Zadie Smith reads Frank O’Hara’s “Animals”

The Coudal Partners site is an old jewelry box of hidden gems, including a Verse by Voice section where people call in to read poems over voicemail; this is Zadie Smith reading Frank O’Hara's “Animals.” I've been listening to it every couple of minutes for the last hour or so. There is something almost unbearably sad in her voice, and grave in her delivery, that is a perfect match for the poem, especially in the way she rises to the finish just before the break between these two lines:

O you
were the best of all my days