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  1. 1.6 hrs • 9/16/2016

    Seer, prophet, visionary, preacher, Walt Whitman stands out as one of poetry's towering anomalies: in celebrating the trees, water, sky and air, the bear, the eagle, the buffalo and the lion, Whitman expressed a uniquely democratic vision that engulfs not only the American continent but the entire universe. His passionate vehemence, his faith in the common man, and his unflinching pursuit of the truth gave form to an arsenal of ideas, inspiring and motivating generations of writers to come.

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  2. 1.1 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book 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 readers 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.

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    Milk and Honey

    Read by Rupi Kaur
    1.1 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.2 hrs • 7/11/2016 • Unabridged

    Jane Austen’s last novel, “Persuasion,” tells the story of Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth. Seven years after Anne rejects the man she loves after a family friend persuades her that he isn’t a good enough match for her, Frederick Wentworth returns to England looking for a wife. Jane Austen completed the manuscript of “Persuasion” in the summer of 1816. It was not published until after her death. Jane Austen’s poems were mostly occasional, light comic verses written to celebrate events, like a marriage or the birth of a child, to entertain family and friends. This delightful selection, with an introduction by Alison Larkin, ranges from “This Little Bag,” which Austen wrote on a tiny piece of paper placed in the pocket of a tiny bag she gave to her niece on Christmas night 1792, to “When Winchester Races,” written in July 1817, just three days before her death.

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    Persuasion and Poems

    10.2 hrs • 7/11/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 0.9 hrs • 6/21/2016 • Abridged

    Jay Parini’s readings are always an event, but too rare. For the first time, Parini has recorded his best known and most recent poems in an audiobook that welcomes the listener to enter his universe, which revolves around his deep connection to nature and underlines his concerns about the impacts of pollution and climate change. The audiobook follows the pattern of his popular readings, with the poet introducing each poem with context and comments, invariably revealing and often amusing. In these beautiful, haunting poems, Parini writes about the landscapes of mining country, of the railroads of Pennsylvania, of farm country, of worlds lost, families dispersed, faith tried and contested. Poems include: 1) Over the River 2) West Mountain Epilogue 3) In the Library After Hours 4) Historiography 101 5) The Grammar of Affection 6) Unpatriotic Gore 7) Poem with Allusions 8) Lament of the Middle Man 9) Old Frogs 10) Blessings 11) After the Terror 12) I Was There 13) The President Eats Breakfast Alone 14) High School 15) At the Ruined Monastery in Amalfi 16) The Trees Are Gone 17) Rain Before Nightfall 18) Playing in the Mines 19) The Conversation in Oxford 20) The Missionary Visits Our Church in Scranton 21) Coal Train 22) Anthracite Country 23) Swimming in Late September 24) This Reaping 25) High Gannet 26) Creed 27) The Insomniac Thinks of God 28) History 29) The Art of Subtraction 30) Amores (After Ovid) 31) Borges in Scotland 32) The Lost Soldiers 33) Old Teams 34) Reading Through the Night 35) A Knock at Midnight

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    West Mountain Epilogue

    0.9 hrs • 6/21/16 • Abridged
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  5. 2.3 hrs • 6/21/2016 • Unabridged

    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.

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    No Matter the Wreckage

    Read by Sarah Kay
    2.3 hrs • 6/21/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.0 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E. B. White’s stroll around Manhattan remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America’s foremost literary figures. The New York Times named Here Is New York one of the ten best books ever written about the metropolis, and the New Yorker called it “the wittiest essay, and one of the most perceptive, ever done on the city.” Included with this essay are two short poems by E. B. White: “Commuter” and “Critic,” both published in the New Yorker in 1925.

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    Here Is New York by E. B. White

    Here Is New York

    Introduction by Roger Angell
    1.0 hrs • 5/3/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.9 hrs • 4/27/2016 • Unabridged

    As Vergil had surpassed Homer by adapting the epic form to celebrate the origin of the author’s nation, Milton developed it yet further to recount the origin of the human race itself and, in particular, the origin of and the remedy for evil; this is what he refers to as “things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.” After a statement of its purpose, the poem plunges, like its epic predecessors, into the midst of the action, shockingly bringing to the front the traditional visit to the underworld, for Satan’s malice is the mainspring of the negative action. But at the center of the poem lies the triumph by the Son of God over the angelic rebels, which counteracts Satan’s evil design. To preview this pattern, the fallen angels’ council in hell is counterbalanced by a council in heaven, in which the Son offers himself as a scapegoat for mankind long before the original sin has been committed. With this background, the narrator introduces us to Eden and our “Grand Parents.” Satan is detected spying on them and is expelled from the garden, after which God sends an angel to tutor Adam and Eve in the history of the heavenly war that has led to the present situation. At Adam's request, the heavenly guest then recounts the creation of the visible world, explaining also the proper nature of development, whereby all things proceed from lower to higher by refining that which nourishes them. Satan, however, returning in the form of a snake, offers Eve an evolutionary shortcut in the form of a magical food capable of endowing her with super powers. He claims it has conferred on him both reason and speech. Since Eve is suffering at the moment from a fancied slight to her moral strength, she allows herself to forget her recent lesson and yields to this temptation. Adam, unable to imagine life without Eve (and failing to explore alternatives to sin), accepts the fruit from her and eats as well. Satan’s triumph is short-lived, for although hell and the world of mankind are now linked by a broad highway, he and his followers are humiliated in hell by being turned involuntarily into snakes every year. Whatever their reasons, both Adam and Eve have disobeyed their Maker’s sole command, and both are condemned to mortality and expulsion from the garden, but before they leave they are vouchsafed another history lesson, this time of the world to come: the progress of sin, the Savior’s coming, and the growth of the church. Pronunciation: Although a Cambridge M.A., Milton was born and raised in Cheapside, within earshot of the bells of St. Mary-le-Bow, which would make him a Cockney, and the educated dialect which he spoke more nearly resembled the speech of modern Ireland or Ohio than of today's London. Therefore no British accent has been used for this recording, with rare exceptions like making shone rhyme with gone, as Milton's spelling shon specifies. For the most part, modern pronunciation has been employed, as Milton would doubtless have preferred, being so self-consciously avant garde as, for example, to require by his spelling that participles be clipped (e.g., despis'd, rang'd, stretcht) rather than given the syllabic -ed ending. However, he was equally firm about specifying personal preferences that have not survived in standard English on either side of the Atlantic, such as hunderd, heighth, sate (for sat), and elisions like th'ocean. Although blind, he meticulously checked the proofs of his poems and sent his publisher lists of errata with spelling corrections like these. He even distinguished between their and thir, me and mee. Wherever possible these distinctions have been respected. Research has also determined that he probably gave long vowels to the -able suffix and to the syllable -ube in cherube, but since there is little to be gained by honoring such idiosyncracies, they have not been consistently preserved. On the other hand, metrical considerations demand pronunciations such as SUpreme, blasPHEmous, REcepTAcle, and even ACcepTAble and unACcepTAble. Yet, even where corroborative evidence can be found in Shakespeare or elsewhere, such bizarre pronunciations have been kept to a minimum if the meter can be preserved without deviating from modern pronunciation (TRIumph has generally been preferred to triUMPH and inVISible to INviSIble). The Text: Because the Rev. H. C. Beeching, editor of the volume, was sensitive to the importance of Milton's spelling and apostrophes, his text provides ample support for the pronunciations employed in this reading. However, the reader is encouraged to pay attention to the notes at the end of each book, to which Beeching has consigned some of Milton's maturest artistic decisions.

