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As If: Poems, New and Selected, by 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

101
To Judith, I John Ciardi 1:29
102
To Judith, II John Ciardi 3:04
103
To Judith, III John Ciardi 1:17
104
To Judith, IV John Ciardi 1:11
105
To Judith, V John Ciardi 1:56
106
Elegy Just in Case John Ciardi 2:42
107
Days John Ciardi 2:13
108
The Lamb John Ciardi 1:39
109
Elegy John Ciardi 2:59
110
Elegy for Sandra John Ciardi 2:03
111
Three Views of a Mother, 1 John Ciardi 1:10
112
Three Views of a Mother, 2 John Ciardi 1:46
113
Three Views of a Mother, 3 John Ciardi 2:39
114
At a Concert of Music, Remembering the Dead in Korea John Ciardi 2:46
201
A Thought About Sheik Bedreddin John Ciardi 1:25
202
In the Witch-Hunting Season John Ciardi 1:25
203
Kristoffer Second John Ciardi 2:04
204
Elegy for G.B. Shaw John Ciardi 2:24
205
Flowering Quince John Ciardi 2:06
206
Sunday Morning John Ciardi 7:09
207
Measurements John Ciardi 1:22
208
Doctor Faustus John Ciardi 3:42
209
Thoughts on Looking into a Thicket John Ciardi 3:53
210
On Looking East to the Sea with a Sunset Behind Me, I, II John Ciardi 3:20
211
On Looking East to the Sea with a Sunset Behind Me, III John Ciardi 0:59

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