Monday, May 26, 2008

I love browsing Poetry Archive - an archive of recordings of major poets reading their own work.

It's fascinating listening and I really like listening to Kathleen Jamie read - she's got a lovely voice and it's nice to have the affirmation of hearing a Scottish voice. Here she reads a beautiful poem called 'The Wishing Tree', it's really worth listening to.
I also love hearing Edwin Morgan read, his voice is very distinctive and once I've heard him read a poem I hear his voice in my head everytime I read that poem.
Unfortunately they don't have Kenneth White whom I heard at StAnza and whose voice sometimes pops into my head at any random point during the day!


Dave King said...

I absolutely agree: Poetry Archive is a favourite stopping-off place of mine, too. What I really love is to have the script of the poem in front of me as I listen to it being read. Wonderful!

Sorlil said...

It's a shame they don't have video recordings of them reading. On youtube there's a video of Sexton reading the first stanza of 'Her Kind' and her reading of it is quite differently paced from the audio version on Poetry Archive.