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Hear it! Hear it! "What Do Women Want?"
by Kim Addonizio
"I want a red dress...."
Kim Addonizio Read by the author
August 29, 2007
Oakland, California
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Hear it! Hear it! Salmon
by Kim Addonizio
"In this shallow creek..."
Kim Addonizio Read by the author
August 29, 2007
Oakland, California
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Hear it! Hear it! Deposition [excerpt]
by Julie Agoos
Read by the author
April 23, 2008
New York Public Library, Mulberry Branch
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Hear it! Hear it! Primogeniture
by Julie Agoos
"Someone put that basket under the dresser..."
Read by the author
April 23, 2008
New York Public Library, Mulberry Branch
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Hear it! Hear it! In Memoriam Mae Noblitt
by A. R. Ammons
"This is just a place: / we go around, distanced,..."
A. R. Ammons Read by the author
October 28th, 1996
92nd St. Y
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Hear it! Hear it! Still
by A. R. Ammons
"I said I will find what is lowly..."
A. R. Ammons Read by the author
October 28th, 1996
92nd St. Y
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Hear it! Hear it! Earth Took of Earth
by Anonymous
"Earth took of earth earth with ill..."
Read by Galway Kinnell
March 13, 1997
The New School
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! The Lady That Loved a Swine
by Anonymous
"There was a lady loved a swine..."
Read by James Wright
New York City
March 2, 1967

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Hear it! Hear it! Scumble
by Rae Armantrout
"What if I were turned on by seemingly innocent words..."
Rae Armantrout Read by the author
March 1, 2007
AWP Conference, Atlanta
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Hear it! Hear it! Yonder
by Rae Armantrout
"Anything cancels..."
Rae Armantrout Read by the author
March 1, 2007
AWP Conference, Atlanta
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Hear it! Hear it! Gooseberry Season
by Simon Armitage
"Which reminds me. He appeared..."
Simon Armitage Read by the author
September 29, 2008
Academy Offices
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Hear it! Hear it! Autobiography of the Body
by Elizabeth Arnold
Read by the author
May 30, 2009
The Strand Bookstore, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Untitled [So what is it then]
by Elizabeth Arnold
Read by the author
May 30, 2009
The Strand Bookstore, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Dover Beach
by Matthew Arnold
"The sea is calm tonight,..."
Matthew Arnold Read by David Kirby
February 2, 2008
AWP Conference, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! At North Farm
by John Ashbery
John Ashbery Read by the author
November 10, 1987
Boyslston Hall
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA



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Hear it! Hear it! Daffy Duck In Hollywood
by John Ashbery
"Something strange is creeping across me...."
John Ashbery Read by the author
May 16, 1976
Sanders Theatre
Cambridge, MA


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Hear it! Hear it! Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape
by John Ashbery
"The first of the undecoded messages read: "Popeye sits in thunder,..."
John Ashbery Read by the author
May 16, 1976
Sanders Theatre
Cambridge, MA


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Hear it! Hear it! Love in Boots
by John Ashbery
"Our first assignment was to make a square..."
John Ashbery 1994
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Hear it! Hear it! My Philosophy of Life
by John Ashbery
"Just when I thought there wasn't room enough..."
John Ashbery Read by the author
March 08, 1994
New School University
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Robin Hood's Barn
by John Ashbery
John Ashbery May 6, 2010
New York University
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Hear it! Hear it! Some Trees
by John Ashbery
"These are amazing: each..."
John Ashbery Read by the author
November 10, 1987
Boyslston Hall
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA



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Hear it! Hear it! The Beautiful Changes
by John Ashbery
John Ashbery Key West Literary Seminar
Key West, FL
2003

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Hear it! Hear it! The Plural of Jack-in-the-Box
by John Ashbery
"How quiet the diversion stands..."
John Ashbery Read by the author
November 9, 1978
Science Center
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA



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Hear it! Hear it! From an Italian Postcard Factory
by Margaret Atwood
1978
From the Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! You Begin
by Margaret Atwood
"You begin this way:..."

From the Academy Audio Archive
Recorded on April 11, 1978
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum



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Hear it! Hear it! First Things First
by W. H. Auden
W. H. Auden Read by the author
First Things First (Audio Only)

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Hear it! Hear it! Friday's Child
by W. H. Auden
W. H. Auden Read by the author
March 12, 1964
Guggenhiem Museum
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! On Reading a Child's Guide to Modern Physics
by W. H. Auden
W. H. Auden 1964
From the Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! On the Circuit
by W. H. Auden
"Among pelagian travelers,..."
W. H. Auden Read by the author
March 12, 1964
Guggenhiem Museum
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Hear it! Hear it! The More Loving One
by W. H. Auden
"Looking up at the stars, I know quite well..."
W. H. Auden Read by Nick Laird
May 30, 2009
The Strand Bookstore, New York City
From the Academy Audio Archive

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