About the Author
J.D. MCCLATCHY is the editor of The Yale Review
, and has published several collections of poetry and essays, four opera libretti, and has edited numerous books. He has received the Witter Bynner Award for Poetry of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Stonington, Connecticut.
A compilation of poems on the subject of marriage offers an uneven listening experience. Some poems and readers are well matched. Nicole Orth-Pallacini gives a sensitive reading of Jane Hirshfield's "For What Binds Us." Actress Ally Sheedy performs Linda Pastan's "Because" with moving emphasis. However, Simon Prebble's stilted interpretation of Edward Lear's "The Owl and The Pussy-Cat" will simply induce giggles. Boyd Gaines's proud reading of Ogden Nash's "Tin Wedding Whistle" takes the fun out of Nash's bouncy couplets. The accompanying booklet with the text of the poems makes it easy to skip to individual tracks. R.F. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine