Monday, September 17, 2007

Catnip.


Eleven CD's of Dylan Thomas reading his own poetry and other people's poetry. Twelve-and-a-half hours of that wondrous Welsh voice roaring, murmuring, and half singing its way through Shakespeare and Auden and Hopkins and Thomas Hardy. $19.77 on Amazon.

What are you waiting for?!

8 comments:

dylan said...

There's a prose piece of Thomas's I enjoy; it's called "The Crumbs of One Man's Year." Is that one of the pieces that Thomas reads on these cds? (It's found in the book Quite Early One Morning.)

An excerpt:

"I was walking, one afternoon in August, along a riverbank -- thinking the same thoughts that I always think when I walk along a riverbank in August. As I was walking, I was thinking: now it is August, and I am walking along a riverbank. I do not think I was thinking of anything else."

:)

Meredith said...

Getting back to you...

Sorry Dylan: I went through the cd of readings from that book and it wasn't there. He does read "Quite Early One Morning," "Reminiscences of Childhood," "A Visit to Grandpa's," and "Holiday Memory."

One of the other interesting things in the collection is a radio show where Dylan Thomas reads Edith Sitwell's poetry and she explains it. It always strikes me how all these people knew each other. Edith Sitwell was friends with Roy Campbell, who was Dylan Thomas's drinking buddy...

dylan said...

Thanks, Meredith!

... Roy Campbell also made some beautiful translations of the poetry of St John of the Cross.

Meredith said...

Roy Campbell also made some beautiful translations of the poetry of St John of the Cross.

Aren't they good? I've read a couple of them... I need to get the whole book.

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