Poet's Night: 11 Leading Poets Celebrate 50 Years Poetry Farrar Straus Giroux

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9780140867398: Poet's Night: 11 Leading Poets Celebrate 50 Years Poetry Farrar Straus Giroux
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On September 18, 1996, 11 of the world's finest poets gathered in New York City at Town Hall to celebrate the remarkable contribution Farrar, Straus and Giroux has made to the publishing of poetry. This audiobook from the event includes John Ashbery, Frank Bidart, James Fenton, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, C.K. Williams, Charles Wright and Adam Zagajewski reading their own works as well as those of other noted poets. April 1998 Publication date. 2 cassettes. .

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This live recording in New York City's Town Hall of some of this country's best poets is intended as a celebration of the poetry published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, but the celebration extends to the love of poetry as an art. Each reader is introduced at the beginning of his or her segment, helping to familiarize listeners to the voice they are about to hear. The beauty of the performance as a whole is that the readers themselves are poets, and, although they do read their own work, they pay homage to other fine poets by sharing their work, as well. An energetic atmosphere of community comes through this recording. It is a gathering of lovers of language and the power of imagery. R.A.P. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award Winner. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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While most trade presses have published poetry over the years, FSG has kept up the most dignified, prestigious list. This tape, recorded in September 1996, presents 11 poets reading their own poems and the work of one poet dead or unable to attend. It works best when the pairings stem from an intimate connection: John Ashbery does a fine presentation of poems by his friend James Schuyler; Frank Bidart, a former student of Robert Lowell, infuses a poem from "Life Studies" with all the angst of a life he knew well. Not all readers are as impressive: Paul Muldoon gives an emotionless reading of John Berryman; the distinction between poems by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes blurs. A handful of other recognizable names include Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, and Randall Jarrell. At a time when publishing conglomerates are shying away from poetry, this tape serves as a reminder that it must be kept alive as an aural form. Recommended.?Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York
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