Record Helen Dunmore's beautiful poem, “The Blue Garden”, for the blue garden in the alley behind our house.
In "The Blue Garden", what the trainload of passengers see from the stopped train on the embankment is, in a sense, our garden or perhaps the fantasy blue garden behind the fairy/elf/gnome door at the back of the garden. It is a neighborhood garden for passersby.
It is a tiny garden, a whimsical, playful space enjoyed by the few passersby during the day or night when it is illuminated by a little blue light show. Through the barely visible louvered window, they are treated to songs related to the color blue (including two by my son). Currently one poem entitled “Blue“ by Elizabeth Polliner is recited by Garrison Keillor of National Public Radio fame and that was downloaded from our National Public Radio’s website. I could not find Helen Dunmore’s poem recorded online. The sound magic is attributable to an IPod attached to a speaker behind the window and plays compatible files.
Of course we would never use the recording for any commercial purpose---that would be abhorrent to the idea of our garden. the reciter's voice would only serve to add to the surprise enchantment in an otherwise boring alley.
We need someone with an excellent speaking voice, much preferably with a British accent. It would be nice to hear the reader recite any paragraph of his/her choosing before a final decision, if that is possible through this website. The recording need only be playable in a format for the iPod, such as MP3. The poem is here: [url removed, login to view]
Bonus if a brief interpretation of the poem is offered.