KWH House Pick: Gerard Manley Hopkins

Posted on April 30, 2012


In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ll be bringing you ‘House Picks,’ featuring poets most read as contributors’ ‘best-loved’ selection.

Spring has Sprung in the Knox Writers’ House. This week we celebrate Gerard Manley Hopkins!

Some of the best ‘audio experiences’ of these recordings were when the five writers below read Hopkins to us.  Though the readers range in location, style and generation, they were all drawn to rhythmic turmoil and suspense available in Hopkins’ work. He was truly a man outstandingly before his time touched with a wild genius.

These are recordings we listen to over and over. KWH reads Gerard Manley Hopkins:

[No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief,] by Gerard Manley Hopkins read by Emily Anderson in Galesburg, IL.

Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins read by Emily Anderson in Galesburg, IL.

Spelt from Sybil’s Leaves by Gerard Manley Hopkins read by Mary Jo Bang in St. Louis, MO.

God’s Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins read by Kwame Dawes in Lincoln NE.

Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins read by Ava Leavell Haymon in Baton Rouge LA

The Windover by Gerard Manley Hopkins read by Adrienne Raphel in Iowa City, IA