface and "loving your window" The Art of Facing Things - on the courage to say yes to life again and again Walking Together - on authentic relationship and expanding the heart's perception Made from Bone - on the promise of the inner world and our lineage of spirit The Sublime Disturbance - on that which causes us to live fully in the open

©2014 Mark Nepo (P)2014 Mark Nepo

Narrator: Mark Nepo
Author: Mark Nepo
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
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Loose Wheels and Narrow Necks

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Over the years while writing, directing, and acting at radio theater workshops and in the Mark Time Radio Show performances at Minneapolis' CONvergence science fiction conventions, Brian Price and Jerry Stearns found that they shared a love for classic Beat poetry, Lord Buckley, and prose poems, so they started doing some of their own. This is a collection of their unique hybrid of humor, music, character, and performance. "Closed Mouths and Narrow Necks" (The Yellow House - West Plains, MO, May 29, 2002) - Bass: Thom Hoglen, Sax: Eric Elder "Cart 437" (or "The Long Way Around") (CONvergence 2006 - July 7, 2006) "The Collapse of the 20th Century Was So Gradual" (Minicon 32 - March 28, 1997) - Piano: David Emerson "Clones Day Parade" (CONvergence 2001 - July 6, 2001) - Piano: Mike Wheaton "Unrelated Cliffhanger Theater" (CONvergence 2006 - July 7, 2006) with Windy Bowlsby, Tim Wick, Charlie Meitzner, Preston Ossman, Eleanor Price, and David Ossman "Your Mileage May Vary" (CONvergence 2002 - July 5, 2002) with Richard Fish; Music by Eleanor Price "A Cure for Science" (CONvergence 2004 - July 2, 2004) - Trombone: Jim ten Bensel "The Tiniest Souls" (CONvergence 2007 - July 6, 2007) "Under the Broken Tree Bridge" (CONvergence 2008 - July 3, 2008) with Eleanor Price; Piano: Keith Spears "Cart 437: Part Two" (Hear Now Festival - Kansas City, MO, June 9, 2016) "You Can't Handle the Truth" (CONvergence 2007 - July 6, 2007) with Wally Wingert, Windy Bowlsby, Tim Wick, Preston Ossman, Eleanor Price, and David Ossman

©2017 Great Northern Audio Theatre (P)2017 Great Northern Audio Theatre

Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Wade in the Water: Poems

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In Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith boldly ties America's contemporary moment both to our nation's fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. These are poems of sliding scale: some capture a flicker of song or memory; some collage an array of documents and voices; and some push past the known world into the haunted, the holy. Smith's signature voice - inquisitive, lyrical, and wry - turns over what it means to be a citizen, a mother, and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men, and violence. Here, private utterance becomes part of a larger choral arrangement as the collection widens to include erasures of The Declaration of Independence and the correspondence between slave owners, a found poem comprised of evidence of corporate pollution and accounts of near-death experiences, a sequence of letters written by African Americans enlisted in the Civil War, and the survivors' reports of recent immigrants and refugees. Wade in the Water is a potent and luminous book by one of America's essential poets.

©2018 Tracy K. Smith (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Tracy K. Smith
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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Selling Without Selling Out

Summary

Dialogues about the human condition.

©2017 John-Michael Kuczynski (P)2017 John-Michael Kuczynski

Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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Who Really Cares

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Who Really Cares: Childhood Poems, by Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Janis Ian, includes all poetry from earlier print editions of this early proof of what was to come from one of America's most talented songwriters as well as additional poems rejected by the original publisher as being too "controversial"; a new forward and afterword; and more. Though Ian is a prolific composer and world-famous for her music and performances, this is the musician's only book of poetry. It was first published in 1969 and has become a collector's item in print. Janis Ian wrote almost all of the poems during her teen years, a time when she was first thrust into the national and international spotlight as a songwriter and voice of her generation. Janis Ian began her career as a singer-songwriter in the 1960s with "Society's Child". In 1975 she won her first Grammy Award for the self-penned song "At Seventeen". Since then she has had number-one hits all over the world, sold more than 10 million albums, and had her songs recorded by such diverse artists as Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, and John Mellencamp. She shows no signs of slowing down, recently beginning yet another career as an audiobook narrator (which earned her a ninth nomination and second Grammy in 2013 for Society's Child: My Autobiography).

©2015 Janis Ian (P)2016 Janis Ian

Narrator: Janis Ian
Author: Janis Ian
Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
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Deep, Deep, but True

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Poetry is written along the year of 2019. Deep and at times dark pieces that inspire different lines of thoughts and feelings towards the world, well-being, and existence in general. If you are looking for an easy listen before sleep or something to consume with your cup of coffee or tea, this is the book for you. It is inspiring, unique and original. Deep, Deep, but True - will entertain you and will bring back balance to the force.

©2019 Adam Smith (P)2020 Adam Smith

Author: Adam Smith
Length: 31 mins
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Great French Poems

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Here are 35 of the greatest poems in the French language, carefully selected and read in French by Bill Homewood, the bilingual English classical actor who has spent half his life in France. To help those English speakers with just a little French to appreciate the glories of these poems, he provides his own clear English translations. The poems range from the earliest medieval and renaissance masterpieces - François Villon, Joachim de Bellay, Pierre de Ronsard and others - to the high romance of the 19th century, with Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine and Charles Baudelaire, then on to the poets who revolutionised style and led us into the 20th century: Stéphane Mallarmé, Arthur Rimbaud, Guillaume Apollinaire and Paul Eluard. Recorded in France, this collection has already attracted praise from leading figures in French culture and critics alike. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Bill Homewood (P)2015 Ukemi Productions Ltd

Narrator: Bill Homewood
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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Dear Love

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What if a man loved a woman with such passion that even if she left him, he would still love her with his broken heart? From the shadows of unrequited love and an unlikely romance rises the intense flame of a passionate profession of undying love - a romantic's musings. Dear Love: Diary of a Man's Desire is a collection of love letters and poems written to inspire and stir the emotions of the soul. "I fear that one day I'll lose a tear in the ocean - the day you find love with another - and like that tear, I'll never get to have you back."

©2010 Alex F. Chavez (P)2020 Alex F. Chavez

Narrator: Steve Jones
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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Sweet Kiss, Sour Kiss

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In this, her first collection of poetry, Neha Desai rhymes her innermost emotions in the hemisphere of love, along with a collection of rare topics ever spoken of. Her rhythmic lyrics are inspired from the myriad of emotions a young woman or man may experience when they go through malignant as well as content days. Her works will surely bring an upturned crescent to your lips and will somewhere leave your eyes shedding at least a drop of tear. If you have loved, wish to love, or been hurt in love and still believe in the depth of love, angst, pain and the joy that love brings to a woman or a man, you will place this book by your bedside.

©2013 Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd (P)2016 Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd

Narrator: Gwenn Dawson
Author: Neha Desai
Length: 41 mins
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Reflections

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Fifty poems.  Reflections on life, family, memories, and the world around us. On mental health, heartbreak, and stories that have inspired so many. These poems bare the soul of the author. What you take from them, and how you perceive them, is entirely up to you.

©2019 Sean Elliott Haughton (P)2020 Sean Elliott Haughton

Narrator: B. J. Vance
Length: 54 mins
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Wine

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A short listen with plenty to think about - fun at times, serious at others and even poetic. You will love it as it was written for you. You don’t know me but you can get to know me through my writings and I can get to connect and learn to write the subject matter you like, therefore being your creator of content. Win win.

©2020 Richard Gallacher (P)2020 Richard Gallacher

Length: 17 mins
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The Prophet

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A collection of original poems on human misery, love, and the search for ultimate freedom... Misery, love, freedom - that is the philosophical order of the book. The last poem, "The Prophet", is the target point, and all else is an educational journey within this very life to reach the final destination: the prophetic wisdom, the ultimate freedom. Our struggles, frustrations, confusion, fears - through all these we search for the ways to be free; we try to love, we try to be loved, conditionally and unconditionally.... All these experiences slowly grow us up over a period of time. Through all ups and downs, someday, some of us find the ways to the ultimate freedom, the ultimate peace, the path of a prophet. These selected original poems were written over the period 1992-2013.

©2013 Zakir Hossain (P)2015 Zakir Hossain

Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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40 Poems, for You

Summary

This audiobook features a collection of thought-provoking poems mixed with poems of joy and will bring laughter.

©2019 Richard Gallacher (P)2020 Richard Gallacher

Narrator: Chris Gaughf
Length: 22 mins
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Ballads of a Cheechacko

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Ballads of a Cheechako is the sophomore volume of Yukon inspired verse from Scottish/Canadian poet Robert W. Service. After the enormous success of Service's debut book Song of a Sourdough, he was transferred with his job as a bank clerk from Whitehorse to Dawson City. There he met many veterans of the Klondike Gold Rush who were eager to tell him their tales of adventure, and he was eager to listen. After leaving his job at the bank and moving into what is now his iconic cabin on 8th Avenue in Dawson City, he began his career as a full-time author. He used his talent as a wordsmith to take the tales of the characters, hardships, and trials of the north, and fashion them into a collection of ballads full or heart, humor, and humanity. Published in 1909, the book was an immediate success and catapulted Robert W. Service to a household name around North America. This volume contains 22 verses exploring interesting characters and life in the early days of Canada's last frontier. From the man who staked the northern lights, to the Mounted Police, to hard-luck prospectors, and beyond, this book contains much of the framework for the collective vision we all share when we hear the word Klondike.

Public Domain (P)2019 Jonathan Ostrander

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Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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Words on a Page

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Poetry kills inner demons. It takes away their power. Removes their teeth. Loosens their grip. It turns them into mere words in a narration. Something to be heard and remembered, but no longer feared. What follows is an act of therapy.  In moments of inner crisis, I put pencil to paper and let the words come. This process is not pleasant, but it is cathartic. I share this with you in the hopes that we can both feel less alone in our suffering and to show you that when you look at your demons, they lose all their power.

©2019 Zachary Phillips (P)2019 Zachary Phillips

Length: 26 mins
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We Grow in Groves

Summary

We Grow in Groves is a fresh honest collection of poems which cover the waterfront of human emotion and experience. These evocative poems will bring the listener into the author’s world as well as bring the listener's own world into new definition. A variety of poem types will entertain and engage the listener over numerous universal themes. The writing will question and challenge what we know and what we don’t know.   Subjects covered include: death, rebirth, illness, romance, work, play, nature, beauty, and more. The poems also explore the context and mystery of who we are as individuals and who we are as a society.

©2020 Thomas Colquith (P)2020 Thomas Colquith

Narrator: Jill Priest
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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The Seasons of the Soul

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Vowing at an early age "to be a poet or nothing at all", Hermann Hesse rebelled against formal education, focusing on a rigorous program of independent study that included literature, philosophy, art, and history. One result of these efforts was a series of novels that became counterculture bibles that remain widely influential today. Another was a body of evocative spiritual poetry. Published for the first time in English, these vivid, probing short works reflect deeply on the challenges of life and provide a spiritual solace that transcends specific denominational hymns, prayers, and rituals. The Seasons of the Soul offers valuable guidance in poetic form for those longing for a more meaningful life, seeking a sense of homecoming in nature, in each stage of life, in a renewed relationship with the divine. Extensive quotations from his prose introduce each theme addressed in the book: love, imagination, nature, the divine, and the passage of time. A foreword by Andrew Harvey reintroduces us to a figure about whom some may have believed everything had already been said. Thoughtful commentary throughout from translator Ludwig Max Fischer helps readers understand the poems within the context of Hesse's life.

©2011 North Atlantic Books (P)2012 Ludwig Max Fischer

Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Electric Arches

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Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose. Blending stark realism with the surreal and fantastic, Eve L. Ewing's narrative takes us from the streets of 1990s Chicago to an unspecified future, deftly navigating the boundaries of space, time, and reality. Ewing imagines familiar figures in magical circumstances - blues legend Koko Taylor is a tall-tale hero; LeBron James travels through time and encounters his teenage self. She identifies everyday objects - hair moisturizer, a spiral notebook - as precious icons. Her visual art is spare, playful, and poignant - a cereal box decoder ring that allows the wearer to understand what Black girls are saying; a teacher's angry, subversive message scrawled on the chalkboard. Electric Arches invites fresh conversations about race, gender, the city, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up. Eve L. Ewing is a writer, scholar, artist, and educator from Chicago. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, New Republic, The Nation, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She is a sociologist at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

©2017 Eve L. Ewing (P)2017 Eve L. Ewing

Narrator: Eve L. Ewing
Author: Eve L. Ewing
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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Du bist ein liebes Traumgesicht

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Annette von Droste-Hülshoff gilt als eine der bedeutendsten deutschen Dichterinnen des 19. Jahrhunderts. Ihre einfühlsamen Liebesgedichte entstanden, als sie in ihren literarischen Ziehsohn, den siebzehn Jahre jüngeren Levin Schückling, verliebt war.

©2006 SAGA Egmont (P)2020 SAGA Egmont

Length: 52 mins
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From the Heart

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From the Hearti is a collection of poems written over the years, with short stories included that inspired the writing of each one. My first poem, written when I was nine years old, was right after the death of my mother. As with all my poetry, when I couldn't get words out of my head, I had to sit down and write about my feelings, my thoughts, my sorrows, and my happiness. Unable to talk to anyone about my feelings, I expressed my dreams, my hopes for a better life in my writing. Things never shared with anyone before are exposed here. As many of my hidden feelings come to light-some good, some heartbreaking-or at least they were heartbreaking to me at the time-I hope you enjoy taking a walk back in time with me.

©2012 Sue Julsen (P)2012 Sue Julsen

Narrator: Beth MacEwan
Author: Sue Julsen
Length: 54 mins
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Le Spleen de Paris

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Le Spleen de Paris, aussi nommé Les Petits poèmes en prose, est publié en 1864. Ce recueil complète Les Fleurs du mal.

©Domaine public (P)2007 Éditions Thélème

Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
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Vibrating Words & Verbs for Entertaining Insight with Meaning

Summary

Some books have remedies and cures for the flu. Some books teach you a trade that only a few can do, you will never know this if you don't discover. There is another world inside the cover.

©2020 Stewart Worthen/S. L. Worthen A. S (P)2020 Stewart Worthen/S. L. Worthen A. S

Narrator: K'Lai Rivera
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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The Apologia of Hephaestus

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A poem from Mali's spoken-word collection Icarus Airlines. Taylor's first live spoken-word collection since 2003, Icarus Airlines, contains 34 poems, including "The Miracle Workers", "Holding Your Position", "The Mascot of Monterrey", "Best Conversation on Race", "The Apologia of Hephaestus", "Practice Pheasant", "Depression, Too, Is a Kind of Fire", "The New Ash on the Roof of Our Building", "My Mother's Gardening Journal", "Remarkable Man", "I Am Loving You", "Your Eyes Are My Only Limitless Now", "Another Preposition Entirely", "The Lanyard" (by Billy Collins), "They Don't Make Loaves of Bread That Big", "Pizza", "When Does the Human Heart Rest?", "Bodhisattva", "Reading Allowed", "On Girls Lending Pens", "Nightfall", "For Health and Strength", "Salvation Army", "The Trusting Time", "Eight-Hour Spanish Bus Ride", "Entire Act of Sorrow", "Healing Orange", "Maybe For You It Is Today", "The Gates", "The Day Is Blue", "Defending American Interests", "For the Life of Me", "That Moment" (by Chad Anderson), and "The Second Pass" (with Emil Brikha).

