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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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Leaves of Grass Book IV: Children of Adam

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

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by Walt Whitman
44 minutes, 3 seconds
Unabridged Free Verse Poetry Collection
1855

Whitman

“Children of Adam” is the fourth book (of 35 total) of Walt Whitman’s legendary poetry collection Leaves of Grass. This book is among Whitman’s most controversial with its celebration of sexuality. It includes the poems:


To the Garden the World
From Pent-up Aching Rivers
I Sing the Body Electric
A Woman Waits for Me
Spontaneous Me
One Hour to Madness and Joy


We Two–How Long We were Fool‚Äôd
Out of the Rolling Ocean, the Crowd
Native Moments
Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City
Facing West from California’s Shores
Ages and Ages, Returning at Intervals
O Hymen! O Hymenee!
As Adam, Early in the Morning

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Leaves of Grass Book III: Song of Myself

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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by Walt Whitman
2 hours, 20 minutes
Unabridged Free Verse Poetry Collection
1855

Whitman

“Song of Myself” is the longest and most famous book (of 35 total) of Walt Whitman’s legendary poetry collection Leaves of Grass. Song of Myself is a longform poem in 52 parts. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Chicago Poems

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

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by Carl Sandburg
2 hours, 15 minutes
Unabridged Free Verse Poetry Collection
1916

This complete collection includes the Telltale Weekly recordings of all 7 volumes of Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems, originally sold individually as

  1. Chicago Poems – 55 poems – 65 minutes
  2. Handfuls – 11 poems – 4 minutes
  3. War Poems 1914-1915 – 11 poems – 11 minutes
  4. The Road and the End – 11 poems, 10 minutes
  5. Fogs and Fires – 28 poems – 17 minutes
  6. Shadows – 9 poems – 6 minutes
  7. Other Days (1900-1910) – 23 poems – 22 minutes

Read by Alex Wilson.





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Leaves of Grass Book II: Starting from Paumanok

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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by Walt Whitman
25 minutes, 8 seconds
Unabridged Free Verse Poetry
1855

Whitman

The second book (of 35 total) of Walt Whitman’s legendary Leaves of Grass. “Starting from Paumanok” is a longform poem in 19 parts. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was a revolutionary American poet and essayist from Long Island. His multi-volume book of free verse poetry Leaves of Grass obliterated the then-acceptable form and subject limits of poetry.


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.


 

Leaves of Grass Book I: Inscriptions

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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by Walt Whitman
19 minutes, 12 seconds
Unabridged Free Verse Poetry
1855

Whitman

The first book (of 35 total) of Walt Whitman’s legendary Leaves of Grass. Contains 24 poems including…

One’s Self I Sing
As I Ponder’d in Silence
In Cabin’d Ships at Sea
To Foreign Lands
To a Historian
To Thee Old Cause
Eidolons
For Him I Sing
When I Read the Book
Beginning My Studies
Beginners
To the States
On Journeys Through the States
To a Certain Cantatrice
Me Imperturbe
Savantism
The Ship Starting
I Hear America Singing
What Place is Besieged
Still Though the One I Sing
Shut Not Your Doors
Poets to Come
To You
Thou Reader

The podcast MP3 includes the entire recording in one file. The MP3, AAC, and Ogg Vorbis downloads splits the poems into individual, numbered files. Read by Alex Wilson.

Funding A Free Audio Library

Originally for sale on March 19, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution License five years later. See the Mission page for why.



Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was a revolutionary American poet and essayist from Long Island. His multi-volume book of free verse poetry Leaves of Grass obliterated the then-acceptable form and subject limits of poetry.


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.





 

Other Voices, Other Worlds

Friday, April 9th, 2004

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by Bruce Boston
33 minutes, 59 seconds
Unabridged Speculative Poetry
1990

Other Voices

An 18-poem audio chapbook by the Grand Master of Science Fiction Poetry. Read by the author and set to music by Jack Poley. Features the 1985 Rhysling Award Winner “For Spacers Snarled in the Hair of Comets” and Rhysling Award Nominees “The FTL Addict Fixes” (1984), and “The Evolution of the Death Murals” (1986).

The poems in this collection first appeared in Asimov’s SF, Amazing Stories, Aboriginal SF, Berkely Poets Cooperative, Lost Roads, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, StarLine, Velocities, and Weird Tales. Full list…

The Alchemist Is Born in a Sudden Changing of Seasons
The Alchemist in Transit
The Alchemist Discovers a Universal Solvent
A Thousand Faces
The Alchemist Among Us
And Soon a Wolf For Every Door
Mean Time 2000
Beyond Procreation
The Beserker Enters a Plea
The Evolution of the Death Murals
The Eyes of the Pilot
The Star Drifter Grounded
The FTL Addict Fixes
For Spacers Snarled in the Hair of Comets
From the Double Ruins of Helix
Against the Ebon Rush of Night
The Knowledge at Londrai
Luminaries

SF Poetry (sometimes called “Speculative Poetry,” sometimes called “Science Fiction Poetry”) explores similiar themes and poses similiar “What if?” questions usually associated with science fiction and fantasy prose.

Wired Magazine has commended Boston for having “uncommon grace and clarity of vision. Boston writes with the voice of a poet, the heart of a bodhisattva, and the unblinking eye of an investigative reporter.”

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Stories from Asheville

Friday, February 27th, 2004

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by Justin Meckes
33 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Nonfiction Stories
2001

These are nonfiction stories from the mountains of North Carolina. They are a unique look at the underbelly of an eccentric city. Twenty-four vignettes read by the author.

This audiobook collects all six 25-cent volumes of the “Stories from Asheville” series, the first modern storytelling/memoir to appear at Telltale Weekly.

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