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  • Angelou, Maya – Still I Rise & On the Pulse of the Morning (read by author) – YouTube
  • Anonymous – Beowulf – Free iTunes – Free MP3s – Reading by Seamus Heaney
  • Apollinaire, Guillaume – Le pont Mirabeau (Read by author in 1913) – Free MP3
  • Apollinaire, Guillaume – Marie (Read by author in 1913) – Free MP3
  • Apollinaire, Guillaume – Le Voyageur (Read by author in 1913) – Free MP3
  • Arnold, Matthew - Dover Beach – Free Stream/Download
  • Ashbery, John – Everyman – Free MP3
  • Ashbery, John – “Meditations of a Parrot,” “The Painter” and “The Picture of Little J.A. in a Prospect of Flowers” (read by the author)- Free Stream/MP3
  • Auden, W.H. – 1st September, 1939 – YouTube
  • Auden, W.H. - As I Walked Out One Evening (read by author) – YouTube
  • Auden, W.H. - Autumn Song – Free MP3
  • Auden, W.H. – Bucolics and Horae Cononicae (read by Auden) – Free Stream/Download
  • Auden, W. H. – In Memory of WB Yeats – YouTube
  • Auden, W.H. – Metalogue to The Magic Flute (read by Auden – Free Stream/Download
  • Auden, W.H. – The Sea and The Mirror (read by the author) – Free Stream/Download
  • Baudelaire, Charles – Les fleurs du mal (in French) – Free Stream
  • Beckett, Samuel – Tailpiece and 23rd Addenda (read by the author) – YouTube
  • Blake, William – A Little Boy Lost – Free MP3
  • Blake, William – Jerusalem – Free MP3 Zip File
  • Blake, William – Laughing Song – Free MP3
  • Blake, William – London – Free MP3
  • Blake, William – Preface to Milton – Free MP3
  • Blake, William – Piping Down Valleys Wild – Free MP3
  • Blake, William - Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, as read by Allen Ginsberg – Free Stream/MP3
  • Blake, William – The Chimney Sweeper – Free MP3
  • Blake, William – The School Boy – Free MP3
  • Blake, William – Visions of the Daughters of Albion – Free MP3
  • Bradbury, Ray – If Only We Had Taller Been (read by the author) – YouTube
  • Bronte, Emily – Anticipation – Free MP3
  • Bronte, Emily – Encouragement – Free MP3
  • Bronte, Emily – Poems – Free MP3
  • Bukowski, Charles – Bluebird – YouTube Audio
  • Bukowski, Charles – Something For The Touts, The Nuns, The Grocery Clerks, And You – YouTube Audio
  • Bukowski, Charles – The Laughing Heart (read by Tom Waits) – YouTube Audio
  • Bukowski, Charles – The Crunch and Roll The Dice (read by Bono) – YouTube Audio
  • Bukowski, Charles – The Secret to My Endurance (read by the author) – YouTube Audio
  • Byron - Childe Harold: Canto III – Free MP3
  • Byron – Darkness – Free MP3
  • Byron – Newton – Free MP3
  • Byron – She Walks in Beauty – Free MP3
  • Cage, John – Overpopulation and Art – Free Stream
  • Cavafy, C.P. - Ithaca (read by Sean Connery) – YouTube
  • Cohen, Leonard – “For E.J.P” and “You Have the Lovers” (read by Cohen) – Free Stream/Download
  • Coleridge, Samuel – Kubla Khan – Free MP3
  • Coleridge, Samuel – Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Free MP3
  • Coleridge, Samuel - The Dungeon – Free MP3
  • Crane, Hart – “The Broken Tower” and “The Hurricane” (read by Tennessee Williams) – Vimeo
  • Cummings, EE - Somewhere I Have Never Travelled – (read by author) – YouTube
  • Cummings, EE - Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town – (read by author) – YouTube
  • DeTroyes, Chretien – Lancelot, or The Knight of the Cart- Stream
  • Dickinson, Emily – The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Series 1 – Free iTunes – Free MP3
  • Dickinson, Emily – The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Series 2 – Free MP3
  • Dickinson, Emily – Because I Could Not Stop for Death – Free MP3
  • Dickinson, Emily – Hope Is the Thing With Feathers – Free MP3
  • Dickinson, Emily – ‘I Started Early–Took My Dog’ – YouTube
  • Donne, John – Death, Be Not Proud – Free Stream/MP3