©2008 Taylor Mali (P)2008 Words Worth Ink

Narrator: Taylor Mali
Author: Taylor Mali
Length: 3 mins
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Poems Through the Years

Summary

This is a collection of poems by S.L. Vaden. She started writing these at a young age and has written more than 50 poems over the years. These poems helped her through troubled and dark times in her life. Her hope is that you, the listener, will find healing in the words you are about to listen.

©2020 S.L. Vaden (P)2020 S.L. Vaden

Author: S.L. Vaden
Length: 27 mins
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Cult of Two

Summary

Michael Faudet's latest book delves deeper into the meaning of love, the intricacy of relationships, self-empowerment, seduction, and sex. Taking the listener on a whimsical and sometimes heartbreaking journey, where fantasy and reality collide. Cult of Two is much more than just a beautiful collection of poetry, prose, and short stories. It is a compelling invitation to confront and explore the conflicting emotions that live within all of us. Cult of Two is the fifth book of internationally best-selling poet Michael Faudet, author of Winter of Summers, Smoke & Mirrors, Bitter Sweet Love, and Dirty Pretty Things - a finalist in the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards. His intimate writing style and exquisite ability to paint pictures with words has captured the imagination and hearts of thousands of people from around the world.

©2019 Michael Faudet (P)2019 Random House Audio

Length: 59 mins
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God's Soundbites

Summary

God's Sound Bites was first published in 2008 and is a savory collection of inspiring, challenging, and thought-provoking words of wisdom. An easy listen, it is perfect for those on the go as well as those at home. I am pleased to include a tribute to a great pioneer, Dr. Paul Crouch, Sr., as well as a Community Spotlight section in this edition. Happy listening!

©2008 Sheila Hayford (P)2015 Sheila Hayford

Narrator: Detris D. Brown
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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Eneide (live)

Summary

"Canto le armi, canto l’uomo che primo da Troia, venne in Italia, profugo per volere del Fato, sui lidi di Lavinio. A lungo travagliato, per terra e per mare dalla potenza divina, a causa dell’ira tenace della crudele Giunon...". Da sempre promotrice di memorabili manifestazioni artistiche, la storica Galleria L'Attico ha ospitato il 22 e 23 ottobre 2011 la lettura integrale del poema virgiliano, di cui viene qui riproposta la registrazione live. Elsa Agalbato, che ha curato l'iniziativa insieme con Fabio Sargentini, ha affidato i dodici Canti a otto attori che con ritmo incalzante e partecipata sobrietà hanno dato voce alla mirabile poesia di Virgilio...

©Garzanti Libri S.p.A. - Edisco Editrice (P)2012 Emons Italia srl

Narrator: div.
Author: Vergil
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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Felon

Summary

A searing volume by a poet whose work conveys “the visceral effect that prison has on identity” (New York Times).

Felon tells the story of one man in fierce, dazzling poems - canvassing his wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace - and, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of post-incarceration existence and examines prison not as a static space, but as a force that enacts pressure throughout a person’s life. Challenging the complexities of language, Betts animates what it means to be a “felon”.

From “Night”

What she tells me: prison killed you

my love, killed you so dead that you’re not

here now, you’re never here, you’re always.

©2019 Reginald Dwayne Betts (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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Our Immigrants' Son

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Focused on faith and woven with Christian, ecumenical, and patriotic themes, Our Immigrants’ Son is an exploration and celebration of family. The genres of prose poetry and historical fiction very cleverly takes you through the author’s rich Irish American history. It begins in misty Ireland and takes you through generations of the Murphy clan while also teaching you how to write your family story. The storyteller is US Navy Captain, John Francis Patrick Murphy, Retired, a direct descendant of those past Murphys whose lives he, with his family and a team of researchers and historians, documented in both the factual sense as well as adding artistic license to make this history a rich and emotional journey. Our Immigrant’s Son opens in 1845 with ancestor Michael Joseph Murphy’s parents, Patrick and Mary, undertaking a dangerous ocean voyage across the Atlantic to a new land. It then follows and documents Michael’s journey from birth, to Civil War private at age 16, to Lawrence police chief and beyond. This riveting story is the tale of all immigrant families, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, heritage, or culture. It reveals the undeniable truth that immigrants are our past, present, and future. It affirms that those who come to our shores to join us and aspire to our best ideals are courageous, noble, and visionary. Part two of this audiobook follows the author’s carefully outlined research, step-by-step writing strategies, and his use of history as a touchstone. Our Immigrants’ Son invites you to join Captain Murphy on a journey to write your own family story and share it with those you love.

©2020 John Francis Patrick Murphy (P)2021 John Francis Patrick Murphy

Narrator: Natalie Britton
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
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Runaway

Summary

An NPR Best Book of the Year A new collection of poetry from one of our most acclaimed contemporary poets, Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham In her formidable and clairvoyant new collection, Runaway, Jorie Graham deepens her vision of our futurity. What of us will survive? Identity may be precarious, but perhaps love is not? Keeping pace with the desperate runaway of climate change, social disruption, our new mass migrations, she struggles to reimagine a habitable present - a now - in which we might endure, wary, undaunted, ever-inventive, “counting silently towards infinity”. Graham’s essential voice guides us fluently “as we pass here now into the next-on world”, what future we have surging powerfully through this audiobook, where the poet implores us “to the last be human.”

©2020 Jorie Graham (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Jorie Graham
Author: Jorie Graham
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
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The Tale of a Niggun

Summary

Elie Wiesel’s heartbreaking narrative poem about history, immortality, and the power of song, accompanied by magnificent full-color illustrations by award-winning artist Mark Podwal. Based on an actual event that occurred during World War II.  It is the evening before the holiday of Purim, and the Nazis have given the ghetto’s leaders 24 hours to turn over 10 Jews to be hanged to “avenge” the deaths of the 10 sons of Haman, the villain of the Purim story, which celebrates the triumph of the Jews of Persia over potential genocide some 2,400 years ago. If the leaders refuse, the entire ghetto will be liquidated. Terrified, they go to the ghetto’s rabbi for advice; he tells them to return the next morning. Over the course of the night the rabbi calls up the spirits of legendary rabbis from centuries past for advice on what to do, but no one can give him a satisfactory answer. The 18th century mystic and founder of Hasidism, the Baal Shem Tov, tries to intercede with God by singing a niggun - a wordless, joyful melody with the power to break the chains of evil. The next evening, when no volunteers step forward, the ghetto’s residents are informed that in an hour they will all be killed. As the minutes tick by, the ghetto’s rabbi teaches his assembled community the song that the Baal Shem Tov had sung the night before. And then the voices of these men, women, and children soar to the heavens. How can the heavens not hear? 

©2020 Elie Wiesel (P)2020 Random House Audio

Length: 46 mins
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49 Poems from The Flowers of Evil

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Those poems, "The Flowers of Evil", are a masterpiece of french literature. "Les fleurs du mal", in english "The Flowers of Evil", is a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire. The poems deal with themes relating to decadence and eroticism. The author and the publisher were prosecuted in France under the regime of the Second Empire as an "outrage aux bonnes mœurs" ("an insult to public decency"). Because of this prosecution, Baudelaire was fined 300 francs. Victor Hugo announced that Baudelaire had created "un nouveau frisson" (a new shudder, a new thrill) in literature. The list of the 49 poems from "The Flowers of Evil" by Charles Baudelaire: The Shooting-Range And The Cemetery, The Marksman, The Owls, The Little Old Women, The Ideal, The Invitation To The Voyage, The Glass-Vendor, The Ghost, The Gifts Of The Moon, The Eyes Of Beauty, The Flask, The Desire To Paint, The Double Chamber, The Confiteor Of The Artist, The Corpse, The Death Of The Poor, The Benediction, Robed In A Silken Robe, Sonnet Of Autumn, Spleen, Sunset, The Accursed, Little Poems In Prose - The Stranger, Mist And Rain, Music, Reversibility, Gypsies Travelling, Intoxication, La Beatrice, Bien Loin D'ici, Contemplation, Every, Man His Chimæra, Already, An Allegory, At One O'clock In The Morning, A Landscape, A, Madrigal Of Sorrow, Venus And The Fool, What Is Truth, To A Brown Beggar-Maid, To A Madonna, The Wine Of Lovers, The Voyage, The Thyrsus - To Franz Liszt, The Sky, The Soul Of Wine, The Swan, The Remorse Of The Dead, The Seven Old Man.

©public domain (P)2016 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Paul Edwards
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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Bernadette

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"I remember the dirt: winter-parched and hard, the angst of chalk smeared into canvas-board by an artist shrieking visions...." So begins Bernadette, a poetic rhapsody that is both memoir and, as hinted in the final poem, "Excerpts from a Pessimist's Alphabet", a "reverdie" of figments bound between the covers of a book that smells of years stashed on a shelf unopened, stewing in its unshed dreams.

©2018 The Really Small Press (P)2018 Barb Sweeney/The Really Small Press

Length: 39 mins
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Poems to Live Your Life By

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In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between.  This wonderful audio edition is read by British actor Sam West, who has notably starred in iconic films such as Notting Hill and Darkest Hour, and has a run time of approximately 90 minutes. It includes 46 poems and is divided into sections covering musings, youth, family, love, imaginings, nature, war and endings. Chris' wonderful anthology features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses from William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, W. B. Yeats and Christina Rossetti sit alongside poems from Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Carol Ann Duffy, Neil Gaiman and Roger McGough to create the ultimate collection brought to life by West's exquisite readings. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©2018 Chris Riddell (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

Narrator: Samuel West
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Woman Strong

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Poetry, Divorce, Independence, Love, Aging, Empowerment, Abuse.

©2019 Anna Casamento Arrigo (P)2020 Anna Casamento Arrigo

Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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The Poetry of William Morris

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William Morris was born in Walthamstow, London, on 24 March 1834 and is regarded today as a foremost poet, writer, textile designer, artist and libertarian.   Morris began to publish poetry and short stories in 1856 through The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, which he founded with his friends and financed while at university. His first volume, in 1858, The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems, was the first published book of pre-Raphaelite poetry. Due to its lukewarm reception he was discouraged from poetry writing for a number of years. However, his return to the form was met with great success in the poem 'The Life and Death of Jason' in 1867, which was followed by 'The Earthly Paradise', themed around a group of medieval wanderers searching for a land of everlasting life; after much disillusion, they discover a surviving colony of Greeks with whom they exchange stories. In the collection are retellings of Icelandic sagas. From then until his Socialist period Morris' fascination with the ancient Germanic and Norse peoples dominated his writing, and he was the first to translate many of the Icelandic sagas into English; the epic retelling of the story of Sigurd the Volsung being his favourite. In 1884 he founded the Socialist League, but with the rise of the Anarchists in the party he left it in 1890, and the following year he founded the Kelmscott Press, publishing limited-edition illuminated style books. His design for The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is a masterpiece. Morris was quietly approached with an offer of the Poet Laureateship after the death of Tennyson in 1892 but declined. William Morris died at age 62 on 3 October 1896 in London. This volume comes to you from Portable Poetry, a specialised imprint from Deadtree Publishing. Our range is large and growing and covers single poets, themes and many compilations.

©2019 Deadtree Publishing (P)2019 Copyright Group

Length: 59 mins
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For Health and Strength

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A poem from Mali's spoken-word collection Icarus Airlines. Taylor's first live spoken-word collection since 2003, Icarus Airlines, contains 34 poems, including "The Miracle Workers", "Holding Your Position", "The Mascot of Monterrey", "Best Conversation on Race", "The Apologia of Hephaestus", "Practice Pheasant", "Depression, Too, Is a Kind of Fire", "The New Ash on the Roof of Our Building", "My Mother's Gardening Journal", "Remarkable Man", "I Am Loving You", "Your Eyes Are My Only Limitless Now", "Another Preposition Entirely", "The Lanyard" (by Billy Collins), "They Don't Make Loaves of Bread That Big", "Pizza", "When Does the Human Heart Rest?", "Bodhisattva", "Reading Allowed", "On Girls Lending Pens", "Nightfall", "For Health and Strength", "Salvation Army", "The Trusting Time", "Eight-Hour Spanish Bus Ride", "Entire Act of Sorrow", "Healing Orange", "Maybe For You It Is Today", "The Gates", "The Day Is Blue", "Defending American Interests", "For the Life of Me", "That Moment" (by Chad Anderson), and "The Second Pass" (with Emil Brikha).

©2008 Taylor Mali (P)2008 Words Worth Ink

Narrator: Taylor Mali
Author: Taylor Mali
Length: 3 mins
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Rain Dances in the Desert

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The journey of living told through raw poetry and nostalgic prose. It is the story of nearly ten thousand days of life, all of the pain, and all of the glory. An exploration of what it is to balance continuing and conflicting emotions with healthy and heart-wrenching recovery. A powerful exercise in using a newly-found voice to express oneself, without losing sight of all the history that has created the person living today. Presenting: Rain Dances in the Desert.

©2020 Jasmine James (P)2021 Jasmine James

Narrator: Nancy Hays
Author: Jas James
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
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Rupert Brooke

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Rupert Brooke's greatest poetic works including "The Fish", "The Soldier", "The Old Vicarage", "Grantchester", and "Ding-Room Tea" are superbly melded here with testimony from acquaintances of Brooke's and a well-researched narrative by Mike Read. In this comprehensive production including poetry, interviews, and biography, we hear about such intreguing areas of Brooke's life as the women in his complicated love life and the inspiration and source of his numerous revered poems. Brooke died at 27 years old on his way to fight the Turks in Gallipoli, buried abroad so there truly is now "some corner of a foreign field that is forever England".

©1997 CSA Word (P)2008 CSA Word

Author: Mike Read
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
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Beautiful Chaos

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James L. Bryant is a veteran, successful real estate investor, advent community volunteer, and (the reason you are here) a performer and writer of poetry who comes from very humble beginnings. For him, poetry helps to protect his individuality in an isolated and structured environment. The military, in particular, validated the importance of emotional transparency and mental health. Hopefully, this book can connect with someone and will let them know that they aren’t alone.  His first poetry book, Beautiful Chaos, depicts the evolving emotions and perspectives of the author throughout his life. Love, race, spirituality, acceptance, and faith are prevalent themes.

©2020 James L. Bryant (P)2020 James L. Bryant

Narrator: Zack Percell
Author: J. L. Bryant
Length: 47 mins
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Rays: Wherever They Touch

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Rays: Wherever They Touch reach Jim Ross's short poetry and streams into our lives as it did in Scattered Reflections, A Plea to a Wine Cork, and Daydreams Alongside Surf. Evocative, the nature of Rays is fluid, expanding and contracting as it draws us along. As with Daydreams, even a brief listen inspires the magic of this wonderful book - wherever you listen.

©2016 Jim Ross (P)2016 Jim Ross

Narrator: Terry Bamberger
Author: Jim Ross
Length: 16 mins
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Magical Negro

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From the breakout author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé comes a profound and deceptively funny exploration of black American womanhood. "Morgan Parker's latest collection is a riveting testimony to everyday blackness.... It is wry and atmospheric, an epic work of aural pleasures and personifications that demands to be read - both as an account of a private life and as searing political protest." (TIME Magazine) A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 at Vogue, O: the Oprah Magazine, NYLON, BuzzFeed, Publishers Weekly, and more. Magical Negro is an archive of black everydayness, a catalog of contemporary folk heroes, an ethnography of ancestral grief, and an inventory of figureheads, idioms, and customs. These American poems are both elegy and jive, joke and declaration, songs of congregation and self-conception. They connect themes of loneliness, displacement, grief, ancestral trauma, and objectification, while exploring and troubling tropes and stereotypes of black Americans. Focused primarily on depictions of black womanhood alongside personal narratives, the collection tackles interior and exterior politics - of both the body and society, of both the individual and the collective experience. In Magical Negro, Parker creates a space of witness, of airing grievances, of pointing out patterns. In these poems are living documents, pleas, latent traumas, inside jokes, and unspoken anxieties situated as firmly in the past as in the present - timeless black melancholies and triumphs.

©2019 Morgan Parker (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Morgan Parker
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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A Book for Pandora

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The poems in this rich and imaginative debut collection speak of people, life, loss, and love. They weave threads of myth and fairy-tale into commentaries of society, explorations of self, nature, and humanity.  Some surreal and sinister, others playful and light, the poems in A Book for Pandora encompass an array of flavors that will delight any listener.

©2019 Kathryn Rossati (P)2019 Kathryn Rossati

Narrator: Gretchen LaBuhn
Length: 57 mins
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100 Poems

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"Poetry, I believe, is about candid questions and conversations for and of the poet's time. This is what runs through Success's poetry. They are candid even through love, doubt, pain and desire even when such is unwelcome and considered rude. They are candid, powerfully and unapologetically. I like. I like!" (Nnanna Ikpo, author of Fimi sile Forever)

©2015 Success Akpojotor (P)2018 Success Akpojotor

Narrator: Dalton Lougiu
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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Poemas a Destiempo

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Cristóbal Pera, cirujano universitario, es autor de numerosos libros sobre el cuerpo humano, escritos unos con palabras quirúrgicas, otros con palabas filosóficas y ahora, en estos Poemas a destiempo continúa su exploración de la "humana fábrica" a través de la palabra poética. Poemas a destiempo recoge su obra poética desde 2014 a 2016.

©2019 Editorial Alt Autores (P)2019 Editorial Alt Autores

Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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Verlaine dit par Jean Piat

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Florilège parmi les plus sublimes poèmes de Verlaine, dit par la voix à la diction unique - immédiatement reconnaissable - puissante, chaude et profonde de Jean Piat.

©domaine public (P)2018 ISIS

Narrator: Jean Piat
Length: 13 mins
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Aaj Kuchh Sadakon Ne Karwatein Li Hain [Today Some Roads Have Turned]

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‘adrishy’ kee chaahat men bhaagatee zaindagee ke haathon se jaane kitane rishton kee ?aor chhoo?ee, jaane kitane rishton ne gaan?h kholakar teza qadam ba?hxaa lie, kuchh fnde ulajhakar gaan?h ban ga_e, kuchh samay kee salaa_ii se chhoo? ga_e. Kahate hain cha?ake hue ghade ke chaaron tarapha rassee lape? do to halkaa-halkaa paanee ris-risakar usakee ?hn?aak banaa_e rakhataa hai. Bas kuchh isee tarah vaqat ke kuchh ?ukadon ko yaad kee kachchee rassee se lape? diyaa aur risane ke dard kee syaahee kaagazaon par bikharatee rahee, shabd banatee rahee aur zaindagee chalatee rahee. In pannon men jo bhee kuchh hain unhen kavitaa to naheen kahaa jaa sakataa, bas kuchh pal hain jo sustaane ko ?hahar gae hain. Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi.

©17-Feb Nikhil Kapoor 2017 (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Sanyam Sharma
Length: 38 mins
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William Butler Yeats Reads His Own Work

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A short collection of recordings capturing William Butler Yeats reading his own work including "The Fiddler of Dooney" and talking about modern poetry.

©2009 Saland Publishing (P)2009 Saland Publishing

Length: 14 mins
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Faith, Hope...and the Greatest of These Is Love!: Revised 2nd Edition

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Faith, hope...And the greatest of these is love! Tammy Varner Hornbeck has had one consistent thing in her life: God, who talks to her through poetry. In the beginning, as a teenager, God helped Tammy deal with the trials in her life through poetry. Although she knew it was a God-given gift, she was still not ready to surrender her life to Christ. Years later, after making that decision, her writing took a new path. Tammy still uses poetry to handle the trials in her life, but now she uses it to glorify God and as her ministry.  Faith, Hope...and the Greatest of These Is Love! contains the first poems by Tammy given to God after her salvation and deliverance from alcoholism. Simple and to the point, the poems will touch the hearts of everyone who listens to them. Enhance your devotional life with Christian poetry! 

©2006 Tammy Hornbeck (P)2020 Tammy Hornbeck

Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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The Poetry of Robert Burns

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Burn's finest work including "Auld Lang Syne" and "Mary Morrison".

©2008 Saland Publishing (P)2008 Saland Publishing

Author: Robert Burns
Length: 25 mins
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I Had a Brother Once

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A brilliant, genre-defying work - both memoir and epic poem - about the struggle for wisdom, grace, and ritual in the face of unspeakable loss “A bruised and brave love letter from a brother right here to a brother now gone...a soaring, unblinking gaze into the meaning of life itself.” (Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf) my father said david has taken his own life Adam is in medias res - in the middle of his own busy life, and approaching a career high in the form of a number-one New York Times best-selling book - when these words from his father open a chasm beneath his feet. I Had a Brother Once is the story of everything that comes after. In the shadow of David’s inexplicable death, Adam is forced to re-remember a brother he thought he knew and to reckon with a ghost, confronting his unsettled family history, his distant relationship with tradition and faith, and his desperate need to understand an event that always slides just out of his grasp. This is an expansive and deeply thoughtful poetic meditation on loss and a raw, darkly funny, human story of trying to create a ritual - of remembrance, mourning, forgiveness, and acceptance - where once there was a life.

©2021 Adam Mansbach (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: Adam Mansbach
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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God I Feel Modern Tonight

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Poems of heartbreak and sex, self-care and self-critique, urban adventures and love on the road from the millennial quarantine queen and comedy sensation. in LA we got naked and swam in the ocean we ate cured meats and carrots & sat in the back of a red pickup truck like we were in a film where two old friends fight & wrestle their way into a hug heave-sobbing as the dust settles I want to be famous for being the first person who never feels bad again In these short, captivating lyrics, Catherine Cohen, the one-woman stand-up chanteuse who electrified the downtown NYC comedy scene in her white go-go boots, and who has been posting poignant, unfiltered poems on social media since before Instagram was a thing, details her life on the prowl with her beaded bag, she ponders guys who call you "dude" after sex, true love during the pandemic, and English-major dreams. "I wish I were smart instead of on my phone", Cohen confides; "heartbreak, / when it comes, and it will come / is always new."  A Dorothy Parker for our time, a Starbucks philosophe with no primary-care doctor, she's a welcome new breed of everywoman - a larger-than-life best friend who will say all the outrageous things we think but never say out loud ourselves.

©2021 Catherine Cohen (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: Catherine Cohen
Length: 40 mins
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Poems on the Spot

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Poems on the Spot is an audiobook that features everyday life through poetry.

©2020 T.N "Lilly" W-B (P)2020 T.N "Lilly" W-B

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Length: 33 mins
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The Word Is Vibrating Meaningful Verbs

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Another great work of lyrical art written poetically that it may be rhythmically spoken. Continuing with the theme vibrating words, the honorably respected S. L. Worthen A.S. once again has captured the elements of past and present life and time in the insightful flow, creating words you can feel.

©2020 Stewart Worthen/S. L. Worthen A.S. (P)2020 Stewart Worthen/S. L. Worthen A.S.

Narrator: K'Lai Rivera
Length: 52 mins
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A Single Drop of Tear

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The original poetry written during the pandemic....

©2020 MD Zakir Hossain (P)2021 MD Zakir Hossain

Narrator: Douglas Harvey
Length: 55 mins
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Kuchh Lafz Tumhare Naam

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©2018 Sarthak Sagar (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ritesh Jha
Length: 58 mins
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12 Poemas de Amor [12 Love Poems]

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12 Poemas de Amor incluye algunos de los mejores poemas del genero, poco conocidos para la mayoria, escritos por algunos de los mas grandes poetas en espanol, del siglo 19 y 20. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2015 RUMI Productions LLC (P)2015 RUMI Productions LLC

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Scattered Reflections

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A gem of a chapbook, Scattered Reflections is an eclectic romp through the chockablock playroom of its ever-accumulating, culturally urbane author. At once playful, regional, and accessible as it explores campfires with working cowhands, manning avant-garde sailing craft in regattas on dangerous seas, being robbed while commuting in a complex city, Scattered Reflections reaches the soul and touches the heart as it explores a love-hate relationship with poetry, the coming-of-age of a child, and the dichotomy of youth and age alongside its virtuoso ability to unite and endear generations.

©2016 James Lee Ross (P)2016 James Lee Ross

Narrator: Terry Bamberger
Author: Jim Ross
Length: 25 mins
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Citizen Illegal

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"Olivarez steps into the 'inbetween' standing between Mexico and America in these compelling, emotional poems. Written with humor and sincerity." (Newsweek) Named a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek and NPR. In this "devastating debut" (Publishers Weekly), poet José Olivarez explores the stories, contradictions, joys, and sorrows that embody life in the spaces between Mexico and America. He paints vivid portraits of good kids, bad kids, families clinging to hope, life after the steel mills, gentrifying barrios, and everything in between. Drawing on the rich traditions of Latinx and Chicago writers like Sandra Cisneros and Gwendolyn Brooks, Olivarez creates a home out of life in the in-between. Combining wry humor with potent emotional force, Olivarez takes on complex issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigration using an everyday language that invites the listener in, with a unique voice that makes him a poet to watch. "The son of Mexican immigrants, Olivarez celebrates his Mexican-American identity and examines how those two sides conflict in a striking collection of poems." (USA Today) 

©2018 José Olivarez (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jose Olivarez
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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In Flanders Field and Other Poems About War

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In World War I, possibly the most horrific modern war, two soldier poets put down their thoughts in poetry telling us much about wars and the people who fight them. This is a wonderful production with a very timely subject.

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Narrator: Ralph Cosham
Length: 53 mins
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The Greatest Ode to Lord Ram

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The Ramcharitmanas is undoubtedly one of the greatest lyrical compositions in Hindi literature. Writing in the 16th century, Tulsidas chose to pen verses in Awadhi rather than Sanskrit, thus breaking with literary tradition and, importantly, making Lord Ram more relatable to the lay person. Pavan K. Varma, author of the best-selling Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker, has selected some of the most evocative stanzas - offering a succinct commentary for each - that capture the very core of the original. While centering the philosophical aspect of the Ramcharitmanas - the immutability of the soul over the merely corporeal; the transience of worldly pleasures; the placing of wisdom above knowledge - The Greatest Ode to Lord Ram describes a devoted son, a loving sibling, a committed lover, an ideal ruler and also a human, almost bereft of divinity. Indeed, Ram is a god and a man; he is comprehensible. Tulsi’s seminal work employs a unique poetic linguistic tool that unravels even the most profound concepts with utmost simplicity, blending philosophy with breathtaking verse. Varma’s compelling new selection and commentary achieves this effect by combining the aesthetics, romance and imagery of the original work with the unadulterated spirituality that sparkles through the conduct of a great god.

©2020 Pavan K Varma (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
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Hope

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A collection of poems by Violet Racine.

©2015 Violet Racine (P)2016 Violet Racine

Length: 4 mins
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Footsteps in the Poison Ivy Patch

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Footsteps in the Poison Ivy Patch is mostly a collection of political and satirical commentary, with a few gallant attempts at genteel observations. The highlight, though, is a picturesque critique on the United States, taking, past, present, and current issues and exposing the deceit and follies that have repeated themselves, starting from the founding of the United States to the current day. This collection of haiku represents the author's tangible loss and emotional regret at the deprivation of the liberty protected in the experiment of the constitution.

©2019 Neal W. Friedman (P)2020 Neal W. Friedman

Narrator: Erin Miller
Length: 38 mins
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Black Love: Romantic Poems by Harlem Renaissance Women

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Enjoy these classic love poems by Harlem Renaissance women authors. The journey here begins in seduction and endures trials and ends with a hint of past wonders.

©2019 Sheryl Dee Mebane (P)2019 Sheryl Dee Mebane

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Dirty Pretty Things

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Dirty Pretty Things is the international best seller by Michael Faudet. A finalist in the 2015 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards, his whimsical and often erotic writing has already captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of people from around the world. He paints vivid pictures with intricate words and explores the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships, and sex. All beautifully captured in poetry, prose, quotes, and little short stories.

©2016 Michael Faudet (P)2019 Random House Audio

Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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La voz de mis alas

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La voz de mis alas es la propuesta más personal de Silvia Congost. En este audiolibro recitado por la autora, conocida por su faceta de psicóloga especializada en relaciones tóxicas, ella nos muestra su otra forma de hablar y sentir el amor y el desamor, la soledad y la amistad, la tristeza y la alegría. La voz de mis alas es un audiolibro de poemas y prosa poética lleno de sensibilidad, en el que la autora nos muestra su yo más vulnerable y nos enseña que solo los valientes son capaces de amar. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Silvia Congost Provensal (P)2020 Editorial Planeta, S.A: Zenith

Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
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Ephemerae

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From the emotional highs and lows of love won and lost to the feelings of hope, fear, anxiety, and loss, this anthology of poems journeys through the ephemera of everyday life - pausing here and there in the realm of dreams.

