G 1-9-02 Just had check this out. I love RWS poems, in 1997 my girlfriend and I went backpacking for two months around the Yukon, one main reason for going there was RWS, and the sheer beauty of the Yukon. We were lucky enough to catch Tom Burns (I think that was the way he spelt it) anyway, we were able to see him read at RWS's cabin in Dawson, it was great!! Sorry to hear he isn't doing the readings anymore. Me and that special girl that I shared this with are now no longer, but it will always be the highlight of my life to have traveled there and shared that with her. Anyway keep up the great work on this site! I'm not normally a computer person, but when I get the chance to use one this site will always be a favourite. Who is doing the readings nowadays? Please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
SB 1-9.02 I was turned onto RWS by a man I met that was from Alaska. I was immediately enamored of these poems and the life they represented. So much so that I went to Alaska soon after and spent 4 wonderful months there to see what it was like. I would also like to say that in the credits of the movie North To Alaska there is a Robert Service listed as the piano player in one of the scenes, he is singing the words to a RWS poem. Check it out.
K 1-8-02 My father, who passed on in 1999, loved Robert Service. I still read his poetry as I know my father identified with him so and that way when I read Service's poetry I feel my father close to me, reading along.
RFB 1-6-02 Actually, I had a Boy Scout leader who would recite "The Cremation Of Sam McGee" by the campfire; just before bed. I learned it then. I have the "Collected Poems" and one of the small books as well.
I found this site because I was trying to remember the second line of My Madonna and decided to search the net for RWS. Thank you for producing this well-designed web site. Easy to get around in, with each introduction enticing one to see what follows. Incidentally, My Madonna is not exactly my favorite RWS poem, it is just that I like all of the choices you presented and had to pick one.
I will be back from time-to-time, and I will introduce this site to my children and grandchildren. Thanks again.
DF 12-23-01 I first heard of Robert Service on a trip to Alaska that I took with my wife in 1998. I remember some of his works from high school, but their real meaning hit home on that Alaska trip. After the trip, I became interested in all his works, and to this day when I hear or read his writings, they take me back to that wonderful land of "the midnight sun". The Alaskan experience was beautiful, and the works of Robert Service make those memories complete.
EJV 12-23-01 I've been a fan for at least 60 years. My father used to recite from memory The Cremation of Sam McGee, The shooting of Dan McGrew and others. It was always a pleasure to hear them.
J 12-22-01 I read Cremation when I was a kid, in a jr. high reader copyright about 1948. I really relate to Cremation because, like Sam, I don't like the cold, ice and snow much either. Robert Service, Piet Hein and a few others are great at being rational and clear in their poetic expression. So many "poets" don't have anything to say and just try to pointlessly jerk people around with symbols and emotions. Those manipulators aren't worth anyone's time. Service is. I'm glad to know about this website so I can share it now and then.
JF 12-20-01 I just found out of Service on public radio when Lief Enger author of Peace like a River mentioned his prose. Your site was my first exposure to Service but, it won't be the last. You have a great site and I expect to be back soon and often.
FWB 12-18-01 When I was a kid my earliest memories were of my dad, reading "The Cremation of Sam McGee" and "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" by the fire on camping trips. Service was the only poet my dad ever read aloud -- he doesn't read much other than the paper, so it was even more memorable. Anyway, now with sons of my own, I was looking around to get something for Grandpa for Christmas -- and I thought the best thing would be to get him some Robert Service. So that my sons could have memories of their Grandfather reading in the same way as I once did.
Thanks so much for putting this site up!
RP 12-12-01 I, also have lived in the north. I spent a 22 month stint in Norman Wells, Northwest territories. The dead of winter up there, it's hard to believe that there is a tropical zone on the earth and be so cold up here. I was searching for a copy of Service's spoken verses on record or CD, which I believe there is. Thanks
AU There is a record, "Robert Service Recites", produced by Larry Beck. A picture is on the Downlad page.
GJS 12-10-01 Robert Service was truly a talented poet, one of a kind, I am very interested to know the names of his grandfather, great grand father, where they lived in Scotland. There birth dates, interestingly my father Henry Service, his fathers name was Robert Service, and his great grand fathers name was Robert Service. They came from the same locality in Scotland as Robert Service ( The Poet ).