‘Why do we hate the crow?’ – recording from ABC Radio National

‘Why do we hate the crow?’ – recording from ABC Radio National

Photo donated by At a Glance Pty Ltd (Lee Curtis and Garrie Douglas)

As promised here is the audio of my poem ‘Why do we hate the crow?’ which was recorded for the ABC Radio National ‘Birdlands’ project.

I love the way they have done this one, even better than ‘skin deep’, especially the sound of the crows in the background.

Producer Gretchen Miller said

Why do we hate the crow by Gabrielle Bryden just had to be read in a good strong Aussie accent – Drayton Morley did the readings for us here!  Produced by Gretchen Miller with sound engineering by Russell Stapleton.

Click on the link to listen to the audio:

WHY DO WE HATE THE CROW? mp3

Here is the text of the poem:

Why do we hate the crow?

We hate the crow
heavy
every bit black bird
beady ugly eyes

stupid shuffling of wings
casual
hop out of the way of cars
that’s arrogance

eating carrion
we don’t like birds who eat dead things
or stuff out of bins
how disgusting

hate that loud, raucous call
grating our ears
like finger nails
on a chalkboard,
they take the short cut
across the river Styx
and with their message from Hades
slip into a subliminal
sniper vantage point

bloody smart-ass birds
too smart for their own good
you can’t kill them, you know
you’ll get in trouble with the law

if only it had a splash of red
somewhere on the feathers
like the stunning
red-tailed black cockatoo

yeah but, they don’t eat dead things

so it is about dead things.

ABC Radio National audio of ‘Skin Deep’

ABC Radio National audio of ‘Skin Deep’

 

The Gouldian Finch

Here is the audio of my poem ‘Skin Deep’ which was recorded for the ABC Radio National ‘Birdlands’ project.

Producer Gretchen Miller said

Skin Deep by Gabrielle Bryden is short, sharp and just a little bit  funny.  I liked the disappearing crowd… Reading by Drayton Morley,  sound engineer Russell Stapleton.

Click on this link to hear the audio. Make sure you listen to the end – when the door closes – haha.

SKIN DEEP Gabrielle Brydenmp3

Here is the text of the poem.

Skin Deep

God took a prized jewel
the precious gouldian finch
polishing the paint
off
a sparrow was left
the crowd
disappeared

 

I would like to thank Gretchen and everyone else involved in the recording. I so love having all the sound effects and using the voices of actors.

ps. They recorded my poem ‘Why do we hate the crow’ as well, and I will post that soon.