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Saturday, December 26, 2009

A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES AND FIVE POEMS


by Dylan Thomas


CAEDMON RECORDS
TC 1002
1958





SIDE A:



Fern Hill
A Child's Christmas in Wales

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SIDE B:



Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night
In the White Giant's Thighs
Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait
Ceremony after a Fire Raid

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Editor's note: the booming bass of Dylan Thomas' voice is as omnipresent in the poetry world as the voice of poetry is mostly silent in the real world. It's relegated to the circles of intellectuals, professors and dandies and this isn't always a prudent tact since some is rather relevant to time and place. Thomas fits perfectly with the moderns and bridges the giant gap between his contemporaries and the post-modernists and the end of classical writing in the genre. Now, everybody is a comedian and confessional in the worst possible way: cutesy and boring. Imagine Bukowski in a clown suit dancing a jig and everybody in the crowd whooping it up because they think that Allen Ginsberg is in their midst and entertaining them. Yeah, it's that bad. This album, however, is a rememberance of good poetry. Remind me to post more in the coming new year.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a very famous record in the Chicago area. For decades, It wasn't Christmas unless this record was played on WFMT's classic radio show, "the Midnight Special". It is a wonderful thing to have around the Christmas season.

R. O. said...

Glad to hear you enjoy it!

andaloudog said...

So sad. His voice catching and shaking from what had grown by this time into a hopeless addiction to alcohol. Bittersweet.