Read by LibriVox Volunteers

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) (0 hr 15 min)


Petals - Read by AMB 0:54 Read by Ann Boulais
Petals - Read by BG 1:02 Read by Bob Gonzalez
Petals - Read by CC 0:52 Read by Chris Caron
Petals - Read by DL 0:58 Read by David Lawrence
Petals - Read by GC 0:59 Read by Snapdragon
Petals - Read by GHS 1:01 Read by Algy Pug
Petals - Read by JCM 0:59 Read by Jason Mills
Petals - Read by JS 0:57 Read by Jonathan Sjöblom
Petals - Read by LAH 1:06 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
Petals - Read by LKP 1:00 Read by Lucy Perry
Petals - Read by LLW 1:10 Read by Leonard Wilson
Petals - Read by MG 1:17 Read by Martin Geeson
Petals read by RK 1:01 Read by Ruthie King
Petals - Read by RN 1:11 Read by ravenotation
Petals - Read by RSS 0:53 Read by sanura