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Listening to Poetry
No Music, Just Poetry

For those who just want to listen to the poetry itself, we’ve included another icy tip-full of just that down the page a bit. If you enjoy these, there’s much more at the Library.

 
Beowulf Performed by Benjamin Bagby.
(DVD) PR 1580 2007x
Listening (and watching in this case) Ben Bagby recite the tale of Beowulf in Old English is an amazing experience I will never forget even though I know hardly a word of Old English! This DVD comes with optional modern English subtitles for those who want to follow more closely.
 
Bukowski, Charles
Charles Bukowski Uncensored
Read by the poet.
International Poetry Collection - Audio - (CD) PS3552.U4 A6 2000x
Special expanded edition of his Run with the Hunted sessions.
 
Celtic Poets
Read by Ralph Cosham.
International Poetry Collection - Audio - (CD) PR 8496 .C45 2002x
This collection features classic poems written by Irish, Welsh and Scottish poets including William Butler Yeats, Robert Burns, Thomas Traherne and Thomas Moore.
 
Collins, Billy
Billy Collins Live: A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, April 2005.
International Poetry Collection - Audio - BOOK CD C
This popular, former Poet Laureate of the United States (2001-2003) reads 24 of his poems recorded live in New York followed by a question and answer period.
 
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997
The Voice of the Poet: Allen Ginsberg
Read by the Poet
International Poetry Collection - Audio - (CD) PS 3513 .I74 A6 2004x
Seventy-one minutes of poetry by an artist "whose work has charged the poetic tradition and changed the way we think about our own passions, our sorrows, and our responsibilities."
 
Hughes, Langston
Essential Langston Hughes. Read by Langston Hughes.
International Poetry Collection - Audio - (CD) PS 3515 .U274 A6 2007x
From Ossie Davis: "Langston Hughes belongs to whoever is listening. His thoughts come naked. Free without charge, like water, like air."
 
Keats, John, 1795-1821
The Great Poets: John Keats
Read by Samuel West and Michael Sheen
International Poetry Collection - Audio - (CD) PR 4832 2007x
Those who have seen the recent movie Bright Star might want to listen to more of John Keats’ poetry.
 
Oliver, Mary
At Blackwater Pond
Read by the Poet.
International Poetry Collection - Audio - Book CD O
"The first-ever Mary Oliver recording, featuring the poet reading her selection of forty poems."
 
Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath
q PS323.5.P58 2001
Poetry Speaks Expanded
Major poets - 42 of them - read their own poetry. The Tennyson, Browning and Whitman recordings date from the 1880’s. The book accompanying the CDs includes a short essay on each poet and the text of the poems being read.