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    Paradise Lost

    10.9 hrs • 4/27/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 1.3 hrs • 4/22/2016 • Unabridged

    Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) is widely famed as one of the greatest writers of all time. He is best known for his works of horror, such as "The Tell Tale Heart." However, and this is less known, Poe also wrote many love poems. In this collection of forty-eight poems by Edgar Allan Poe we will go through a wide variety of themes, from horror and raw creepiness in "The Raven" to pure love in "A Valentine" to depression in "Alone." Throughout all of his poems Poe kept a very strong meter and rhyme scheme. This is most obvious in "The Bells."

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    Edgar Allan Poe Poems

    1.3 hrs • 4/22/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 19.8 hrs • 4/19/2016 • Unabridged

    With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer’s timeless epic of the Trojan War. Composed around 730 B.C., Homer’s Iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-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 and yet devastating in its precision and power.

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    The Iliad

    Translated by Caroline Alexander
    19.8 hrs • 4/19/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 15.3 hrs • 2/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Lord Byron’s satirical take on the legend of Don Juan is a moving and witty poem that sees the young hero in a reversal of roles. Juan sheds his image as a womanizer and instead becomes the victim of circumstance as he is relentlessly pursued by every woman he meets. Comprising seventeen cantos of rhyming iambic pentameter, the poem is a crisp and accessible meditation on the madness of the world.

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    Don Juan

    15.3 hrs • 2/15/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 4.1 hrs • 2/4/2016 • Unabridged

    This brilliant new treatment of the oldest epic in the world is a literary event. Esteemed translator and bestselling author Stephen Mitchell breathes life into a 3,700-year-old classic, delivering a lithe and muscular rendering that shows how startlingly alive Gilgamesh is, how filled with intelligence and beauty. It is the story of literature’s first hero, an historical king of Uruk in Babylonia, and his journey of self-discovery. Along the way, Gilgamesh discovers that friendship can bring peace to a whole city and that wisdom can be found only when the quest for it is abandoned.

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    Gilgamesh

    A translation by Stephen Mitchell
    4.1 hrs • 2/4/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 1.3 hrs • 1/15/2016 • Audio Theater

    An adaptation of the prose & poetry of author Raymond Carver and his wife Tess Gallagher. The story chronicles the final year of Carver’s life when he was struggling to finish his final book. This two-person play is a co-production with Chicago’s City Lit Theater.

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    A Hero’s Journey

    Play arrangements by Mark Richard
    Poems and prose by Raymond Carver and Tess Gallagher
    Performed by John Mahoney and Kelly Nespor
    1.3 hrs • 1/15/16 • Audio Theater
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  13. 3.5 hrs • 12/30/2015 • Unabridged

    Ear candy, compelling spoken word and lyrical storytelling.

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    STREETWORDZ

    Read by Good Crip
    3.5 hrs • 12/30/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 0.8 hrs • 12/13/2015 • Unabridged

    In every season, life on America’s high plains is at once harsh and beautiful, liberating and isolated, welcoming and unforgiving. The poems of Cloudshade take readers through those seasons, illuminating the intersections between the external and internal landscapes.

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    Cloudshade

    Read by Lori Howe
    0.8 hrs • 12/13/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 33.2 hrs • 11/1/2015 • Unabridged

    This remarkable poem, dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I, was Spenser’s finest achievement. The first epic poem in modern English, The Faerie Queene combines dramatic narratives of chivalrous adventure with exquisite and picturesque episodes of pageantry. At the same time, Spenser is expounding a deeply felt allegory of the eternal struggle between truth and error.

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    The Faerie Queene

    33.2 hrs • 11/1/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 1.7 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    For fans of Lang Leav, beloved pieces from Lullabies and Love & Misadventure are collected together in this treasury. In addition, thirty-five new poems that have not been published in any Lang Leav collection offer something new to discover. The best of Leav’s evocative poetry in a gorgeous package!

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    Memories

    1.7 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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