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Listen to readings of poems:
(read by the author unless otherwise noted):
* Terry Anderson
* Frank Bidart * William Blake (read by Aethelred Eldridge) * Michael Bugeja * Robert Burns (read by Richard Stevens) * Lord Byron (read by Richard Stevens) * James Dickey * Emily Dickinson (read by Laura Lee Parrotti) * Wayne Dodd * John Donne (read by Richard Stevens) * Lynn Emanuel * Allen Ginsberg * Mark Halliday * Eloise Klein Healy * Amy Hempel * George Herbert (read by Richard Stevens) * Homer (read by Stanley Lombardo) * A.E Housman (read by Richard Sater) * Leigh Hunt (read by Richard Stevens) * John Keats (read by Richard Stevens) * Robert Kinsley * Thomas Lynch * Herbert Woodward Martin * Robert Pinsky * Bonnie Proudfoot * Lia Purpura * J. Allyn Rosser * Dave Smith * William Shakespeare (read by various persons) *
Rabindranath Tagore (read by Martin Sheen) * Virgil (read by Wilfried Stroh) * Sharmila Voorakkara * Walt Whitman (read by Richard Sater) *

Listen to interviews with these poets:

* Maya Angelou * Margaret Atwood * Paul Auster * Amiri Baraka *Andre Brink * Raymond Carver * Robert Creeley * James Dickey * Ariel Dorfman * Richard Eberhart * Tess Gallagher * Allen Ginsberg * Donald Hall * Patricia Hampl * William Heyen * Rod McKuen * Adrienne Rich * Karl Shapiro * Gary Snyder * Sharmila Voorakkara

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Martin SheenMartin Sheen reads Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem, My Country Awake, at a rally for Appalachia in Nelsonville, Ohio. Martin Sheen reads My Country Awake by Rabindranath Tagore

Allen Ginsberg - photo courtesy of Associated PressAllen Ginsberg, the beat poet and social activist, talks with Don Swaim about work, poetry, politics, drugs, sex, censorship, and more in this 1985 interview. Ginsberg reads "The Warrior" and portions of "Howl" and "Moloch."

Terry AndersonTerry Anderson spent nearly seven years as a hostage in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war. Listen as he reads the poems he wrote while imprisoned.

Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, and The Heart of a Woman, tells how poetry cured her muteness, how she writes in the autobiographical and poetical style, and how she means "we" when she writes "I" in this 1987 interview with Don Swaim.

Frank BidartFrank Bidart, author of The Book of the Body, Desire, Golden State, In the Western Night, and The Sacrifice, has received the Bobbitt Prize and nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critic's Circle Award.

Andre BrinkPoet, novelist, essayist, teacher, and author of A DryWhite Season, The Wall of the Plague, and An Act of Terror, André Brink talks to Don Swaim about writing in two languages, apartheid and oppression in this 1985 interview.

Michael BugejaPoems  by Michael Bugeja
From Talk, University of Arkansas Press 1999


Robert CreeleyRobert Creeley, recipient of the Frost Medal, has published more than sixty books of poetry and was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Creeley talks to Don Swaim about his life, the Black Mountain writers, letter writing, and his migration from prose to poetry in this 1984 interview.

James Dickey - photo courtesy of Associated PressJames Dickey, decorated fighter pilot, U.S. poet laureate, and author of the novel Deliverance, talks to Don Swaim about advertising, being on welfare, hunting, drinking and writing in this 1981 interview. Dickey reads his poem, "The Voyage of the Needle."

Laura Lee ParrottiListen as Laura Lee Parrotti gives voice to  the poetry of Emily Dickinson


Wayne DoddWayne Dodd is Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio University and the long-time editor of the influential literary journal The Ohio Review
Wayne Dodd reads his poems including:
On Any Given Afternoon, Naming the Winter, Two Poems of Advice, and Poem about Nothing

Walt WhitmanRichard Sater reads selections from Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"

Richard StevensRichard Stevens reads a few of his favorite classic English poems, including poetry by Blake, Burns, Byron, Donne, Herbert, Hunt, Keats, and Shakespeare.

Eloise Klein Healy reads Artemis in Echo Park, The Pea Hens, From Los Angeles Looking South, and more of her poems.

Lynn EmanuelLynn Emanuel, author of The Dig, Hotel Fiesta, and Then, Suddenly— is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize Award for her poem "inside gertrude stein" and the winner of the National Poetry Series Award for The Dig.

Amy HempelAmy Hempel is a poet and fiction writer, author of Tumble Home, Unleashed: Poems By Writers' Dogs, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, and Reasons to Live, and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Mark HallidayMark Halliday reads a few of his poems, including Already in 1927, Winchendon, and Green Canoe.


Dave SmithTwice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Dave Smith reads fifteen of his poems

Thomas LynchThomas Lynch, poet, essayist, teacher, funeral director, and finalist for the National Book Award, reads essays from The Undertaking and poems Grimalkin & Other Poems.

Wilfried StrohThe Aeneid - Book IV - Driven by fate to seek a new land for himself, his family, and the survivors of Troy, Aeneas abandons Carthage and his lover Dido... Valahfridus (Wilfried) Stroh reads Virgil's The Aeneid in Latin

William BlakeAethelred Eldridge reads Milton by William Blake



Stanley LombardoThe Iliad is the story of a raging anger and its human toll. The poem recounts "the rage of Achilles," the greatest of the Greek heroes fighting in the war against Troy. Listen to Stanley Lombardo read Homer's The Iliad - Book I in Ancient Greek.

Richard Compson SaterRichard Compson Sater reads
A. E. Housman's collection of poems, A Shropshire Lad, including "To An Athlete Dying Young"


Field Stones by Robert KinsleyField Stones
poems by
Robert Kinsley,
Orchises Press 1997

Herbert Woodward Martin
Herbert Woodward Martin discusses poetry, song, and other topics in his
hour-long lecture in RealAudio,
The African American Oral Tradition

Robert Pinsky - photo courtesy of Associated PressRobert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate (1997-2000), reads three of his poems:
ABC, Samurai Song
, and The Want Bone..

Bonnie ProudfootBonnie Proudfoot reads a few of her poems.


J. Allyn RosserJ. Allyn Rosser reads her poetry. Rosser teaches in the creative writing program of Ohio University.

William ShakespeareShakespeare at Wired for Books
Plays & poems in audio & video
Love's Labour's Lost, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar are productions of  Actors' Theatre, Davis Discovery Program, and Government Television (GTC-3) of Columbus, Ohio

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