You can read the text to this week’s poem by clicking here at the Poetry Foundation’s website. This is a reading I tried hard to get right. I think this recording I did here is pretty close, if not quite perfect. I hope it’s perfect for you too. Not that I’m bragging about how great this recording is or anything. I said at the beginning of the month that I’m not very good at this. Well, that was just me trying to set low expectations, so we could blow you away with our poetry readings.
On another note, there’s a lot of talk going around about poetry during tough times or poetry in other situations. Poetry is a lot like music. It can set the mood for many things. And maybe there’s something to these poetry recordings too. Also, I don’t care what David Orr says, poetry is not pointless if it means something to you. Anyway here’s your reading:
This is a newish tune by the Bouncing Souls . I kinda of like it. Also it’s message is similar to the video below by this week’s poet, Richard Blanco. Which I just happened to have watched for the first time earlier. Anyway I’ll do a reading of one of his poems later.
Here’s a reading by actor Matthew Mcfadyen to end William Carlos Williams week. My reading of this poem was just as good. But the video is a nice touch.
First of all, I wanted to go into more detail on yesterday’s post. Maybe I’ll do some Robert Frost analysis and the talk about the song too. I’ll get back to that later. It really was hard to pick only four. And we considered poets such as Robert Frost, Edgar Lee Masters, Emily Dickison, EE Cummings, Theodore Roethke,Langston Hughes, Mary Oliver, Sharon Olds and more that I’m forgetting to mention right now. But we wanted a good variety and we tried to get that. For now enjoy some readings of poems by the official poet of the week, William Carlos Williams.
Did you know that William Carlos Williams was a pediatrician?
The Monkey hatched a plan for National Poetry Month. He and I would pick four poets, one for each week, and record some poems by each. In years past, I have recorded a poem each day. The first year, in 2012, all of them were on YouTube. This took far more time than I had bargained for. Aside from work, nobody saw me the entire month of April that year. In 2013, I decided to mix it up and record a few on YouTube and more on SoundCloud. You can find all of the poems from both years, by searching here on this blog.
Suffice it to say, I like Micah’s plan better. It wasn’t easy selecting only four poets, but then we both like recording, so we knew we’d do more in time anyway. And there…
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So the Dad Poet and I will be posting poems by 4 different poets this month (National Poetry Month). You better appreciate this because we’re not very good at it. Anyway, I have 3 poems by William Carlos Williams here. Listen to them below and your day might become 10 times better…maybe.