127 Poetry intros

This episode is introduced by Adam from Pretending life is like a song who has asked the contributors to read poems and play songs to go with them. So get your chin ready for a thorough stroke!

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(00:00) Dorothy Parker – I shall come back
Hungry Lucy – Love vigilantes

Adam from Pretending life is like a song

(06:19) Richard Brautigan – Map shower
Johnny Powers with the band of Stan Getz and Tom Cats – Long blond hair, rose red lips

ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

(08:37) Shel Silverstein – Hug O War
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs – Hug you, kiss you, squeeze you

Natalie from Mini-Obs

(12:02) John Cooper Clarke – I wrote the songs
Jodi Jett – Greasy

Tim from The face of today

(16:05) John Anderson – Blair Bush news conference on Iraq
Barenaked Ladies – Fun and games

James from Appetite For Distraction

(20:21) Janet Paisley – Glen Village
Passenger – Night vision binoculars

Greer from A Sweet Unrest

(24:31) Carl Sandburg – Stars, Songs, Faces
Shearwater – The hunter’s star

Linda from Speed of dark

(28:19) Mountain – Nantucket sleighride

Lyle from Mentok the Mind-taker

(35:05) Ted Hughes – Lovesong
The Fugitives – Haunted

FiL from Pogoagogo

(41:05) Joyce Maxtone Graham – Evening
Counting Crows – Colorblind

Marcy from Lost in your inbox

(45:14) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – The Erl King
Hannah Fury – Beware the touch

Victoria from Muruch

(50:20) C.P.Cavafy – Despair
Japan – Despair

Conrad from White Car Records

(55:14) John Betjeman – Loneliness
Joy Division – The Eternal

John Q.

(01:01:35) Attila The Stockbroker – Nigel wants to go and see Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode – Leave in Silence


(01:06:32) Robert Burns – Despondency: An Ode
The Smiths – I know it’s over

JC aka The Vinyl Villian

(01:13:35) The Undertones – Teenage kicks

Dirk from Sexy Loser

(01:17:10) Edgar Allan Poe – The Lake
Antony and the Johnsons – The Lake

Agnes from It all started with carbon monoxide

(01:23:12) E. E. Cummings – Love is more thicker than forget
Elbow – Newborn

Mark from Cinema du Lyon

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Before I even listen to this….I think I can say on behalf of all the CP community, contributors and listeners alike, a huge thank you to Tim for the amount of work you’ve put in this week in terms of the links provided to poets/singers/bands alike.

Agreed! And thanks to Tim as well for converting my dodgy phone recorded files into mp3s. I really must learn how to do that! Off to have a listen…

Welcome Agnes! Glad you decided to join us and I hope you stay a while!

Greer – PASSENGER! Woohoo!
Marcy – COLORBLIND! Woohoo!

This was such a rich episode. So much to take in. I have no doubt that I’ll be listening to this again and again.

I think one of the things I enjoyed most about it was how the poems AND the songs really fit the contributors. i know this is an easy one, but I couldn’t imagine anyone else reading that Burns poem instead of JC.

Well done, everyone!

I approached this one with a degree of caution.

Maybe it was because I picked such a downbeat poem and song that made me think everyone else would do the same. And while there was more certainly melancholy than most weeks, it turned out to be a magnificent podcast.

Greer…..As you were reading your poem, I immediately thought of ‘At My Most Beautiful’ by REM . But what a great bit of music you chose – so upbeat and yet so frighteningly creepy. Never heard of Passenger before now….

Dirk – thanks for making me laugh. Especially as I was, as usual, almost in tears at the end of that song by The Smiths.

Mentok – you also made me laugh out loud…even though I saw the joke coming, it was still very funny.

Tim – another thank you. I dont think I could have forgiven you if you’d have tried to do a JCC accent….

I think however, James nailed it with his earlier comment about the richness of the episode. I put it down to the fact that we all probably had to put a bit more thought and work into things this week.

Oh yeah. I wanted to tell Mentok. I giggled like a 7th grader at your limerick. well done, sir.

and thanks jc for reminding me to say that!

Now my anticipation level is increased, with all of these positive comments. I’m gonna listen tomorrow. There’s a limerick? Waa hoo!(I enjoyed THAT episode so much!!)

