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The Poets on Poets project is an audio archive published by Romantic Circles that testifies  to the continued importance of Romanticism in the contemporary poetry world.  The premise of the collection is simple: we have asked practicing poets from around  the world to read a Romantic-period poem that they particularly admire and that  has influenced the way in which they think about their craft.  The results are gathered here.



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by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
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In this installment, Alan Halsey reads "Song in the Air" by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Halsey's books include The Text of Shelley's Death (1995), Wittgenstein's Devil: Selected Writing 1978-98 (2000) and Marginalien (2005). His edition of the later text of Beddoes's Death's Jest-Book was published by West House Books in 2003, and his several essays on Beddoes's life & work have appeared in various journals & pamphlets. Learn more about him here. Thomas Lovell Beddoes, "Song...
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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Bill Berkson reads “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Berkson is a poet, art critic, and professor of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. His books of poetry include Serenade , Fugue State , a collection of his 1960s collaborations with Frank O'Hara entitled Hymns of St. Bridget & Other Writings , and Gloria (with etchings by Alex Katz). The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings , a selection of his criticism, appeared from Qua Books in...
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In this installment, Marie Harris reads “Song from Pippa Passes ” by Robert Browning. Harris, New Hampshire Poet Laureate 1999-2004, is a writer, teacher, editor, and businesswoman. In 2003, she produced the first-ever gathering of state poets laureate. She has served as writer-in-residence at elementary and secondary schools throughout New England, and has written freelance articles for publications including The New York Times , The Boston Globe , The New Hampshire Sunday News , and...
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by John Clare
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In this installment, Sebastian Matthews reads “I Am” by John Clare. Matthews , a graduate of the University of Michigan's MFA program, teaches part-time at Warren Wilson College and edits Rivendell , a place-based literary journal. He is the author of the memoir, In My Father's Footsteps , and co-editor, with Stanley Plumly of Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews . His poems have appeared in Atlantic Monthly , New England Review , Post Road , Seneca Review, and Tin House among...
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In this installment, Michael Collier reads “The Mouse’s Nest” by John Clare. Collier is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College. John Clare, "The Mouse's Nest" I found a ball of grass among the hay And proged it as I passed and went away And when I looked I fancied something stirred And turned again and hoped to catch the bird When out an old mouse bolted in the wheat With all her young ones...
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In this installment, Forrest Gander reads "Frost at Midnight" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Gander's most recent books include Torn Awake (New Directions, 2001) and Faithful Existence: Essays (forthcoming from Shoemaker & Hoard).  Princeton University Press will bring out Gander’s translation, with Kent Johnson, of The Night by Jaime Saenz. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Frost at Midnight” The Frost performs its secret ministry, Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cry Came...
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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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In this installment, Terry Ehret reads "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Ehret has published three collections of poetry, including the collaborative volume Suspensions (White Mountain Press, 1990), Lost Body (Copper Canyon Press, 1993), and most recently Translations from the Human Language (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2001).  Literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, and Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize.  She is the co-founder of Sixteen Rivers Press, a...
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In this installment, Johanna Drucker reads “Stanzas to [Augusta]” by George Gordon, Lord Byron. Drucker is an artist and writer known for her experimental books of visual poetry and typography. She has written and published widely on topics related to the aesthetics of visual language, contemporary art, digital humanities, and the history of design and typography. Her creative publications are in special collections in libraries and museums in the United States and Europe. Her most recent...
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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Geoffrey Brock reads “England in 1819” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. 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 . Percy Bysshe Shelley, "England...
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In this installment, Robert Thomas reads “On first looking into Chapman’s Homer” by John Keats. Thomas’s Door to Door (Fordham University Press, 2002) was chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa as the winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize.  He received a 2003 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his poem "Quarter Past Blue" appeared in the 2004 Pushcart Prize anthology.  His most recent book of poems, Dragging the Lake , is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon...
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by John Clare
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In this installment, William Fuller reads the prose fragment “Dewdrops” by John Clare. Fuller 's most recent books are Sadly (Flood Editions, 2003) and Avoid Activity (Rubba Ducky, 2003); Watchword is forthcoming in 2006 from Flood Editions. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois. John Clare, "Dewdrops" The dewdrops on every blade of grass are so much like silver drops that I am obliged to stoop down as I walk to see if they are pearls, and those sprinkled on the ivy-woven beds of...
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In this installment, Rigoberto González reads “Thoughts on my sick-bed” by Dorothy Wordsworth. González is the author of four books, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks , a 1998 National Poetry Series selection; two bilingual children's books, Soledad Sigh-Sighs / Soledad Suspiros and Antonio's Card / La Tarjeta de Antonio ; and a novel, Crossing Vines . He has three titles forthcoming: Butterfly Boy , a memoir; Other Fugitives and Other Strangers , poetry; and a biography...
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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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by John Keats
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In this installment, Curtis Bauer reads “To Autumn” by John Keats. Bauer is the author of Fence Line , winner of the 2003 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry selected by Christopher Buckley.  He is a graduate of Central College and earned the Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. His poetry, non fiction, and translations have appeared in Rivendell , The Cortland Review , Barrow Street , The Iowa Review , Rhino , and numerous other journals. He co-directs the Writing Studio at...
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by John Clare
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In this installment, Roger Fanning reads “Trespass” by John Clare. Fanning 's first book of poems, The Island Itself , was a National Poetry Series selection.  His second book, Homesick , was published in 2002, and he is currently at work on a third collection, tentatively titled Buoyancy Disorders . John Clare, "Trespass" I dreaded walking where there was no path And pressed with cautious tread the meadow swath And always turned to look with wary eye And always feared the owner...
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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, Anne Waldman performs “Ode to the West Wind” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. 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,...
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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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In this installment, Jeffrey Thomson reads “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 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...
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by John Keats
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In this installment, Henri Cole reads “To Sleep” by John Keats. Cole's collection Middle Earth was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. John Keats, “To Sleep” O SOFT embalmer of the still midnight! Shutting with careful fingers and benign Our gloom-pleased eyes, embower'd from the light, Enshaded in forgetfulness divine; O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee, close, In midst of this thine hymn, my willing eyes, Or wait the amen, ere thy poppy throws Around my bed its lulling...
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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, Geraldine Monk reads "If thou wilt ease thine heart" by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Monk was born in England in 1952. Her work has appeared in many of the major anthologies including Conductors of Chaos, the Oxford Anthology of 20th Century British & Irish Poetry and the first Ahadada Reader . Noctivagations , her 2001 collection of poetry and other texts was published by West House Books and her Selected Poems from Salt Publications appeared in 2003. Escafeld...
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by William Wordsworth
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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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by John Keats
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In this installment, Geoffrey Brock reads “To Sleep” by John Keats. 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 . John Keats, "To Sleep" O SOFT embalmer of...
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In this installment, Richard Fammerée reads “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats. Fammerée is a poet, composer, and performing artist; visit his website to learn more about his work. John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn" 1. Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness, Thou foster-child of silence and slow time, Sylvan historian, who canst thus express A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme: What leaf-fring’d legend haunts about thy shape Of deities or mortals, or of both, In...
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by William Blake
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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, Patrick Donnelly reads “This Living Hand” by John Keats. Donnelly' s first collection of poems is The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003), about which Gregory Orr wrote: "Donnelly writes of eros and AIDS, grief and rage—and everything he writes is suffused with tenderness and intelligence, lucidity and courage." His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, and he is an...
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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Rae Armantrout reads “To A Skylark” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Armantrout is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Invention of Hunger (1979), Precedence (1985), Necromance (1991), Made to Seem (1995), Pretext (2001), and Veil: New and Selected Poems (2001).  Her work has helped to shape the Language Poetry movement in contemporary verse. Percy Bysshe Shelley, "To A Skylark" Hail to thee, blithe spirit! Bird thou never wert— That from heaven...
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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, Gillian Conoley reads Part VII of “Dejection: An Ode” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Conoley is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Profane Halo , Lovers in the Used World , Beckon , Tall Stranger , and Some Gangster Pain . The winner of several Pushcart Prizes, her works have been included in Best American Poetry . She is poet-in-residence and professor of English at Sonoma State University and the editor of Volt . Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Part VII of...
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In this installment, Anne Waldman performs “An Ode, Written October, 1819, Before the Spaniards Had Recovered Their Liberty” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. 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....
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In this installment, Johanna Drucker reads “Stanzas" [“Could Love for ever”] by George Gordon, Lord Byron. Drucker is an artist and writer known for her experimental books of visual poetry and typography. She has written and published widely on topics related to the aesthetics of visual language, contemporary art, digital humanities, and the history of design and typography. Her creative publications are in special collections in libraries and museums in the United States and Europe....
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In this installment, Bill Berkson reads “So we’ll go no more a roving” by George Gordon, Lord Byron. Berkson is a poet, art critic, and professor of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. His books of poetry include Serenade , Fugue State , a collection of his 1960s collaborations with Frank O'Hara entitled Hymns of St. Bridget & Other Writings , and Gloria (with etchings by Alex Katz). The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings , a selection of his criticism,...
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In this installment, R. Erica Doyle reads “Unknown Female Head” by Laetitia Elizabeth Landon. Doyle was born in Brooklyn after the riots of '68. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry , Callaloo , Ploughshares , Best Black Women's Erotica , Bum Rush the Page , Ms. Magazine , and is forthcoming in Bloom , Our Caribbean: Writing by LGBT Writers of the Antilles , and Quotes Community: Notes for Black Poets . She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the...
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In this installment, Fanny Howe reads “No Coward Soul is Mine” by Emily Brontë . Howe has written many novels and books of poems. They include The Deep North, Selected Poems, Economics, On the Ground, and Gone and Indivisible . She is Professor Emerita of Literature at the University of California, San Diego and the winner of the Lenore Marshall Award and of a Guggenheim. She lives in New England. Emily Brontë, "No coward soul is mine" No coward soul is mine, No trembler in the...
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by William Blake
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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, 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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by John Keats
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In this installment, Lisa Lewis reads "To Autumn" by John Keats. You can find information about Lisa Lewis here . John Keats, "To Autumn" 1. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to...
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by William Blake
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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, Barry Silesky reads “Song” [“I peeled bits of straws”] by John Clare. Silesky’s third book of poems, This Disease , will be out from Tampa University Press, Fall 2006. He is author of biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and John Gardner, as well as editor of the literary journal ACM ( Another Chicago Magazine ). He teaches poetry at Loyola University-Chicago. John Clare, "Song" ["I peeled bits of straws"] I peeled bits of straws and I got...
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In this installment, Randall Couch reads “The Yellowhammer” by John Clare. Couch received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in poetry in 2000 and an MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2003.  He teaches at Arcadia University and serves on the planning committee of Penn's Kelly Writers House. He is a contributor to the critical anthology Gabriela Mistral: The Audacious Traveler , edited by Marjorie Agosín (Ohio University Press, 2003). John Clare, “The Yellowhammer” When...
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by John Keats
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In this installment, Elise Paschen reads “To Autumn” by John Keats. Paschen is the author of Infidelities , winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and of Houses: Coasts .  Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Shenandoah , among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies, including Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry ; The POETRY Anthology, 1912-2002 ; Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America ;...
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In this installment, Caroline Bergvall reads Percy Bysshe Shelly’s “Mont Blanc,” accompanied with music by Mario Diaz de León, “Pervaded with that Ceaseless Motion.” Bergvall is a poet and performance artist based in London,  England. Her most recent collection of poetic and performance pieces, FIG (Goan Atom 2) has recently been published by Salt Publishing. Her CD of readings and audiotexts, Via: Poems 1994-2004 (Rockdrill 8 ) is available through Carcanet. She develops live...
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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, Geraldine Monk reads "We do lie beneath the grass" by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Monk was born in England in 1952. Her work has appeared in many of the major anthologies including Conductors of Chaos, the Oxford Anthology of 20th Century British & Irish Poetry and the first Ahadada Reader . Noctivagations , her 2001 collection of poetry and other texts was published by West House Books and her Selected Poems from Salt Publications appeared in 2003. Escafeld...
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In this installment, Aaron Anstett reads “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Anstett is the author of Sustenance and No Accident , selected by Philip Levine for the 2004 Backwaters Press Prize. In his introduction, Levine wrote, "Aaron Anstett's No Accident is here for anyone who needs to replenish the belief that American poetry is as healthy and useful as it ever was." Anstett has held fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Wisconsin Institute for...
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In this installment, Bill Berkson reads “She walks in Beauty" by George Gordon, Lord Byron. Berkson is a poet, art critic, and professor of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. His books of poetry include Serenade , Fugue State , a collection of his 1960s collaborations with Frank O'Hara entitled Hymns of St. Bridget & Other Writings , and Gloria (with etchings by Alex Katz). The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings , a selection of his criticism, appeared...
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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 John Keats
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In this installment, Robert Cording reads “To Autumn” by John Keats. Cording teaches English and creative writing at Holy Cross College. His fifth collection of poems, Common Life , is forthcoming in April 2006 from CavanKerry Press. John Keats, "To Autumn" 1. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,...
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by 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, Matt O’Donnell reads “When we Two parted” by George Gordon, Lord Byron. O’Donnell is founding editor and executive director of From the Fishouse , an audio archive of emerging poets. George Gordon, Lord Byron, "When we Two parted" WHEN we two parted In silence and tears, Half broken-hearted To sever for years, Pale grew thy cheek and cold, Colder thy kiss; Truly that hour foretold Sorrow to this. The dew of the morning Sunk chill on my brow— It felt like...
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In this installment, Michelle Boisseau reads “To Autumn” by John Keats. 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 appeared in The Yale Review,...
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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, Joel Brouwer reads "This Living Hand" by John Keats. Brouwer is the author of two books of poems: Exactly What Happened (Purdue University Press, 1999) and Centuries (Four Way Books, 2003). He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. His poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, Boston Review, Chelsea, Crazyhorse, Massachusetts Review, Paris Review, Parnassus, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Progressive,...
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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, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs reads "Sonnet LXXVII" from Elegiac Sonnets by Charlotte Turner Smith. Dobbs was born in Wonju-Si, South Korea. Her debut collection, Paper Pavilion , received the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and was published in 2007. Currently, she is assistant professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College and lives in Minneapolis. Charlotte Turner Smith, "Sonnet LXXVII" [From Elegiac Sonnets ] To the Insect of the Gossamer SMALL, viewless...
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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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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Stuart Greenhouse reads “Mont Blanc” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Greenhouse 's poems have appeared in journals such as Antioch Review , Bellingham Review , Chelsea , Fence , Paris Review , and Ploughshares . His chapbook, What Remains , was chosen for a National Chapbook Fellowship and was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2005. Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni" I The everlasting universe of things Flows through...
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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, Michael Collier reads “Emmonsail’s Health in Winter” by John Clare. Collier is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College. John Clare, "Emmonsail's Heath in Winter" I love to see the old heath's withered brake Mingle its crimpled leaves with furze and ling, While the old heron from the lonely lake Starts slow and flaps his melancholy wing, And oddling crow in idle motions swing...
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In this installment, Robert Pinsky reads "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats. Pinsky was elected Poet Laureate of the United States in 1997, and he teaches in the Writing program at Boston University. During his tenure as Laureate, he began the Favorite Poems Project, an archive of Americans reading their favorite verse. Visit the archive or learn more about Pinsky’s work here . John Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale" 1. My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as...
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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, Alexander Long reads “To John Clare” by John Clare. Long's first two books are Vigil (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2006) and Light Here, Light There (C & R Press, 2009). With Christopher Buckley, he is co-editor of A Condition of the Spirit: The Life & Work of Larry Levis (Eastern Washington University Press, 2004). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI , The American Poetry Review , American Writers , Blackbird , Callaloo , and The Southern Review ,...
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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, Steve Orlen reads “The Instinct of Hope” by John Clare. Orlen is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Permission to Speak (1978), A Place at the Table (1981), The Bridge of Sighs (1992), Kisses (1997), and This Particular Eternity (2001). His work had been honored with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He teaches at the University of Arizona and in the low-residency MFA at Warren Wilson College....
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In this installment, Robin Beth Schaer reads "To Sleep" by John Keats. Schaer is the recipient of a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in Rattapallax , Denver Quarterly , Guernica , Painted Bride Quarterly , and Barrow Street , among others. She was educated at Colgate University and Columbia University, and has taught literature and writing at Columbia University and Cooper Union. She works at...
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In this installment, Thorpe Moeckel reads “Winter Fields” by John Clare. Moeckel’s first book of poems, Odd Botany , was published in 2002 by Silverfish Review Press, and his chapbooks include Meltlines , The Guessing Land , and Making a Map of the River . New poems and essays are forthcoming in Verse , Virginia Quarterly Review , Rivendell , and North Carolina Literary Review . He earned an MFA in 2002 at University of Virginia, where he was a Jacob K. Javits and Henry Hoyns Fellow. A...
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by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
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In this installment, Aracelis Girmay reads “Dream-Pedlary” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Girmay is the author of Teeth , a collection of poems published by Curbstone Press in 2007. Her poems have also been published in Ploughshares , Bellevue Literary Review , Indiana Review , Callaloo , and MiPOesias , among other journals. A Cave Canem fellow, Girmay teaches writing workshops in New York & California. Thomas Lovell Beddoes, "Dream-Pedlary" If there were dreams to sell, What...
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In this installment, Geoffrey Brock reads “A Song About Myself” by John Keats. 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 . John Keats, "A Song About...
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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, Hermine Pinson reads “Music, when Soft Voices die” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Pinson, a native of Beaumont, Texas, is the author of two collections of poetry, Ashe and Mama Yetta and Other Poems , both with Wings Press. She has also published short fiction and critical essays in such publications as Callaloo ; AfricanAmerican Review ; Texas Bound: Short Stories by and about Texas Women ; Konch, Commonwealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia , and Verse . She is presently...
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by Anna Laetitia Barbauld
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In this installment, Keetje Kuipers reads “Washing Day” by Anna Laetitia Barbauld. Kuipers is a native of the Northwest. She earned her B.A. at Swarthmore College and her M.F.A. at the University of Oregon. She has received fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She is also the recipient of the 2007 Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, which will provide her with a year of solitude in Oregon's Rogue River Valley. She will use her time there to...
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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, Jericho Brown reads “Love's Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University. The recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow...
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by Hartley Coleridge
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In this installment, Don Paterson reads “To Shakespeare" by Hartley Coleridge. Paterson is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Nil Nil (1993), which was awarded the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, God's Gift to Women (1997), which won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and Landing Light (2003), which won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award. He has also been awarded an Eric Gregory Award, a Scottish Arts...
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In this installment, Reginald Harris reads “Work without Hope” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Harris is the author of 10 Tongues (Three Conditions Press, 2002), and complier of Carry The Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books (Vintage Entity Press, 2007). A finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the ForeWord Book of the Year, he has received Individual Artist Awards for both poetry and fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work has recently appeared in the Voices Rising:...
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