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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

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To Judith, I John Ciardi 1:29
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To Judith, II John Ciardi 3:04
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To Judith, III John Ciardi 1:17
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To Judith, IV John Ciardi 1:11
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To Judith, V John Ciardi 1:56
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Elegy Just in Case John Ciardi 2:42
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Days John Ciardi 2:13
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The Lamb John Ciardi 1:39
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Elegy John Ciardi 2:59
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Elegy for Sandra John Ciardi 2:03
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Three Views of a Mother, 1 John Ciardi 1:10
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Three Views of a Mother, 2 John Ciardi 1:46
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Three Views of a Mother, 3 John Ciardi 2:39
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At a Concert of Music, Remembering the Dead in Korea John Ciardi 2:46
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A Thought About Sheik Bedreddin John Ciardi 1:25
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In the Witch-Hunting Season John Ciardi 1:25
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Kristoffer Second John Ciardi 2:04
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Elegy for G.B. Shaw John Ciardi 2:24
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Flowering Quince John Ciardi 2:06
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Sunday Morning John Ciardi 7:09
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Measurements John Ciardi 1:22
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Doctor Faustus John Ciardi 3:42
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Thoughts on Looking into a Thicket John Ciardi 3:53
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On Looking East to the Sea with a Sunset Behind Me, I, II John Ciardi 3:20
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On Looking East to the Sea with a Sunset Behind Me, III John Ciardi 0:59
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