Of mice — and Burns

I read dead people.

OK, I stole that. From a T-shirt. At Powell’s in Portland.

Most of us do. Read dead people, that is. But it’s a little disconcerting to see said dead people recite their prose. Still, in a creepy way, it’s kind of fun, too. And on that note, you’ve GOT to check out the work from Poetryanimations on YouTube. Jim Clark has breathed life into hundreds of poets — and their poems.

For a sampling, here’s Robert Burns and his “virtual” reading of “To a Mouse,” a poem that struck John Steinbeck with inspiration when he wrote “Of Mice and Men.”

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes
o’ mice an ‘men
Gang aftagley,
An’lea’e us nought
but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

 Enjoy!

-Christy

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