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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.

Essential American Poets Poetry Foundation

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    • 4.2, 34 Ratings

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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4.2 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Elizabeth_Costello ,

One of the better poetry podcasts available

"Essential American Poets" offers one of the better poetry podcasts available, offering a range of major American poets free of charge. At first the list of poets was too narrow and mostly male, but over the last year the Poetry Foundation has offered a much richer slice of poets former Poet Laureate Donald Hall deemed "essential." Some podcasts are better than others: clearer, longer, with a range of the poet's work. Some are too brief. But you get a very good sampling nevertheless. I wish the Poetry Foundation would leave up all the podcasts, though, becomes some of the initial ones are no longer available. Having only 25 available means that if someone happens upon these podcasts at a certain point, they may miss some of the amazing poets (Lucille Clifton, John Ashbery, etc.) who have already posted. Also, given the foundation's resources it would be great if it would update the poets a bit more. Nevertheless, it's a great resource for lovers of poetry. If you never got to hear the great Adrienne Rich, who recently passed away, read her poetry live, you can hear it here.

madam ripstitch ,

Good Luck in Cracked Italian

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

clare howell ,

where are frost and wilbur?

richard wilbur and robert frost are essential to any list of american poets. i know there are recorded versions of their work. one star for their omission though i don’t hate the list. there are great poets here, and at least one ha-ha (miss stein).

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