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  1. 0.6 hrs • Nov/01/2016 • Unabridged

    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 readers 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.

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    Love Poems

    Read by Armando Durán
    0.6 hrs • Nov/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.4 hrs • Apr/19/2016 • Unabridged

    From the voice of Fenway Park comes a collection of 64 humorous and nostalgic poems celebrating the Boston Red Sox.A commonwealth institution and popular local television personality who is also the announcer, ambassador, and poet laureate for Fenway Park, Dick Flavin has entertained audiences with his incredible poetic talent and abiding love for the Red Sox before countless home games for more than 20 years. Now this legendary talent’s poems are gathered together for the first time in this keepsake volume.As a beloved Red Sox insider, Flavin has been privileged to watch history in the making, from the team’s 2005 World Series victory that finally broke its nearly century-long “curse” to road tripping with Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to witnessing Ted Williams’ final appearance at the plate. His pithy and comedic verses—including such gems as “The Beards of Summer,” “Long Live Fenway Park,” and his best known “Teddy at the Bat”—pay homage to the American pastime, New England’s favorite team and players (and the curses and legends that have followed it), and the passionate Nation that has remained faithful through victory and defeat.

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    Red Sox Rhymes

    Read by Dick Flavin
    1.4 hrs • Apr/19/2016 • Unabridged
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  3. 1.2 hrs • Jan/06/2015 • Unabridged

    A collection of classic love poetryComposed by many of the world’s best known and most celebrated poets—including William Blake, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Robert Frost, James Joyce, Christina Rossetti, William Butler Yeats, and others—Valentines spans not only the ages, but the full range of passionate expression of love in all its forms and stages.

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  4. 1.2 hrs • Apr/01/2014 • Unabridged

    The award-winning author of The Yellow Birds returns with an extraordinary debut poetry collection. 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 Iraqi 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.

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    Letter Composed during a Lull in the Fighting

    Read by Kevin Powers
    1.2 hrs • Apr/01/2014 • Unabridged
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  5. 0.9 hrs • Feb/01/2013 • Unabridged

    In this collection of fourteen poems by veteran vocal performer Carrington MacDuffie, spoken word is interwoven with music, sound, and vocals to create evocative and richly colored works of the imagination. Surreal, with a hint of the fairy tale, crossing grittiness with sweetness and light, the stories and images are haunting, engaging expressions of the female voice. Other voices are brought in to accent the work, and the music moves from meditative and entrancing to energized and impassioned. This highly original, multilayered confluence of language and sound can be experienced intimately for the depth of its content or enjoyed for its dreamy atmosphere.

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  6. 10.3 hrs • Apr/10/2012 • Unabridged

    First appearing around 1400, The Alliterative Morte Arthur, or The Death of King Arthur, is one of the most widely beloved and spectacularly alliterative poems ever penned in Middle English. Now, from the internationally acclaimed translator of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, comes this magisterial new presentation of the Arthurian tale, rendered in unflinching and gory detail. Following Arthur’s bloody conquests across the cities and fields of Europe, all the way to his spectacular and even bloodier fall, this masterpiece features some of the most spellbinding and poignant passages in English poetry. Never before have the deaths of Arthur’s loyal knights, his own final hours, and the subsequent burial been so poignantly evoked. Echoing the lyrical passion that so distinguished Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf, Simon Armitage has produced a virtuosic new translation that promises to become both the literary event of the year and the definitive edition for generations to come.

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    The Death of King Arthur

    Read by Bill Wallis
    10.3 hrs • Apr/10/2012 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.8 hrs • Mar/15/2011 • Unabridged

    Walt Whitman experienced first-hand the ravages of the Civil War as a volunteer nurse in the hospitals of Washington DC. During that time, he filled notebooks with “impromptu jottings” that became the basis of two works: Drum-Taps, a collection of seventy-one poems, and Memoranda during the War, an intimate diary of his experience tending to the sick and dying during the war. These two historical works are presented here, narrated by acclaimed actor Bronson Pinchot.

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    Drum-Taps and Memoranda During the War

    Read by Bronson Pinchot
    6.8 hrs • Mar/15/2011 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.8 hrs • Apr/11/2006 • Unabridged

    “Sisterhood in the service of truth is an undeniable force in these remarkable times. My Sisters, here, there, and everywhere, this poem is for you.” In the tradition of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman, bestselling author Pearl Cleage brings us an inspiring poem for all women, destined to become a classic. Cleage refers to We Speak Your Names as a “celebration” which is part of an oral tradition that encompasses the entire history of the African American experience. This tradition, she says, grew out of an understanding that “some things must be spoken out loud to get where the magic is.” What results is a praise poem which acknowledges the legacy of those who have gone before, and a realization, “with a knowing deeper than the flow of human blood in human veins, that we are part of something better, truer, deeper.” 

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    We Speak Your Names

    Read by Pearl Cleage
    0.8 hrs • Apr/11/2006 • Unabridged
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  9. 2.3 hrs • Aug/31/1993 • Unabridged

    Listen to the sound of English as it was meant to be heard. The only authorized audio companion to the widely respected Norton Anthology of Poetry, Third Edition, this audio collection includes the greatest poems of the English language, ranging from the writings of Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, and Wordsworth, to the best-loved verse of Whitman, Dickinson, the Brownings, and Yeats. Thirty-nine poets in all. The readings by brilliant classic actors Alexander Scourby, Nancy Wickwire, and Bramwell Fletcher are presented in the order they appear in Norton and are selected for their ability to delight. It is simply a collection of the best. 

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    81 Famous Poems

    2.3 hrs • Aug/31/1993 • Unabridged
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