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Nora May French was a Californian poet and a member of the bohemian literary circles of the Carmel Arts and Crafts Club, which flourished after the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906. She gained minor recognition, but no financial stability, through local magazines. Published posthumously by friends in 1910, four years after French's suicide, Poems by Nora May French was the first and only compilation of her works until 2009.

Although many of her poems celebrate the serenity of coastal landscape, others are less sanguine. They offer glimpses into the mind of a young woman plagued by heartbreak and torn between pressure to submit to social roles and longing to live creatively. The most famous poem in the collection, The Spanish Girl, reflects on a failed engagement, the first of many. - Summary by Mary Kay (1 hr 21 min)


The Outer Gate 1:22 Read by Jeanie
Rain / Best-Loved 1:51 Read by Jeanie
The Rose 1:30 Read by Eric Metzler
Between Two Rains 1:10 Read by Mary Kay
The Message / By the Hospital / Oh, Dryad Thoughs 2:54 Read by Eric Metzler
Music in the Pavilion 1:30 Read by Leonard Wilson
Rebuke 1:30 Read by Leonard Wilson
In Camp 1:05 Read by Jennifer Duval
The Nymph 4:12 Read by Kristin G.
Vivisection / The Stranger 1:51 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Constant Ones / Instinct 1:32 Read by Jennifer Duval
San Francisco, New Year's, 1907 2:43 Read by Little Tee
The Poppy Field 1:18 Read by Leonard Wilson
You 1:00 Read by Jennifer Duval
Just a Dog 2:06 Read by Ian King
Mirage / Dusk 2:45 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Spanish Girl, Part I 7:04 Read by Jennifer Duval
The Spanish Girl, Part II 4:45 Read by Kristin G.
The Spanish Girl, Part III 5:40 Read by Kristin G.
The Garden of Dolores 1:05 Read by KHand
Indifference / After-Knowledge 2:09 Read by Melanie Ward
Two Spendthrift Kings / Growth 1:49 Read by James Koss
Change / Wistaria 2:02 Read by Larry Wilson
My Nook 2:13 Read by Shiloh Fuscello
When Plaintively and Near the Cricket Sings / The Little Memories 2:30 Read by Larry Wilson
Pass By / In Empty Courts 2:07 Read by Ian King
Down the Trail 1:18 Read by Kristin G.
Bells from Over the Hills Sound Sweet 2:15 Read by Lanie Butler
In Town / Moods 1:37 Read by KHand
A Misty Morning / Two Songs 2:44 Read by Jesse Liwag
Noon / Your Beautiful Passing 1:28 Read by Alton Kane
By Moonlight / One Day 2:00 Read by DomBombadil
The Mission Graves / Along the Track 2:05 Read by Larry Wilson
A Place of Dreams / Think Not, O Lilias 1:44 Read by Ashley
To Rosy Buds 1:16 Read by Ashley
Yesterday 1:28 Read by Jordan Heron
The Mourner / Ava Atque Vale 2:03 Read by KHand