Spoken Word Muxtape

March 26, 2008


Continuing booktwo’s mission to push lit into every available media space, online and off, we’re pleased to present a muxtape featuring some of our favourite pieces of poetry and spoken word. I’ve always been rubbish at arranging mixtapes, so apologies if the order jars a little.

  1. William Burroughs – Thanksgiving Prayer
  2. Stephen Spender – The Truly Great
  3. Thom Gunn – Moly
  4. Richard Hell – “The Rev. Hell Gets Confused”
  5. Rainer Maria Rilke – Too Alone
  6. Louis MacNeice – Prayer Before Birth
  7. Ivor Cutler – Shop Lifters
  8. Don Paterson – The Lover
  9. Hilaire Belloc – Tarantella
  10. T.S. Eliot – The Wasteland Part I – The Burial of the Dead
  11. Brion Gysin – Junk is no good baby
  12. James Joyce – Anna Livia Plurabelle (Finnegans Wake) > London, 1929

Listen to it here.

All readings are recordings of the authors themselves, with the exception of Rilke, who was, you know, German (I actually love my bilingual edition of Rilke’s selected poems, which allows you to savour the tone of the original language, even if you don’t quite understand it – but I digress). There is something quite special about hearing an author read their own work. They’ve been gathered over time from the peerless Poetry Archive, Ubuweb, and other places.

Enjoy – and know this isn’t just fobbing you off instead of real content. We’re actually working on something quite big.

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