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April 27, 2007

"I Am The Snouted Creature"

Finally! The moment we've all been waiting for (and by 'we,' I of course mean 'me'): August Kleinzahler reading Thom Gunn's 'Moly.'

You'll be able to find text for this one again over at Counterbalance, who is making me blush with all the nice things she has to say about the blog, and who is not such a slump in the poetry-enjoying department herself.

Those unfamiliar with Gunn might want to check out these two posts from earlier in the month. The recordings I have are of Gunn reading at FSG's 50th Anniversary celebration in 1996, a few years before he passed away, and my biggest disappointment (in ALL of poetry month) is that I couldn't include on this blog a fourth poem he read that night, which contained some rather delightful--to put it mildly--off-color language and adult situations.

Regardless, I can't think of a better way to get a sense what kind of a person Gunn was than to listen to (or download) this introduction by Kleinzahler. I think we all hope someone will say such nice things about us after our leaving. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that FSG has just re-released Gunn's collection The Man with the Night Sweats with a new introduction by Kleinzahler. (You can buy it online.)

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