©2020 Geoffrey Charles Pate (P)2020 Geoffrey Charles Pate

Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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Until Tomorrow Comes

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Through her poetry, author LaDonna Marie introduces a journey of growth and awareness with different life experiences. She shares her poetry in an effort to spark reflection and to enlighten listeners on their own journey as well. Are you feeling lost in some areas of your life?   Are you on the verge of giving up? Are you seeking to become stronger and independent?  Are you seeking a deeper connection to your spirituality?  In answering these questions, you may find some come instantly and some may take time. So, Until Tomorrow Comes, let’s approach each a day with a positive outlook while you search for yourself.

©2013 LaDonna Marie Cook (P)2019 LaDonna Marie

Narrator: Syi Fossitt
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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The Treasury of Victorian Poetry

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William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present Argo Classics, a historic catalogue of classic fiction read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly abridged and remastered stories are now available to download for the first time.  A collection of the greatest poetry from the Victorian era, read by some of the 20th century’s most renowned actors. Science, religion and sexuality are played out in these timeless readings of poetry written during the Romantic period. Performed by Sir John Gielgud, Peter Orr, Gwen Watford and David King. This collection includes poems from: Robert Browning Lord Alfred Tennyson Christina Rossetti Gerard Manley Hopkins Dante Gabriel Rossetti Algernon Charles Swinburne Paul Edmonds Matthew Arnold Haldreyn (William Morris) Arthur Hugh Clough

Public Domain (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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The Poetry of History

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Sir Jonathan Bate examines eight iconic poems inspired by great historical events - and explores the Romantics, John Clare and William Wordsworth. In this BBC Radio 4 series, eminent biographer and broadcaster Sir Jonathan Bate looks at major historical events through the poems they inspired, exploring how history influences poetry and how poetry shapes the way we regard history. Bate interviews historians, scholars and writers to investigate the genesis of eight classic works. Beginning in Dublin, he looks at the history behind WB Yeats' Easter 1916, showing the impact of the Irish uprising on the poet. In Manchester, he discovers how the 1819 Peterloo Massacre sparked the creation of Shelley's The Mask of Anarchy, and in Westminster, he finds out what influence the English Civil War had on Marvell's An Horatian Ode. Visiting the village of Shamley Green and the roof of St Paul's Cathedral, he uncovers the links between TS Eliot's Four Quartets and the devastation of the Blitz. On the Essex coast, Bate delves into one of the classics of the Old English canon, The Battle of Maldon, written in the aftermath of the Anglo-Saxon army's failed attempt to prevent a Viking landing in 991. Coming right up to date, Bate talks to Linton Kwesi Johnson about his poem 'Di Great Insohreckshan', an account of the civil unrest that spilt on to the streets of Brixton in April 1981. Plague and fire ravaged England in 1666, yet for John Dryden, it was a 'year of wonders', as Bate explains in his analysis of Annus Mirabilis. Finally, he considers John Betjeman's Death of King George V, showing how it captures not only the passing of a monarch, but also a subtle shift in the Britain where Betjeman had grown up. Also included are two episodes of In Our Time, in which Jonathan Bate and Melvyn Bragg talk about the Romantics and John Clare respectively, and a 90-minute special, In Wordsworth's Footsteps, revealing the true story of the making of a creative and political radical who was so much more than the famous author of Daffodils. The Poetry of History Presented by Sir Jonathan Bate. Produced by Julian May, Tom Alban and Martin Smith. Readers: Jim Norton, Robert Glenister, Jim Durham, Dr Richard Dance, Julian Glover, Tom Durham, David Timson. With guests including: Theo Dorgan, Anne Enright, Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, Tom Paulin, Clive Emsley, Professor Kelvin Everest, Professor Joad Raymond, Professor Kevin Sharpe, Professor José Harris, Ian Smith, Dr Katie Lowe, Dr Gareth Williams, Linton Kwesi Johnson, John Clare, Professor Justin Champion, Professor Valentine Cunningham, Candida Lycett Green, Hugo Vickers, AN Wilson. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 2nd-23rd April 2006 (Series 1), 25th November-16th December 2007 (Series 2). In Our Time: The Romantics Presented by Melvyn Bragg. Produced by Charles Taylor. With Sir Jonathan Bate, Professor Rosemary Ashton and Professor Nicholas Roe. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 12th October 2000. In Our Time: John Clare Presented by Melvyn Bragg. Produced by Simon Tillotson. With Sir Jonathan Bate, Dr Mina Gorji and Professor Simon Kövesi. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9th February 2017. In Wordsworth's Footsteps Presented by Sir Jonathan Bate. Produced by Beaty Rubens. Featuring Alice Oswald, James Rebanks, Melvyn Bragg, Professor Lynn Hunt, Emily Woof and Adam Nicolson. With Simon Russell Beale as Wordsworth and Laura Christy as Dorothy Wordsworth. Music specially composed by Emily Levy. Viola playing by Aby Vulliamy. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 29th January-12th February 2020.

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Narrator: Jonathan Bate
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
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If They Come for Us

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“A debut poetry collection showcasing both a fierce and tender new voice.” (Booklist) “Elegant and playful...The poet invents new forms and updates classic ones.” (Elle) Named one of the top 10 books of the year by the New York Public Library. Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award  An aunt teaches me how to tell an edible flower from a poisonous one. Just in case, I hear her say, just in case. From a co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls comes an imaginative, soulful debut poetry collection that captures the experiences of being a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America.  Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father. These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people’s histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging. Praise for If They Come for Us “In forms both traditional...and unorthodox...Asghar interrogates divisions along lines of nationality, age, and gender, illuminating the forces by which identity is fixed or flexible. Most vivid and revelatory are pieces such as ‘Boy,’ whose perspicacious turns and irreverent idiom conjure the rich, jagged textures of a childhood shadowed by loss.” (The New Yorker) “This summer, [Asghar’s] debut poetry collection cemented her status as one of the city’s greatest present-day poets.... A stunning work of art that tackles place, race, sexuality and violence. These poems - both personal and historical, both celebratory and aggrieved - are unquestionably powerful in a way that would doubtless make both Gwendolyn Brooks and Harriet Monroe proud.” (Chicago Review of Books)

©2018 Fatimah Asghar (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Fatimah Asghar
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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Pages of My Heart, Book Two

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Life gives us experiences as we interact with fellow human beings. I find it hard to close my eyes to what people do. The evil that is in the world will not give my mind a rest.  The eyes and ears are wonderful organs with which nature has endowed us. They keep sending messages to my heart. As I spend each day, I reflect on what my eyes have seen and what my ears have heard. I see and hear the evil that people do. All these things ache my heart.  On several occasions, I have asked myself, “Why do human beings behave like this? Why is there so much evil in the human heart?” I know, of course, that I don’t have the answer.  I have previously expressed my thoughts as a collection of poems in Pages of My Heart: Book One. But these thoughts keep coming into my heart, and I cannot leave them there. I have got to bring them out and leave my heart bare again. Pages of My Heart: Book Two provides a further expression of those thoughts collected into poetry.

©2018 Joe Kenogbon (P)2018 Joe Kenogbon

Narrator: Jas Walker
Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
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Winning: 30 Days of Motivational Poetry

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Does it feel like everybody's life is propelling forward, except yours? Are you irritated and feeling like you're losing in life? Life, oftentimes, presents a stringent cycle of challenges that repeats until it's broken. To get to the next level in life, you must overcome struggles and times of weakness. In Winning, 1UniqueWriter uses poetic expressions to give encouraging, faith-building revelations about how to fortify yourself. If you're ready to get on track and move pass obstacles.... Get started with this audiobook and break the circle you've been running in.

©2017 1UniqueWriter (P)2018 1UniqueWriter

Length: 37 mins
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Nebraska: Poems

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Kwame Dawes is not a native Nebraskan. Born in Ghana, he later moved to Jamaica, where he spent most of his childhood and early adulthood. In 1992 he relocated to the United States and eventually found himself an American living in Lincoln, Nebraska. In Nebraska, this beautiful and evocative collection of poems, Dawes explores a theme constant in his work - the intersection of memory, home, and artistic invention. The poems, set against the backdrop of Nebraska’s discrete cycle of seasons, are meditative even as they search for a sense of place in a new landscape. While he shovels snow or walks in the bitter cold to his car, he is engulfed with memories of Kingston, yet when he travels, he finds himself longing for the open space of the plains and the first snowfall. With a strong sense of place and haunting memories, Dawes grapples with life in Nebraska as a transplant.

©2019 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2019 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska

Narrator: Kwame Dawes
Author: Kwame Dawes
Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
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Une Saison en Enfer

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Chant païen halluciné, ce poème est une profession de foi, marquée par la quête du salut, les déceptions sentimentales et artistiques, et une réquisition contre la civilisation occidentale. "Prodigieuse autobiographie psychologique, écrite dans cette prose de diamant qui est la propriété exclusive de son auteur" (Paul Verlaine) Contenu : Mauvais Sang 1 Mauvais Sang 2 Nuits de l'enfer Délires 1.1 Délires 1.2 Délires 2.1 Délires 2.2 Adieu

©Domaine Public (P)2019 Isis

Narrator: Jean Deschamps
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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Samay Ki Nadi Par Pul Nahin Hota [There Is No Bridge over the River of Time]

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Rahul Kumar Boyal ki kavitayon ka sangrah. Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi.

©2018 Rahul Kumar Boyal (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Sankalp Rastogi
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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PoeticExpressionism

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PoeticExpressionism is a mix of poetic prose with urban sensibility. Every piece is a unique representation of the human experience in concrete and abstract form. You will be taken on an emotional roller coaster of story, word play, truth, and meaning. Charles creatively and uniquely expresses his thoughts and feelings about life and the world he lives in poetic form. PoeticExpressionism is about being yourself, taking the good with the bad, speaking your truth and being the full expression of living poetry in motion.

©2016 Charles K. Williams (P)2016 Charles K. Williams

Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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La terra desolata

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L'opera più celebre del poeta americano; densa di citazioni letterarie, delle storie ancestrali da ogni angolo del mondo e di ogni piega del tempo. A distillarne l'incanto, a offrirne la chiave di letture, a chiarire i risvolti più intimi con l'uso sottile e consapevole della voce, ci sono, fuse in un fiume unico di emozioni profonde, le corde di un poeta della nostra lingua, Stefano Benni, la traduzione di Roberto Sanesi, le musiche composte da Umberto Petrin, eseguite con Niclas Benni e Carlo Garolf nella direzione tecnica di Fabio Vignaroli.

©2010 Bompiani (P)2010 Full Color Sound

Narrator: Stefano Benni
Author: T. S. Eliot
Length: 48 mins
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Eighteen 6/10/71

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Eighteen 6/10/71: The Poetry of John G. Hunter III is a collection of poems written by John G. Hunter III and given to Bradford G. Wheler for his 18th birthday on June 10th, 1971. Wheler has said many times, "I'm sure I received many fine gifts on my 18th birthday but this is the only one I remember and still treasure."

©2009 BookCollaborative.com (P)2020 BookCollaborative.com

Narrator: F.C. McAllister
Length: 16 mins
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The Girl in the Raincoat

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A love story, in poems.

©2017 Geoffrey Charles Pate (P)2018 Geoffrey Charles Pate

Narrator: Rebecca Reed
Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
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The Body's Question

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The Body's Question by Tracy K. Smith received the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African-American poet, selected by Kevin Young.  Confronting loss, historical intersections with race and family, and the threshold between childhood and adulthood, Smith gathers courage and direction from the many disparate selves encountered in these poems, until, as she writes, "I was anyone I wanted to be."

©2003 Tracy K. Smith; Introduction copyright 2003 by Kevin Young (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Tracy K. Smith
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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Figure di prua

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A Ensenada de Barragán, fra Buenos Aires e La Plata, c’era, sino agli anni Cinquanta, un cimitero di barche e di polene. Forse Juan Octavio Prenz è diventato poeta guardando, nella sua infanzia, quei volti femminili misteriosi e fatali, corrosi dal tempo e dal maltempo, quegli occhi attoniti e spalancati su catastrofi indecifrabili, quelle figure che sulla prua si erano protese in avanti, verso il mare aperto, e marcivano a poco a poco nell’acqua stagnante della baia e nella pioggia, difendendo ostinatamente e vanamente dalla morte la loro forma, il loro nome, le storie aspre e favolose legate alla loro figura, alla barca che le aveva portate sui mari, ai destini dei loro equipaggi. Figure di prua è una raccolta di liriche permeate di una poesia malinconica, appassionata e grottesca. Claudio Magris

©2019 La nave di Teseo Editore Srl. Tradotto da Betina Lilian Prenz (P)2020 Audible Studios

Narrator: Patrizia Punzo
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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Bridge of Time

Summary

Poems.

©2015 Violet Racine (P)2016 Violet Racine

Length: 9 mins
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Test My Pen: Poems (Mes Vers Vers l'Univers)

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Being conscious of my unique genre, I believe it’s my duty to share my verses to my peers and to the world. I learn from nature to write, I am inspired by my environment to describe and glean from other sources to be taught. As someone who is passionate about arts, I have decided to publish my first English poems into a book title: Test My Pen. My poetry is a symphony of love mixed with nostalgia, joy, and melancholy. Some of my poems portray me as a fragile lover, wavering, sometimes cheerful, sometimes sad. In addition to Haitian Creole and French, I also want to write some poems in English so that English listeners can have a taste of my writing. I define itiahism, the literary doctrine that I am the leader, and I also add some poems that my girlfriends dedicate to me, in which they are very natural and romantic.My book is a repertoire of music, patriotism, love, and eroticism. Please, stand with me to help to promote our youth, inclusion and social cohesion. I need your encouragement, and I am opened for critiques to integrate myself into the American literature.

©2019 Wilson Thelimo Louis (P)2019 Wilson Thelimo Louis

Narrator: Clare Radix
Length: 28 mins
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Submerge

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Organized in three sections, Submerge explores immersion in and release from trauma, mental illness, and loss. Part one, “Immerse”, reflects on birth and beginnings while exploring themes of love, self-discovery, and cultural history. Part two, “Drown", examines mental illness, trauma, and loss. Part three, “Emerge”, takes lessons from water and begins a journey toward healing through self-care and gratitude. Throughout the collection, Robinson’s disarming candor, vivid imagery, and supportive message inspire and empower. 

©2019 K.Y. Robinson (P)2019 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: K.Y. Robinson
Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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15 Minutes of Love Poems - Volume 2

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Love.  What is love? The question is asked by each of us, but the answer remains elusive.  Dictionaries summon up many words, but none fulfill. Love itself is often ethereal, felt but only seen in a glance, a look, a fleeting touch. Part of love’s beauty is perhaps in the fact that the question never can be adequately answered; it's ephemeral, a chimera of the heart and only felt. Our own experiences are unique and personal to ourselves and of little help defining it for another. Love is perhaps best expressed through poetry. As Plato said 2,500 years ago, “At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”    Writing a love poem for ones’ partner is seen as the most romantic of gestures. It opens our hearts to another's. Lovers love. Here, in this volume history’s greatest poets convey thoughts, feelings and sentiments of love to you in quick (or bite-size) conversations of verse that can slip into your day and your partner's heart.

