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Hear it! Hear it! A Defense of Poetry
by Charles Bernstein
Charles Bernstein Read by the author
July 20, 2001
Philosophy Hall Lounge, Columbia University
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Hear it! Hear it! A Glass of Beer
by James Stephens
"The lanky hank of a she in the inn over there..."
Read by James Wright
New York City
March 2, 1967

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Hear it! Hear it! A Hermit Thrush
by Amy Clampitt
"Nothing's certain. Crossing, on this longest day,..."
Amy Clampitt Read by the author
December 01, 1987
Pierpont Morgan Library
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Hear it! Hear it! A Language
by Susan Stewart
Susan Stewart October 28, 2010
The Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYU
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! A Language for Nature: Preserving the Hawaiian Rainforest
by W. S. Merwin
The California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA
July 19, 2006

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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! A Light Says Why
by Karen Volkman
"A light says why. From all the poor prying. Again we attain a more..."
Karen Volkman Read by the author
May 13, 2008
The Academy Offices
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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! A Man Like You, But Older
by David Kirby
Read by the author
February 2, 2008
AWP Conference, Hilton Hotel, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! A New Day
by Philip Levine
February, 23 1978
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Hear it! Hear it! A Part of Speech [As for the stars they are always on]
by Joseph Brodsky
Joseph Brodsky Read by Mark Strand
1980
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Hear it! Hear it! A Perfume
by John Koethe
"There were mice, and even..."
John Koethe Read by the author
April 14, 2003
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Hear it! Hear it! A Poem about Intelligence for My Brothers and Sisters
by June Jordan
June Jordan Read by the author
Academy Audio Archive
1992

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Hear it! Hear it! A Possum Entering the Argument
by Tom Healy
"We're talking about when we met, and you say..."
August 19, 2010
The Arsenal Building, Central Park
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! A Pot of Tea
by Richard Kenney
"Loose leaves in a metal ball..."
Read by the author
April 23, 2008
New York Public Library, Mulberry Branch
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Hear it! Hear it! A Season
by Joseph Brodsky
Joseph Brodsky Read by the author
December 18, 1980
Donnell Library Center
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Hear it! Hear it! A Slice of Wedding Cake
by Robert Graves
Robert Graves

December 03, 1966
Hunter College
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Hear it! Hear it! A Song for Many Movements
by Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde 1977
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Hear it! Hear it! A Supermarket in California
by Allen Ginsberg
"What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked..."
Allen Ginsberg Read by the author
from Rhino/Word-Beat

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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! A Woman's Delusion
by Susan Howe
Susan Howe Read by the author
May 31, 1994
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Hear it! Hear it! About a Field
by Idra Novey
"After the last house the land extends like a hand..."
July 15, 2010
The Arsenal Building, Central Park
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! Adam's Curse
by W. B. Yeats
"We sat together at one summer's end..."
W. B. Yeats Read by James Wright
New York City
March 2, 1967

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Hear it! Hear it! Advice From the Geese
by Robert Bly
Robert Bly Read by the author
February 1, 2008
AWP Conference, Hilton Hotel, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Advice to Young Poets: Sharon Olds in Conversation
by Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds From the 2009 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
Recorded by The Poetry Trust
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Hear it! Hear it! After Making Love We Hear Footsteps
by Galway Kinnell
"For I can snore like a bullhorn..."
Galway Kinnell Read by the author
March 18, 1980
Guggenheim Museum
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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
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Hear it! Hear it! After Vallejo
by A. B. Spellman
"i will die in havana in a hurricane..."
Read by the author
April 23, 2008
New York Public Library, Mulberry Branch
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Hear it! Hear it! Against Elegies
by Marilyn Hacker
"James has cancer. Catherine has cancer..."
Marilyn Hacker Read by the author
March 31, 1992
Alliance Francaise, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Albany
by Ron Silliman
"If the function of writing is to..."
Ron Silliman Read by the author
July 2, 2008
Paoli, Pennsylvania
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Hear it! Hear it! Alive
by Naomi Shihab Nye
"Dear Abby, wrote someone from Oregon..."
Naomi Shihab Nye October 28, 2010
The Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYU
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! Alone and Not Alone
by Ron Padgett
"Out of the water came the one who reached back into the water..."
Ron Padgett October 28, 2010
The Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYU
New York, NY
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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! American Sonnet (35)
by Wanda Coleman
"boooooooo. spooky ripplings of icy waves. This..."
Wanda Coleman Read by the author
May 15, 2000
The Morgan Library
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Hear it! Hear it! An American in Hollywood
by Frank Bidart
Frank Bidart Read by the author
April 10, 2008
Affinia Hotel, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! An Old-Fashioned Song
by John Hollander
"No more walks in the wood:..."
John Hollander Read by the author
January 14, 1992
Pierpont Morgan Library
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Hear it! Hear it! An Outsider on Poetry [excerpt]
by E. M. Forster
Read by James Wright
New York City
March 30, 1977

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Hear it! Hear it! Anamorphosis
by Cole Swensen
Cole Swensen Read by the author
April 16, 2008
The Arsenal, Central Park
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Hear it! Hear it! And It Begins Like This
by Carl Phillips
Carl Phillips 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! And the City Stood in its Brightness
by Czeslaw Milosz
Czeslaw Milosz Read by the author
December 17, 1974
Guggenhiem Museum
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Hear it! Hear it! And the Trains Go On
by Philip Levine
February, 23 1978
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Animals and Art
by Ron Padgett
Ron Padgett 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! Apiary IX
by Carol Frost
Carol Frost Read by the author
April 22, 2003
New York City
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! April Inventory
by W. D. Snodgrass
"The green catalpa tree has turned..."
W. D. Snodgrass Read by the author
March 18, 1997
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Hear it! Hear it! Ars Poetica
by Philip Schultz
Read by the author
April 3, 2002
The Academy Offices
From the Academy Audio Archive


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Hear it! Hear it! Ars Poetica?
by Czeslaw Milosz
Czeslaw Milosz Read by the author
December 17, 1974
Guggenhiem Museum
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Artifact
by Claudia Emerson
Claudia Emerson Read by the author
February 1, 2008
AWP Conference, New York City
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
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Hear it! Hear it! As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme..."
Gerard Manley Hopkins Read by Idra Novey
May 30, 2009
The Strand Bookstore, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Assault
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
"I had forgotten how the frogs must sound..."
Edna St. Vincent Millay Read by Dorianne Laux
February 11, 2009
Raleigh, North Carolina
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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! 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! At Pegasus
by Terrance Hayes
"They are like those crazy women..."
Terrance Hayes Read by the author
April 20, 2000
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Hear it! Hear it! Atlantic City Sunday Morning
by Gregory Pardlo
"Plow-piled snow shrouded..."
Read by the author
July 1, 2008
The Arsenal, Central Park, New York City
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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! 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
From the Academy Audio Archive

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