Monthly Archives: February 2022

Maya Angelou reads “Still I Rise,” “No No No No,” and “On the Pulse of Morning”

  Some poets become so famous that other poets who are not famous, and there are many more of those, think that something must be wrong with a poet who rises so high in her own lifetime that even people who read no poetry at […]

Sir John Gielgud and Alfred Corn read Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare. Listen!

…If you are ever going to memorize a sonnet of Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 may be the one because it is beautiful to say, easy to understand, and anyone with just a little practice can communicate it. Sonnet 18 is one of the sonnets written to […]

Alfred Corn reads his translation of Rilke’s First Elegy from the Duino Elegies

  A few years ago, the news that Alfred Corn was working on a translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies made me very happy. When I was in my early twenties, Rilke was one of the poets who showed me what a poet was […]

Elizabeth Bishop’s Sandpiper

  Sandpiper The roaring alongside he takes for granted,and that every so often the world is bound to shake.He runs, he runs to the south, finical, awkward,in a state of controlled panic, a student of Blake. The beach hisses like fat. On his left, a […]

Star Black reads from Waterworn

  Many people may think of Star Black as a photographer who has documented NYC downtown art and literary events. She also curated the Monday Night Poetry Readings at KGB Bar beginning in 1997, an event that has been going on non stop for a […]