Category Archives: Poets

Five Female Indian Poets

… One thing that’s been good about Facebook is that it has connected me with poets from other parts of the world. This is a very expansive endeavor that focuses finally on the clarity of a poem. Through poetry groups I am in, and partly […]

The Lake Isle of Innisfree read by W.B. Yeats

… It has been said that Yeats wrote like an angel, but when he read his words he didn’t intone them so much as drone them, which if one listens enough to the old recordings, this seems to have been the style at the time. […]

Homer Erotic

… Poet, provocateur, musician, among so many other things, Barbara Barg died of cancer in Chicago on May 22, 2018 at the age of 71. Even though I was expecting the news, the earth trembled under my feet when I heard it. There was no […]

Dylan Thomas reads Fern Hill

… From a Caedmon recording Dylan Thomas reads Fern Hill, his poem of green and golden childhood. Enjoy. … … … …Fern Hill … … …

Dame Edith Sitwell reads Still Falls the Rain

… During the London Blitz in 1940, Edith Sitwell wrote Still Falls the Rain, perhaps her most famous poem, a Good Friday poem that ponders human suffering and the salvation of the soul, a harbinger of Dame Edith’s conversion to Catholicism. When I was a […]

After Apple Picking by Robert Frost

… My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill Beside it, and there may be two or three Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough. But I am done with apple-picking now. Essence of […]

Robert Frost reads Mending Wall

… It is Time that, after all, doesn’t like a wall. As we all know those that are built to keep people out don’t work that well if indeed they work at all. The Berlin Wall, the Great Wall of China, failures all. Some folks […]

Tennessee Williams reads The Broken Tower by Hart Crane

… Written earlier in the year of his death, and rejected by Poetry, The Broken Tower was printed in the New Republic soon after his suicide on April 27, 1932. Why did Hart Crane jump into the Gulf of Mexico on his voyage to Cuba? […]

sweet spring is your time is my time is our time by e. e. cummings

… … sweet spring is your time is my time is our time for springtime is lovetime and viva sweet love (all the merry little birds are flying in the floating in the very spirits singing in are winging in the blossoming) lovers go and […]

Wallace Stevens reads The Idea of Order at Key West

… … … The Idea of Order at Key West She sang beyond the genius of the sea. The water never formed to mind or voice, Like a body wholly body, fluttering Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion Made constant cry, caused constantly […]

May Swenson reads The DNA Molecule

… I hope you enjoy this Caedmon recording of the poet’s exact reading of her poem as much as I do. … … THE DNA MOLECULE is The Nude Descending a Staircase a circular one. See the undersurfaces of the spiral treads and the spaces […]

Muriel Rukeyser reads The Speed of Darkness

… I had never heard Muriel Rukeyser’s voice before I began to make a vimeo of her reading her poem The Speed of Darkness, a Caedmon recording. I had heard Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s voice, however, and while I edited the poem, listening to […]