Kolbitars - Poets reading their own poetry

This page contains audio files of poets reading their own poetry (apart from a few, in which an actor reads the poem). It is intended to give a flavor of different types of poetry and how poets themselves interpret their own poems. Most of the MP3s are of modern poets, and quite a few have been American poets laureate or Pulitzer-Prize winners. I trust you will find some inspiration for your own poetry from these offerings! It can be both restful and inspiring to sit back and listen to these tracks. I hope to add to this collection from time to time.

Sean O'Neill

Elizabeth Bishop reading The FishRobert Bly Reads Winter PoemRichard Wilbur reads Love Calls Us to The Things of This WorldJohn Berryman There Sat Down Once a Thing on Henry's HeartPaul Muldoon Reads The LoafJane Hirshfield reads My ProteinsRobert Frost reads The Road Not TakenWilliam Carlos Williams recites This Is Just To SayPhilip Levine Reads The Simple TruthNatasha Trethewey reads IncidentLawrence Ferlinghetti Pity the NationWilfred OWEN Dulce et Decorum Est Kenneth BranaghCharles Wright reading Appalachian Book of the Dead IVMark Strand Reads The Great Poet ReturnsW S Merwin reads Rain LightKay Ryan reading her poem ShipwreckCharles Simic Reads Summer MorningThe Things by Donald HallTed Kooser reading his poem OpossumLouise Gluck The Wild IrisBilly Collins The LanyardStanley Kunitz Reads The PortraitRobert Pinsky Reads The ForgettingRobert Hass reading his poem Time and MaterialsRita Dove reads TransitTS Eliot The Love Song of J Alfred PrufrockLangston Hughes reads The Negro Speaks of RiversShakespeares Sonnet 18 read by David TenantRobert Lowell reads Skunk HourDylan Thomas reads Fern HillFrank O Hara reads Having a coke with youEe cummings reads Somewhere I have never travelledWB Yeats reads The Lake Isle of InnisfreeMary Oliver reads The Summer Day aka The GrasshopperOzymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley as read by Bryan CranstonThe Waste Land TS Eliot read by Alec GuinnessJack Kerouac San Francisco SceneTed Hughes The Thought FoxLockdown by Simon ArmitageJames Fenton reads Out of the EastJohn Ashbery reads A Nice PresentationJames Tate reads Of Whom Am I AfraidAndrew Motion reading Anne Frank HuisAfternoons by Philip LarkinHugh Mac Diarmid reads The WatergawCharles Bukowski reads BluebirdSeamus Heaney reads DiggingSylvia Plath Reads DaddyWystan Hugh Auden As I Walked Out One Evening 1937Wendell Berry Reads A Poem on Hope
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