COMPLETE [Fortnightly Poem] Main Street by Joyce Kilmer - dl

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Post by aradlaw » December 1st, 2019, 11:27 am

Main Street by Joyce Kilmer (1886 - 1918).

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Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well as his Roman Catholic religious faith, Kilmer was also a journalist, literary critic, lecturer, and editor. ( Wikipedia)
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Main Street by Joyce Kilmer, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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Then read the poem:
(For S. M. L.)
I like to look at the blossomy track of the moon upon the sea,
But it isn't half so fine a sight as Main Street used to be
When it all was covered over with a couple of feet of snow,
And over the crisp and radiant road the ringing sleighs would go.

Now, Main Street bordered with autumn leaves, it was a pleasant thing,
And its gutters were gay with dandelions early in the Spring;
I like to think of it white with frost or dusty in the heat,
Because I think it is humaner than any other street.

A city street that is busy and wide is ground by a thousand wheels,
And a burden of traffic on its breast is all it ever feels:
It is dully conscious of weight and speed and of work that never ends,
But it cannot be human like Main Street, and recognise its friends.

There were only about a hundred teams on Main Street in a day,
And twenty or thirty people, I guess, and some children out to play.
And there wasn't a wagon or buggy, or a man or a girl or a boy
That Main Street didn't remember, and somehow seem to enjoy.

The truck and the motor and trolley car and the elevated train
They make the weary city street reverberate with pain:
But there is yet an echo left deep down within my heart
Of the music the Main Street cobblestones made beneath a butcher's cart.

God be thanked for the Milky Way that runs across the sky,
That's the path that my feet would tread whenever I have to die.
Some folks call it a Silver Sword, and some a Pearly Crown,
But the only thing I think it is, is Main Street, Heaventown.


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Post by Horner94 » December 1st, 2019, 1:25 pm

Hello!
Here is my attempt: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/mainstreet_kilmer_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 01:53
Kind regards,
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Post by aradlaw » December 1st, 2019, 4:13 pm

Thank you Chad. There is a repeat at 1:19 "they make..." :wink:
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Post by KevinS » December 2nd, 2019, 1:14 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/mainstreet_kilmer_ks_128kb.mp3

2:08

Kilmer! I allow myself a measure of sentiment during the Holidays. Good pick. (Who am I kidding? I am a sentimental, old fool the year round.)
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Post by Algy Pug » December 2nd, 2019, 3:53 pm

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Post by pschempf » December 2nd, 2019, 10:20 pm

David -

Here's mine for this week -

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/mainstreet_kilmer_ps_128kb.mp3
Track length: 2:19

I was arguing with myself on the pronunciation of "humaner" and decided to go with Human - er rather than humane - er to compliment the end of the next stanza.
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Post by aradlaw » December 3rd, 2019, 4:31 pm

Thank you Graham, Kevin, Algy and Phil. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » December 5th, 2019, 9:34 am

My reading is done, could someone please take a listen ?
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/mainstreet_kilmer_dl_128kb.mp3
2:13
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Post by Algy Pug » December 5th, 2019, 10:04 pm

aradlaw wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 9:34 am
My reading is done, could someone please take a listen ?
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/mainstreet_kilmer_dl_128kb.mp3
2:13

Hi David

Your reading is PL OK.

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Post by aradlaw » December 6th, 2019, 6:18 pm

Thank you Algy. :D
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Post by silverquill » December 6th, 2019, 10:32 pm

Here is another reading:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/mainstreet_kilmer_lcw_128kb.mp3 2:03

With all due respect to Mr. Kilmer, my last three addresses were on different Main Streets and I'm glad to be far away now where I can actually see the Milky Way and hear the frogs and crickets and the far off loon!

(And have a quiet place to read thing for LibriVox) :mrgreen:

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Post by prosengine » December 7th, 2019, 5:44 pm

Here's my humble attempt for an exact (2:00)

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/mainstreet_kilmer_kd_128kb.mp3

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Post by aradlaw » December 7th, 2019, 7:04 pm

Thank you Larry and Bruce. :thumbs:

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