JC – My pleasure. Half the fun of the CP for me is finding out about all the artists (and poets) and then sharing it with you all. I’m sure that this is a theme we’ll be able to come back to one day … and I would never have even attempted a JCC accent … I’m not brave enough!

Welcome to Agnes … I hope that you’ll be sticking around.

Man this looks ace, i’m really gutted i didn’t get my act together and send something in, can’t wait to listen to this one.

I would of chosen Bettie Serveert – Dust Bunnys

And this Ivor Cutler poem

I do not know what dust is
I do not know where it comes from,
I only know that it settles on things
I can not see it in the air, or watch it fall, sometimes i’m home all day, but i never see it sliding about looking for a place to rest when my back is turned.

Does it wait till i go out?
Or does it happen in the night when i sleep.

Dust is not fussy about the places it chooses, tho it seems to prefer still objects, sometimes out of kindness i let it lay for weeks, on some places it will lay for ever.

However dust holds no grudges and once removed will always return in a friendly way !

It’s funny that poetry seems to lead us into so many degrees of unhappiness – it’s been written that poets tend to be more interested in the horizontal – sex and death – than anything else in the world.

Loved this. The links between the dislocated imagery of cummings and elbow caused a sudden intake of breath (and I love that elbow song, it was the first of theirs I knew), thrilled that Dirk held his nerve and just read out song lyrics, love the movements from ancient to modern, from poetry supposedly ‘for’ children to stuff ‘for’ grownups (there’s a lovely idea that a baby’s first utterences are inherently poetic – they have meter, da da, not just da da) and lots of wonderfuly contrasting music.

Thanks for the nice welcoming comments guys! Reckon you’ll be hearing from me again. Great episode, loved the richness also and the eclectic mix. I too assumed that most of the songs people would choose would be on the quiet, melancholy side but it was great to check out everybody’s interpretations.

OMG Lyle…Nantucket Sleighride! What a kick. My husband made me buy the Mountain live cd several years ago, much against my wishes, just to hear the long version of that song. Thankfully, you used the shorter version, which is some fine music!

Burns. I have not heard Burns read since the last Burns night I attended when Mr. Nat was in a pipe band. I can still hear “Tam O Shanter” being read with a burr by a gruff old Scotsman. JC, perfect use of THe Smiths, I’d say!!
Enjoyed the entire thing, though, even though I’m not much of a poetry fan (as you can tell by my simple choice!)

Oh, and Adam, I love that cover by Hungry Lucy!

And FiL, Ted makes me want to put my head in an oven. 😉

Dearest Nats, Ted seems to have had that effect on many women…

His relationships were a bit of a disaster (read: he was poison), but I find his poetry uncomfortable, celebratory, and compelling all at once…

I’m looking forward to this CP – as usual, have not yet had the time to listen. GRRRRR….

FiL, Hughes is most compelling, but I feel the need to cleanse the palate with something flitty after I read or hear his works. Otherwise, lock up the kitchen, I’m headin’ for the oven!

absolutely wrist slashingly fanfuckingtastic ….

I agree with everyone else, this was such a great episode. All the choices were so interesting and it was cool to see how the poems and the songs went together. Almost all the poems were new to me so it’s very nice to have the poet links too.

Welcome Agnes!

Dirk, your intro made me laugh too, it was excellent.

JC, I have read a little bit of Burns (not that one though) and I’ve always wondered how it would sound read in an authentic Scottish accent. And now I know: absolutely fantastic. And I didn’t even think of At My Most Beautiful but you’re right!

And Nat, I loved Hug o War :).

Welcome to Agnes. Such a great song by Antony and The Johnsons. I really loved Tim’s Greasy poetry and song, too!

this was simply beautiful. it took me several days to listen to the whole thing because i wanted to pay such close attention to every single word and song. thank you, adam, for a truly wonderful theme.

and welcome, welcome, welcome to agnes. 🙂

Yes, Agnes, let me not be the only one to omit the welcome mat! 🙂 Good to have you around.

us laydeez stick together!

Thanks heaps girls!

Hooray for Agnes! Welcome!! Welcome!!!

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