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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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Plenary delivered at the NASSR/NAVSA 2006 Conference, 2 September 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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by 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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Plenary delivered at the NASSR/NAVSA 2006 Conference, 31 August 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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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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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, 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 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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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, Andrew Kozma reads Part IV of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Kozma received his M.F.A. from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, but only lived there nine months, so your guess is as good as his as to where he’s from. His poems have been published in AGNI On-line , Hunger Mountain , Dislocate , Forklift , Ohio , and Third Coast...
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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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by 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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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Anne Rouse reads Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind." Rouse, a native Virginian, lives in Hastings, England. She was Literary Fund Visiting Writing Fellow at Queens University, Belfast as well as at the University of Glasgow from 2000-02. Her poems have appeared in the Atlantic , The Times Literary Supplement , Poetry , the London Review of Books and other journals. Her three collections are published by Bloodaxe Books. Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ode to...
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by William Blake
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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, 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, 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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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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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, 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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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, 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, 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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by 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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In this installment, Carey Salerno reads "When I have fears that I may cease to be" by John Keats. Salerno is the Director of Alice James Books . Her first book, Shelter , won the 2007 Kinereth Gensler Award and was published in 2009. Carey has an MFA from New England College. Her work has appeared in such journals as Rattle and Natural Bridge . She lives in Farmington, Maine. John Keats, "When I have fears that I may cease to be" WHEN I have fears that I may cease to be...
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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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by 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, 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, 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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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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In this installment, Chris Dombrowski reads "To Autumn" by John Keats. Dombrowski's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Crazyhorse , Colorado Review , Denver Quarterly , Ninth Letter , Orion , and others. His chapbook, Fragments with Dusk in Them , was published by Punctilious Press in 2008, and his first full-length collection, By Cold Water , was published by Wayne State University Press in 2009. He has taught creative writing at the University of Montana and...
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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, 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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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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In this installment, David Roderick reads “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Roderick 's first book, Blue Colonial , won the APR/Honickman Prize and was published jointly by The American Poetry Review and Copper Canyon Press in 2006. He is currently the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison" Well, they are gone, and here must I remain, This lime-tree bower my...
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In this installment, Don Paterson reads “Let me not deem that I was made in vain” by Hartley Coleridge. Paterson is the author is 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,...
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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, 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, 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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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, 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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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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by 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, 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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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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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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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, 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 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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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, 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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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, 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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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, 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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by 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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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, 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 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, 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, 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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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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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 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, 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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In this installment, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs reads "Sonnet LXX" 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 LXX" [From Elegiac Sonnets ] On being cautioned against walking over a headland...
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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, 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, 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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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, 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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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 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, 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, 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, Joshua Kryah reads “Where She Told Her Love” by John Clare. Kryah was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Schaeffer Fellow in poetry. His first collection of poems, Glean (2007), won the 2005 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize judged by Donald Revell. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly , FIELD , The Iowa Review , Pleiades , and Shenandoah , among...
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