Audio Readings


Maya Angelou


Matthew Arnold

"Dover Beach"

W.H. Auden

"In Memory of W.B. Yeats"

"Musée des Beaux Arts"

"If I Could Tell You"

John Berryman

"The Ball Poem"

"4" from The Deam Songs

"22" from The Dream Songs

Elizabeth Bishop

"The Fish"

from "Crusoe in England"

William Blake


"Songs of Experience: The Chimney Sweeper"

"Songs of Experience: The Tyger"

"Songs of Innocence: The Chimney Sweeper"

Louise Bogan

"The Dream"

"Song for the Last Act"

Robert Browning

"How They Brought the Good News From Ghent to Aix I"

"My Last Duchess"

Gwendolyn Brooks

"A Song in the Front Yard"

"kitchenette building"

"We Real Cool"

Robert Burns

"To a Louse"

Billy Collins


e e cummings

"anyone lived in a pretty how town"

"as freedom is a breakfastfood"

Emily Dickens

"A narrow Fellow in the Grass"

"After great pain a formal feeling comes--"

"Because I could not stop for Death--"

Robert Duncan

"Poetry, A Natural Thing"

"Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow"

T.S. Eliot

"The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock"

"La Figlia Che Piange"

Robert Frost

"The Oven Bird"

"The Road Not Taken"

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

"Nothing Gold Can Stay"

"The Silken Tent"

Allen Ginsberg

from Howl

"A Supermarket in California"


from "Helen in Egypt"

Michael S. Harper

"Dear John, Dear Coltrane"

Robert Hayden

"Those Winter Sundays"

"El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)"

Gerard Manley Hopkins

"Spring and Fall"

Langston Hughes

"I, Too"

"The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

"Mother to Son"

"The Weary Blues"

"Harlem [2]"

Laura (Riding) Jackson

"Death as Death"

"Nothing So Far"

Randall Jarrell

"The Death of the Bell Turret Gunner"

"Seele im Raum""Seele im Raum"

Robinson Jeffers

"The Day is a Poem (Septemeber 19, 1939)"

"Oh, Lovely Rock"

John Keats

"To Autumn"

Galway Kinnell

"After Making Love We Hear Footsteps"

"Blackberry Eating"

Etheridge Knight

"The Idea of Ancestry"

"Belly Song"

Maxine Kumin


Philip Larkin

"Places, Loved Ones"

"The Old Fools"

Li-Young Lee


Denise Levertov

"The Secret"

"Her Sadness"

Robert Lowell

"Skunk Hour"

"Home After Three Months Away"

Louis MacNeice


"Meeting Point"

Christopher Marlow

"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"

Edna S. Vincent Millay


"I Shall Forget You Presently My Dear""I Shall Forget You Presently My Dear"

"Childhood in the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies"

Ogden Nash

"I Do, I Will, I Have"

"I Must Tell You About My Novel"

Frank O'Hara

"Ave Maria"

"Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed!)"

Wilfred Owen

"Dulce et Decorum Est"

Dorothy Parker

"One Perfect Rose"



Willie Perdomo

"123rd Street Rap"

Sylvia Plath


"Lady Lazarus"

Ezra Pound

"Cantico Del Sole"

"Hugh Selwyn Mauberley II, IV, and V"

XLV from "The Cantos"

John Crowe Ransom

"Captain Carpenter"

"Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter"

Adrienne Rich

"Diving into the Wreck"

Theodore Roethke

"My Papa's Waltz"

"The Waking"

"I Knew a Woman"

Muriel Rukeyser

"Night Feeding"

"The Poem as Mask"

"Waiting for Icarus"

Carl Sandburg


"Cool Tombs"

107 from "The People, Yes"

Anne Sexton

"The Fury of Overshoes"

"The Truth the Dead Know"

"The Operation"

William Shakespeare

"Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds," read by Patrick Stewart

"Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds," read by Ossie Davis

"Like as the Waves"

William Stafford

"The Star in the Hills"

"Traveling Through the Dark"

Gertrude Stein

"Christian Berard"

"She Bowed to Her Brother"

Wallace Stevens 

"Fabliau of Florida"

"Bantams in Pine-Woods"

"Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself"

"So-And-So Reclining on Her Couch"

"The Idea of Order at Key West"

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

from "The Bugle Song"

front "The Charge of the Light Brigade"

Dylan Thomas

"Among Those Killed in the Dawn Raid Was a Man Aged a Hundred"

"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"

"Fern Hill"

Melvin B. Tolson

"An Ex-Judge at the Bar"

"Dark Symphony V and VI"

Derek Walcott

"A Far Cry from Africa"

Walt Whitman

 from "America"

Richard Wilbur

"Love Calls Us to the Things of This World"

William Carlos William


"To Elsie"

"The Dance (In Brueghel's)"

"The Red Wheelbarrow"

"This Is Just to Say"

William Butler Yeats

"Easter 1916"

"The Lake Isle of Innisfree"

"Coole Park and Ballylee, 1931"



Charlotte Perkins Gilman

from "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Ha Jin

from "In Broad Daylight"

James Joyce


Jamaica Kincaid


John Updike


Eudora Welty

"Why I Live at the P.O."



Arthur Miller

excerpt from Act I of Death of a Salesman

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 4 of Hamlet