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In this installment, Mary Crockett Hill reads “Little Black Boy” by William Blake. Hill is the author of the award-winning book of poems, If You Return Home with Food . Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Boston Review, River Styx, Pleiades , and American Poetry: The Next Generation . She is currently working on an anthology of poems by mothers and may be reached at marycrocketthill@yahoo.com . William Blake, "Little Black Boy" My mother bore me in the southern...
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In this installment, Douglas Kearney reads “A Poison Tree” by William Blake. Kearney 's first full-length collection of poetry, Fear, Some , was published by Red Hen Press in October 2006. A graduate of Cave Canem and CalArts, he lives with his wife in the Valley, right outside LA. William Blake, “A Poison Tree” I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe; I told it not, my wrath did grow. And I water'd it in fears, Night & morning with my...
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In this installment, Laure-Anne Bosselaar reads "Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau" by William Blake. Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf and of Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry for 2001.  She is the editor of Outsiders : Poems about Rebels, Exiles and Renegades and Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the City. Her next anthology, Never Before: Poems about First Experiences will come out from Four Way Books in the fall of...
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In this installment, Anne Waldman sings “The Garden of Love” by William Blake. Waldman, poet, editor, performer, professor, curator, cultural activist carries in her genetics the lineages of the New American Poetry, and is a considered an inheritor of the Beat (Allen Ginsberg called her his "spiritual wife") and the New York School (Frank O'Hara told her to "work for inspiration, not money") mantles. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts award, the Shelley...
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In this installment, Stefanie Wortman reads "The Chimney Sweeper" [from Songs of Experience ] by William Blake. Wortman's poems have appeared in the Yale Review , New Orleans Review , and Subtropics . She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing from the University of Missouri. William Blake, "The Chimney Sweeper" A little black thing among the snow: Crying weep, weep, in notes of woe! Where are thy father & mother? say? They are both gone up to the church to...
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In this installment, Ken Cormier performs “The Fly” by William Blake. Cormier is the founding editor and producer of The Lumberyard , a radio magazine of poetry, prose, and music on WHUS in Storrs, CT. His first book, Balance Act , was published by Insomniac Press in 2000. He has released two CDs of original music, God Damn Doghouse and Radio-Bueno , with Elis Eil Records. William Blake, “The Fly” Little Fly Thy summers play, My thoughtless hand Has brush'd away, Am not I A fly like...
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In this installment, Paula Bohince reads “The Lamb” by William Blake. Bohince’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Agni , Antioch Review , Field , Green Mountains Review , Michigan Quarterly Review , Poetry Northwest , Prairie Schooner , Poetry Daily and Best New Poets 2005 . She has received the Grolier Poetry Prize, residencies from the MacDowell Colony, and artist's grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. William Blake, "The Lamb" Little...
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In this installment, Charles Bernstein reads “The Grey Monk” by William Blake. Bernstein is the author of 39 books, ranging from large-scale collections of poetry and essays to pamphlets, libretti, translations, and collaborations. Recent full-length works of poetry include Girly Man (University of Chicago Press, 2006), With Strings (University of Chicago Press, 2001), and Republics of Reality: 1975-1995 (Sun & Moon Press, 2000). He is Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the...
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In this installment, Ken Edwards reads “London” by William Blake. Edwards’ books include the poetry collections Intensive Care (1986), Good Science (1992), 3600 Weekends (1993), eight + six (2003), and the novel Futures (1998). He has been editor/publisher of Reality Street Editions since 1993. He is active in music as well as writing: his text for a piece by John Tilbury for piano, voice and sampled sounds, There's something in there…, was premiered in 2003, and his music for Fanny...
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In this installment, Elizabeth Volpe reads “The Human Abstract” by William Blake. A 2001 and 2004 Pushcart Prize nominee, Volpe lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including: Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Connecticut Review, River Styx, Cave Wall, and roger. She won The Briarcliff Review 2004 Poetry Contest, the 2006 Metro Detroit Writers Contest, and the 2008 Juniper Prize from Alligator Juniper. Her chapbook won the 2007 Robert Watson...
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In this installment, V. Penelope Pelizzon reads from William Blake’s “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.” Pelizzon 's first poetry collection, Nostos (Ohio University Press, 2000) won the Hollis Summers Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s 2001 Norma Farber First Book Award. Other honors include a Discovery/ The Nation Award, The Kenneth Rexroth Translation Award (for Umberto Saba’s poems from Italian), the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry....
