Friday, December 09, 2005

A chance to speak out ...

Naxos AudioBooks has a competition for Voice of the Year: "The Male Poetry Reader of the Year and the Female Poetry Reader of the Year will headline a 2-CD set – Poetry for the Winter Season – to be released in October 2006."
Many years ago -- I was in college -- one of the three major networks -- I don't remember which -- broadcast during prime time a program of poetry reading. It was a sort of cavalcade, one poem seguing into another. The one I remember best was Hurd Hatfield, the actor who had the title role in the classic film of The Picture of Dorian Gray, reciting T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of JU. Alfred Prufrock," strolling among the ladies in a drawing room. It was mesmerizing. I am convinced if more such were done more people would discover the power that poetry can have.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the Lannon Audio Archives.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you. I had the great joy to be at the last Geraldine R Dodge Poetry Festival and really discovered the power of hearing poetry. There is a wonderful internet archive of free audio recordings--poetry and prose--at

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