Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Alfred, Lord Tennyson 2:20
2 Come Into the Garden, Maud
Alfred, Lord Tennyson 0:20
3 How They Brought the Good News From Ghent to Aix (excerpt)
Robert Browning 0:58
4 America (excerpt)
Walt Whitman 0:38
5 The Lake Isle of Innisfree
William Butler Yeats 3:11
6 The Song of the Old Mother
William Butler Yeats 0:55
7 Lucinda Matlock
Edgar Lee Masters 0:58
8 Emily Sparks
Edgar Lee Masters 0:52
9 The Creation
James Weldon Johnson 4:26
10 If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso
Gertrude Stein 3:38
11 The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost 1:04
12 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost 0:56
13 The People, Yes (excerpt)
Carl Sandburg 3:13
14 So-And-So Reclining on Her Couch
Wallace Stevens 2:11
15 The Red Wheelbarrow
William Carlos Williams 0:16
16 To Elsie
William Carlos Williams 1:47
17 Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (excerpt)
Ezra Pound 3:02
18 Helen in Egypt (excerpt)
Hilda Doolittle 3:35
19 Journey of the Magi (with Introduction)
T. S. Eliot 3:19
20 Recuerdo
Edna St. Vincent Millay 1:30
21 Love Is Not All
Edna St. Vincent Millay 1:15
22 Résumé
Dorothy Parker 0:21
23 The Lady's Reward
Dorothy Parker 0:57
24 As Freedom Is a Breakfastfood
E. E. Cummings 2:33
25 To Juan at the Winter Solstice
Robert Graves 2:21
26 John Brown's Body (excerpt)
Stephen Vincent Benét 3:51
27 Strong Men
Sterling Brown 3:00
28 The Negro Speaks of Rivers (with intro)
Langston Hughes 0:57
29 The Weary Blues (with intro)
Langston Hughes 1:47
30 Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man
Ogden Nash 2:03
31 King of the River
Stanley Kunitz 3:17
32 The Caves of Nakedness
W. H. Auden 6:29
33 I Knew a Woman
Theodore Roethke 1:47
34 Elegy for Jane
Theodore Roethke 1:12
35 Late Air
Elizabeth Bishop 0:33
36 The Fish
Elizabeth Bishop 2:41
CD 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Those Winter Sundays
Robert Hayden 0:52
2 The Ballad of Orange and Grape
Muriel Rukeyser 2:46
3 To Be a Jew in the Twentieth Century
Muriel Rukeyser 1:02
4 #23 (The Lay of Ike)
John Berryman 1:11
5 #36 (The High Ones Die...)
John Berryman 1:28
6 The World Is So Difficult to Give Up...
David Ignatow 0:23
7 This Is the Solution, to Be Happy With Slaughter...
David Ignatow 0:19
8 Here I Am With Mike in Hand, Shooting Down the Rapids...
David Ignatow 0:38
9 I Killed a Fly...
David Ignatow 0:29
10 What About Dying?...
David Ignatow 0:52
11 Passing Remark
William Stafford 0:48
12 Serving With Gideon
William Stafford 1:17
13 And Death Shall Have No Dominium
Dylan Thomas 1:44
14 The Tombstone Told When She Died
Dylan Thomas 1:52
15 The Mother
Gwendolyn Brooks 2:34
16 We Real Cool
Gwendolyn Brooks 1:36
17 Skunk Hour
Robert Lowell 2:25
18 Crossing Over
William Meredith 2:17
19 See It Was Like This When...
Lawrence Ferlinghetti 0:39
20 Underwear
Lawrence Ferlinghetti 3:34
21 The Secret of My Endurance
Charles Bukowski 2:16
22 Ray
Hayden Carruth 2:44
23 Love Calls Us to the Things of This World
Richard Wilbur 1:54
24 American Haikus
Jack Kerouac 6:08
25 Death Psalm: O Lord of Mysteries
Denise Levertov 3:45
26 Monet Refuses the Operation
Denise Levertov 2:28
27 Woodchucks
Maxine Kumin 1:57
28 America
Allen Ginsberg 8:47
29 Still
A.R. Ammons 2:40
30 My Philosophy of Life
John Ashbery 4:08
31 After Making Love We Hear Footsteps
Galway Kinnell 1:31
32 Last Gods
Galway Kinnell 2:03
33 A Blessing
James Wright 1:49
34 All My Pretty Ones
Anne Sexton 3:26
35 For My Lover, Returning to His Wife
Anne Sexton 3:06
CD 3
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Even in Paris (excerpt)
Richard Howard 6:29
2 Diving Into the Wreck
Adrienne Rich 4:03
3 Lovesong
Ted Hughes 2:12
4 Omeros (excerpt)
Derek Walcott 3:02
5 The Song of the Taste
Gary Snyder 0:59
6 Why I Take Good Care of My MacIntosh Computer
Gary Snyder 1:30
7 The Idea of Ancestry
Etheridge Knight 3:10
8 Daddy
Sylvia Plath 3:41
9 The Greatest Poem in the World
David Ray 1:20
10 An Oddly Lovely Day Alone
John Updike 2:10
11 Bang, Bang Outishly
Amiri Baraka 1:32
12 Rhythim Blues
Amiri Baraka 0:24
13 Shazam Doowah
Amiri Baraka 0:51
14 Dahomey
Audre Lorde 2:10
15 Right to Life
Marge Piercy 4:10
16 The Poem
Mark Strand 2:31
17 Zimmer Imagines Heaven
Paul Zimmer 1:59
18 Cruelty. Don't Talk to Me About Cruelty
Lucille Clifton 0:40
19 I Have Had to Learn to Live With My Face
Diane Wakoski 6:43
20 We Were So Poor...
Charles Simic 0:30
21 I Was Stolen by the Gypsies...
Charles Simic 0:36
22 Everybody Knows the Story...
Charles Simic 0:43
23 Death of a Naturalist
Seamus Heaney 2:06
24 Lester Leaps In
Al Young 1:09
25 A Dance for Militant Dilettantes
Al Young 1:29
26 Fire
Gloria Vando 4:08
27 Odysseus to Telemachus
Joseph Brodsky 1:40
28 Sometimes It's Better to Laugh 'Honest Injun'
Simon J. Ortiz 2:55
29 Ode to My Shoes
Erica Jong 1:49
CD 4
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Wonder
Sharon Olds 1:38
2 The Lost Pilot
James Tate 1:56
3 Puerto Rican Obituary (excerpt)
Pedro Pietri 5:34
4 Uh Oh Plutonium
Anne Waldman 3:12
5 The Fine Printing on the Label of a Bottle of Non-Alcohol Beer
Adrian Louis 1:30
6 The Sweat Lodge
Adrian Louis 1:11
7 Facing It
Yusef Komunyakaa 1:10
8 Logan Heights and the World (with Mark Daterman, Guitar)
Juan Felipe Herrera 4:36
9 The Colonel
Carolyn Forché 2:45
10 The History of Armenia
Peter Balakian 3:37
11 Grace
Joy Harjo 4:28
12 Parsley
Rita Dove 4:13
13 The Long Meadow
Vijay Seshadri 4:12
14 The Floral Apron
Marilyn Chin 1:25
15 Raisin Eyes
Luci Tapahonso 1:43
16 The Concrete River
Luis Rodriguez 3:35
17 My Father, in Heaven, Is Reading Out Loud
Li-Young Lee 2:29
18 Two Standards
Elise Paschen 2:17
19 I Saw You Walking
Deborah Garrison 1:42
20 The Female Seer Will Burn Upon This Pyre
Elizabeth Alexander 1:17
21 After the Gig: Mick Jagger
Elizabeth Alexander 1:10
22 [Morning Broke on My Cabin Inverted, Tempest in My Forehead]
D. A. Powell 3:47
23 Eleven More Days
Carl Hancock Rux 4:52
24 Simon Peter
John Poch 2:09
25 Fragments of the Forgotten War
Suji Kwock Kim 3:46
26 Lucky Criminals
Kevin Prufer 2:01
27 The Slaughter
Kevin Young 2:18
28 Scab
Jonathan Lamfers 3:14

Credits

CD 1

writer:
Lord Alfred Tennyson (tracks 1–2)
is the basis for:
later parody versions:
The Village Choir (track 1)
recording of:

CD 2

lyricist:
Allen Ginsberg (1956) (track 28)
publisher:
Mother Music (track 28)
Universal Music Publishing B.V. (Benelux subsidiary of Universal Music Publishing Group) (track 28)
recording of:
America (Ginsberg poem) (track 28)