©2020 Deadtree Publishing (P)2020 Copyright Group

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Speak to the Card

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Experience. It's embedded in silent moments in the break room, passing encounters with strangers in a big box store, and medical crises in a veterinary hospital. Sarah Field uses brief prose and sparse dialogue to capture meaning in everyday occurrence.  A short collection of poetry and select paragraphs, Speak to the Card offers a thoughtful and perceptive glimpse into who we are and what makes up our lives.

©2018 Sarah Field (P)2018 Catherine Lovering

Author: Sarah Field
Length: 45 mins
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Crossfire

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Crossfire collects Staceyann Chin's empowering, feminist-LGBTQ-Caribbean, activist-driven poetry for the first time in a single work. According to The New York Times, Chin is “sassy, rageful and sometimes softly self-mocking”. The Advocate says that her poems “combine hilarious one-liners with a refusal to conform”, and note “Chin is out to confront more than just the straight world”.

©2019 Staceyann Chin (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Staceyann Chin
Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
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Bisous pour Elena [Kisses for Elena]

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Ceci est une série de poèmes que j'ai écrits uniquement pour Elena. Le plus aimé de mon coeur. J'espère que vous les apprécierez car j'ai mis beaucoup de moi et d'émotion dans chacun d'eux. Please note: This audiobook is in French.

©2018 Timothy C Smith (P)2021 Timothy C Smith

Narrator: Vanessa Bush
Length: 37 mins
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Contemplations: (Unorthodox Poetry & Irregular Observations)

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Unorthodox Poetry & Irregular Observations by Thomas Weston.

©2018 Thomas Weston (P)2018 Thomas Weston

Narrator: Alexa Crema
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
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Poems People Liked (1)

Summary

The people who liked these poems were editors. All the poems were published in books or small magazines. Some of the poems won prizes. Nature, love, loss, creativity, crime, and revelation are some of the subjects. Poetry has always been near and dear to the author's heart. He recently published an autobiographical novel or travel memoir entitled Great Tits I've Known (And Other Species) where similar subjects are explored, and where the prose of the novel aspires to but never quite achieves poetry.

©2016 Jonathan Finch (P)2018 Jonathan Finch

Narrator: Tom Miller
Length: 33 mins
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Shadow of Soul

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Shadow of Soul takes the listener on an emotive pilgrimage of the human experience that isn’t often discussed.  Through the art of dark poetic storytelling, Carrie Lowrance awakens one’s psyche to a wide spectrum of suppressed emotion, from rage to anguish and everything in between. By book’s end, the listener will get to know the entirety of their soul and wholeheartedly embrace it, darkness and all.  Most importantly, this collection of poignant poems teaches us that one’s shadow isn’t an aspect of themselves that they should fear. Beauty and pain reside in every facet of this journey called life.

©2017 Carrie Lowrance (P)2020 Carrie Lowrance

Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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Dusting Contours

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Dusting Contours is a contemplation on the nature of love, passion, devotion, loss, and joy. An anthology of 31 spoken-word performances set to profoundly contemplative music and ambient soundscapes, this sensitive and moving work of art explores the sensual, the passionate, the maternal, the magical, and the sacred. With verse written by British sculptor and songwriter Nicola Ravenscoft; new music composed and performed by her late husband, musician and legendary saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft; and spoken-word performances by Nicola Ravenscroft and actor-producer Craig Van Ness, Dusting Contours takes the listener on an exquisitely beautiful journey through the human heart. .. neverendingly to love unconditionally .. .. in deep gratitude .. to Raphael and to my son Jamie (aka Biometrix) for the laughter, the music, and the love .. through it all ..

©2019 Nicola Ravenscroft (P)2019 Spoken Realms

Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Buoyant Recovery

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These poems on resilience offer a durable hope for hard times. They were all written in June and July of 2020. Ranging from an ode to hackneyed poems about the moon to free verse about schizophrenic walls, these poems should at least give you something new to think about and read to get your mind off of the current pandemic. May the perspective offered in these writings help ease your suffering.

©2020 Maggie Hess (P)2020 Maggie Hess

Narrator: Wesley Lethem
Author: Maggie Hess
Length: 23 mins
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Variations in Verse

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My writing enables me to reach beyond the limitations of my multiple sclerosis. I have suffered this illness for over 30 years, having many relapses during that time. But when I write I am transported from the mundane into the realms of delight and wonder be it poetry or novel, I'm far too busy to be ill.  Please listen and enjoy!

©2018 Dorothy M. Mitchell (P)2018 Dorothy M. Mitchell

Narrator: Wendy Wolfson
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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Una Flor

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Una flor de Alejandro Palomas se presenta como un experimento poético con reminiscencias simbolistas en el que los versos se suceden como reflexiones, certezas e inquietudes. El símbolo, la flor, o, más claramente, una flor, se erige como paralelismo de temas universales, matizados con intensos pensamientos sobre el oficio del poeta y sobre el poema mismo.

©2020 Letraversal (P)2020 Letraversal

Length: 25 mins
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A Fire Like You

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A fierce and lyrical collection of poetry celebrating the moments of triumph and beauty in our lives, as well as the moments of despair - recasting them as opportunities for growth. In this never-before-published collection, poet Upile Chisala grapples with themes of love, loss, and desire. Throughout this third book, she explores her identity as a black Malawian woman, offering intimate reflections on her life and experiences, imparting a stirring, universal message of empowerment and self-love.

©2020 Upile Chisala (P)2020 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Upile Chisala
Length: 47 mins
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La Iliada [The Iliad]

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La historia de la guerra de Troya. La anecdota suele regodearse sobre la figura legendaria de Homero, supuesto juglar ciego que iba de pueblo en pueblo cantando sus grandes narraciones epicas. La Iliada, una narracion de la Guerra de Troya, originada en el rapto que hizo Paris de la mujer mas bella del mundo, Helena y La Odisea, la descripcion de las aventuras del sabio Ulises u Odiseo en su vuelta a Itaca, su patria, terminada la guerra de Troya, sus aventuras en el camino y su encuentro con la fidelidad de Penelope, su mujer, que habia resistido todos esos anos el asedio de ambiciosos pretendientes. La verdad parece ser que esos cantos fueron creados a lo largo de varios siglos, con poetas que iban agregando a la historia. Pero sea como fuere, las dos obras son de una fuerza que todavía, despues de 25 siglos asombra, y haya existido Homero o no, quien haya sido el autor de estos dos poemas epicos tiene su puesto asegurado entre los grandes autores de la humanidad. This timeless poem, more than 2,700 years old, still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amid devastation and destruction as it moves inexorably to its wrenching, tragic conclusion.

©2003 Disonex S.A. (P)2003 Disonex S.A.

Narrator: Daniel Quintero
Author: Homer
Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
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La Odisea [The Odyssey]

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La Odisea se llama asi por las fantasticas e increíbles desventuras de Odiseo ocurridas entre su partida de los campos troyanos y su arribo en Itaca 33 años después. Junto con la Illiada, La Odisea constituye una de las piedras angulares de la cultura occidental. El relato que hace Homero de las aventuras de Odiseo en su camino de regreso desde Troya hasta su patria, Ítaca, ha sido desde siempre una mina inagotable de motivos e imágenes para escritores y artistas. Relatos como el de Cíclopes y Polifemo, con las Sirenas, con la maga Circe o la ninfa Calipso, así como la venganza que Odiseo lleva a cabo sobre los pretendientes de su mujer, Penélope, son solos algunos de los episodios que han fecundado sin cesar la imaginación de los hombres. La Odisea es un relato inolvidable, cuyo protagonista, rico en recursos, se mueve por intereses y motivaciones mucho mas próximos a los del hombre y la mujer de todos los tiempos. El libro La Odisea fue escrito por Homero y pertenece al genero Griega y Romana. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

Public Domain (P)2007 Mediatek S.A

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Let Our Memories Escape: Poems to Remember

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This collection of poetry focuses on time and its effects. The forgotten and the overlooked is explored, as is one's place in time and the larger world. Various places, people, and times are remembered and described in evocative detail. These poems will engage and entertain the listener; they are relatable and clear yet just nebulous enough to make thoughts linger and develop - speaking obliquely from me to you. Enjoy this tribute to all of our memories. Truly, regardless of specific circumstance, we all face similar obstacles, challenges, and regrets of some sort as we walk through this life; and we all experience similar emotions of joy, fear, and worry at times as well. These poems seek to express such common feelings. Let them say what you cannot - offering a voice to your unspoken thoughts, an honest cadence for your steps.

©2021 Thomas Colquith (P)2021 Thomas Colquith

Narrator: Chip Davis
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Everyday, the World Would End

Summary

Everyday, the World Would End is a modern poetry collection that examines the darker parts of depression, the everyday struggles that come with anxiety, and how it really feels to deal with self-hatred on a regular basis.  This collection is deeply personal to the author, but she hopes that by revealing her worst moments, someone else will find a way through theirs, that someone else will know that they are not alone in their darkest emotions, and that someone will realize life happens wherever you are, and there is always a way to survive it. In this collection, G.C. Saiz writes about old and painful memories, new fears, and the various ways she knows she hurts herself. Listen to it if you need to know you are not alone.

©2020 Grace C. Saiz (P)2020 Grace C. Saiz

Narrator: Jordan Scherer
Author: G.C. Saiz
Length: 41 mins
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The Author to Her Book: Women on Creativity

Summary

Enjoy these fun, inspiring, and touching poems by women authors writing about inspiration, their own works, and the art of others. This collection overlaps with my other mini collections that are ideal for black history and women’s history programs.

©2019 Sheryl Dee Mebane (P)2019 Sheryl Dee Mebane

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Il ceppo

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È la sera della vigilia di Natale nelle colline della Garfagnana (Lucca). Tutti si apprestano a partecipare ai riti sacri della nascita del divin bambino. Marietta, una giovane domestica resta sola in casa a badare al camino e al ceppo di quercia vi che brucia gentilmente e lentamente. Ma Marietta non è veramente sola... accade un "miracolo" per un istante e poi scompare, e con esso scompare anche la luce della mente.

©2019 il Narratore audiolibri (P)2019 il Narratore audiolibri

Length: 22 mins
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Life, A Bit More?

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Other than a few poems in reference to veterans, the topics are basically my experiences in dealing with life as a double amputee. It is meant to inspire, motivate, and be inspirational! Barach HaShem, Hebrew, meaning “Praise His Name”.

©2019 Andrew Thomas Elder (P)2019 Andrew Thomas Elder

Narrator: Tim Paulson
Author: Andrew Elder
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

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National Book Award finalist, Iraq war veteran, novelist, and poet Kevin Powers creates a deeply affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting captures the many moments that comprise a soldier's life: Driving down the Texas highway; waiting for the unknown in the dry Iraq heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written with evocative language and discernment, Powers' poetry strives to make sense of the war and its echoes through human experience. Just as The Yellow Birds was hailed as the "first literary masterpiece produced by the Iraq war", (Los Angeles Times) this collection will make its mark as a powerful, enduring work.

©2014 Kevin Powers (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Kevin Powers
Author: Kevin Powers
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Midnight Forever: The Black Market

Summary

The fifth book of poetry from StraightJacket Publications, Midnight Forever: The Black Market by Brandon D. Henry! Poems of my love of ghosts, death, finding a place to belong, my love of owls, going drinking with my ghosts, love, a poem story of a walking angel, a poem story of a ghost ship, and more!

©2015 Brandon D. Henry (P)2016 StraightJacket Publications

Narrator: Jamica Hooks
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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William Bonney's Electric Book of Hours

Summary

Inspired by the legendary William Bonney - more famously known as 'Billy the Kid' - William Bonney's Electric Book of Hours is a collection of contemporary poems and prose written by award winning multimedia artist, writer-director, and filmmaker, Jason Rosette (BookWars, 10,000 Miles to Go: An American Filmmaking Odyssey, Lost in New Mexico, Freedom Deal). "Jason Rosette has conjured up a modern Book of Hours inspired by modern saints and martyrs, such as Kerouac and Billy the Kid (aka William Bonney)...this buoyant book of reminisces chronicles people and places met along the way, in prose and “pomes” not without areas of darkness, as in a canvas by Caravaggio. Rosette’s was a journey from small town America to the America of his dreams that never quite adhered to any one place, but always seemed to beckon from just down the road." (Ralph Feliciello, editor) Alternately atmospheric, humorous, sentimental, and noirish, William Bonney's Electric Book of Hours roams from character-driven streets of New York City to the haunted highways and deserts of New Mexico, rebounding with orbed precision to the perimeters of the Libyan desert, the arroyos of New Mexico, and beyond!

©2021 Jason Rosette (P)2021 Jason Rosette

Narrator: Jason Rosette
Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
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What My Hand Say

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What My Hand Say, on one hand, is a bold unapologetic tribute to Black people living their lives in South Carolina. While on other hand, it is a palpable reckoning with the state’s weighted history. In this book, Glenis Redmond’s poems span from the 1800s to the present. The impact of going from poem to poem purposely causes emotional whiplash, as if to say welcome to the volatile place, in which “I/we have always had to live.”

©2016 Glenis Redmond (P)2020 Glenis Redmond

Narrator: Andia Winslow
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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Maun Ke Anunaad Se Bhara Main

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Hamaare jeevan men anek rngon kaa melaa lagaa huaa hai. Kabhee sukh kaa kabhee duahkh kaa, kabhee prasannataa kaa kabhee aansuon kaa, kabhee nukasaan kaa kabhee faayade kaa, kabhee snvedanaheenataa kaa kabhee snvedan sheelataa kaa..... Jo snvedanaheen hote hain vo jeevan men kuchh naheen kar paate, jo snvedanasheel hote hain vo ban jaate hain kavi, shaayar, lekhak, rachanaakaar, kalaakaar aadi. Aise log rishton kee keemat jaanate hain unhen shiddat ke saath jeenaa jaanate hain chaahe vo bhotik jeevan men nimn pad hon yaa uchch pad par. Jee haan aise hee ek vyakttitv kaa naam hai ajay shreevaastavaa “ ajey ” bhaarateey rel men uchch raajapatrit prashaasanik pad par hain. Vo jitane achchhe prasaashanik adhikaaree hai utane hee achchhe aur savendanasheel kavi bhee. Ajay jee jitane baaharee mitron ke prati iimaanadaar hain us se kaheen adhik apane rishton ke prati bhee. Unakaa pratham kavitaa sngrah ‘baa_oojee’ isee baat kaa gavaah bhee hai. Apane pitaa ko baa_oojee snbodhan denaa unake prati atirikt aadarey bhaav praka? karanaa hai aur inakee vartamaan kavitaa ‘maun ke anunaad se bharaa main’ inakee saaree kavitaa_en paripakvataa lie hue jeevan darshan ko samaahit karate hue hai. Apane is sngrah men parivaar ke saath bitaaye ga_e ek-ek pal, un sabakee aadaton aur vyavahaar ko bahut khoobasooratee se is kavitaa men piroyaa hai. -- ?ao?. Vi??au saksenaa. Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi.

©2019 Ajay Srivastava (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Mukesh Pandey
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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Poems About Dreams

Summary

Why do we dream? What is the meaning of our dreams? Why are some dreams so beautiful, passionate and yet others wistful and full of longing and regret? Why are some dreams so frightening and disturbing that they can haunt the bright day that we wake up in? Even in the technologically developed world we live in today, we still have no scientific and rational answer to these honest and heartfelt questions that every man and women asks themselves. Clearly there is no logical way to analyse dreams. And so it becomes the challenge of our literary dreamers, our poets, to artfully put down in words their own courageous attempts to interpret our visions of the night. “Thank God for dreams! I, desolate and lone, In the dark curtained night, did seem to be The centre where all golden sun-rays shone.” From "Dreams" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox All poetry in this anthology is in the public domain.

Public Domain (P)2021 Laurence Flood

Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
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Library of Small Catastrophes

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Library of Small Catastrophes, Alison Rollins's ambitious debut collection, interrogates the body and nation as storehouses of countless tragedies. Drawing from Jorge Luis Borges's fascination with the library, Rollins uses the concept of the archive to offer a lyric history of the ways in which we process loss. "Memory is about the future, not the past", she writes, and rather than shying away from the anger, anxiety, and mourning of her narrators, Rollins's poetry seeks to challenge the status quo, engaging in a diverse, boundary-defying dialogue with an ever-present reminder of the ways race, sexuality, spirituality, violence, and American culture collide.

©2019 Alison C. Rollins (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Janina Edwards
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience is a collection of 45 poems by English poet William Blake. "Songs of Innocence" is the first part of the collection and appeared in 1789 with engraved illustrations by Blake. The second part, "Songs of Experience", also illustrated, was added in 1794 when Blake published the whole under the full title of Songs of Innocence and Experience Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul.  The categories of innocence and experience are states of mind and ways of seeing that roughly correspond to the classical model of “paradise” and “fall”, as in Milton’s Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. Blake helped formulate the then contemporary Romantic notion of childhood as a state of innocence, without fear, inhibition, or corruption; and adulthood as a contrary and fallen state of original sin prey to oppression, corruption, and power.  The opposition is reinforced by poems with like titles and contrasting themes in each part. The poems are short, simple, and acutely sensitive to both joys of life and the harsh realities of class and poverty in the emerging Industrial Revolution.

Public Domain (P)2020 MP3 Audiobook Classics

Narrator: Douglas Harvey
Length: 50 mins
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Pages of My Heart

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From the day that you are born into this world, you start to experience what life throws at you. For some of us, it is largely a pleasant experience. For other people, however, it is a different story. As I spend each day of my life, I reflect on what I have seen, heard, and felt. I see the evils that people do. Some of these things have caused me to ask myself so many questions, to which I know, of course, I have no answers. A lot of the things that I have seen in life makes my heart ache. I have always thought of a way to express my thoughts. Pages of My Heart, is a collection of these thoughts put together into poetry. The thoughts have been put together in a listenable format. It will not only appeal to poetry enthusiasts, but also to listeners of good audiobooks, and those who care about our world. The poems pertain to several issues that cut across all ages, and children will find some of them interesting. Such poems as, "The Lizard By My Window," "Under The Mango Tree," and "Mr Trouble," will particularly appeal to children as well as adults. This is the first of the series. I hope you enjoy your listening.

©2017 Joe Kenogbon (P)2017 Joe Kenogbon

Narrator: Matt Jamie
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
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The Poems: Volume 1

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A collection of original poems on love, hate, life, death, despair, and joy. Most are classically and formally structured. Perfect for kids and adults alike.

©2014 Carlos Salinas (P)2017 Carlos Salinas

Length: 31 mins
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The Safety of Objects

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On the surface, material objects are just that. Inanimate things that can be seen, touched, smelled, heard, tasted, and sometimes all five.  However, us humans have a way of associating meaning to even the most ordinary seeming of items, from allergy-inducing grass blades to delectable candy and everything in between. Some objects bring us all-encompassing comfort, while others bring us undeniable distress. The saying one person’s trash is another person’s treasure certainly rings true here.  Whether you are a chocoholic or a coffee aficionado, this unique collection of poetry belongs on your bookshelf.

©2015 Carrie Lowrance (P)2020 Carrie Lowrance

Narrator: Cat Iring
Length: 34 mins
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As Soft as Fire

Summary

As Soft as Fire collects Upile Chisala’s three acclaimed poetry books - soft magic, nectar, and a fire like you - in audiobook form, complete with the author’s reflections on her inspiration and process.  soft magic, Chisala’s debut collection, explores themes of survival and healing; nectar expands on the topics of growth and renewal despite hardship; and a fire like you, her most recent collection, celebrates self-love and desire.

©2020 Upile Chisala (P)2020 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Upile Chisala
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
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Like This

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Summary

Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), a saint of the Islamic world, is now recognized in the West as one of the most popular poets. His words are charged with an unequalled blend of literary genius and spiritual wisdom. No matter how often we listen to Rumi, each time is always the first time. This audio edition includes 22 of Rumi's most beautiful poems.

©1989 Coleman Barks (P)2016 Audio Literature / Phoenix Books

Narrator: Coleman Barks
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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Poemi epici del 1500 - Ariosto e Tasso (selezione)

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I brani scelti dall "Orlando Furioso" di Ludovico Ariosto, vi faranno rivivere le disparate e fantastiche avventure dei cavalieri medioevali e dei loro amori per le donne. Il tradizionale stile cavalleresco è pretesto per uno spettacolo immaginario di duelli e di battaglie, di viaggi incredibili, di mostri e castelli incantati, d'amicizia e d'amore, di tradimenti e d'inganni, narrato con un ritmo irresistibile e con uno stile assolutamente brillante. I brani della "Gerusalemme liberata" di Torquato Tasso descrivono il mondo della nobiltà feudale attraverso le fantastiche e drammatiche avventure dei suoi personaggi, e l'amore è trattato come la tentazione di una felicità tutta terrena in contrasto con la spiritualità religiosa. Indice: Ariosto - "Orlando Furioso": Proemio, Ariosto - "Orlando Furioso": Angelica in fuga, Ariosto - "Orlando Furioso": Cloridano e Medoro, Ariosto - "Orlando Furioso": La pazzia di Orlando, Ariosto - "Orlando Furioso": Astolfo sulla luna, Tasso - "Gerusalemme liberata": Dedica, Tasso - "Gerusalemme liberata": Erminia fra i pastori, Tasso - "Gerusalemme liberata": Morte di Clorinda. Insieme a questo titolo potrai ricevere un documento PDF con contenuti extra. Contatta l'Assistenza Clienti per riceverlo.

©2014 il Narratore Srl (P)2014 il Narratore Srl

Narrator: Moro Silo
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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100 Greatest Poems: Paul Verlaine, Victor Hugo, Baudelaire

Summary

The greatest poems from the greatest masters of French literature have been put together in a brilliant English adaptation in the form of an audiobook. Dive deep into Victor Hugo's superb style, with excerpts from his "Contemplations" or "Autumn Leaves"; enjoy the ephemeral poetry of Verlaine and the darkness of Charles Baudelaire's "Flowers of Evil", narrated with precision and subtlety by Katie Haigh and Paul Edwards.

©2017 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2017 Compagnie du Savoir

Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
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The Winter I Remember

Summary

The chill of the wintertime and the memories its wind blew in. Eugene Lucas divvied his thoughts with the good and bad days of his life in The Winter I Remember.

©2014 Moore & Poesy Publishing (P)2015 Moore & Poesy Publishing

Narrator: Donald R. Emero
Author: Eugene Lucas
Length: 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Ziggy's Prime

Summary

A poem that encapsulates the spirit of Ziggy at the time...for a while at least...if you were there you will remember...if not you will know.

©2014 Claire Lamont (P)2016 Claire Lamont

Narrator: Leanne Yau
Length: 1 min
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The Raven

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"The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word "Nevermore". The poem makes use of folk, mythological, religious, and classical references. Poe claimed to have written the poem logically and methodically, intending to create a poem that would appeal to both critical and popular tastes, as he explained in his 1846 follow-up essay, "The Philosophy of Composition". The poem was inspired in part by a talking raven in the novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty' by Charles Dickens. Poe borrows the complex rhythm and meter of Elizabeth Barrett's poem "Lady Geraldine's Courtship", and makes use of internal rhyme as well as alliteration throughout. "The Raven" was first attributed to Poe in print in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845. Its publication made Poe popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success. The poem was soon reprinted, parodied, and illustrated. Critical opinion is divided as to the poem's literary status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written.

©2018 Edgar Allan Poe (P)2018 AB Books

Narrator: Michael Scott
Length: 10 mins
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You Can Never Speak Up Too Often for the Love of All Things

Summary

Poems based on themes from meditation, inspired by the hope of promoting loving kindness and kinship through the realization of impermanence. Influenced by classical poetry, anchored in social and ethical values, the author attempts to integrate scientific thought with poetic and reverential awareness of the natural world.

©2004 Paul R. Fleischman, M.D. (P)2011 Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

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Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
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We Inherit What the Fires Left

Summary

William Evans, the award-winning poet and cofounder of the popular culture website Black Nerd Problems, offers an emotionally vulnerable poetry collection exploring the themes of inheritances, dreams, and injuries that are passed down from one generation to the next and delving into the lived experience of a black man in the American suburbs today. In We Inherit What the Fires Left, award-winning poet William Evans embarks on a powerful new collection that explores the lived experience of race in the American suburbs and what dreams and injuries are passed from generation to generation. Fall under the spell of Evans' boldly intimate, wise, and emotionally candid voice in these urgent, electrifying poems. This eloquent collection explores not only what these inheritances are composed of, but what price the bearer must pay for such legacies, and the costly tolls exacted on both body and spirit. Evans writes searingly from the perspective of the marginalized, delivering an unflinching examination of what it is like to be a black man raising a daughter in predominantly white spaces, and the struggle to build a home and a future while carrying the weight of the past. However, in beautiful and quiet scenes of domesticity with his daughter or in thoughtful reflection within himself, Evans offers words of hope to listeners, proving that resilience can ultimately bloom even in the face of prejudice. Fans of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Hanif Abdurraqib will find a brilliant, fresh new talent to add to their lists in William Evans.

©2020 William Evans (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: William Evans
Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
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Lara

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"Lara" is a tragic narrative poem in two cantos. It was first published anonymously by Lord Byron in 1814 alongside the poem "Jacqueline" by Samuel Rogers. The poem is the fourth in the series of Byron's Oriental Romances or Heroic Tales - the other poems being "The Giaour", "The Bride of Abydos", "The Corsair", "The Siege of Corinth", and "Parisina". It is often considered to be a sequel to "The Corsair", although the characters of Lara and Conrad differ considerably. Count Lara returns home after a long absence abroad. He is accompanied by a single page, the faithful Kaled. In his youth, prior to his travels, Lara had led a dissolute life. On his return he is much changed - haughty, reserved, and world-weary. Nothing is known of his life in the interim. During an evening function given by the Count Otho, a local magnate, the host's cousin, Sir Ezzelin, angrily confronts Lara with accusations of unnamed crimes abroad. Otho intervenes and an appointment is made for the following day for the local nobles to hear and judge the accusations.

Public Domain (P)2021 Rob Goll

Narrator: Rob Goll
Author: Lord Byron
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Goodnight Youth

Summary

Goodnight Youth is a short and eclectic collection of poems centered around two central themes: Regret and love. The poems in this collection explore, deconstruct, and reaffirms these universal themes.

©2019 Nathan Nicolau (P)2020 Nathan Nicolau

Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Gedichte von Timothious [Poems by Timothious]

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Dies ist ein paar Gedichte, die zwischen 1989 und 1995 schrieb ich für Frauen, die ich mich Hals über Kopf verliebte. Hoffe, dass Sie sie genießen. This is a few poems that I wrote in between 1989 and 1995 for women that I fell head over heels in love with. Hope that you enjoy them. Please note: This audiobook is in German.

©1989, 2020 Timothious Smith (P)2020 Timothious Smith

Narrator: Ute Gutschner
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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Rape of the Soul

Summary

The Rape of the Soul speaks about what many masters have told in the past and many would tell in the future. Yet, what makes it special is the form it is written in and the way it has been told and re-told. The 154 sonnets signify the number of sonnets composed by William Shakespeare. These sonnets speak about a realization of soul. Each sonnet is a subject within itself and at the same time every sonnet connects to the next to tell the story in completeness. Inspired from the holy books, the first sonnet speaks about a soul which cannot be killed, drowned, pierced or burned but is subjected to a larger than life crime of raping it. The work is titled as per the theme and shows various scenarios from the classical illustration of seven deadly sins to the modern crime of not doing justice to one's own talent. Not stopping at stating the problem it moves onto speak about the consequences and then the solution. What makes this work special is that though it deals with a sensitive issue it does not intend to preach.

©2014 Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd (P)2016 Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd

Narrator: Coulter Evans
Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
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The First Pasture

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Rev. Manwoo A. Kim started writing poetry during his college days at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Reading this volume containing Rev. Kim's poems (translated from Korean by Onyoo Elizabeth Kim, Esq.), the reader will benefit from his many years of viewing the world through poetic lenses. Rev. Kim's poems reflecting on the grace of God inspire the reader to higher things, and his poems focusing on the suffering of Jesus Christ for His people will move the readers to tears. Furthermore, his poetic reflections are a window into the particular experience of Korean evangelical Christians living in the USA. Majority of the Koreans living in the USA are evangelical Christians, so this book will help the reader to understand her Korean neighbors better.

©2003 Manwoo A. Kim (P)2013 The Hermit Kingdom Press

Narrator: Tara Bast
Author: Manwoo Kim
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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Reflections of the Self

Summary

A collection of poetry, wisdom, and insights born of silence.  Be present,  For now is all that exists. Grow, enjoy, and act morally. Drop your ego, listen, Empathise and forgive. Trust your intuition and be compassionate.  Nothing more is within your control. Let it go and just feel. Accept yourself.

