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Hear it! Hear it! I am Raftery the Poet
by Anthony Raftery
"I am Raftery the oet..."
Read by James Wright
New York City
March 2, 1967

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Hear it! Hear it! The End of the Alphabet [Difficult to pinpoint]
by Claudia Rankine
"Difficult to pinpoint..."
Claudia Rankine Read by the author
July 20, 2001
Philosophy Hall Lounge
Columbia University
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Open Letter: A Dialogue on Race and Poetry
by Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine Read by the author
February 4, 2011
AWP Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

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Hear it! Hear it! We Heard Health Care
by Claudia Rankine
"We heard ..."
Claudia Rankine Read by the author
February 4, 2011
AWP Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

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Hear it! Hear it! After Suicide
by Matt Rasmussen
Matt Rasmussen Read by the author
July 23, 2013
High Line, Summer Reading Series
New York, NY
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! This City
by Liam Rector
"This apartment with no furniture..."
Liam Rector Read by the author
December 10, 1985
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Diving into the Wreck
by Adrienne Rich
"First having read the book of myths,..."
Adrienne Rich Read by Anne Waldman
May 23, 2009
Saint Peter's Church, New York City
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! The Art of Translation
by Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich Read by the author
May 06, 1997
New School University
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! The Burning of Paper Instead of Children
by Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich Read by Sharon Olds
March 13, 1997
The New School
New York, NY
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! My Papa's Waltz
by Theodore Roethke
"The whiskey on your breath could make a small boy dizzy..."
Theodore Roethke Read by the author

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Hear it! Hear it! Gold River
by Catie Rosemurgy
"The arch in the bridge. The moment of architecture..."
September 2, 2010
The Arsenal Building, Central Park
New York, NY
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Miss Peach the Novel
by Catie Rosemurgy
"Hook: She's back in town..."
September 2, 2010
The Arsenal Building, Central Park
New York, NY
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! How We Did It
by Muriel Rukeyser
Muriel Rukeyser Read by the author
December 7, 1976
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Home to Roost
by Kay Ryan
"The chickens..."
Kay Ryan Read by the author
October 6, 2006
Kaye Playhouse, New York City
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Putting Things In Proportion
by Kay Ryan
Kay Ryan October 21, 2011
The Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYU
New York, NY
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! The Edges of Time
by Kay Ryan
Kay Ryan Read by the author
October 18, 2007
The Times Center
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! The Niagara River
by Kay Ryan
"As though..."
Kay Ryan Read by the author
October 6, 2006
Kaye Playhouse, New York City
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Outside
by Michael Ryan
"The dead thing mashed into the street..."
Michael Ryan Read by the author
March 29, 2004
Poets House, New York City
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Reminder
by Michael Ryan
"Torment by appetite..."
Michael Ryan Read by the author
March 29, 2004
Poets House, New York City
From the Academy Audio Archive

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