A special edition of Going Public in celebration of World Read Aloud Day…
Read by Xe Sands
This is one of my favorite cummings poem…it seems to speak both to the innocent exhaustion of young children, and the world weariness that often strikes us when we are far older and have just seen/felt/lived too much.
Offered today as part of the Going Public celebration of Word Read Aloud Day 2013, organized. From LitWorld’s website:
“World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.
By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.”
The Tempest (excerpt), by William Shakespeare
Read by Diane Havens
“The Tempest” is Shakespeare’s last play, his farewell to the stage, and the stage of life. These few lines at the end of the play are some of the most touching ever written, and are spoken by Prospero, whose books gave him power, his books which are filled with magic, are just such to us today as well.
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
The Four Dollar Servant – Russian Folk Story
Read by Cassandra Neace
The Canterville Ghost (excerpt), by Oscar Wilde
Read by Wayne Farrell
The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe
Read by Peter Damien