Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath.
Published by Sourcebooks Media Fusion, October 2001. Edited by Elise Paschen and Rebekah Presson Mosby. Narrated by Charles Osgood.
352 pages. 9 1/2 by 10 1/2 harcover with 3 audio CDs.
Dominique Raccah is founder, president and publisher of Sourcebooks first envisioned Poetry Speaks in 1997 as an interactive, engaging way to experience spoken and written poetry.
The power of spoken poetry is at the heart of Poetry Speaks. Poetry is a vocal art, an art meant to be read aloud. Listening to a poem read aloud can be a transforming experience. Poetry Speaks not only introduces the finest work from some of the greatest poets who ever lived, it reintroduces the oral tradition of poetry.
Poetry Speaks features the work of 42 of the most influential writers in modern poetry—written and performed—from 1892 to 1997. This book combines their most significant poems in print with the authors themselves reading their poetry on 3 audio CDs: 98 recorded poems by 42 poets and 210 total poems.
Poets range from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, E. E Cummings and Dorothy Parker to Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Poetry Speaks contains:
– The poems that are read by the poet on audio CDs plus additional poems in print form to allow the reader to further explore the poet’s work.
– A short biography and a photo of each poet
– Original manuscripts, letters and other memorabilia
– An original essay for each poet written by today’s most influential poets including: Seamus Heaney on W.B. Yeats; Billy Collins on Ogden Nash; Mark Strand on Wallace Stevens; Jorie Graham on Elizabeth Bishop; Glyn Maxwell on Dylan Thomas; Sonia Sanchez on Gwendolyn Brooks; Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove
About the Editors:
Elise Paschen, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America from 1988-2001, is the cofounder of “Poetry in Motion,” a nationwide program that places poetry posters in subways and buses, reaching more than 10 million people a day with poetry. A graduate of Harvard University, she holds M. Phil. And D.Phil. degrees in twentieth-century British and American Literature from Oxford University. She is the author of Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; and Houses: Coasts. Her work has been published in magazines such as Poetry magazine, The New Yorker, The New Republic and The Nation, and in numerous anthologies including Reinventing the Enemy’s Language and A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women. Coeditor of Poetry in Motion, Dr. Paschen teaches in the writing program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Currently, she is a Frances Allen Fellow at the Newberry Library.
Rebekah Presson Mosby interviewed more than 350 contemporary poets and writers as the host and producer of the syndicated radio literature series New Letters on The Air from 1983-1995. Since 1987, she has filed 140 art news features and six one-half hour documentaries as a freelance reporter for National Public Radio. She also freelances as a producer/editor for Rhino Records. Her Rhino titles include the audio anthologies In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry and Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work.
About the Narrator:
Charles Osgood, often referred to as CBS News’s poet-in-residence, has been the anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning since 1994. He also anchors and writes The Osgood File, his daily news commentary broadcast on the CBS Radio Network. A graduate of Fordham University in New York, Osgood has been inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. He has received numerous awards for his work, including three Peabody Awards, three Emmys and a Marconi Radio Award. He is the author of five books, including The Osgood Files and See You on the Radio, and edited the 2001 release, Kilroy Was Here.