Sunday, May 28, 2006

Why poets should find actors ...

... to perform their poems. Admittedly, it's hard to get better than Richard Burton reading John Donne.


  1. Anonymous8:05 AM

    All depends on what you're looking for in a reading!

    For Mary Oliver fans, a reading in Seattle she gave shortly after her lifetime partner, Molly Malone Cook died:

    I went to the Geraldine R. Dodge festival one year to hear her read, and was heartbroken to learn she was too ill to attend.

  2. I look for someone with a good voice who can read well. I can name any number of poets who don't pass muster. In fact, poets who read well seem to be the exception. One of the best was Kenneth Patchen. I have never heard Mary Oliver, but it so happens I just happen to have found a CD of her reading 40 of her poems. So I'll take a listen