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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Parini Narrator: Jay Parini Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9780807010457
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Jay Parini’s readings are always an event, but too rare. For the first time, Parini has recorded his best known and most recent poems in an audiobook that welcomes the listener to enter his universe, which revolves around his deep connection to nature and underlines his concerns about the impacts of pollution and climate change. The audiobook follows the pattern of his popular readings, with the poet introducing each poem with context and comments, invariably revealing and often amusing. In these beautiful, haunting poems, Parini writes about the landscapes of mining country, of the railroads of Pennsylvania, of farm country, of worlds lost, families dispersed, faith tried and contested.

Poems include:

  1. Over the River
  2. West Mountain Epilogue
  3. In the Library after Hours
  4. Historiography 101
  5. The Grammar of Affection
  6. Unpatriotic Gore
  7. Poem with Allusions
  8. Lament of the Middle Man
  9. Old Frogs
  10. Blessings
  11. After the Terror
  12. I Was There
  13. The President Eats Breakfast Alone
  14. High School
  15. At the Ruined Monastery in Amalfi
  16. The Trees Are Gone
  17. Rain before Nightfall
  18. Playing in the Mines
  19. The Conversation in Oxford
  20. The Missionary Visits Our Church in Scranton
  21. Coal Train
  22. Anthracite Country
  23. Swimming in Late September
  24. This Reaping
  25. High Gannet
  26. Creed
  27. The Insomniac Thinks of God
  28. History
  29. The Art of Subtraction
  30. Amores (After Ovid)
  31. Borges in Scotland
  32. The Lost Soldiers
  33. Old Teams
  34. Reading through the Night
  35. A Knock at Midnight
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Quotes & Awards

  • “In most recordings of poetry, the poet reads the text, and that’s all. In this audiobook, however, Jay Parini selects poems from his book and introduces them, just as he would standing in front of an audience. In any recording, we get the poet’s interpretation of how the poem should be read, but here we also get some thoughts about what inspired each poem and, sometimes, why it has the shape it has. Parini’s excellence as a poet adds to the enjoyment. And, since the audiobook is Parini’s new and collected poems, this selection gives us a portrait of a talented and mature poet’s full career—so far. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Jay Parini is a poet, a novelist, a biographer, and a professor at Middlebury College. Among his seven novels are The Last Station (the movie version of which will feature Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, and James McAvoy), Benjamin's Crossing, and The Apprentice Lover. Parini also wrote The Art of Teaching (2005), based on his columns in The Chronicle of Higher Education, to which he still frequently contributes. He has appeared on various programs for National Public Radio, C-SPAN, and PBS.