We Real Cool

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We Real Cool  
V.O. for an educational product aimed at h.s. students. Voice over should be read in English with a minimum of drama, similar to compelling audio books to inspire the listener but w/o 'acting out'. Intro and text excerpt.

We are looking for an artist to read about 3-4 pieces.

A bit of direction found online...

"We Real Cool" is a poem written in 1959 by poet Gwendolyn Brooks and published in her 1960 book The Bean Eaters, her third collection of poetry.
It consists of four verses of two rhyming lines each. The last word in most lines is "we". The next line describes something that "we" do, such as play pool or drop out of school. Brooks has said that the "we"'s are meant to be said softly, as though the protagonists in the poem are questioning the validity of their existence.[1] The poem has been featured on broadsides, and is widely studied in literature classes and re-printed in literature textbooks. It also contains references to the Seven Deadly Sins.
The last lines of the poem, "We / Die soon," indicate the climax, which comes as a surprise to the boasts that have been made previously. It also suggests a moment of self-awareness about the choices that the players have made. 
2012-12-06 19:31:53 GMT
2012-12-20 09:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
To be defined
Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
English - USA and Canada
African American
Young Adult Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
The Voice Actor should have at least 1 years of experience in the voice industry.
This is a non-union project

Script Details

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We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.


The ARVNs were the first to start to move out. Word had come that a second North Vietnamese battalion was moving toward the area. We had to get out and get out quickly. We made as many litters as we could to carry out the wounded. The question came up as to what to do with the dead.

Somebody said we should bury them.

"They'll just dig them up," Gearheart said. "We got to strip them and burn them."

Hell. Bodies still warm, limbs that fell as the bodies were moved. Some guys couldn't do it. Some of us had to. We began stripping the Americans. We took their tags, their gear, and took them to a hut. How many were there? There were too many. Everybody took care of their own. We got Dongan and put him in the hut. Some of the bodies were wrapped in ponchos, some weren't.

Guys from Charlie Company saw what we were doing and they got their people in. It was better than having the Congs get them, maybe mutilating the bodies.

"Make sure you get all the tags!" Gearhart was saying. 
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