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Sunset Stories: Classic Poetry

Curated by Jason Boog


About the Curator
Jason is an editor at Fable and a journalist. He’s also the author of “Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age.”

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I try to read a story or poem every night before bed. It’s the best way I know to calm my scattered brain after a day of Zoom meetings, emails, and child-care. Science backs me up on this, as one study found that reading can reduce stress levels by 68 percent! This month, I chose three great poetry collections, complete with brief audio readings to carry you peacefully to dreamland.

Book selections

Jason Boog book recommendations - Fable

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Omar Khayyám
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The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

By Omar Khayyám

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An audio recording of his poetry

“Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend before we too into the Dust descend” Omar Khayyám was a medieval Iranian mathematician, philosopher, scholar, and poet. Translator Edward FitzGerald took extreme artistic license with his famous translation of Khayyám’s quatrains, turning disconnected verses into a loose narrative for English-speaking readers. The book triggered a poetic revolution in Victorian England upon its release—one critic compared the impact of this book to the effect of Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Jason Boog

Fable Editor
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