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Hear it! Hear it! Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (216)
by Emily Dickinson
"Safe in their Alabaster Chambers—..."
Emily Dickinson Read by Kay Ryan
November 8, 2008
New York University, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Sally's Hair
by John Koethe
"It's like living in a light bulb, with the leaves..."
John Koethe Read by the author
April 14, 2003
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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! Science
by Robert Kelly
"Science explains nothing..."
Robert Kelly Read by the author
January 21, 2008
Red Hook, New York
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Hear it! Hear it! Scrape and Bell
by Fanny Howe
Fanny Howe Read by the author
January 1, 2009
Vineyard Haven, MA
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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! 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! Sentimental Atom Smasher
by Darcie Dennigan
"So this guy walks into a bar and asks for a beer. Sorry,..."
Read by the author
August 5, 2008
The Arsenal, Central Park, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Shakur
by Terrance Hayes
"I am coming at you live from the half-way out..."
Terrance Hayes August 19, 2010
The Arsenal Building, Central Park
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! Shirt
by Robert Pinsky
"The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams,..."
Robert Pinsky Read by the author

Academy Audio Archive
recorded February 25, 1992
at the French Institute Alliance Francaise



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Hear it! Hear it! Shooting the Dog
by June Jordan
June Jordan 1992
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Hear it! Hear it! Signal
by Mark Doty
Mark Doty Read by the author
September 30, 2006
Stanhope, New Jersey
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Hear it! Hear it! Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea (Sonnet 65)
by William Shakespeare
"Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea..."
William Shakespeare Read by Jorie Graham
March 13, 1997
The New School
New York, NY
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Hear it! Hear it! sisters
by Lucille Clifton
"me and you be sisters......"
Lucille Clifton Read by the author
May 03, 1983
Guggenheim Museum
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Hear it! Hear it! Skunk Hour
by Robert Lowell
"Nautilus Island's hermit..."
Robert Lowell Read by the author
October 31, 1963
Guggenhiem Museum
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Hear it! Hear it! Soledad
by Robert Hayden
"Naked, he lies in the blinded room..."
Robert Hayden Read by the author
November 09, 1976
Guggenhiem Museum
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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! Song for the Clatter-Bones
by F. R. Higgins
"God rest that Jewy woman..."
Read by James Wright
New York City
March 2, 1967

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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! 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! Song of the Andoumboulou: 21
by Nathaniel Mackey
"Next a Brazilian cut came..."
Nathaniel Mackey Read by the author
November 15, 2006
Academy of American Poets Offices
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Sonnet [Laughing below, the unimagined room]
by Karen Volkman
"Laughing below, the unimagined room..."
Karen Volkman Read by the author
May 13, 2008
The Academy Offices
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Hear it! Hear it! Sonnet [Nothing was ever what it claimed to be,]
by Karen Volkman
"Nothing was ever what it claimed to be..."
Karen Volkman Read by the author
May 13, 2008
The Academy Offices
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Sonnet [The pearl of interval]
by Karen Volkman
Karen Volkman Read by the author
May 13, 2008
The Academy Offices
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Souvenir from Anywhere
by Harryette Mullen
Harryette Mullen July 20, 2001
Philosophy Hall Lounge
Columbia University
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Hear it! Hear it! Stein 100: A Feather Likeness of the Justice Chair
by Jackson Mac Low
"A feather table: reckless gratitude...."
Jackson Mac Low Read by the author
May 16, 2000
The Morgan Library
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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! 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! Stillbirth
by Laure-Anne Bosselaar
"On a platform, I heard someone call out your name..."
Laure-Anne Bosselaar Read by the author
April 5, 2007
Marymount College, New York
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Hear it! Hear it! Street
by George Oppen
George Oppen April 9, 1964
From the Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Street Music
by Robert Pinsky
Robert Pinsky February, 25 1992
From the Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Streets
by Naomi Shihab Nye
"A man leaves the world..."
Naomi Shihab Nye Read by the author
March 13, 1991
Poets House
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Stringed Instrument Collection
by Claudia Emerson
Claudia Emerson Read by the author
February 1, 2008
AWP Conference, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Structure of Rime IV
by Robert Duncan
Robert Duncan 1969
From the Audio Archive

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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
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Hear it! Hear it! Surrounded as we are, unlit, unshadowed
by Carl Phillips
"Squalor of leaves..."
Carl Phillips October 28, 2010
The Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYU
New York, NY
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Susan's Photograph
by Jean Valentine
Jean Valentine Read by the author
May 23, 2009
Saint Peter's Church, New York City
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Hear it! Hear it! Swarm
by Nick Flynn
"When you see us swarm — rustle of..."
Nick Flynn Read by the author
March 3, 2007
AWP Conference, Atlanta
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Hear it! Hear it! Sycamores
by Henri Cole
Henri Cole Read by the author
April 17, 2007 Housing Works Bookstore Café From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Sylvia
by Gerald Stern
Gerald Stern 1992
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Symposium
by Paul Muldoon
Paul Muldoon Read by the author
May 09, 1996
New School University
From the Academy Audio Archive

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Hear it! Hear it! Syria Renga
by Marilyn Hacker
Marilyn Hacker October 21, 2011
The Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYU
New York, NY
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