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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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Nov 5, 2013 Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi
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Lecture at the University of Loyola Chicago, 19 October 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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Nov 5, 2013 Catherine Gallagher
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Plenary delivered at the NASSR/NAVSA 2006 Conference, 31 August 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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Nov 5, 2013 Thomas Laqueur
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Plenary delivered at the NASSR/NAVSA 2006 Conference, 2 September 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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Nov 5, 2013 Jerome Christensen
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Interview conducted June 1999 (in four parts, mp3 format) Transcriptions and contextual materials available as part of the original print/audio Praxis volume
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Nov 5, 2013 Ron Broglio
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I am interested in using Deleuze to "flatten" Romanticism and deflate the humanist subject at its center. In place of the subject, I see the physicality of bodies and effects of environmental forces as significant agents. In a sense, Deleuze gives us a phenomenology but without the privileged interiority of the human subject. The work of Deleuze and Guattari opens the way for reassessing and reassembling bodies and desires outside of social machinery and toward what Paul Youngquist...
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The purpose of this paper is to explore specific ways Gilles Deleuze's Difference & Repetition provides a productive critical framework for thinking about revolution in William Blake's America, A Prophecy and, in turn, the way that America's peculiar dramatization of revolution offers a specific political dimension to a Deleuzian ontology. Reading Blake's America in Deleuzean terms suggests an alternative to seeing the poem as either referring exclusively to the material word, or wholly to...
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This essay highlights the relevance of Deleuze for Romanticists and Romanticism by linking Deleuze's philosophy to a central Romantic-era philosopher, Immanuel Kant, and to one of the more philosophical of the British Romantic poets, Percy Shelley. Deleuze's method of "transcendental deduction" bears on the Kantianism with which scholars of Romanticism are already familiar, but it also highlights a conception of rhythm that is assumed, but not made explicit, in Kant's theory of...
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Nov 5, 2013 David Collings
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In response to Rob Mitchell, this essay extends his argument regarding the Deleuzean elements of "Mont Blanc" in two key respects. It argues that the poem engages the sublime both on the level of its philosophical content and the mode of its articulation, drawing attention to the level of sensation in philosophical argument through its easily overlooked pattern of irregular rhyme. Poetic articulation is a literary counterpart to sensation as a pre-condition for the experience of the...
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Nov 1, 2013 John Keats
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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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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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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Nov 1, 2013 John Clare
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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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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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 John Keats
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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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 William Blake
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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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Nov 1, 2013 William Blake
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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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Nov 1, 2013 William Blake
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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, 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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 John Keats
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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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Nov 1, 2013 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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In this installment, Lisa Lewis reads Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Frost at Midnight." You can find information about Lisa Lewis here. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Frost at Midnight” The Frost performs its secret ministry, Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cry Came loud---and hark, again! loud as before. The inmates of my cottage, all at rest, Have left me to that solitude, which suits Abstruser musings: save that at my side My cradled infant slumbers peacefully. 'Tis calm indeed! so...
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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 John Keats
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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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 John Clare
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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, 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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Nov 1, 2013 Thomas Lovell Beddoes
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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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Nov 1, 2013 Thomas Lovell Beddoes
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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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Nov 1, 2013 William Blake
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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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 William Blake
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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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 John Keats
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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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Nov 1, 2013 William Blake
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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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Nov 1, 2013 John Keats
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In this installment, Jennifer Grotz reads “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats. Grotz is the author of Cusp (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), winner of the Bakeless Prize for Poetry and the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters and the letterpress chapbook Not Body (Urban Editions 2001). Her poems, reviews, and translations appear in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review , and Best American Poetry . She is the newly appointed assistant...
