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Topic: DAMIEN MOLONY READING 8 POEMS | Poetry Please | Bloomsday | 14 June 2015

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Bloomsday Special: Which is your favourite? [10 vote(s)]

'A Flower Given To My Daughter' by James Joyce
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'Alone' by James Joyce
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'Dublin' by Louis MacNeice
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'The Night Ride' by Kenneth Slessor
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'Silent Noon' by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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'The Bookmark' by Graham Swift
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'The Goat Paths' by James Stephens
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'Gas From A Burner' by James Joyce
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What an absolute treat! 8 poems!

Such an incredible range, my favourite episode yet!

 

 Joyce 'A Flower Given To My Daughter'

(00.40 - 01.05) 

 

Joyce 'Alone'

(02.00 - 02.26)

 

 Louis MacNeice 'Dublin' 

(02.44 - 05.21)

 

 Kenneth Slessor 'The Night Ride'

(08.11 - 09.43)

 

 Dante Gabriel Rosetti: 'Silent Noon'

(10.09 - 11.12)

 

 Graham Swift 'The Bookmark'

(11.42 - 13.15)

 

 James Stephens 'The Goat Paths'

(14.00 - 16.07)

 

 Joyce 'Gas From A Burner'

(23.30 - 27.40) (END)

 

 

 


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Damien's voice is so soothing. I love when he reads romantic poems, his voice become very delicate and soft. I could listen him reading his poems all dayaww

I really liked poem "Silent Noon" by Dante Gabriel Rosetti.. Soooo very very romantic poem and I would just love to hear it again and againlust

And the poem "Gas from a burner" by James Joyce, last poem he read was very good!

"And some women's legs I can't recall" biggrin I chuckled a little at that point... Very good poem to Damien! His Irish soul was bursting on fire while he read it. 



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Poetry Please really spoilt us today! Lovely :)

I'm not sure why, but Damien always seems more Irish when reading poetry



-- Edited by RPLovesIpswich on Sunday 14th of June 2015 05:09:32 PM

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Had to listen all 8 poems again. I listened "Silent Noon" few times. Just beautiful!thud



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Lovely... What a treat...

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'Silent Noon' made me swoon Jozie... Damien reading Rossetti - oh joy! Change in accent - the only one I believe?

I really enjoyed them all, the range in Damien's delivery was striking, the shifts between the poems, the change in tempo most of all the final poem. Which made me lol... and Damien having the last word - bum!



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Just listened on my phone. BBC Radio does not play directly in browser on the phone, had to download their app and the streaming was choppy.  This has been the case with all his readings, I think its a glitch with their app. Grrr.  So to have a proper listen I'll have to wait till I can go on my computer which won't be till late evening. 

But, I have to agree, Silent Noon *swoon* and Gas from a Burner *giggles* were the ones that stood out for me. The others were hard to follow. I found myself getting lost in his lovely voice rather than process the words themselves. Which happens alot with his readings, his voice is so mesmerizing.  Often I have to listen 3 times before my mind gets the whole picture of what the poem is about. But with Silent Noon, his voice caressed the beautiful words vividly. (And truly romantic poetry is usually the only poetry if any that I will willingly read) The brighter pace, wit, and naughtyness of the last one was a great perky way to end.  I don't know if it's my imagination projecting my own interests, but it feels like Damien enjoyed reading that one! LOL 



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I really liked The Goat Paths. I associated with it and lost myself in it a little.

The Bookmark reminded me of just the other week: I was in an bookshop that sold old books (I love books, especially old books.  I love to smell them!  Mmmmm.)  Anyway, I picked a book from a shelf and was looking through and inside it there was a bus ticket!  Just like this poem (except of course it wasn't mine!)  It was a paper bus ticket that looked like a tiny raffle ticket and I forget how much the journey was but it was some tiny price.  I kept the ticket.  Is that naughty?  It was just a tiny ticket which presumably had been used by someone once as a bookmark.  I'll have to trawl my bag and find it.  I know it had the locations and the price and I don't recall whether it had a date, but I was wondering the story of whoever made that journey, just like in this poem.  And in comparison, the book seemed less interesting and back it went onto the shelf.

I wonder why Damien chose to read Rossetti with an English accent?...  Beautifully read as many have said.  It's like a painting - the poem - very visual and to me it feels sort of outside of time - the capturing of a moment, like a painting might.

NOT THAT I KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT POETRY (Except that I like My Lord, The Earl of Rochester wink!  If you're curious/like poetry... https://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Texts/mankind.html & http://www.druidic.org/roc_misc.htm#Seneca - though much of his poetry is of a different nature shall we say!  Aaanywaaayyyy...)

I'll have to listen to these poems all again to take some in I know.  It'll be a chore but I'll suffer through it.  biggrin



-- Edited by littleimpulse on Sunday 14th of June 2015 08:21:52 PM

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What a strange coincidence about the bus ticket, littleimpulse?! You must have felt Damien was reading the poem for you!

I loved Silent Noon because I love that period in the 19th century of the Pre-Raphaelites. Damien read it beautifully and the more English accent seemed to suit it better I thought.

