Monday, November 15, 2010
"Hiawatha's Photographing" by Lewis Carroll (poetry reading)
This is amazing on so many levels. First, it describes in hilarious detail the travails of any photographer who has ever taken photos of a group of people (though with more arcane equipment). It's a wonderful parody of "Hiawatha." And it's by a great English writer who was also an accomplished photographer, though one with a fondness for young girls has subjects that has raised many a modern eyebrow.
And it's part of a great poetry channel on YouTube. The reader has posted nearly a 1,000 readings of many of the great poems in the language. Sometimes you want to be read to, rather than reading, and this is perfect.