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Download The Early Poetry of Carl Sandburg: Smoke and Steel Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Early Poetry of Carl Sandburg: Smoke and Steel (Unabridged), by Carl Sandburg
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Sandburg Narrator: Robert Bethune Publisher: Freshwater Seas Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is Carl Sandburg's third book of poetry and his largest. It is also the most wide-ranging. The title, Smoke and Steel, suggests the steel industry he knew in Chicago, Gary, and Pittsburg, but he writes about many other things as well. His over-arching theme seems to be human life as a struggle in adversity, a struggle for the mere necessities of life - food, clothing, shelter, work - and a struggle for the human soul, a struggle for love, charity, justice, equality. There is also eroticism, subtly expressed, in many of these poems; Sandburg loved beauty in every form, and the beauty of women was not lost on him.

Here you have the voice of a master poet, a genuinely and specifically American artist, at the top of his craft and passion. Enjoy!

A note to the listener: Sandburg, writing in the 1910s, sometimes used language that was racially and ethnically charged in his day and even more so in ours. It seems more honest to leave these few passages unaltered; we did speak this way once, and we do well not to forget the fact.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 2/28/2013

    " One of my favorite poets. It is too bad he appears to be falling out of the canon. "

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About the Narrator

Robert Bethune brings many years of acting, directing, coaching, and teaching in live theater to his work in audiobooks. He is also a writer, translator, musician, photographer and filmmaker, operating from his studio in southeastern Michigan. When he can be pried out of the studio, he and his wife enjoy getting out into the woods and fields with their dogs.