Formal Verse Audiobooks

Darkness

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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by Lord Byron
5 minutes, 19 seconds
Unabridged Narrative Poem
1816

Lord Byron

In which our hero, the most Romantic of all the Romantic poets, takes on the end of the world.

Written in Geneva, Switzerland in the summer of 1816, when Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori spent their evenings telling each other ghost stories. The resulting tales included Shelley’s Frankenstein, Polidori’s creation of the vampire/vampyre genre (based on a novel fragment of Byron’s), and this gloomy, speculative verse.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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The Prisoner of Chillon

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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by Lord Byron
22 minutes
Unabridged Longform Narrative Poem
1816

Lord Byron

The story-poem about Francois Bonivard, a 16th century monk imprisoned in the Chateau de Chillon.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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New Poems

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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by D H Lawrence
58 minutes, 39 seconds
Unabridged Free and Formal Verse Poetry Collection
1918

D H Lawrence

The 1918 “New Poems” collection by the ever controversial (sometimes-deemed “pornographic,” but this collection contains only a smattering of his erotica) English writer. Includes 42 poems:


Apprehension
Coming Awake
From a College Window
Flapper
Birdcage Walk
Letter from Town: The Almond Tree
Flat Suburbs, SW, in the Morning
Thief in the Night
Letter from Town: On a Grey Evening in March
Suburbs on a Hazy Day
Hyde Park at Night: Clerks
Gipsy
Two-Fold
Under the Oak
Sigh No More
Love Storm
Parliament Hill in the Evening
Piccadilly Circus at Night: Street-Walkers
Tarantella
In Church
Piano

Embankment at Night: Charity
Phantasmagoria
Next Morning
Palimpsest of Twilight
Embankment at Night: Outcasts
Winter in the Boulevard
School on the Outskirts
Sickness
Everlasting Flowers
The North Country
Bitterness of Death
Seven Seals
Reading a Letter
Twenty Years Ago
Intime
Two Wives
Heimweh
Debacle
Narcissus
Autumn Sunshine
On That Day

Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
34 minutes, 25 seconds
Unabridged Epic Poem
1798

The classic longform adventure poem in seven parts. Podcast MP3 includes the only the first part; complete poem’s in the zip files.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on August 9, 2005, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was an English poet and philosopher who began the Romantic Movement of poetry with William Wordsworth. He is best known for his longform poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


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The Witch of Atlas

Monday, June 7th, 2010

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by Percy Shelley
43 minutes, 21 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poem
1820

Shelley at his most playful (starting with the dedication to his wife, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley: “On her objecting to the following poem, upon the score of its containing no human interest.”), combining Greek and Egyptian myths into a fanciful meditation on creativity.

A longform poem of the fantastic, read by Alex Wilson.

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A Boy’s Will

Monday, April 26th, 2010

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by Robert Frost
45 minutes, 56 seconds
Unabridged Lyrical Poetry Collection
1913

A Boy’s Will is the first poetry collection by Robert Frost. Includes 32 poems, painting pictures of New England and tackling Frost’s famously grand themes of isolation, death, coming of age (in literature and in life), and the world’s natural spirituality.

Part I:
Into My Own
Ghost House
My November Guest
Love and a Question
A Late Walk
Stars
Storm Fear
Wind and Window Flower
To a Thawing Wind
A Prayer in Spring
Flower-Gathering
Rose Pagonias
Asking for Rosas
Waiting–Afield at Dusk
In a Vale
A Dream Pang
In Neglect
The Vantage Point
Mowing
Going for Water
Part II
Revelation
The Trial by Existence
In Equal Sacrifice
The Tuft of Flowers
Spoils of the Dead
Pan with Us
The Demiurge’s Laugh

Part III
Now Close the Windows
A Line-Storm Song
October
My Butterfly
Reluctance

Note: The podcast includes only the first third of the collection. The complete, unabridged poems are included in the downloadable bundles.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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Frost at Midnight

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
5 minutes, 30 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1798

A quiet, conversational poem by one of the founders of the Romantic Movement. The frost is both harsh like reality and comforting like the speaker’s imagination, and the poem deals with the juxtaposition of being present and of longing.

The University of Alberta offers an in-depth examination of this poem as a joint project between the Departments of Psychology and English. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on July 23, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was an English poet and philosopher who began the Romantic Movement of poetry with William Wordsworth. He is best known for his longform poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


 

Merlin & Merlin II

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson
6 minutes
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1846

Two poems based on the Arthurian legend, written by the founder of trancendentalism. Podcast only includes the original “Merlin.” Downloads include both poems, zipped.
Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on May 7, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution License five years later. See the Mission page for why.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was the American essayist, poet, speaker, and philosopher who founded the transcendentalism school of thought.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


 

The Raven

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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by Edgar Allan Poe
8 minutes, 29 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1845

Poe

The archetype of dark poetry by the master of macabre.
Read by Alex Wilson.


Once upon a midnight dreary,
while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious
volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping,
suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping,
rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered,
“tapping at my chamber door–
Only this, and nothing more…”

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Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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by Percy Shelley
5 minutes, 13 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1816

Percy Shelley

A confessional poem by Shelley, written during the summer he spent on the shores of Lake Geneva. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Percy Shelley (1792-1822) was an English Romantic-Era poet known for his radical values (for the time period) and his idealism about human nature and love. His wife, Mary Shelley, was the author of the novel Frankenstein (and was the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft).


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.