COMPLETE: Weekly Poetry - War is Kind, Stephen Crane -PO/fx

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Post by Fox in the Stars » August 6th, 2006, 11:59 am

This Weekly Poetry project is now complete. If you still want to record this poem, please submit it to the current Short Poetry collection. Thanks to everyone who participated!

All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/war-is-kind-by-stephen-crane/

Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many Librivox volunteers as possible!

This week we commemorate the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with "War is Kind" by Stephen Crane. The title takes on a gentle yet harrowing irony as this poem powerfully evokes the human costs of war, both the victims of the battlefield and those left behind.

Here is the poem at Poets' Corner: http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/crane01.html#1
Wikipedia on the Author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Crane

Before Recording,
Please check the Recording Notes thread:
http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430
If this is your first recording, you'll also find this useful:
http://librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/NewbieGuideToRecording

And be sure that your recording software is set to the following technical specifications:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.100 kHz (32 and 22.5 also acceptable)

Start Recording! :D

Because we use the abbreviated "librivox disclaimer" for weekly poetry, start by saying the title and author/source. This week, that's:
War is Kind
by Stephen Crane
Then, say the abbreviated disclaimer with special occasion additions:
read for Librivox.org
for the 61st anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
by [Your Name]
(If desired, add your location, your personal URL, etc.)
Now read the body of the poem:
Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind.
Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the affrighted steed ran on alone,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment,
Little souls who thirst for fight,
These men were born to drill and die.
The unexplained glory flies above them,
Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom --
A field where a thousand corpses lie.

Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.
Because your father tumbled in the yellow trenches,
Raged at his breast, gulped and died,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Swift blazing flag of the regiment,
Eagle with crest of red and gold,
These men were born to drill and die.
Point for them the virtue of slaughter,
Make plain to them the excellence of killing
And a field where a thousand corpses lie.

Mother whose heart hung humble as a button
On the bright splendid shroud of your son,
Do not weep.
War is kind.
At the end, say:
End of Poem.
(I personally like to add "This recording is in the public domain.")
Leave 3-5 seconds silent, then stop recording.

After Recording,

Save your recording as an mp3 file using the following filename and ID3 tag format:

File name ? all in lowercase: war_is_kind_crane_[your initials in 4 letters or less].mp3

ID-3 tags:
Title: War is Kind - Read by [your initials]
Artist: Stephen Crane
Album: LibriVox Weekly Poetry
Genre: Speech
Comments (Optional): Public Domain; read by [your name]

Here are three basic options for sending in your files:
  1. Post them on your own webspace and link to them there
  2. Post them to our "LibriBox" upload utility and holding space here:
    http://librivixen.shininghalf.com
    password: pubdomain
    You can then link to it at librivixen.shininghalf.com/uploader/files/[your filename]
  3. Send them via YouSendIt.com to foxinthestars(at)shininghalf(dot)co(dot)YOO-KAY. This will generate a link which you can post.
Whichever of these options you use, please reply below and post a link to your file. This safeguards against your submission being lost in case of e-mail crashes and such. If you can't get any of this to work, just say so; help is available.

When you post your link, please include your name as you would like it credited on the catalog page and any URL by which you would like it accompanied.

If you wish to contribute, please have your readings submitted by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 12th (that's 22:00 GMT/UTC/Zulu time same date).


Enjoy! :D
Last edited by Fox in the Stars on August 19th, 2006, 5:51 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Post by Kaffen » August 6th, 2006, 3:10 pm

Well, I guess I'm leadoff batter, this week.
Unfortunately, the Uploader chugged all the way through the file, then declared I had an incorrect password and bombed out. :cry:
So, here it is via the yousendit.com route:
httP://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=DD32408D151A1EA6
- Mark

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Post by Cloud Mountain » August 7th, 2006, 8:04 am

This is excellent Mark. Gives me the creeps. Perfect voice for a series of munitions commercials. I trust you.

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Post by Peter Why » August 7th, 2006, 1:11 pm

.. and mine:

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=938BAD3409280BA2


Nice movements of feeling within the poem.

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Post by 12makoto » August 8th, 2006, 3:00 pm

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Post by Fox in the Stars » August 11th, 2006, 1:13 pm

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Post by kristin » August 11th, 2006, 2:54 pm


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Post by shortcircuit » August 11th, 2006, 7:39 pm

My version:

http://librivixen.shininghalf.com/uploader/files/war_is_kind_crane_mm.mp3

Also, I think I'll start going by Maria Morabe on the catalog instead of shortcircuit. I changed the wiki page (List of Readers Catalog Names) with my information (hope that was okay).
[size=75][color=#63b8ff]There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away. -
Emily Dickinson
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Maria
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[url=http://librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/MariaMorabe/]My Wiki Page[/url]
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Post by Cloud Mountain » August 11th, 2006, 9:37 pm

Here you are Laura: Cloud Mountain's Massacre

Yes, quirky as ever. Think its time to go to the doctor and do something about this voice that's been haywire for a month.

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Post by Cloud Mountain » August 11th, 2006, 9:40 pm

shortcircuit wrote:Also, I think I'll start going by Maria Morabe on the catalog instead of shortcircuit. I changed the wiki page (List of Readers Catalog Names) with my information (hope that was okay).
????????????Nice to hear this Maria.
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Post by kristin » August 11th, 2006, 10:23 pm

Cloud Mountain wrote:Here you are Laura: Cloud Mountain's Massacre

Yes, quirky as ever. Think its time to go to the doctor and do something about this voice that's been haywire for a month.
Poor Alan, that must make intelligibility even more trying than usual. :D

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Post by Cloud Mountain » August 12th, 2006, 5:55 am

kristin wrote:
Cloud Mountain wrote:Here you are Laura: Cloud Mountain's Massacre

Yes, quirky as ever. Think its time to go to the doctor and do something about this voice that's been haywire for a month.
Poor Alan, that must make intelligibility even more trying than usual. :D
War isn't it? :(
What's more unintelligible!?! :( :(
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Post by featherheadfop » August 12th, 2006, 10:05 am

My version : http://www.violetoulouse.net/files/Librivox/war_is_kind_crane_kjb.mp3

I never liked Crane's prose much, but this poem is affecting :o

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Post by shortcircuit » August 12th, 2006, 2:27 pm

Hee. just of curiosity: did anyone aside from me find saying "whose heart hung humble" somewhat hard? (It could have just been me getting excited, of course....)
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To take us lands away. -
Emily Dickinson
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Maria
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