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Essential American Poets

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Listen to Donald Hall's selection of classic American poets reading from their work. These recordings are being made available as the result of a collaboration between US and UK poet laureates Donald Hall and Andrew Motion.

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Listen to Donald Hall's selection of classic American poets reading from their work. These recordings are being made available as the result of a collaboration between US and UK poet laureates Donald Hall and Andrew Motion.

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What a gift

By WMO84 - Oct 02 2019
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to have a lot of the upper echelon poetry by the some of the masters at our fingertips. William Stafford, being able to hear him read his own beautiful work was amazing.

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By madam ripstitch - Jul 19 2018
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I listen to these shows like lullabies, like lilting lectures from a friend. I love the narrator’s voice, and the structure of the episodes: short bio of the poet followed by archival recordings of the poet reading their own work. My favorite podcast ever

iTunes Ratings

44 Ratings
Average Ratings
27
10
2
1
4

What a gift

By WMO84 - Oct 02 2019
Read more
to have a lot of the upper echelon poetry by the some of the masters at our fingertips. William Stafford, being able to hear him read his own beautiful work was amazing.

Good Luck in Cracked Italian

By madam ripstitch - Jul 19 2018
Read more
I listen to these shows like lullabies, like lilting lectures from a friend. I love the narrator’s voice, and the structure of the episodes: short bio of the poet followed by archival recordings of the poet reading their own work. My favorite podcast ever

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Essential American Poets

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Listen to Donald Hall's selection of classic American poets reading from their work. These recordings are being made available as the result of a collaboration between US and UK poet laureates Donald Hall and Andrew Motion.

Rank #1: William Carlos Williams: Essential American Poets

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Recordings of poet William Carlos Williams, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded 1942, New York, NY, and May 5, 1945, Recording Laboratory, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Jun 24 2009

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Rank #2: E.E. Cummings: Essential American Poets

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Archival recordings of poet E.E. Cummings, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded at the YMHA Poetry Center New York, NY in 1959.

Apr 14 2010

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Rank #3: Wallace Stevens: Essential American Poets

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Archival recordings of the poet Wallace Stevens, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded in 1954, YMHA Poetry Center, New York, NY.

Feb 16 2011

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Rank #4: Elizabeth Bishop: Essential American Poets

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Archival recordings of former poet laureate Elizabeth Bishop, with an introduction to her life and work. Recorded in New York City in 1947 and at the Library of Congress in 1974.

May 28 2009

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Rank #5: Anne Sexton: Essential American Poets

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Archival recordings of poet Anne Sexton, with an introduction to her life and work. Recorded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1960.

Feb 17 2010

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Rank #6: Adrienne Rich: Essential American Poets

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Recordings of poet Adrienne Rich, with an introduction to her life and work. Recorded in 2002 at the Audio Workshop in London

Sep 08 2011

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Rank #7: Theodore Roethke: Essential American Poets

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Archival recordings of Theodore Roethke, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded 1950s, YMHA Poetry Center, New York, NY. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Jan 06 2009

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Rank #8: Billy Collins: Essential American Poets

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Recordings of the poet Billy Collins, with an introduction to his life and work.

Oct 13 2010

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Rank #9: Robert Bly: Essential American Poets

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Recordings of the poet Robert Bly, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded 2008, in studio, New York, NY.

Dec 22 2010

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Rank #10: John Ashbery: Essential American Poets

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Recordings of John Ashbery, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded 2008, New York, NY.

Dec 30 2009

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Rank #11: W.S. Merwin: Essential American Poets

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Recordings of poet W.S. Merwin, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded 1999, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

May 26 2010

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Rank #12: Carl Sandburg: Essential American Poets

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Archival recordings of the poet Carl Sandburg, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded in 1954, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Sep 15 2010

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Rank #13: Denise Levertov: Essential American Poets

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Archival recordings of the poet Denise Levertov, with an introduction to her life and work. Recorded 1976, Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Nov 24 2010

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Rank #14: Hayden Carruth: Essential American Poets

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Archival recordings of Hayden Carruth, with an introduction to his life and work. All recordings are from Hayden Carruth: A Listener’s Guide. Copper Canyon Press, 1999.

Nov 18 2008

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Rank #15: Sharon Olds: Essential American Poets

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Recordings of the poet Sharon Olds, with an introduction to her life and work.

Sep 29 2010

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Rank #16: Robert Hass: Essential American Poets

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Recordings of Robert Hass, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded 2007, New York, NY.

Dec 10 2009

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Rank #17: Robert Pinsky: Essential American Poets

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Recordings of former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded in 2007, in studio, Boston, MA.

Aug 10 2011

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Rank #18: Jorie Graham: Essential American Poets

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Archival recordings of poet Jorie Graham, with an introduction to her life and work. Recorded in 1995 and 1998 at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Jun 29 2011

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Rank #19: Li-Young Lee: Essential American Poets

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Recordings of Li-Young Lee, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded March 3, 2008, New York, NY.

Sep 02 2009

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Rank #20: Robert Creeley: Essential American Poets

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Archival recordings of the poet Robert Creeley, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded in 1961, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

May 03 2011

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