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In this installment, Laure-Anne Bosselaar reads "The Garden of Love" by William Blake. Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf and of Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry for 2001.  She is the editor of Outsiders : Poems about Rebels, Exiles and Renegades and Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the City. Her next anthology, Never Before: Poems about First Experiences will come out from Four Way Books in the fall of 2005.  She and...
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In this installment, John Struloeff reads “The Chimney Sweeper” by William Blake. Struloeff is the author of the poetry collection, The Man I Was Supposed to Be , forthcoming from Loom Press in Fall 2007. His poems have appeared or are soon forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly , Prairie Schooner , Zyzzyva , PN Review (UK), The Southern Review , and elsewhere. In 2005, he completed the Ph.D. program in creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently (2005-07) a Stegner...
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In this installment, Anne Shaw reads “The Tyger” by William Blake. Shaw is the author of Undertow (2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize from Persea Books. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including New American Writing , Hayden's Ferry Review , Gulf Coast , New Ohio Review , and Subtropics . A recipient of a Gertrude Stein Award from Green Integer Press and a finalist for the Colorado Poetry Prize, she is assistant professor of English at Franklin Pierce...
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In this installment, Ira Sadoff reads “London” by William Blake. Sadoff is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Grazing and Barter . He is also the author of a novel, Uncoupling , and The Ira Sadoff Reader (poems, stories, and essays). His work has been widely anthologized, appearing in both The Harper Anthology of American Literature and St. Martin's Introduction to Literature ; he has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA and has taught at the...
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In this installment, Illya Kaminsky performs “The Tyger” by William Blake. Kaminsky was born in Odessa, formerly of the Soviet Union, in 1977, and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004) which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the 2005 Poetry Book of the Year from ForeWord Magazine . Ilya has served as a Writer In Residence...
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In this installment, Suzanna Wise reads “The Proverbs of Hell” from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by William Blake. Wise is the author of the poetry collection The Kingdom of the Subjunctive (Alice James Books, 2000). Her poetry has appeared in the anthologies American Poetry: The Next Generation and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century , and in the journals Tikkun , Pierogi Press , Boston Review , Fence , among others. She has taught creative writing at Middlebury...
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In this installment, Cleopatra Mathis reads “The Tyger” by William Blake. Mathis 's sixth book of poems, White Sea , will be published in 2005 by Sarabande Books. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Robert Frost Award, and The Peter Lavin Award for Younger Poets from the Academy of American Poets. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College...
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In this installment, Seth Michelson reads “A Little BOY Lost” by William Blake. Michelson lives in Los Angeles, California. He holds degrees in poetry from Johns Hopkins University and Sarah Lawrence College, and he is currently pursuing a PhD in comparative literature from USC, where he studies the poetry of Latin America (particularly Argentina and Uruguay) in relation to that of the US and UK. He also runs the Fringe Poets Reading Series, and his first collection of poetry, Maestro of...
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In this installment, Jeffrey Thomson reads “London” by William Blake. Thomson’s third book of poems, Renovation , was part of the Carnegie Mellon University Press poetry series in 2005. His second collection of poems, The Country of Lost Sons , inaugurated a new poetry series from Parlor Press at Purdue University in February 2004 and first book, The Halo Brace , was brought out in a limited edition letterpress version from Birch Brook Press in 1998. He is an Assistant Professor of...
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In this installment, Jonah Ruskin reads “Ah! Sun-flower” by William Blake. Jonah Raskin is the author of eight books, including most recently American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' and the Making of the Beat Generation , which The San Francisco Chronicle named one of the best 100 books of 2004. The chair of the Communication Studies Department at Sonoma State University (SSU) and the book critic for the Santa Rosa, California, Press Democrat , he has published three poetry chapbooks,...
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In this installment, Cleopatra Mathis reads “A Poison Tree” by William Blake. Mathis 's sixth book of poems, White Sea , will be published in 2005 by Sarabande Books. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Robert Frost Award, and The Peter Lavin Award for Younger Poets from the Academy of American Poets. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth...
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In this installment, Ross Gay reads “The Proverbs of Hell” from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by William Blake. Gay is the author of the collection Against Which (CavanKerry Press, 2006). He teaches at Indiana University and in the low-residency program at New England College. William Blake, "The Proverbs of Hell" In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead. The road of excess leads to the palace of...
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In this installment, Adrian Blevins reads “Infant Sorrow” by William Blake. Blevins’s The Brass Girl Brouhaha (2003) won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Blevins is also the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Foundation Award for poetry, the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction, and a Bright Hill Press chapbook award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes (1995; 1996). Her poems and essays have appeared in The Utne Reader, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Ontario Review...
