Human Voices Wake Us

Human Voices Wake Us

The poem says, "Human voices wake us, and we drown." But I’ve made this podcast with the belief that human voices are what we need. And so, whether from a year or three thousand years ago, whether poetry or prose, whether fiction or diary or biography, here are the best things we have ever thought, written, or said. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

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Ted Hughes: 12 Essential Poems
4d ago
Ted Hughes: 12 Essential Poems
Please consider supporting Human Voices Wake us by clicking here. You can also support this podcast by going to wordandsilence.com and checking out any of my books. Tonight I read twelve essential poems from the British poet Ted Hughes (1930-1998). They can all be found in his Collected Poems (smaller selections of his poetry include Selected Poems 1957-1994 and A Ted Hughes Bestiary). In this episode I also read from The Letters of Ted Hughes. The poems are: Wind (from the Hawk in the Rain, 1957)Six Young Men (from the Hawk in the Rain, 1957)Crow's Song About God (from Crow, 1970-71)“I skin the skin” (from Gaudete, 1977)A Green Mother (from Cave Birds, 1978)Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days (from Cave Birds, 1978)Cock-Crows (from Remains of Elmet, 1979)Rain (from Moortown Diary, 1979)February 17th (from Moortown Diary, 1979)Four March Watercolours (from River, 1983)October Salmon (from River, 1983)Life After Death (from Birthday Letters, 1998)This is followed by a reading Hughes gave of his poem, “October Salmon.” Other episodes on Hughes include one where he discusses privacy for his family in the wake of Sylvia Plath’s posthumous fame; another where he discusses how he discovered poetry; and another, much longer episode of readings (4.5 hours) from Hughes’s poetry. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. --- Support this podcast:
Ted Hughes: 12 Essential Poems
4d ago
Ted Hughes: 12 Essential Poems
Please consider supporting Human Voices Wake us by clicking here. You can also support this podcast by going to wordandsilence.com and checking out any of my books. Tonight I read twelve essential poems from the British poet Ted Hughes (1930-1998). They can all be found in his Collected Poems (smaller selections of his poetry include Selected Poems 1957-1994 and A Ted Hughes Bestiary). In this episode I also read from The Letters of Ted Hughes. The poems are: Wind (from the Hawk in the Rain, 1957)Six Young Men (from the Hawk in the Rain, 1957)Crow's Song About God (from Crow, 1970-71)“I skin the skin” (from Gaudete, 1977)A Green Mother (from Cave Birds, 1978)Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days (from Cave Birds, 1978)Cock-Crows (from Remains of Elmet, 1979)Rain (from Moortown Diary, 1979)February 17th (from Moortown Diary, 1979)Four March Watercolours (from River, 1983)October Salmon (from River, 1983)Life After Death (from Birthday Letters, 1998)This is followed by a reading Hughes gave of his poem, “October Salmon.” Other episodes on Hughes include one where he discusses privacy for his family in the wake of Sylvia Plath’s posthumous fame; another where he discusses how he discovered poetry; and another, much longer episode of readings (4.5 hours) from Hughes’s poetry. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. --- Support this podcast:
The Great Myths #19: Farewell to the Celtic Myths, & One Last Story
Aug 22 2022
The Great Myths #19: Farewell to the Celtic Myths, & One Last Story
Please consider supporting Human Voices Wake us by clicking here: we leave the Celtic myths with an overview of The Great Myths #8-18 (which can be listened to here), and then read one final story, of Cuchulainn’s fight with Ferdiad, from Thomas Kinsella’s translation of the Táin bo Cúailnge.  The translations I have read from or referenced in these episodes include: Jeffrey Gantz, Early Irish Myths & Sagasand The Mabinogion; Thomas Kinsella, The Táin; Patrick Ford, The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales; Ann Dooley & Harry Roe, Tales of the Elders of Ireland; Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne; Kenneth Jackson, A Celtic Miscellany. The nonfiction books I’ve relied on include: James MacKillop, Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology; Mark Williams, Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth; and the book/documentary series that got me started on it way back when: Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton’s In Search of Ancient Ireland. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work  presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work  presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I  will remove the episode immediately. --- Support this podcast: