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Poetry to fall asleep by

Like many of you, sometimes (often) I like to ease myself to sleep with a good podcast. Not so good that it defeats the purpose, of course. If I really want to fall asleep, I’m looking for a particular kind of content and presentation: mildly engaging, measured, soothing.

I’ve given several bedtime podcasts a try – some explicitly made for pre-sleep listening, most not. I have several favourites now, but none of these lulls the right nerves every time. While I pondered what makes for the ideal sleepytime sounds, I decided I’d put my own ideas to the test and give it a try.

By try, I mean I have recorded a little of my own bedtime listening. Not so much listening for me; I’m not sure how I feel about falling asleep to the sound of my own voice. But maybe someone else out there needs to be lulled into a good nap.

So, for those of you who enjoy poetry and Poe, and are ready to doze….

Poetic Lullabies: Reading Poe

If you like to drift off to the sound of someone’s voice – to the rhythms of speech – without getting too caught up in the words themselves or their meanings, give this a listen.

  • The Village Street
  • The Forest Reverie
  • Alone
  • The Sleeper
  • Israfel
  • Ulalume
  • To Helen
  • The Coliseum
  • To Isadore
  • To One in Paradise
  • The Happiest Day
  • Romance
  • A Dream Within a Dream
  • Silence
  • Evening Star
  • A Dream
  •  Eldorado
  • Hymn
  • Dreamland

All poems authored by Edgar Allan Poe and read by me, Laura Wiebe. Music also by me.

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