COMPLETE [F P] Poster-Painter's Masterpiece by S. W. Foss-dl

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Post by aradlaw » June 21st, 2015, 9:41 am

The Poster-Painter's Masterpiece by Sam Walter Foss (1858 - 1911).

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LibriVox proudly presents a tribute to the month of June.
Sam Walter Foss was an American librarian and poet. For many years the opening lines from Foss' The Coming American ("Bring me men to match my mountains / Bring me men to match my plains / Men with empires in their purpose / And new eras in their brains") were inscribed on a granite wall at the United States Air Force Academy to inspire cadets and officers, but they were removed in 2003 to harmonize in perception to the Air Force Academy's having become coeducational. ( Wikipedia)
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[*] Project Code: O9P90klj

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The Poster-Painter's Masterpiece by Sam Walter Foss, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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Then read the poem:
"LET us paint a landscape in June," he cried;
"A Landscape in high June."
And the poster-painter swelled with pride
And trilled a merry tune.
And he painted five cows in Antwerp blue
(For he was a poster-painter true),
And the grass they browsed was a light écru
And a dark maroon.

And the foot of one cow was in the sky,
And her horns were pink and green;
Her amber tail it curled on high--
A bright and beauteous scene.
And a lavender river flowed at her feet
With gamboge lilies fragrant and sweet,
But some were the color of powdered peat,
Some light marine.

And another cow's tail was round the sun
(Her horns hung limply down);
And her tail was white as wool new-spun,
And the sun was a neutral brown.
In the drab background was a pale-blue lamb
Who stood by the side of her turquoise dam,
And the sky--a pink parallelogram--
On the lamb closed down.

And the rhomboid hills were of ochre hue
With trees of lilac white,
And rectilinear forests grew
In a limpid cochineal light.
An isosceles lake spread fair and pink,
And, gathered about its damask brink,
Triangular swans came down to drink
With glad delight.

Then a milkmaid came with cheeks of dun
And a smile of dark maroon,
One arm was on the setting sun,
One on the rising moon.
And she seemed to float from a Nile-green sky,
With an ebony arm and an ivory eye,
And her gown swelled from a point on high,
Like a pink balloon.

But all the things the painter drew
'Twere hard to tell--
The cow, the sky, the swans of blue,
Lamb, maid, he painted well.
But which was the cow and which the maid,
And which were the swans or the trees of shade,
And which were the sky or the hills, I'm afraid,
No soul could tell.


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Post by smike » June 21st, 2015, 12:35 pm

Hi david,

this was not an easy one for a foreign tongue like mine, but here it is as good as I could get it (with the help of my trusted friend howjsay) at a length of 3:24:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/masterpiece_foss_ccs_128kb.mp3
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Post by silverquill » June 21st, 2015, 9:48 pm

~ Larry

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Post by aradlaw » June 22nd, 2015, 3:58 am

Thank you Claudia, sorry about all those weird words. :D
Thanks Larry. :thumbs:
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Post by smike » June 22nd, 2015, 4:29 am

aradlaw wrote:Thank you Claudia, sorry about all those weird words. :D
Oh, never mind, it's a lovely poem. :)
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Post by canadaguy2015 » June 22nd, 2015, 6:58 am

Here is my recording of the poem. Please let me know if I need to re-do anything as I did some editing on the recording.

Regards,

Jim

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/masterpiece_foss_jm_128kb.mp3

Duration 2:31

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Post by NoelBadrian » June 22nd, 2015, 9:55 am

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Post by DomenicaC » June 22nd, 2015, 11:13 am

And here is my version for PL... duration is 2:38

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/masterpiece_foss_dcc_128kb.mp3

Regards,
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Post by aradlaw » June 22nd, 2015, 7:45 pm

Thank you Jim, Noel and Dominica. :thumbs:
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Post by LenXZ1 » June 22nd, 2015, 8:07 pm

Here is my version of this bizarrely colorful poem:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/masterpiece_foss_llw_128kb.mp3
Duration: 3:08

Now is this a complete burlesque, or is it a precise description of a million-dollar painting on the walls of the MoMA? :lol:

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Post by aradlaw » June 24th, 2015, 5:53 am

Thank you Len, I pictured someone trying to make sense of a work by Picasso. :P
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Post by Newgatenovelist » June 24th, 2015, 6:44 am

The duration of mine this week is 2.31:
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/masterpiece_foss_el_128kb.mp3
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Post by aradlaw » June 24th, 2015, 7:52 pm

Thank you Erin. :thumbs:

Could someone please take a listen to my reading ?
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/masterpiece_foss_dl_128kb.mp3
2:49
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Post by commonsparrow3 » June 24th, 2015, 9:39 pm

aradlaw wrote:Could someone please take a listen to my reading ?
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/masterpiece_foss_dl_128kb.mp3
2:49
Yours is PL OK, David!

Here's mine -- (length 2:42)
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/masterpiece_foss_mk_128kb.mp3

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Post by aradlaw » June 25th, 2015, 5:50 am

Thanks Maria, PL OK :thumbs:
...and thank you for the PL. :D
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