Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925)

LibriVox volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Petals by Amy Lowell. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 27, 2011.

Amy Lawrence Lowell (February 9, 1874 – May 12, 1925) was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts who posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926. Lowell was born into Brookline's prominent Lowell family, sister to astronomer Percival Lowell and Harvard president Abbott Lawrence Lowell.

She never attended college because her family did not consider that proper for a woman, but she compensated with avid reading and near-obsessive book collecting. She lived as a socialite and travelled widely, turning to poetry in 1902 after being inspired by a performance of Eleonora Duse in Europe. In the post-World War II years, Lowell, like other women writers, was largely forgotten, but with the renaissance of the women's movement in the 1970s, women's studies brought her back to light. According to Heywood Broun, however, Lowell personally argued against feminism. Her poem, “Petals” is published in her collection A Dome of Many-Colored Glass (1912). (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Bob Gonzalez)

Genre(s): Poetry, Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Petals - Read by AMB Ann Boulais
Play 02 Petals - Read by BG Bob Gonzalez
Play 03 Petals - Read by CC Chris Caron
Play 04 Petals - Read by DL David Lawrence
Play 05 Petals - Read by GC Snapdragon
Play 06 Petals - Read by GHS Algy Pug
Play 07 Petals - Read by JCM Jason Mills
Play 08 Petals - Read by JS Jonathan Sjöblom
Play 09 Petals - Read by LAH Lee Ann Howlett
Play 10 Petals - Read by LKP Lucy Perry
Play 11 Petals - Read by LLW Leonard Wilson
Play 12 Petals - Read by MG Martin Geeson
Play 13 Petals read by RK Ruthie King
Play 14 Petals - Read by RN ravenotation
Play 15 Petals - Read by RSS sanura