I’m a longtime fan of reading poetry aloud. The earliest “literature” wasn’t written, it was spoken. Hearing a poem transforms it–for good or ill. A good poem becomes better. A poor poem reveals its poverty.

Last week, the poets laureate of the United Kingdom and the United States, Andrew Motion and Donald Hall, gave three dual poetry readings–probably a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Since none of us will be attending those readings, we can console ourselves any time with the modern/contemporary poetry mp3’s at PENNsound (including Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and some Chaucer read by David Wallace–fairly well). Or the Academy of American Poets also has a lot of poetry audio-clips online.

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