Here's this week's poem to tackle!
As usual, each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many Librivox volunteers as possible! It's my turn to pick a poem this week, and since I'm also book coordinator for Whitman's Leaves of Grass, I thought a little Walt would be appropriate.
The following is one of my favorite Whitman poems and it comes from Book 30 of Leaves of Grass (which, by the way, does not yet have an assigned reader... so if you enjoy reading this one, why not take a hop over to http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61 and sign up!)
A Noiseless Patient Spider
by Walt Whitman
You can access the full text of Leaves of Grass here:A noiseless patient spider,
I mark'd where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark'd how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.
And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to
Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.
If you wish to contribute, please have your readings submitted by 5:00 PST on Saturday, December 10th.
Please post a link to your version in a reply to this post.
File name: patient_spider_whitman_[your initials].mp3
Have fun! I look forward to listening.
(and remember, anyone who submits a recording can choose the next weekly poem! If you'd like to pick next week's poem, just post here!)