pizzicati of hosanna – new project

Pizzicati of Hosanna
“dead poets’ poems read by Nic Sebastian in English & other languages”

Reasons for this project – One: Whale Sound was all contemporary poetry, so poets’ reactions to recordings of their work, our desire to promote that work, and real-time interactions with poets were ever-present considerations. Pizzicati of Hosanna will only tackle work by dead poets, positing a fundamentally different paradigm for exploration.

Two: What’s it like to read poetry aloud for an audience in different languages? Without being any kind of real polyglot, I have a modest working knowledge of French, Spanish and Italian, and a fair ear, although I’ve never tried reading any non-English poetry aloud for an audience (in my view the best and quickest way to get deepest inside a poem). So here we are, stepping out as usual in bright hope & deep ignorance, accompanied by a battery of dictionaries, translation tools and pronunciation guides…

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

7 thoughts on “pizzicati of hosanna – new project”

  1. Titles already up at the site:

    ‘Meeting-house Hill’ by Amy Lowell
    ‘L’Approdo’ di Primo Levi
    ‘Elle était déchaussée, elle était décoiffée’ de Victor Hugo
    ‘Anche tu sei l’amore’ di Cesare Pavese
    ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll
    ‘Yo persigo una forma’ de Rubén Darío
    ‘Forse il cuore’ di Salvatore Quasimodo
    ‘Large Red Man Reading’ by Wallace Stevens
    ‘Spleen’ de Charles Baudelaire
    ‘Peter Quince at the Clavier’ by Wallace Stevens
    ‘Very Like A Whale’ by Ogden Nash
    ‘Fábula de la sirena y los borrachos’ de Pablo Neruda
    ‘Song of Solomon’ – King James Version
    ‘Les Pas’ de Paul Valéry
    ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’ by Emily Dickinson
    ‘Landscape with the Fall of Icarus’ by William Carlos Williams
    ‘New Year’s Eve’ – Thomas Hardy

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