My LibriVox recordings & my reading journal (solo Litblog).

Fire-Flowers by E. Pauline Johnson

LibriVox Weekly PoemLibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of:
“Fire-Flowers” by E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913)

This was the weekly/fortnightly poetry project for August 18th to September 1st, 2013.

Fire-Flowers is taken from the book, Flint and Feather: Collected Verse by E. Pauline Johnson. (Summary by David Lawrence)
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The Indian Corn Planter by E. Pauline Johnson

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 13 recordings of The Indian Corn Planter by E. Pauline Johnson.
This was the Weekly Poetry project for April 29th to May 6th, 2012.

“But in the writings of one poet alone I came upon a new note—the note of the Red Man’s Canada. This was the poet that most interested me—Pauline Johnson. I quoted her lovely canoe song “In the Shadows,” which will be found in this volume. I at once sat down and wrote a long article, which could have been ten times as long, upon a subject so suggestive as that of Canadian poetry.”
(From the Introduction to Flint and Feather, Collected Verse BY E. Pauline Johnson; written by Theodore Watts-Dunton, The Pines, Putney Hill. 20th August, 1913.)

http://www.archive.org/download/indian_cornplanter_1205_librivox/indiancornplanter_johnson_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 31s (mp3@64kb)

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A Cry From an Indian Wife by E. Pauline Johnson

LibriVox logoLibriVox volunteers bring you 13 recordings of A Cry From an Indian Wife by E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913).
This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for January 29th to February 12th, 2012.

In 1892 the opportunity of a lifetime came to this young versifier, when Frank Yeigh, the president of the Young Liberals’ Club, of Toronto, conceived the idea of having an evening of Canadian literature, at which all available Canadian authors should be guests and read from their own works.

Among the authors present on this occasion was Pauline Johnson, who contributed to the programme one of her compositions, entitled “A Cry from an Indian Wife”; and when she recited without text this much-discussed poem, which shows the Indian’s side of the North-West Rebellion, she was greeted with tremendous applause from an audience which represented the best of Toronto’s art, literature and culture. She was the only one on the programme who received an encore, and to this she replied with one of her favourite canoeing poems.

The following morning the entire press of Toronto asked why this young writer was not on the platform as a professional reader; while two of the dailies even contained editorials on the subject, inquiring why she had never published a volume of her poems, and insisted so strongly that the public should hear more of her, that Mr. Frank Yeigh arranged for her to give an entire evening in Association Hall within two weeks from the date of her first appearance. It was for this first recital that she wrote the poem by which she is best known, “The Song my Paddle Sings.”
( Summary from the Biographical Sketch included in Flint And Feather, collected verse by E. Pauline Johnson )

http://www.archive.org/download/cry_indianwife_1202_librivox/cryfromanindianwife_johnson_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=4m 31s (mp3@64kb)

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The Train Dogs by E. Pauline Johnson

LibriVox logo LibriVox volunteers bring you 18 recordings of The Train Dogs by E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913). This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 6th – February 13th, 2011.

Emily Pauline Johnson (Mohawk: Tekahionwake – pronounced: dageh-eeon-wageh, literally: ‘double-life’)(10 March 1861 – 7 March 1913), commonly known as E. Pauline Johnson or just Pauline Johnson, was a Canadian writer and performer popular in the late 19th century. Johnson was notable for her poems and performances that celebrated her First Nations heritage; she also had half English ancestry. One such poem is the frequently anthologized “The Song My Paddle Sings”. Her poetry was published in Canada, the United States and Great Britain. Johnson was one of a generation of widely read writers who began to define a Canadian literature. (Summary from Wikipedia)

http://www.archive.org/download/train_dogs_1102_librivox/traindogs_johnson_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 26s (mp3@64kb)

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