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Paul Kelly's songs are steeped in poetry. And now he has gathered from around the world the poems he loves - poems that have inspired and challenged him over the years, a number of which he has set to music. This wide-ranging and deeply moving anthology combines the ancient and the modern, the hallowed and the profane, the famous and the little known, to speak to two of literature's great themes that have proven so powerful in his music: love and death - plus everything in between.

Here are poems by Yehuda Amichai, W. H. Auden, Tusiata Avia, Hera Lindsay Bird, William Blake, Bertolt Brecht, Constantine Cavafy, Alison Croggon, Mahmoud Darwish, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Ali Cobby Eckermann, James Fenton, Thomas Hardy, Kevin Hart, Gwen Harwood, Seamus Heaney, Philip Hodgins, Homer, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Langston Hughes, John Keats, Ono No Komachi, Maxine Kumin, Philip Larkin, Li-Young Lee, Norman MacCaig, Paula Meehan, Czeslaw Milosz, Les Murray, Pablo Neruda, Sharon Olds, Ovid, Sylvia Plath, Dorothy Porter, Rumi, Anne Sexton, William Shakespeare, Izumi Shikibu, Warsan Shire, Kenneth Slessor, Wislawa Szymborska, Moire Mhac an tSaoi, Ko Un, Walt Whitman, Judith Wright, W. B. Yeats and many more.

This updated edition of Love Is Strong as Death by Paul Kelly has been amended with additional breaks between poems and contains thirteen bonus tracks. The poems set to original music are now included as both songs and spoken word pieces in Paul’s inimitable voice. 

©2019 Paul Kelly (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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A Moveable Feast

A huge companion of poetry welcoming to everyone. This is my first introduction to poetry, and what a treat to be led the way by Paul's narration and music. I'm glad I picked up both the audio/ebook to help follow the poems as I listened along.

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Beautifully narrated and sung by Paul!

This is a great selection of poetry, which is made even better by the fact it is narrated by Paul. The songs within the audiobook are a standout.

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A beautiful listen - sung and spoken by Paul Kelly

I've always been a fan of Paul Kelly's music and the raw beauty of his lyrics, so when I heard him sing from this collection on the radio I knew I needed to hear the whole book of poetry spoken aloud in his voice. It's a beautiful and varied selection of poems, mainly spoken, but some set to music. It was lovely to dip in and out on my commute to work and revisit some poems I first heard at school, as well as discover some new ones. A really beautiful listening experience!

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absolutely awful!

Ugh ugh ugh who thought this was a good idea??? These are some beautiful poems but who would want to listen to Paul Kelly read them? why did he think he could or should? Why wouldn't you get someone who understands live poetry reading? They're not Paul's poems and his reading voice is awful and he slurs half the words as well. I've heard Beyonce read Warsan Shire and then to hear this version was just a horrible nightmare. I don't understand this book at all, even for big Paul Kelly fans. Worst present ever. Leave this book and go find Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston reading poetry on Youtube.

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Thanks Audible for responding

Audible quickly responded to feedback and increased silent pauses between poems. This is now an enjoyable, diverse listening experience.

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