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by William Cowper
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In this installment, Peter Larkin (b. New Forest, Hampshire, UK, 1946) reads “Yardley Oak” by William Cowper. Larkin is the author of two large poetry collections, Terrain Seed Scarcity (2001) and Leaves of Field (2006), as well as many smaller pamphlets. He ran Prest Roots Press from the late '80s until three years ago. He works at Warwick University Library and has published a number of academic papers on the Romantic poets. William Cowper, "Yardley Oak" Survivor sole, and...
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by William Wordsworth
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In this installment, Elizabyth Hiscox reads “To a Skylark” by William Wordsworth. Hiscox lives and writes in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches creative writing and English at Arizona State University. An Assistant Poetry Editor for the online journal 42opus , she was recently Poet-in-Residence at St. Chad's College of Durham University, England. William Wordsworth, “To a Skylark” Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky! Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound? Or, while the wings...
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In this installment, Charles North reads “The Daffodils” by William Wordsworth. North is poet-in-residence at Pace University in Manhattan. In addition to receiving four awards from the Fund for Poetry, he is a two-time winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. His books include: Six Buildings (Swollen Magpie Press 1977), Leap Year, Poems 1968-1978 (Kulchur 1978), Year of the Olive Oil (Hanging Loose Press 1989), No Other Way: Poets, Critics, and Painters...
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In this installment, Ira Lightman reads “Ecclesiastical Sonnets, II. Conjectures” by William Wordsworth. Lightman has been publishing pamphlets with experimental presses for fifteen years. He moved to northeast England in 2000, and has become involved in both private and public art. Ira became interested in Wordsworth upon moving to the northeast (though Wordsworth is from the northwest), which he partly attributes to an improved ear for northern speech. You can visit his links page here ....
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In this installment, Yunte Huang reads “The Daffodils” by William Wordsworth. Poet and critic Yunte Huang is the author of numerous books, including Transpacific Displacement and Shi: A Radical Reading of Chinese Poetry . He has translated Ezra Pound's poetry into Chinese. Huang teaches at the University of California-Santa Barbara. His reading for Romantic Circles was made on the occasion of the 2006 MLA "The Sound of Poetry, The Poetry of Sound" meeting. William Wordsworth,...
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In this installment, Geoffrey Brock reads “England, 1802” by William Wordsworth. Brock is the author of Weighing Light (Ivan R. Dee, 2005) and the translator of books by Cesare Pavese, Roberto Calasso, and Umberto Eco. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is on the faculty of the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas. His website is www.geoffreybrock.com . William Wordsworth, "England,...
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In this installment, Gabriel Fried reads from “The Prelude” by William Wordsworth. Fried is Poetry Editor at Persea Books, and the author of Making the New Lamb Take (Sarabande Books, 2007), which won the 2006 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. William Wordsworth from “The Prelude” [Book I, Lines 474-501] Not seldom from the uproar I retired Into a silent bay, or sportively Glanced sideway, leaving the tumultuous throng, To cut across the image of a star That gleam'd upon the ice: and...
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In this installment, Joshua Weiner reads “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802” by William Wordsworth. Weiner’s collections of poetry include The World's Room (2001) and From the Book of Giants (2006). He was a Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellow in Literature at the American Academy in Rome and his writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Nation , Best American Poetry , and The Threepenny Review . He currently lives in Washington, DC. William Wordsworth,...
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In this installment, Erica Wright reads “Elegiac Stanzas” by William Wordsworth. Wright is originally from Wartrace, Tenn, and now lives in New York City, where she teaches poetry at New York University's Continuing Studies Program. She received her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in the 2River View , Harpur Palate , Memorious , Pequod , Small Spiral Notebook , and elsewhere. She is the Poetry Editor at Guernica . William Wordsworth, “Elegaic Stanzas” SUGGESTED...
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In this installment, Elaine Sexton reads “Lines Written in Early Spring” by William Wordsworth. Sexton is the author of Sleuth , a collection of poems published by New Issues Press (Western Michigan University) in 2003, and Causeway , forthcoming with New Issues in Spring 2008. Her poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous journals including American Poetry Review , ARTnews , Poetry , Prairie Schooner , The Women's Review of Books , the Writer's Chronicle (AWP) , and online with...
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In this installment, Elaine Sexton reads “Lines Written in Early Spring” by William Wordsworth. Sexton is the author of Sleuth , a collection of poems published by New Issues Press (Western Michigan University) in 2003, and Causeway , forthcoming with New Issues in Spring 2008. Her poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous journals including American Poetry Review , ARTnews , Poetry , Prairie Schooner , The Women's Review of Books , the Writer's Chronicle (AWP) , and online with...
