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A Post-Thanksgiving Offering suggested by Availle.
Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!Ernest Vincent Wright was an American author known for his book Gadsby, a 50,000-word novel which, except for the introduction and a note at the end, did not use the letter "e".
The biographical details of his life are unclear. A 2002 article in the Village Voice by Ed Park said he might have been English by birth but was more probably American. The article said he might have served in the navy and that he has been incorrectly called a graduate of MIT. The article says that he attended a vocational high school attached to MIT in 1888 but there is no record that he graduated. Park said rumors that Wright died within hours of Gadsby being published are untrue. ( Wikipedia)
This week's poem can be found here.
[*] Project Code: tHN85P2i
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Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHz
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Begin your reading with the abbreviated LibriVox disclaimer:
No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
Then read the poem:When Father Carves the Duck by Ernest Vincent Wright, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal url.]
We all look on with anxious eyes
When father carves the duck,
And mother almost always sighs
When father carves the duck;
Then all of us prepare to rise,
And hold our bibs before our eyes,
And be prepared for some surprise,
When father carves the duck.
He braces up and grabs a fork
Whene’er he carves a duck;
And won’t allow a soul to talk,
Until he’s carved the duck.
The fork is jabbed into the sides,
Across the breast the knife he slides,
While every careful person hides
From flying chips of duck.
The platter’s always sure to slip
When father carves a duck,
And how it makes the dishes skip!
Potatoes fly amuck!
The squash and cabbage leap in space,
We get some gravy in our face,
And father mutters Hindu grace
Whene’er he carves a duck.
We then have learned to walk around
The dining-room and pluck
From off the window-sills and walls
Our share of Father’s duck
While father growls and blows and jaws,
And swears the knife was full of flaws,
And mother laughs at him because
He couldn’t carve a duck.
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