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Hear it! Hear it! The Junior High School Band Concert
by David Wagoner
"When our semi-conductor..."
David Wagoner Read by the author
March 07, 1995
New School University
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Hear it! Hear it! A Lesson for This Sunday
by Derek Walcott
"The growing idleness of summer grass..."
Derek Walcott Read by the author
October 15, 1964
Guggenhiem Museum
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Hear it! Hear it! Origins [The Flowering Breaker Detonates Its Surf]
by Derek Walcott
Derek Walcott October 15, 1964
Guggenheim Museum
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Hear it! Hear it! Pieces of an Hour [excerpt]
by Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman Read by the author
January 31, 2008
AWP Conference, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment [excerpt]
by Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman October 21, 2011
The Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYU
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! Four Noble Truths
by Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman Read by the author
January 31, 2008
AWP Conference, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Lady Tactics
by Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman Read by the author
May 23, 2009
Saint Peter's Church, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Peon, May I Speak Thus?
by Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman Read by the author
January 31, 2008
AWP Conference, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Stereo
by Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman Read by the author
January 31, 2008
AWP Conference, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! The Nature of a Mirror
by Robert Penn Warren
Robert Penn Warren Read by the author
February 08, 1977
Guggenhiem Museum
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Hear it! Hear it! Lamentations #1
by Afaa M. Weaver
Afaa Michael Weaver Read by the author
March 19, 2008
The Academy Offices
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Hear it! Hear it! Mt. Zion Baptist
by Afaa M. Weaver
Afaa Michael Weaver Read by the author
March 19, 2008
The Academy Offices
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Hear it! Hear it! My Father's Geography
by Afaa M. Weaver
"I was parading the Côte d'Azur,..."
Afaa Michael Weaver Read by the author
March 19, 2008
The Academy Offices
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Hear it! Hear it! The Starlings
by Afaa M. Weaver
Afaa Michael Weaver Read by the author
March 19, 2008
The Academy Offices
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Hear it! Hear it! Theme For Intermediate Chinese
by Afaa M. Weaver
Afaa Michael Weaver Read by the author
March 19, 2008
The Academy Offices
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Hear it! Hear it! Ordinary Landscape
by Jonathan Weinert
September 2, 2010
The Arsenal Building, Central Park
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! Meeting Again, After Heine
by Susan Wheeler
"The moon rose like a blooming flower..."
Susan Wheeler Read by the author
May 16, 2009
McNally Jackson Booksellers, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Roanoke and Wampumpeag
by Susan Wheeler
"Child, entering Ye Olde Trading Post, takes the pegs upon the walls..."
Susan Wheeler Read by the author
May 16, 2009
McNally Jackson Booksellers, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Song For the Spirit of Natalie Going
by Susan Wheeler
"Small bundle of bones, small bundle of fingers, of plumpness, of heart..."
Susan Wheeler Read by the author
May 16, 2009
McNally Jackson Booksellers, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! The Green Stamp Book
by Susan Wheeler
"Child in the thick of yearning. Doll carted and pushed..."
Susan Wheeler Read by the author
May 16, 2009
McNally Jackson Booksellers, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! America
by Walt Whitman
"Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,..."
Walt Whitman Read by the author
This is a 36-second wax cylinder recording of what some believe to be Whitman's voice reading four lines from the poem "America."

For more information on this controversial recording, see Ed Folsom's "The Whitman Recording," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, No. 9, p. 214-16, and Allen Koenigsberg's "Walt Whitman (1819-1892) Speaks?" Antique Phonograph Monthly No. 87, p. 9-11.

Reproduced courtesy of The Walt Whitman Archive, ed. Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price (www.whitmanarchive.org).

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Hear it! Hear it! Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
by Walt Whitman
"Flood-tide below me! I watch you face to face..."
Walt Whitman Read by Lucille Clifton
Sections 3-10
May 26, 1992
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
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Hear it! Hear it! Song of Myself, III
by Walt Whitman
"I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end..."
Walt Whitman Read by Lucille Clifton
May 26, 1992
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
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Hear it! Hear it! A Wedding Toast
by Richard Wilbur
"St. John tells how ..."
Richard Wilbur Read by the author
January, 2003
Key West Literary Seminar
Key West, FL


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Hear it! Hear it! Love Calls Us to the Things of This World
by Richard Wilbur
"The eyes open to cry of pulleys..."
Richard Wilbur Read by the author
January, 1993
Key West Literary Seminar
Key West, FL


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Hear it! Hear it! Lying
by Richard Wilbur
"To claim at a dead party to have spotted a grackle..."
Richard Wilbur Read by the author
January, 2003
Key West Literary Seminar
Key West, FL