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In this installment, Patrick Phillips reads “The Prelude XII” (1805) [Lines 208-261] by William Wordsworth. Phillips ' first book, Chattahoochee , received the both the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize and was published by the University of Arkansas Press. Poems from the book have appeared in many magazines, including Poetry , Ploughshares , and T he Nation . His honors include a Discovery/The Nation Award, a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Copenhagen, and fellowships from Yaddo,...
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In this installment, Ira Lightman reads “Ecclesiastical Sonnets, IV. Druidical Excommunication" by William Wordsworth. Lightman has been publishing pamphlets with experimental presses for fifteen years. He moved to northeast England in 2000, and has become involved in both private and public art. Ira became interested in Wordsworth upon moving to the northeast (though Wordsworth is from the northwest), which he partly attributes to an improved ear for northern speech. You can visit his...
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In this installment, Jennifer Moxley reads “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” by William Wordsworth. Moxley is the author of three books of poetry: Often Capital (Flood 2005), The Sense Record (Edge 2002; Salt 2003), and Imagination Verses (Tender Buttons 1996; Salt 2003). Her translation of the French poet Jacqueline Risset's 1976 book The Translation Begins was published by Burning Deck in 1996. She is poetry editor of The Baffler , contributing editor...
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In this installment, Charles Flowers reads “It is a beauteous evening, calm and free” by William Wordsworth. Flowers graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University and received his M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Oregon. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast , Barrow Street , Indiana Review , and Puerto del Sol . Flowers is also the founding editor of BLOOM , a journal for lesbian and gay writing that Edmund White has called "the most exciting new queer literary...
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In this installment Angie Hogan reads "Lines Written in Early Spring" by William Wordsworth. Hogan's poems have appeared in  The Antioch Review ,  Bellingham Review , Ploughshares ,  Third Coast ,  The Virginia Quarterly Review ,  Willow Springs , and elsewhere. Originally from a small town in East Tennessee, she currently lives near Charlottesville and works at the University of Virginia Press. William Wordsworth, "Lines Written in Early Spring" I heard a thousand...
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In this installment John Casteen reads "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" by William Wordsworth. Casteen's poems have appeared in Ploughshares , The Paris Review , Lo-Ball , and other magazines; his first book, Free Union , appeared from the University of Georgia Press in 2009. He teaches at Sweet Briar College, and serves on the editorial staff of The Virginia Quarterly Review . The poems here are from his forthcoming collection, For the Mountain Laurel . William...
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In this installment, Patrick Phillips reads “A slumber did my spirit seal” by William Wordsworth. Phillips ' first book, Chattahoochee , received the both the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize and was published by the University of Arkansas Press. Poems from the book have appeared in many magazines, including Poetry , Ploughshares , and T he Nation . His honors include a Discovery/The Nation Award, a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Copenhagen, and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell,...
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In this installment, Rachel Blau DuPlessis reads “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802” by William Wordsworth. DuPlessis is known as a feminist critic and scholar with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry, and as a poet and essayist. Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work , a book of essays, was published by University of Alabama Press in 2006; in the same year, Alabama also reprinted DuPlessis’s classic work The Pink Guitar . Her recent books of poetry are...
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In this installment, Molly Peacock reads “Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room” by William Wordsworth. Peacock is the author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush , and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems , both published by W.W. Norton and Company. William Wordsworth, “Nuns fret not at their convent's narrow room” NUNS fret not at their convent's narrow room; And hermits are contented with their cells; And students with their pensive citadels; Maids at the...
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In this installment, Michelle Boisseau reads “The world is too much with us” by William Wordsworth. Boisseau was educated at Ohio University (B.A., M.A.) and the University of Houston (Ph.D.). Her books of poetry include Trembling Air (University of Arkansas Press, 2003); Understory , winner of the Morse Prize (Northeastern University Press, 1996); and No Private Life (Vanderbilt, 1990). She is also author of the popular text Writing Poems (Longman) , in its 6th edition.  Her poems have...
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In this installment, Kevin Goodan reads “The world is too much with us” by William Wordsworth. Goodan was raised in Montana, and fought forest fires for many years. He attended the University of Montana, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His first book, In the Ghost-House Acquainted , was published by Alice James Books in 2004, and recieved the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for 2005. He currently lives on a small farm in western Massachusetts. William Wordsworth, "The...
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