©2020 Zachary Phillips (P)2020 Zachary Phillips

Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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La Odisea [The Odyssey]

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Los viajes y aventuras de Ulises. La anecdota suele regodearse sobre la figura legendaria de Homero, supuesto juglar ciego que iba de pueblo en pueblo cantando sus grandes narraciones epicas. La Iliada, una narracion de la Guerra de Troya, originada en el rapto que hizo Paris de la mujer mas bella del mundo, Helena y La Odisea, la descripcion de las aventuras del sabio Ulises u Odiseo en su vuelta a Itaca, su patria, terminada la guerra de Troya, sus aventuras en el camino y su encuentro con la fidelidad de Penelope, su mujer, que había resistido todos esos anos el asedio de ambiciosos pretendientes. La verdad parece ser que esos cantos fueron creados a lo largo de varios siglos, con poetas que iban agregando a la historia. Pero sea como fuere, las dos obras son de una fuerza que todavia, despues de 25 siglos asombra, y haya existido Homero o no, quien haya sido el autor de estos dos poemas epicos tiene su puesto asegurado entre los grandes autores de la humanidad. The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey though life. Odysseus' reliance on his wit and willingess for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his 10-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.

©2003 Disonex S.A. (P)2003 Disonex S.A.

Narrator: Daniel Quintero
Author: Homer
Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
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nectar

1 rating

Summary

In nectar, Chisala guides listeners through a beautiful process of growth and renewal. These poems celebrate our always complex, sometimes troubled roots while encouraging us to grow through and beyond them toward a passionate self-love. Chisala’s hope is that her words will encourage listeners to sow seeds of change in their own lives and the lives of others.

©2019 Upile Chisala (P)2019 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Upile Chisala
Length: 39 mins
Available on Audible
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William Blake: Essential Poems

Summary

One of the most celebrated poets in the English language, William Blake crafted visions of Heaven, Hell, God, and Apocalypse. Effortlessly leaping from philosophy, to nursery rhymes, to mystic visions, Blake left a body of work that still puzzles scholars, and thrills listeners. So sit beside William Blake, and let him tell you of the Tyger, the Lamb, and the Everlasting Gospel.   Included works:  "There Is No Natural Religion" "All Religions Are One" "Tiriel" "The Book of Thel" "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"  "A Song of Liberty"  "Visions of the Daughters of Albion"  "America, a Prophecy"  "Songs of Innocence and Experience"  "The Book of Urizen" "Europe, a Prophecy"  "The Song of Los"  "The Book of Ahania"  "The Book of Los"  "Milton" "The Everlasting Gospel"

©2020 Ayrton Parham (P)2020 Ayrton Parham

Narrator: Ayrton Parham
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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If Never Spoken

Summary

A strong agitation with a purpose to express life. A conflict of its existence to incite the world. If Never Spoken is a driven and sensual collection of poems from Eugene Lucas.

©2015 Moore & Poesy Publishing (P)2016 Mootre & Poesy Publishing

Narrator: Jeff Werden
Author: Eugene Lucas
Length: 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Billy Collins Live

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In this exclusive audio publishing event, Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, shares an evening of his poetry in a benefit reading for WNYC, New York Public Radio. Often compared to Robert Frost, his poetry has been embraced by people of all ages and backgrounds, and his readings are most often standing room only. Performed by the author at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City, Billy Collins reads 24 of his poems, including "Dharma", a spiritual yet humbling ode to man's best friend, "The Lanyard", an amusing recollection about the popular, if not pointless, summer camp pastime, and "Consolation", a tongue-in-cheek reflection of a cancelled European trip, and the benefits of staying home instead. In addition to the poetry readings, Collins also spends some time in a brief question and answer session where he reflects on what makes good poetry, his own process of reaching his audiences as a poet, the success of his Poetry 180 programs in schools nationwide, and an amusing sidebar on his memories growing up as an only child. At times pensive and sardonic, amusing and subtly sarcastic, Billy Collins Live celebrates both the simple and the complex in a language that appeals to all.

©2005 Billy Collins (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Billy Collins
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Eleven Books of Collected Poems and Observations

Summary

This volume contains 11 books of poems and observations by Thomas Weston and spans the period of 2006-2010. Mr. Weston is noted for his biting wit and sarcasm that pierces through the hypocrisy that so often characterizes present-day America.

©2006 - 2010 Thomas Weston (P)2015 Thomas Weston

Narrator: David K. Aycock
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
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Poeta en Nueva York

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Este audiolibro está narrado en castellano. Una dura crítica al capitalismo en la obra más surrealista del autor. Considerada por la mayoría de críticos como la mejor obra del autor, en "Poeta en Nueva York" llegan a su punto culminante los procedimientos formales lorquianos, que sirven de base a una radical protesta social y a una penetrante indagación metafísica. Federico García Lorca es uno de los poetas españolas más reconocidos. Nació el 5 de Junio de 1898. Además de poesía escribió obras de teatro y también fue director de teatro. Viajó a Nueva York donde escribió sus poemas más conocidos.

©2020 SAGA Egmont (P)2020 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Joan Mora
Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Scarcity

Summary

From the author of Bastards comes Scarcity, the new collection of poetry. Bleak, philosophical, and with an often surgical precision, it is a journey through emptiness, environmental collapse, and poverty that is at the same time rich with humanity, raw emotion, and hope.

©2020 Christopher Edge (P)2021 Christopher Edge

Length: 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Paul Revere's Ride

Summary

Paul Revere is the subject, and his famous ride is the adventure found in this short poem by acclaimed author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. A delight for all ages, narrated by Glenn Hascall.

Public Domain (P)2015 Glenn Hascall

Narrator: Glenn Hascall
Length: 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Ghazal Mandakini

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Jeevan kaa mool sukh man kee shaanti hai aur man kee shaanti keval sachche karm se hee praapt ho sakatee hai. ‘gazal mndaakinee’ mere karm kee vo aanndama_ii anubhooti hai jise likhate hue mainne man kee manamohak, bhaavavibhor karane vaalee usee shaanti kaa anubhav kiyaa hai. Kavitaa kavi kee apratim anubhooti hai chaahe vo dinakar kee rashmeerathee ho yaa tulasee kee raamacharit maanas, gaalib kee gazalen hon yaa meer ke she’r. Jeevnt anubhav ko jab kisee bndhan men baandhaa jaa_e to kavitaa kaa janm hotaa hai. Man kee gaharaa_iyon men jab bhaavon kaa jvaar u?hataa hai tab kavi use binaa kisee aakrosh yaa gam ko praka? kie kaagaza par uker detaa hai, vahee kaavy kee sarjanaa hai. ‘gazal mndaakinee’ ek snkalan hai itihaas men gha?it gha?anaa_on kaa aur vartamaan men beetate manaaveey moolyonu kaa, jahaan kavitaa_en itihaas ke kiradaaron se baat karatee hai to gazal aaj ke samaaj ko aaiinaa dikhaatee prateet hotee hai- abhi?ek naagar Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi.

©2018 Abhishek Nagar (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Sumit Kaul
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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15 Minutes of Love Poems - Volume 3

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Love.  What is love? The question is asked by each of us, but the answer remains elusive.  Dictionaries summon up many words, but none fulfill. Love itself is often ethereal, felt but only seen in a glance, a look, a fleeting touch. Part of love’s beauty is perhaps in the fact that the question never can be adequately answered; it's ephemeral, a chimera of the heart and only felt. Our own experiences are unique and personal to ourselves and of little help defining it for another. Love is perhaps best expressed through poetry. As Plato said 2,500 years ago, “At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”    Writing a love poem for ones’ partner is seen as the most romantic of gestures. It opens our hearts to another's. Lovers love. Here, in this volume history’s greatest poets convey thoughts, feelings and sentiments of love to you in quick (or bite-size) conversations of verse that can slip into your day and your partner's heart.

©2020 Deadtree Publishing (P)2020 Copyright Group

Length: 16 mins
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Pray the Rain Never Ends

Summary

A collection of Joel's work over the years. Included in this work are: Midnight Express, Cold Black Stone, For The Salem Witch, Goodbye, Pray The Rain Never Ends, Reflection, The Chase, and much more! As a bonus, there is an exclusive look at his Novel coming Fall 2008.

©2008 Joel Haynie (P)2013 Joel Haynie

Length: 57 mins
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Love Poems for People with Children

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One of Fredericksburg Free Lance Star's Best Books of 2019  In the spirit of his wildly popular New Yorker pieces and the New York Times best seller Love Poems for Married People, Thurber Prize winner John Kenney presents a hilarious new collection of poetry for people with children. With the same brilliant wit and hilarious realism that made Love Poems for Married People such a hit, John Kenney is back with a brand new collection of poems, this time taking on the greatest "joy" in life: children. Kenney covers it all, from newborns, toddlers, and sleep deprivation, to the terrible twos, terrible tweens, and terrible teens. A parent's love is unconditional, but sometimes that button can't help but be pushed. Between back to school shopping, summer vacations that never end, the awkwardness of puberty, the inevitable post-college moving back in, and more, a parent's job is never done, whether they like it or not.

©2019 John Kenney (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: John Kenney
Author: John Kenney
Length: 49 mins
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John Donne

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The status of John Donne (1572-1631) as one of the greatest poets in the English language is firmly established. He strongly influenced writers of the 17th century, and modern poets such as T.S. Eliot have praised and imitated Donne's work. His poetry is characterized by dramatic, witty, and bold language; by strikingly original imagery; and rhythms based on everyday speech. Like Shakespeare, Donne was a genius at making common words yield up rich, poetic meaning. His thought is complex, but his poems unfold in a logical way.

(P)1992 by Blackstone Audiobooks

Author: John Donne
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
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Vivre !

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Artiste lyrique de renom à la voix chaude de mezzo, Cécile le Ray s'est produite sur de nombreuses scènes : Théâtre des champs Élysée, Unesco, La Madeleine... Repérée parJacques Chancel, elle participe en 1988 au Téléthon d'Antenne 2. France 5 lui consacrera un documentaire réalisé par Jean-Claude Darrigaud. Cécile le Ray aime aussi écrire et a déjà publié deux livres audio de contes pour enfants. Aujourd'hui elle réunit textes et musique de sa composition en chantant des mélodies auréolées des émotions que chacun de nous ressent tout au long de sa vie. Sa voix se fait plus intime, plus enveloppante pour communiquer dans cet album l'émerveillement "à portée de main" de la vie qui nous entoure. Merci à Joris Bernard du studio JONESY pour ses arrangements.

©2019 Cécile Le Ray (P)2019 Cécile Le Ray

Narrator: Cécile Le Ray
Length: 17 mins
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Icarus Airlines

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Taylor's first live spoken-word program since 2003, Icarus Airlines, contains 34 poems, including "The Miracle Workers", "Holding Your Position", "The Mascot of Monterrey", "Best Conversation on Race", "The Apologia of Hephaestus", "Practice Pheasant", "Depression, Too, Is a Kind of Fire", "The New Ash on the Roof of Our Building", "My Mother's Gardening Journal", "Remarkable Man", "I Am Loving You", "Your Eyes Are My Only Limitless Now", "Another Preposition Entirely", "The Lanyard" (by Billy Collins), "They Don't Make Loaves of Bread That Big", "Pizza", "When Does the Human Heart Rest?", "Bodhisattva", "Reading Allowed", "On Girls Lending Pens", "Nightfall", "For Health and Strength", "Salvation Army", "The Trusting Time", "Eight-Hour Spanish Bus Ride", "Entire Act of Sorrow", "Healing Orange", "Maybe For You It Is Today", "The Gates", "The Day Is Blue", "Defending American Interests", "For the Life of Me", "That Moment" (by Chad Anderson), and "The Second Pass" (with Emil Brikha). Please Note: Taylor Mali's work explores a variety of social and cultural issues in a dynamic and uninhibited way. Therefore, some material in this program may not be appropriate for very young listeners.

©2008 Taylor Mali (P)2008 Words Worth Ink

Author: Taylor Mali
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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Zwischen Raum und Zeit

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Wir versuchen die musikalischen Welten der klassischen und modernen europäischen Musik und die Bilder der persischen Poesie zusammenzubringen. Begleitet werden die Melodien von rezitierter Poesie, die den deutschen Zuhörerinnen und Zuhörern über den Klang selbst und über die deutsche Rezitation einen besonderen Zugang zu der blumigen Sprachwelt der persischen Lyrik und ihrer kraftvollen Bilder ermöglicht. In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©2020 GLM Music GmbH (P)2020 GLM Music GmbH

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Poems: Poems for Poem's Sake

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This is a poetry book that describes poems for the sake of poems, just for your listening pleasure. 

©2020 T.N "Lilly" W-B (P)2020 T.N "Lilly" W-B

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Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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Mystical Musings: A Collection of Poetry

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This audiobook features a collection of poems written by RK Wheeler. The mythical, the memorable, and the magical. 

©2018 Robert Kenneth Wheeler Jr. (P)2018 Robert Kenneth Wheeler Jr.

Narrator: Kyle Walton
Length: 45 mins
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Trilce [Spanish Edition]

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Trilce, the avant-garde collection by the genius César Vallejo, unabridged. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2016 RUMI Productions LLC (P)2016 RUMI Productions LLC

Narrator: Bruno Casanova
Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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A People's History of Chicago

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Known variously as "the Windy City" "the City of Big Shoulders," or "Chi-Raq", Chicago is one of the most widely celebrated, routinely demonized, and thoroughly contested cities in the world. Chicago is the city of Gwendolyn Brooks and Chief Keef, Al Capone and Richard Wright, Lucy Parsons and Nelson Algren, Harold Washington and Studs Terkel. It is the city of Fred Hampton, House Music, and the Haymarket Martyrs. Writing in the tradition of Howard Zinn, Kevin Coval’s A People’s History of Chicago celebrates the history of this great American city from the perspective of those on the margins, whose stories often go untold. These 77 poems (for the city’s 77 neighborhoods) honor the everyday lives and enduring resistance of the city’s workers, poor people, and people of color, whose cultural and political revolutions continue to shape the social landscape. Kevin Coval is the poet/author/editor of seven books, including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and the play, This Is Modern Art, co-written with Idris Goodwin. Founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, Coval teaches hip-hop aesthetics at the University of Illinois - Chicago. The Chicago Tribune has named him "the voice of the new Chicago" and the Boston Globe calls him "the city’s unofficial poet laureate."

©2017 Kevin Coval (P)2018 Kevin Coval

Author: Kevin Coval
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
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Say What?

Summary

A recording of poetry.

©2015 Lynda Cordova (P)2015 Lynda Cordova

Length: 22 mins
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Incomplete

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When you find an old notebook you never know what you will find sometimes. I was going through what I thought was a notebook with my first book of poems in it. Instead, I found a few poems that I had left out for one reason or another. Which leads to this book and its title. This is a group of poems that I wrote over several years about several different subjects. Mostly about relationships and love. I hope you enjoy these poems.

