Wook Kim
June 28, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Spoken Word, Reissues

We gave it an A

This impressive four-CD set of 79 poets reading their work begins with an 1890 recording of Walt Whitman’s ”America,” the first of many pieces forming an enchanting audio-mosaic. A labor of love, In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry suffers only in its omissions (T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop). Considered individually or as a whole, these 122 poems poignantly remind us that a poet, as W.H. Auden once said, is a person passionately in love with language. A

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