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Robert Francis Reads His Poems

Robert Francis Reads His Poems

American poet, writer, and literary critic Robert Francis (1901–1987) reads his poems in his only known recording. Initially influenced by Robert Frost, Francis published his first collection of poems in 1936. For this recording, Francis reads from two collections written during the period from 1965 to 1974. Poems’ styles range from word play (“City” and “History II”) to rhyme (“Epitaphs”) and free form (“Going to the Funeral” and “Silent Poem”). Francis pays homage to his one-time mentor with “On a Theme by Frost.” The texts for all poems are included in the liner notes.

Track Listing

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The Mountain, Like Ghosts of Eagles, a Health to Earth Robert Francis 2:48
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Chimaphila 1972 Robert Francis 1:45
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Overhearing Two On a Cold Sunday Morning, Silent Poem, December 14 Robert Francis 3:44
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History (I, II, III, and IV) Robert Francis 3:07
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On a Theme by Frost, The Bulldozer, Cats, Trade, The Peacock , Picasso and Matisse Robert Francis 5:06
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The Pope, Light Casualties, The Righteous, Bloodstains, City , Cromwell Robert Francis 4:30
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Epitaphs Robert Francis 2:05
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Fear, Going to the Funeral, Suspension, 3 Old Ladies & 3 Spring Bulbs, Snowspell, the Half Twist Robert Francis 4:28
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When I Come; His Running, My Running Robert Francis 1:40
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Retrospect Robert Francis 3:35
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Dolphin Robert Francis 3:37
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Coin Diver Robert Francis 1:09
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Pitcher, The Base Stealer, Paper Man, Edith Sitwell, Old Man 's Confession Robert Francis 5:07
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Eagle Plain, Hogwash, The Mouse, While I Slept, Come As You Are Robert Francis 4:38
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Burial Robert Francis 1:56
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Cypresses, Bluejay, Summons Robert Francis 2:30
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Gold Robert Francis 2:15
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