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As If: Poems, New and Selected, by John Ciardi

John Ciardi
As If: Poems, New and Selected, by John Ciardi
The introspective poetry of John Ciardi (1916–1986) is a consideration of one’s place in life and nature. Published in 1955, the volume As If: Poems New and Selected contained 73 poems. Ciardi selects 25 of them for this recording, beginning with the five-part “To Judith,” written for his wife. He follows with “Elegy Just in Case” (for himself) and elegies for others lost at war, “Three Views of a Mother,” and “Flowering Quince.” The text of the poems is in the liner notes.

Track Listing

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To Judith, I John Ciardi 01:29
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To Judith, II John Ciardi 03:04
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To Judith, III John Ciardi 01:17
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To Judith, IV John Ciardi 01:11
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To Judith, V John Ciardi 01:56
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Elegy Just in Case John Ciardi 02:42
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Days John Ciardi 02:13
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The Lamb John Ciardi 01:39
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Elegy John Ciardi 02:59
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Elegy for Sandra John Ciardi 02:03
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Three Views of a Mother, 1 John Ciardi 01:10
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Three Views of a Mother, 2 John Ciardi 01:46
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Three Views of a Mother, 3 John Ciardi 02:39
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At a Concert of Music, Remembering the Dead in Korea John Ciardi 02:46
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A Thought About Sheik Bedreddin John Ciardi 01:25
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In the Witch-Hunting Season John Ciardi 01:25
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Kristoffer Second John Ciardi 02:04
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Elegy for G.B. Shaw John Ciardi 02:24
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Flowering Quince John Ciardi 02:06
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Sunday Morning John Ciardi 07:09
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Measurements John Ciardi 01:22
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Doctor Faustus John Ciardi 03:42
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Thoughts on Looking into a Thicket John Ciardi 03:53
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On Looking East to the Sea with a Sunset Behind Me, I, II John Ciardi 03:20
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On Looking East to the Sea with a Sunset Behind Me, III John Ciardi 00:59