LibriVox volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Safe in their Alabaster Chambers by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).
This was the Weekly Poetry project for May 6th to May 13th, 2012.
Although Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime. The work that was published during her lifetime was usually altered significantly by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. Dickinson’s poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends.
(Summary from Wikipedia)
http://www.archive.org/download/alab_chambers_1205_librivox/alabasterchambers_dickinson_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 16s (mp3@64kb)
Download locations: mp3 128kb : mp3 64kb : ogg vorbis.
Catalogue pages: LibriVox, Internet Archive.
Zip of the entire book (9MB@64kb), featuring all 18 readers of this poem, with a total running time of 18m 43s.
In addition to the readers, this audio book was produced by:
Book Coordinator: April Gonzales
Meta-Coordinator/Cataloging: David Lawrence
Safe in their Alabaster Chambers
SAFE in their alabaster chambers,
Untouched by morning and untouched by noon,
Sleep the meek members of the resurrection,
Rafter of satin, and roof of stone.
Light laughs the breeze in her castle of sunshine;
Babbles the bee in a stolid ear;
Pipe the sweet birds in ignorant cadence,—
Ah, what sagacity perished here!
Grand go the years in the crescent above them;
Worlds scoop their arcs, and firmaments row,
Diadems drop and Doges surrender,
Soundless as dots on a disk of snow.
This week’s poem can be found here.