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Spoon River Anthology is a series of poetic stories about the lives of ordinary people as told by their ghosts. There's love and hate, betrayal and loyalty, comedy and tragedy. The characters get to tell their versions of murder, rape, revenge, accidents, and all the seedy sides of life as well as acts of heroism and lofty rhetoric meant to inspire.
Spoon River Anthology was beloved from the moment it was published. Ezra Pound said, "At last! At last America has discovered a poet." Carl Sandburg was equally impressed: "Once in a while a man comes along who writes a book that has his own heart-beats in it. The people whose faces look out from the pages of the book are the people of life itself, each trait of them as plain or as mysterious as in the old home valley where the writer came from. Such a writer and book are realized here."
Read the poems highlighted in today's podcast and all the poems in the anthology at
Today's readers are:
Ollie McGee read by Eucharia Donnery
Amanda Barker read by Luisa Piemontese
Chase Henry & Judge Somers read by Charles Kowalski
Petit the Poet read by Snigdha Agrawal
Benjamin Pantier & Andy the Nightwatch ready by Andi Brooks
Minerva read by Sharlene Oyagi
Indignation Jones read by Timothy Gould
Doctor Meyers read by Joshua St. Clair
Mrs. Meyers read by Jill Trade
Knowlt Hoheimer read by Herve Suys
Percy Bysshe Shelley read by Enne Tesse
Julia Miller read by Ellen Fryer
Zenas Witt read by Taishin Frances Matsuzaki
Margaret Fuller Slack read by Rebecca Otowa
Ace Shaw read by Bruno Vannieu
Lois Spears read by Lily Thukral
The Hill, Hod Putt, Cassius Hueffer, Serepta Mason, Daisy Fraser, Mrs. Benjamin Pantier, Butch Weldy, Lydia Puckett, Sarah Brown and Justice Arnett read by Linda Gould
Published to the Kaidankai on April 13,, 2022.
Linda Gould hosts the Kaidankai, a weekly blog and podcast of fiction read out loud that explores the entire world of ghosts and the supernatural. The stories are touching, scary, gruesome, funny, and heartwarming. New episodes every Wednesday.