Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 I Knew a Woman
Theodore Roethke 1:47
2 Elegy for Jane
Theodore Roethke 1:13
3 Rough
Stephen Spender 0:53
4 Thoughts During an Air Raid
Stephen Spender 1:33
5 My Sisters, O My Sisters
May Sarton 2:57
6 In Our Time
Muriel Rukeyser 0:22
7 Despisals
Muriel Rukeyser 1:35
8 The Ballad of Orange and Grape
Muriel Rukeyser 2:45
9 The world is so difficult to give up...
David Ignatow 0:24
10 This is the solution to be happy with slaughter...
David Ignatow 0:19
11 Here i am with mike in hand, shoothing down the rapids...
David Ignatow 0:38
12 I killed a fly...
David Ignatow 0:29
13 What about dying?...
David Ignatow 0:51
14 Scars
William Stafford 0:44
15 It Is
William Stafford 0:41
16 Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Dylan Thomas 1:38
17 If I Were Tickled by the Rub of Love
Dylan Thomas 3:17
18 Happiness
John Ciardi 1:48
19 The Old Flame
Robert Lowell 2:00
20 Skunk Hour
Robert Lowell 2:25
21 Epilogue
Robert Lowell 1:26
22 Crossing Over
William Meredith 2:16
23 See it was like this when...
Lawrence Ferlinghetti 0:42
24 Underwear
Lawrence Ferlinghetti 3:33
25 The Secret of My Endurance
Charles Bukowski 2:17
26 Thanksgiving
Howard Nemerov 1:28
27 Sonnet for Minimalists
Mona Van Duyn 0:43
28 Shame
Richard Wilbur 1:49
29 Apology
Richard Wilbur 0:37
30 Love Calls Us to the Things of This World
Richard Wilbur 1:54
31 American Haikus (Excerpt)
Jack Kerouac 6:09
32 Monet Refuses the Operation
Lisel Mueller 2:29
33 America
Allen Ginsberg 8:45
34 Song
John Ashbery 1:27
35 After Making Love, We Hear Footsteps
Galway Kinnell 1:29
36 Last Gods
Galway Kinnell 2:00
CD 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 America
Walt Whitman 0:38
2 The Lake Isle of Innisfree
William Butler Yeats 1:09
3 The Song of the Old Mother
William Butler Yeats 0:52
4 The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost 1:04
5 Birches
Robert Frost 3:03
6 The Gift Outright
Robert Frost 0:53
7 If I Had Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso
Gertrude Stein 3:37
8 So-And-So Reclining on Her Couch
Wallace Stevens 2:10
9 The Red Wheelbarrow
William Carlos Williams 0:16
10 To Elsie
William Carlos Williams 2:33
11 Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
Ezra Pound 4:57
12 Bird-Witted
Marianne Moore 2:16
13 Recuerdo
Edna St. Vincent Millay 1:27
14 Love Is Not All
Edna St. Vincent Millay 1:12
15 next of course god america
E. E. Cummings 1:00
16 anyone lived in a pretty how town
E. E. Cummings 3:40
17 To Juan at the Winter Solstace
Robert Graves 2:21
18 The Opening of the Battle of Gettysburg
Stephen Vincent Benét 3:50
19 The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Langston Hughes 0:50
20 Ballad of the Gypsy
Langston Hughes 0:52
21 Mulatto
Langston Hughes 1:38
22 Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man
Ogden Nash 2:04
23 Love Recognized
Robert Penn Warren 1:15
24 King of the River
Stanley Kunitz 3:21
25 In Memory of W.B.Yeats (Part 1)
W. H. Auden 1:49
CD 3
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 The River Bees
W.S. Merwin 1:18
2 A Blessing
