Poetry readings online

Readings: poetry readings online

Audio books. Librivox.

Audio readings of literary works.
LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.


The British Library Sound Archive

BBC Poetry
Poets perform their own work, recorded on audio.

The Poetry Archive, an online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.

The Poetry Foundation
Audio and podcasts of poets reading their work.

Internet Search Archive, poetry recordings.

Librivo
Audio readings of literary works. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.

PennSound
PennSound is an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives of poetry readings. PennSound is a project of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania.

Poetry Matters Now
An online collection of readings and video interviews with poets. A selection:

Allen Ginsberg reading A Supermarket in California

T.S. Eliot reading La Figlia Che Piange

T.S. Eliot reading The Waste Land

T. S. Eliot reading extracts from Four Quartets.
The Poetry Archive


UbuWeb. Concrete and visual poetry. An excellent, comprehensive online archive of poetry, as well as historical audio and filmed recordings.
UbuWeb’s historical section primarily documents the trajectory of visual and concrete poetry, beginning with Simias Rhodius’s “Wings of Eros in Theocritus”, dating from 1516, and continuing all the way into the late 1970s.

W. H. Auden.
A reading by W. H. Auden, at the 92nd St. Y’s Poetry Center, March 27, 1972. (New York Times, free online access.)

W. H. Auden, readings and interviews from the BBC sound archive.

W. H. Auden. After Reading a Child’s Guide to Modern Physics

Whitman, Walt. Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Audio readings.


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