Ballad of the Long Legged Bait – Dylan Thomas

Well this was somewhat epic. I only ever do these recordings in a single take, with no editing. This may explain some of their faults. This has long been one of my favourite poems, but reciting it in one single take was akin to a freeclimb on a particularly difficult pitch. This piece is just so magisterial. In it Thomas pushes words to the very edge of meaning. You can hear it 1000 times and hear something new each time. It is truly musical. It sounds like nothing and like gibberish and yet at every moment it is absolutely true. Only the greatest art can achieve this. Only Beethoven and Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky… only Dylan Thomas. In any case, as a Mariner, who is currently cut off from the Sea, it spoke to me… it spoke to me.

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