James Wright 1:49
3 The Truth the Dead Know
Anne Sexton 1:42
4 All My Pretty Ones
Anne Sexton 3:28
5 Phenomenal Woman
Maya Angelou 2:07
6 Even in Paris
Richard Howard 6:28
7 Diving Into the Wreck
Adrienne Rich 4:03
8 Omeros (excerpt)
Derek Walcott 3:01
9 The Song of the Taste
Gary Snyder 0:58
10 How Poetry Comes to Me
Gary Snyder 0:17
11 Why I Take Good Care of My Macintosh Computer
Gary Snyder 1:30
12 Daddy
Sylvia Plath 3:41
13 Ariel
Sylvia Plath 1:02
14 The Greatest Poem in the World
David Ray 1:20
15 An Oddly Loving Day Alone
John Updike 2:09
16 Learning About Easter and Passover
Dan Jaffe 2:10
17 Bang, Bang Outishly
Amiri Baraka 1:29
18 Rhythim Blues
Amiri Baraka 0:23
19 Shazam Doowah
Amiri Baraka 0:51
20 The Story of Issac
Leonard Cohen 4 3:36
21 Dahomey
Audre Lorde 2:09
22 Putting the Good Things Away
Marge Piercy 3:03
23 Right to Life
Marge Piercy 4:09
24 Keeping Things Whole
Mark Strand 0:29
25 The Way It Is
Mark Strand 3:03
26 The Poem
Mark Strand 2:30
27 Zimmer Imagines Heaven
Paul Zimmer 1:59
28 yes Lord, he was born...
Lucille Clifton 1:46
29 cruelty
Lucille Clifton 0:37
CD 4
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 I Have Had to Learn to Live With My Face
Diane Wakoski 6:43
2 Dear John, Dear Coltrane
Michael S. Harper 2:34
3 We were so poor...
Charles Simic 0:30
4 I was stolen by the gypsies...
Charles Simic 0:36
5 Everybody knows the story...
Charles Simic 0:40
6 Lester Leaps In
Al Young 1:08
7 For Poets
Al Young 0:41
8 A Dance for Militant Diletantes
Al Young 1:29
9 Odysseus to Telemachus
Iosif Brodsky 1:40
10 Ode to My Shoes
Erica Jong 1:53
11 Prayer
Joseph Bruchac 0:31
12 Translator's Son
Joseph Bruchac 0:44
13 Wonder
Sharon Olds 1:38
14 The Lost Pilot
James Tate 1:56
15 One Kiss
Tess Gallagher 1:55
16 The Tent People of Beverly Hills
James Ragan 2:49
17 Uh Oh Plutonium
Anne Waldman 3:13
18 The Fine Printing on the Label of a Bottle of Non-Alcohol Beer
Adrian Louis 1:29
19 The Sweat Lodge
Adrian Louis 1:08
20 Logan Heights and the World
Juan Felipe Herrera 4:35
21 The Colonel
Carolyn Forché 2:43
22 Wild Gratitude
Edward Hirsch 2:55
23 For Anna Mae Pictou Aquash
Joy Harjo 4:15
24 Tia Sophia
Carmen Tafolla 3:11
25 This Is Number 26
Jimmy Santiago Baca 1:25
26 I Am Offering You This Poem
Jimmy Santiago Baca 1:21
27 Parsley
Rita Dove 4:14
28 Raisin Eyes
Luci Tapahonso 1:42
29 The Children's Undercroft
Donald Revell 1:59
30 The Concrete River
Luis Rodriguez 3:34
31 Tia Chucha
Luis Rodriguez 1:49
32 My Father, in Heaven, Is Reading Out Aloud
Li-Young Lee 2:26

Credits

CD 1

lyricist:
Allen Ginsberg (1956) (track 33)
publisher:
Mother Music (track 33)
Universal Music Publishing B.V. (Benelux subsidiary of Universal Music Publishing Group) (track 33)
recording of:
America (Ginsberg poem) (track 33)

CD 3

composer:
Leonard Cohen (track 20)
engineer:
Ed Hudson (engineer) (track 20)
Neil Wilburn (track 20)
lead vocals:
Leonard Cohen (track 20)
lyricist:
Leonard Cohen (track 20)
producer:
Bob Johnston (American record producer) (track 20)
publisher:
Sony/ATV Songs LLC (track 20)
recording of:
Story of Isaac (1968) (track 20)