©2015 Timothious Clayton Smith (P)2016 Timothious Clayton Smith

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Length: 29 mins
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I Canti di Castel Vecchio [Songs of Castel Vecchio]

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La prefazione illumina sulle intenzioni dell'autore e sul significato dell’opera: «Crescano e fioriscano intorno all’antica tomba della mia giovane madre myricae autunnali […] Mettano queste poesie i loro rosei calicetti intorno alla memoria di mia madre, di mia madre che fu così umile, e pur così forte, sebbene al dolore non sapesse resistere se non più di un anno. Io sento che a lei devo la mia abitudine contemplativa cioè, qual ch’ella sia, la mia attitudine poetica. Non posso dimenticare certe sue silenziose meditazioni in qualche serata, dopo un giorno di faccende, avanti i prati della Torre. Ella stava seduta sul greppo; io appoggiavo la testa sulle sue ginocchia. E così stavamo a sentir cantare i grilli e a vedere soffiare i lampi di caldo sull’orizzonte. Io non so più che cosa pensassi allora: essa piangeva. Pianse poco più di un anno, e poi morì.»I Canti di Castelvecchio sono una raccolta pascoliana del 1903: il titolo pare voglia creare un collegamento con i "Canti" leopardiani, suggerendo così, secondo l'interpretazione di Giuseppe Nava, l'ambizione ad una poesia più elevata. Castelvecchio è la frazione di Barga, in Media Valle del Serchio, nel quale Pascoli aveva acquistato una casa in cui soggiornò molto a lungo, dedicandosi alla poesia e agli studi di letteratura classica (sono famose, e tuttora visibili, le tre scrivanie per lavorare nelle tre lingue, italiano, latino, greco). Qui gli parve di aver finalmente ricostituito il "nido" distrutto di San Mauro. I Canti di Castelvecchio sono fitti di richiami autobiografici e di rappresentazioni della vita in campagna. Il motto iniziale è il medesimo di Myricae: "arbusta iuvant humilesque myricae" (piacciono gli arbusti e le umili tamerici; ma Pascoli traduce myricae con "cesti" o "stipe"). In tal modo, Pascoli recupera il legame con la raccolta precedente e la poetica del "fanciullino", accentuandone però la valenza simbolica.Please note: This audiobook is in Italian.

Public Domain (P)2010 Bronteion

Narrator: Valentina Lenzi
Length: 20 mins
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Kahlil Gibran: Selected Works

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The words of Kahlil Gibran give his book The Prophet a broad range of inspiration and philosophy. They provide exceptional insight into human desires and understanding. The vivid observations are vibrant with feeling and acceptance of life’s many questions and hopes. One review saluted the story as being untouched by the harshness of life. Gibran’s other two books, The Forerunner and The Madman, are of deep assistance in the same manner.

Public Domain (P)2021 John D. Rayburn

Narrator: John Rayburn
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
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I for INFJ

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The examined life is worth living. Within this book, you will find the deepest sorrows and connections, the most intimate reflections. Talented poets reveal the experience of being human in a world strangely opposed to authenticity.  I for INFJ is an anthology by writers with "The Advocate" personality type - equipped with profound emotional understanding and startling insights into our internal lives.  A collection of sincere, touching, and sometimes heartbreaking poetry to draw you in.

©2020 Alexander Wallis and Nicole Wild (P)2021 Alexander Wallis and Nicole Wild

Narrator: Julia Garlotte
Length: 53 mins
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Dreams of the Dreamer: Poems on Love and Longing From Women of the Harlem Renaissance

Summary

Enjoy these love and longing poems by Harlem Renaissance women authors. The journey here begins in dreams, moves with passion, and ends with heartache.

©2019 Sheryl Dee Mebane (P)2019 Sheryl Dee Mebane

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Notes from 1619

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Horace Mungin’s brave attempt to fight against the multiple manifestations of injustice imposed by the conscious erasure of African American history is in keeping with the best of contemporary African American literature. Mungin deftly imagines the horrors of the Middle Passage, taking us back to the Cape Coast of Africa and telling the story of Khadija, “born to a time of trouble,” who was captured, imprisoned, and carried on the slave ship, Clotilda “to look upon the world / That dark day of the / Darkest days in America.” And so it begins, the narrative journey that sweeps through these poems describing the African experience in America, “in this vacuum where there is no God.” In the pivotal poem “America,” Mungin lays it all out for us, from the “hocus pocus” of the ways in which the Constitution did not apply to Black people, to the failures of Reconstruction and all that follows, these poems weave our history together until the present day and the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. This is a narrative we’ve never heard told in quite this way, and it provides a context and an understanding long missing from our national conversation.

©2020 Evening Post Books (P)2020 Evening Post Books

Narrator: Matt Jones
Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
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Wine Songs, Vinegar Verses

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Sometimes lovers enter a relationship with the best of intentions but wind up in a place far from love.     Sometimes poets attempt love poems, simple and pure, but.... Over breakfast, a husband trying to deny creeping out on his wife the previous night can't help but give hints about the creepy things he really did. On a beach, a man minding his own business is accosted by a pretty woman before a strong tide embarrasses them both. A husband and wife debate over what to name a child conceived illicitly. A tone-deaf proposal for marriage ends in murder. A traditionally arranged marriage spins into a deranged and surreal nightmare.  These aren't anti-love poems. These are poems born and burned out of love.  It's not recommended that a listener attempt the entire book in one sitting. Many of the poems are dense, complex, and may go straight to the head. Best to hearken in small doses, with a preferred drink in hand.

©2013 Harambee Grey-Sun (P)2018 Harambee Grey-Sun

Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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Illuminatis

Summary

Open your eyes, let it be - this is the way to the light. Reality is fictional to those who are not right. Follow me into the light. Follow me into life....

©2013 SOG Books (P)2021 SOG Books

Narrator: Robert Craft
Author: J.J. Tucker
Length: 31 mins
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The Prelude

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Summary

Wordsworth's The Prelude is the consummation of his achievement as the great founder of English romanticism. An autobiography in verse, it tells of his childhood in the Lake District, his student days in Cambridge, his passion for the French Revolution and his later disenchantment with it. It also tells of his personal journey to a belief in Nature as the great moral and spiritual force which shapes human life, but on which human society all too often turns its back. Sub-titled "Growth of a Poet's Mind", The Prelude is both a key document in the history of English literature and an inspiring work of imagination. It is as fresh and challenging today as when it was written two centuries ago.

Public Domain (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks

Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Lovely Lady

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Lovingly is a woman as joyous and sexual, as courageous and adroit, as life itself. Lovely Lady unfolded the love for feminine beauty, the invited touch for passion, and the welcoming of poetry, while having pleasure a voice unutterable. Eugene Lucas' poetry book is a streetwise risible collective sexy well-rhymed.

©2015 Moore & Poesy Publishing (P)2015 Moore & Poesy Publishing

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Author: Eugene Lucas
Length: 12 mins
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Rain Painter

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Some Contemplative Writing students have spoken about the contemplative writing process as a "river of words" or a freeing of the writing processes. Contemplation is the mental easing of something that often results in the release of more inner workings than initially expected. I find when writing becomes less of a course of nature for me, painting and letting out imagery and color can itself ease up the processes of writing. These past few years I have been deeply studying and practicing meditation, which shares something with contemplation. There is a part of meditation involving physical stillness that comes to mind. In some meditation processes, nonjudgmental concentration is placed on something basic like the breath while much of the rest of what is being done can just be simply sitting quietly. Itches inevitably occur, or uncomfortable feelings that might be eased by adjusting the leg or sitting differently. Holding still through this discomfort can benefit the meditative process by building neurological synapses that strengthen willpower against things like impulses. You can learn more about this in The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal. The reason I mention stillness and the urge to ease it is because “easing” is really my main subject here. Writing and painting are expression and with that they are movement, and there is a place for that, and arguably that is the whole point of a Contemplative Writing experience. When I took my Contemplative Writing course, I was struck by the gaps in the professor's teaching verbosity, as she expressed instruction to the class, I always was impressed by the manner in which she orated with moments to pause in silence. In the course of my last few days of creativity, there has been an interplay between my thoughts, periods of rest, moments of expressive painting, and writing. I have only shared some of this with you so far, the cat and bird painting and the three sequential poems about something that happened to me. But I think it would do a disservice to the disclosure of how I created these things to neglect to tell the full story. The start of these pieces was not a touch of paint to a brush tip or a pen on a pad, it was what went on in me in thought and feelings. You have to give yourself the liberty of being the most important thing. Just know art and poetry are the opposite of narcissism. The start of this cycle of creating is sometimes a vague thing to pinpoint, but this time I can think of an exact moment. I was undergoing deep contemplation in a strange point of time in the course of a day. In fact, I had been sound asleep for hours. It was the middle of the night, and I came to awareness that I was awake only after this occurred. I do not talk to enough people about midnight occurrences to know if this is common. Anyway, what it was that I realized was that fear I was feeling about the next leg of my life was not a necessary motivating force. I realized I can be motivated by anything, so I decided to be motivated by love. (Then later I googled my thoughts and realized John Lennon has similar ideas.) So it has been a few months before I have taken out the paints but something in me needed the paints soon after this occurrence, and I don't know if it more realistic to say the root cause was thoughts or feelings. Who knows the answer to that. It was a moment of thoughts and feelings. I guess feelings came and then thoughts and then more feelings. So I got an idea that I would do some abstract conceptual paintings about fear and love on post it notes without sticky backs as my low budget paper. Sometimes I enjoy working on a small piece of paper because it takes less work to finish, and often my artistic depictions are just expressive dashes, rather than strategically planned instrumentations. So my expression was abstract at first, paint that just was eager to get chosen and splashes of it. A turquoise cloud of "fear"....

©2020 Maggie Hess (P)2020 Maggie Hess

Author: Maggie Hess
Length: 10 mins
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Eloquent Love Notes

Summary

Allow the poetic expressions of Eloquent Love Notes to guide you through a journey of admiration, love, and raw emotions. The author desires for you the experience the beauty of words written from the heart. The author wants you to search within your soul to explore love at its most purest form.

©2015 LaDonna M Cook (P)2020 LaDonna M Cook

Narrator: Sara Hogan
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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My Heart Beats

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My Heart Beats is a poetic heart-cry of the unborn innocents who have already perished and those who are destined to die. Some of what you will listen might sound harsh or confrontational. Truth sometimes comes across that way, even when the one penning the words does not intend to be harsh, just honest.  These poems are not meant to cause confrontation between you and me or you and the person who suggested this book, but they are meant to confront a lie that has caused a grievous situation within our culture and our world. If you are pregnant and weighing your options, this audiobook is for you. If you have already had an abortion, please listen - this book is for you. If something you hear causes you to feel guilty or ashamed, please know that nobody is judging you. Quite the contrary! Please listen until the end! Relief and hope are available from those deep and painful emotions.

©2019 Poetess K (P)2020 Poetess K

Narrator: Stephen Carlock
Author: Poetess K
Length: 15 mins
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The Power of Summer!

Summary

The Power of Summer! is a chapbook of bubble gum/pop poetry. It's about everything that makes Los Angeles what it is: happy, colorful, provocative, musical, beautiful, handsome, beach, and surfing!  Turn up the volume on your radio, and dance down the street like everyone's watching!

©2020 Waide Aaron Riddle (P)2020 Waide Aaron Riddle

Narrator: Bobby Gaglini
Author: Waide Riddle
Length: 16 mins
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Fantasies of the Waking Dreamer

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A short collection of poetry by author K. W. McCabe. This collection includes: "Rain" "Dead Dreams" "Happiness and Joy" "Heart's Dawn: The Death of Cupid" "Liquid Star: Goodbye Earth" "Pass the Birthday Cake" "Looking Back"

©2012 K.W. McCabe (P)2013 K.W. McCabe

Narrator: Rye Taylor
Author: K. W. McCabe
Length: 6 mins
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Love Poems for Married People

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New York Times best seller Based on his wildly popular New Yorker piece, Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney presents a hilarious collection of love poems for, well, married people. Full of brilliant wit, dynamic energy, and a heavy dose of reality, Love Poems for Married People takes the poetic form, turns it upside-down, and leaves it in the dishwasher to dry. Inspired by one of the most shared New Yorker pieces of all time, this collection captures the reality of life once the spark of a relationship has settled - and hilariously so. With brand new pieces that cover all areas of married life, from parental gripes to dwindling sex lives, Kenney's wry observations and sharp humor remind us exactly what it's like to spend the rest of your life with the person you love. I was almost feeling fondness for you As you gave me a shoulder massage at the sink - What a small, lovely surprise. And then you grabbed my boobs and made a "wha-wha" noise. In an instant, I felt disgust and sadness and regret.

©2018 John Kenney (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: John Kenney
Author: John Kenney
Length: 45 mins
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Ramblings of the Clinically Depressed

Summary

This collection of writing...picking up from where Images of Darkness, Vol. 1 left off...dives even deeper into the abyss of deep depression.

©2016 Timothy Grassan (P)2016 Timothy Grassan

Narrator: Dustin Davis
Author: T. Grassan
Length: 57 mins
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Chasers of the Light

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The epic made simple. The miracle in the mundane. One day, while browsing an antique store in Helena, Montana, photographer Tyler Knott Gregson stumbled upon a vintage Remington typewriter for sale. Standing up and using a page from a broken book he was buying for $2, he typed a poem without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything. He fell in love. Three years and almost 1,000 poems later, Tyler is now known as the creator of the Typewriter Series: a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method. Chasers of the Light features some of his most insightful and beautifully worded pieces of work - poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.

©2014 Tyler Knott Gregson (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Length: 56 mins
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Poetry of K.Y. Robinson: The Chaos of Longing and Submerge

Summary

Immerse yourself in the poetic world of K.Y. Robinson. The Poetry of K.Y. Robinson: The Chaos of Longing and Submerge is an audio collection of K.Y. Robinson’s work, including unabridged narration of her first two books, interwoven with author commentary and musical accompaniment. This bundled audiobook allows listeners to access all of Robinson’s poetry in one place, and to gain insight into her development as a poet.  

©2019 K.Y. Robinson (P)2019 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: K.Y. Robinson
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
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Le Romantisme

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Le lyrisme se définissant comme l'expression de sentiments personnels, la poésie romantique est essentiellement lyrique : effusion du moi avec un goût marqué pour la mélancolie, lemal de vivre, les souffrances affectives, la méditation sur la ort, sur Dieu, sur l'amour et la fuite du temps, sur la nature et la gloire, mais aussi sur la fonction du poète (Hugo) ou le fantastique (Nerval). Les poètes romantiques assoupliront l'expression versifiée, à la recherche d'une plus grande musicalité et quelques audaces dans les mots et les images. Leurs poèmes seront plutôt longs, ce que la génération suivantes trouvera pesante, oratoire et convenue ! Contenu : Le Lac Premier regret Chant de Suzanne Fantaisie Tristesse d'Olympia L'absence

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