June is Audiobook Month, and to celebrate, a group of more than 40 professional narrators has teamed with Going Public and Tantor Media by offering Summer Shorts ‘14, an audio collection of poetry, short stories and essays. All sales proceeds from the collection go to ProLiteracy, a national literacy outreach and advocacy organization.
All month you can visit Going Public and various blogs to hear 1-2 stories stream for free on their release day. You can purchase the whole collection at Tantor Media and you’ll receive 20 additional tracks while supporting a great cause.
Summer Shorts '14 is focusing on poetry this week, and I'm thrilled to be hosting a 2-day feature on Edna St. Vincent Millay. Yesterday I introduced you to Kathe Mazur and shared her performance of "An Ancient Gesture".
Today, Kathe is back, along with Cassandra Campbell and Amy Rubinate. It's such an honor for me to host this ultra-talented group of narrators at Lakeside Musing, and even more exciting to have them reading sonnets by a favorite poet.
One of the reasons I love poetry is for its ability to elicit such deep, personal responses from readers and listeners. I became interested in the work of Edna St. Vincent Millay, in particular, about five years ago when I discovered the marker pictured below on top of Mt. Battie. The view looking down on Camden, Maine was surely a source of inspiration for Millay's early work.
I asked the narrators to share thoughts on Millay's poetry.
I have always appreciated Millay's Sonnet 2, "Time Does Not Bring Relief; You All Have Lied," for its simple honesty and raw, searing lament. I first discovered it in high school, a time when heightened emotions were my daily diet, and it felt true and immediate. Years later, a step removed, the poem still strikes me with the same intensity. Almost a century after its publication, it still has the intimate quality of a woman sharing her sorrow directly with the reader, and in that way seems very modern. I was so pleased to be able to perform this poem!Kathe Mazur:
I was working in a summer stock theatre at 15 when one of the actresses there, Ingrid Sonnichsen, took me under her wing. She gave me The Collected Works of Edna St. Vincent Millay, and its that dog-eared and Post-It covered copy that I am still reading today. I devoured it. Millay's writing cut right to the heart of of me. The size of her appetite for life and for feelings, for love and loss, and her wit, brilliance and accessibility made her the perfect writer for me to be curling up with, and as my life went on, that never changed. But my understanding of the poems deepens as I understand more about love and loss. What a woman, what a writer.TODAY'S RELEASE:
Sonnets 2, 4, and 6 from Renascence & Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay performed by Amy Rubinate, Cassandra Campbell, and Kathe Mazur
ABOUT THE NARRATORS
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Nancy Milford
by Erika Robuck
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Kathe Mazur - An Ancient Gesture by Edna St. Vincent Millay at Lakeside Musing
John Lee - The Stolen Child by W.B. Yeats at The Literate Housewife
Colleen Marlo - How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning at AudioGals
Katherine Kellgren - Father William by Lewis Carroll at Overreader
Carrington MacDuffie - Al's Boy by Carrington MacDuffie at Beth Fish Reads