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Nov 1, 2013 Emily Brontë
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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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Nov 1, 2013 William Blake
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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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 George Gordon, Lord Byron
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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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 George Gordon, Lord Byron
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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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Nov 1, 2013 George Gordon, Lord Byron
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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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Nov 1, 2013 George Gordon, Lord Byron
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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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Nov 1, 2013 Robert Browning
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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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Nov 1, 2013 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, 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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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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Nov 1, 2013 Percy Bysshe Shelley
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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, 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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Nov 1, 2013 Dorothy Wordsworth
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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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Nov 1, 2013 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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Oct 31, 2013 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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Oct 31, 2013 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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Oct 31, 2013 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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Oct 31, 2013 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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Oct 31, 2013 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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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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Oct 31, 2013 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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Oct 31, 2013 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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Oct 31, 2013 William Blake
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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 “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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Oct 31, 2013 Percy Bysshe 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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Oct 31, 2013 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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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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Oct 31, 2013 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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In this installment, Chad Davidson reads “Frost at Midnight” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Davidson is the author of Consolation Miracle (Southern Illinois UP, 2003). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI , Doubletake , Paris Review , Prairie Schooner , Shenandoah , Virginia Quarterly Review , and others. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of West Georgia near Atlanta. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Frost at Midnight" The Frost performs its secret...
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In this installment, Scott Thurston reads Lines 236-268 from Act IV of “Prometheus Unbound” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Thurston began writing in the context of Gilbert Adair's Sub-Voicive Poetry reading series and Bob Cobbing's New River Project workshops in London in the late eighties. After a first degree and a job teaching English in Poland, he completed a Ph.D. on Linguistically Innovative Poetry and Poetics. Currently residing in Liverpool, he lectures in English and Creative Writing at...
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Oct 31, 2013 John Clare
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In this installment, Gillian Kiley reads “I Am!” by John Clare. Kiley lives and teaches in Rhode Island. Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review , Colorado Review , Swerve , and other journals. John Clare, "I Am!" I am—yet what I am none cares or knows; My friends forsake me like a memory lost: I am the self-consumer of my woes— They rise and vanish in oblivious host, Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed Into the...
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Oct 31, 2013 John Clare
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In this installment, Anne Marie Macari reads “I Am!” by John Clare. Macari 's first book, Ivory Cradle , won the APR first book prize in 2000. Her second book, Gloryland , was published by Alice James Books in 2005. Her poems have appeared widely in literary magazines and, in 2005, she won the James Dickey Award for poetry from Five Points magazine. John Clare, "I Am!" I am—yet what I am none cares or knows; My friends forsake me like a memory lost: I am the self-consumer of my...
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Oct 31, 2013 George Gordon, Lord Byron
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In this installment, Rodger LeGrand reads “Darkness” by George Gordon, Lord Byron. LeGrand earned writing degrees from The State University of New York at Oswego and Sarah Lawrence College. His poems have appeared in The Cortland Review , The Atlanta Review , and are forthcoming in Paper Street . Finishing Line Press published his first collection of poems, Various Ways of Thinking about the Universe , in 2005. He has instructed writing courses at Temple University and the University of the...
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In this installment, A.J. Collins reads “Song” [“Where, O! where’s the chain to fling”] by Laetitia Elizabeth Landon. Collins was raised in coastal North Carolina. He earned his MFA at the University of California, Irvine. His current work-in-progress is supported by a Schaeffer Fellowship from the International Institute of Modern Letters, and he teaches in the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Maine, Farmington. Laetitia Elizabeth Landon, "Song"...
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Oct 31, 2013 John Clare
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In this installment, Michael Haslam reads four stanzas from “Child Harold” by John Clare. Haslman (b. Bolton, Lancashire, U.K., 1947) has lived at Foster Clough, on the Pennine moor-edge above Hebden Bridge, in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, since 1970, writing, loving and labouring in the immediate vicinity. Publications include Continual Song (Open Township 1986), A Whole Bauble: Collected Poems 1977-94 (Carcanet 1995), The Music Laid her Songs in Language (Arc 2001), and A...
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Oct 31, 2013 John Keats
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In this installment, Geoffrey Brock reads “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” 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, "La Belle Dame Sans...
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Oct 31, 2013 John Keats
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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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