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What a strange coincidence about the bus ticket, littleimpulse?! You must have felt Damien was reading the poem for you!

I loved Silent Noon because I love that period in the 19th century of the Pre-Raphaelites. Damien read it beautifully and the more English accent seemed to suit it better I thought.


Hee, it did feel like it was read for me in a way!  A hugof a poem.  Although it was sort of to the extent that I felt like the poem was (surely!) going to end up with references to the specific bookshop I was in or at least would adhere with the fact that the bus ticket really was from some person who existed before my time and had a story to ponder over...!  When the poem referenced that it was your own bus ticket I felt like telling it that no! It wasn't!!  *blush*

I love the Pre-Raphaelites too although I have to be honest - I don't know (this! wink  As in I know Christina's!) Rossetti's poetry.  I thought the accent suited the poem very well, but I just wondered why he chose it for only the one.  Maybe it was to suit the period as you say.  It certainly worked. 

As an indirect link, Rossetti is the reason I discovered Damien at all really.  Because I watched the series Desperate Romantics (about the Pre-Raphaelites) long ago now it was (anyone else watch that?)... and I didn't watch Being Human initially as others in my family weren't interested, but caught up with series 1 on catch up telly later... probably in part due to having seen Aidan in Desperate Romantics and being thusly even more curious about Being Human... and so it progressed from there...

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I do love me a bit of Damien on the radio!  And I love poetry, but I rarely read any - it really is an audio experience (like music - it can look pretty on a page, but it needs to be heard to be properly appreciated)....so the combination of the two really is a double pleasure!

I turned the radio on yesterday just in time to catch the last few seconds of Dublin, but there were too many distractions to be able to listen properly.  I did realise just how much was read by Damien tho.  Excellent!!  I've listened just now while it's all quiet.....and now I'm listening again!!  And I will probably listen a few more times yet.....

Must admit that when I saw Silent Noon on the list I grinned a bit.  I know a little about poetry, but I know nothing about art....and everything I know about the pre-Raphaelites is thanks to Aidan Turner!  lol!

Sooo pleased that Poetry Please have discovered Damien's talent, and hope that there will be much more to come (although I would imagine that all that he recorded last month has been broadcast in this programme)

 



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Everything is connected!  I never stick to the topic anywhere.  I should be banished.


 Surely being tangential is a pre-requisite for being in the forum, littleimpulse biggrin

I love how everything is connected! 

 

It's lovely when you can feel a personal connection to a poem.



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I may have listened 4 times now...

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Only four times, domino?!

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I have listened only a couple of times. "A Flower Given to My Daughter" was the one the got me. Although it is brief, it has such striking imagery. It triggered memories of my niece, who'd been killed in a car wreck just 2 days earlier. Life is a fragile thing. no

I have since written a poem about her, using the classic rose metaphor. I hear it in Damien's voice. I'm trying to find a way to tweet him a thank you for that. 140 characters is a challenge.



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So sorry to hear about your niece, TJ. I'm glad that Damien's reading has inspired you to write a poem about your niece.

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I am sorry TJ.  It must have been very poignant to hear Damien read those words at that time.  I'm not surprised that it touched you..... it is quite powerful despite - or perhaps because of - its brevity.  Indeed, life is a fragile thing....  



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Oh TJ.. I am so deeply sorry to hear your tragic news. I saw your tweets to Damien, they were beautiful. Any comfort from anywhere at this time for you and your family is a blessed thing, I am glad you found some in Damien's voice. Much love xxx

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Only four times, domino?!


 This number may have been a rough estimate... which may need slightly updating now... and with 29 days to go and at least one listen a day...

 

The proogramme has been edited since airing, so all the timings I gave a few posts ago are now out.. I will re do them today (oh no, not another listen!)



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Thanks for the kind wishes. I've learned that it is important to let people know when they matter to me. 

You matter to me. 



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Thanks for the kind wishes. I've learned that it is important to let people know when they matter to me. 

You matter to me. 


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 Listen to Damien reading 8 poems on Poetry Please Bloomsday

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 Joyce 'A Flower Given To My Daughter'

(01.42 - 02.06) 

 

Joyce 'Alone'

(03.00 - 03.26)

 

 Louis MacNeice 'Dublin' 

(03.44 - 06.21)

 

 Kenneth Slessor 'The Night Ride'

(09.10 - 10.43)

 

 Dante Gabriel Rosetti: 'Silent Noon'

( 11.09 - 12.12)

 

 Graham Swift  'The Bookmark'

(12.42 - 14.14)

 

 James Stephens  'The Goat Paths'

(15.00 - 17.07)

 

 Joyce 'Gas From A Burner'

(24.29 - 28.37)

 

 

 


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Molonians! 

Which of the 8 poems readings by Damien in the Poetry Please Bloomsday special is your favourite?

 

 

VOTE in the POLL at the top of this thread 

and comment below!

 

 

Please also vote in the Poetry Please 'June Miscellany' Poll!

 

 



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It had to be Rossetti for me... 



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