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Hear it! Hear it! The Prisoner of Zenda
by Richard Wilbur
"At the end a..."
Richard Wilbur Read by the author
December 07, 1989
Pierpont Morgan Library
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Hear it! Hear it! The Reader
by Richard Wilbur
"She is going back these days..."
Richard Wilbur Read by the author
January, 2003
Key West Literary Seminar
Key West, FL


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Hear it! Hear it! The Writer
by Richard Wilbur
"In her room at the prow of the house..."
Richard Wilbur Read by the author
January, 2003
Key West Literary Seminar
Key West, FL


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Hear it! Hear it! My Mother's Lips
by C. K. Williams
C. K. Williams 1992
From the Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! The Covenant
by C. K. Williams
C. K. Williams Read by the author
November 17, 1992
French Institue Alliance Fran‡aise
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Hear it! Hear it! Ways Poets Go Crazy
by C. K. Williams
"Wordsworth has crawled from his cradle ..."
C. K. Williams October 28, 2010
The Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYU
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! A Love Song
by William Carlos Williams
"What have I to say to you..."
William Carlos Williams Read by Ron Silliman
July 2, 2008
Paoli, Pennsylvania
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Hear it! Hear it! To Elsie
by William Carlos Williams
"The pure products of America..."
William Carlos Williams Read by the author

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Hear it! Hear it! At Dusk, the Catbird
by George Witte
"Twitched in the forsythia..."
August 19, 2010
The Arsenal Building, Central Park
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! Gas Star
by George Witte
"Something coming down at night..."
September 2, 2010
The Arsenal Building, Central Park
New York, NY
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Human Form
by David Wojahn
David Wojahn Read by the author
March 23, 1993
Alliance Francaise, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Photo of My Father in a Snowbound Train
by David Wojahn
David Wojahn Read by the author
March 23, 1993
Alliance Francaise, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Tribute and Ash
by David Wojahn
David Wojahn Read by the author
March 23, 1993
Alliance Francaise, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Surprised By Joy
by William Wordsworth
"Surprised by joy—impatient as the Wind..."
William Wordsworth Read by Susan Stewart
November 8, 2008
New York University, New York City
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Tours
by C. D. Wright
"A girl on the stairs listens to her father..."
C. D. Wright Read by the author
March 2, 2007
AWP Conference, Atlanta
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Body and Soul
by Charles Wright
"The world's body is not our body..."
Charles Wright February 4, 2011
AWP Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

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Hear it! Hear it! Body and Soul II
by Charles Wright
"The structure of landscape is infinitesimal,..."
Charles Wright February 4, 2011
AWP Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

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Hear it! Hear it! Early Saturday Afternoon, Early Evening
by Charles Wright
Charles Wright Read by the author
May 06, 1997
New School University
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Grace II
by Charles Wright
"it's true the aspirations of youth burn down to char stirps with the years..."
Charles Wright February 4, 2011
AWP Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

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Hear it! Hear it! Relics
by Charles Wright
"After a time, Hoss, it makes such little difference what anyone writes..."
Charles Wright February 4, 2011
AWP Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

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Hear it! Hear it! Road Warriors
by Charles Wright
"My traveling clothes light up the noon..."
Charles Wright February 4, 2011
AWP Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

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Hear it! Hear it! Sentences II
by Charles Wright
"Last chapter, last verse..."
Charles Wright February 4, 2011
AWP Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

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Hear it! Hear it! When You're Lost in Juarez in the Rain and It's Easter Time Too
by Charles Wright
Charles Wright 1997
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! As I Step Over a Puddle at the End of Winter, I Think of an Ancient Chinese Governor
by James Wright
James Wright March 20, 1964
From the Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio
by James Wright
"In the Shreve High football stadium,..."
James Wright Read by the author
March 20, 1964
Guggenhiem Museum
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Hear it! Hear it! Living by the Red River
by James Wright
James Wright Read by the author
New York City
March 30, 1977

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Hear it! Hear it! Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota
by James Wright
James Wright Read by the author
March 20, 1964
Guggenhiem Museum
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Transcript: James Wright on the Poetic Prose of H. L. Mencken, Mark Twain, E. M. Forster, and Leo Tolstoy
by James Wright
James Wright Read by the author
New York City
March 30, 1977

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Hear it! Hear it! My Galley Charged with Forgetfulness
by Thomas Wyatt
"My galley charged with forgetfulness..."
Read by Peter Sacks
March 13, 1997
The New School
New York, NY
From the Academy Audio Archive

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