  • Donne, John – The Good-morrow – Free Stream/MP3
  • Donne, John – The Sunne Rising – Free MP3
  • Eliot, T.S. – Journey of the Magi – YouTube
  • Eliot, T.S. – Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – Spotify playlist
  • Eliot, T.S. – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • Eliot, T.S. – The Waste Land – Free MP3
    • Listen to reading by TS Eliot – YouTube 
    • Hear reading by Jeremy Irons and Eileen Atkins – Stream
  • Ferlinghetti, Lawrence – Selections from A Coney Island of the Mind (read by author) – Free MP3 – Free Stream
  • Ferlinghetti, Lawrence – Baseball Canto – Free MP3/Stream
  • Ferlinghetti, Lawrence – Evil – Free MP3/Stream
  • Ferlinghetti, Lawrence - Wilfred Funk (read by author) – Free MP3/Stream
  • Frost, Robert – A Line Storm Song – Free MP3
  • Frost, Robert – My Butterfly – Free MP3
  • Frost, Robert – October – Free MP3
  • Frost, Robert – Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (read by author) – YouTube
  • Frost, Robert – The Gift Outright (read by author) – YouTube
  • Frost, Robert – “The Road Not Taken,” “The Pasture,” “Mowing,” “Birches,” “After Apple-Picking,” and “The Tuft of Flowers” (read by the author)  – Free Stream
  • Ginsberg, Allen – A Supermarket in California (read by Ginsberg) – Free MP3
  • Ginsberg, Allen – America (read by Ginsberg) – Free Stream
  • Ginsberg, Allen - Howl, A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley, and Supermarket in California (read by Ginsberg) – Free MP3/Stream
  • Ginsberg, Allen – Howl (read by Ginsberg, 1959) – YouTube – iTunes
  • Ginsberg, Allen – Howl (first recorded reading of Howl by Ginsberg, 1956) – Free Stream – Free iTunes – Web
  • Ginsberg, Allen – Jahweh and Allah Battle – Free Stream
  • Ginsberg, Allen – Kaddish and other works (read by Ginsberg) – Free Stream
  • Ginsberg , Allen – Mind Breaths (read by Ginsberg) – Free Stream/Download
  • Ginsberg, Allen – Sunflower Sutra  (read by Ginsberg) – Free P3
  • Ginsberg, Allen – “The Shrouded Stranger Of The Night,” “Sweet Levinsky,” and “Stanzas: Written at Night in Radio City.” – Free Stream/Download
  • Ginsberg, Allen – “What would you do if you lost it?” (read by Ginsberg) – Free Stream/Download
  • Hemingway, Ernest – Second Poem to Mary (read by Hemingway) – Free YouTube
  • Henley, Ernest – Invictus – Free YouTube
  • Homer, The Odyssey – Free Stream/MP3 Download – Free iTunes
  • James, Joyce – I Hear an Army Charging Upon the Land – Free MP3
  • Keats, John – To Autumn – Free MP3
  • Keats, John – Ode on a Grecian Urn – Free MP3
  • Keats, John – Ode to a Nightingale (as recited loosely by F. Scott Fitzgerald) – YouTube
  • Keats, John – On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer – Free MP3
  • Keats, John – When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be – Free MP3
  • Kipling, Rudyard – If (read by Dennis Hopper) – YouTube
  • Kipling, Rudyard – If (read by Michael Caine) – YouTube
  • Kipling, Rudyard – If – Free MP3
  • Kipling, Rudyard – My Boy Jack (read by Ralph Fiennes) – YouTube
  • Kipling, Rudyard – The Gods of the Copybook Headings – Free MP3
  • Kipling, Rudyard – The Way Through the Woods – Free MP3
  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth – Selected Works – Free iTunes – Free MP3
  • Melville, Herman – Ball’s Bluff – Free Stream
  • Merwin, W.S. – After a Storm (read by author) – Free Stream/Download
  • Milton, John – On His Blindness – Free MP3
  • Nabokov, Vladimir – The University Town (read by Ralph Fiennes) – Free Stream
  • Plath, Sylvia – Ariel (read by author) – YouTube Stream
  • Plath, Sylvia – A Birthday Present (read by the author) – Free MP3/Stream
  • Plath, Sylvia – Daddy (read by author) – YouTube
  • Plath, Sylvia – Fever 103 (read by the author) – Free MP3/Stream
  • Plath, Sylvia – Lady Lazarus (read by author) – YouTube
  • Plath, Sylvia – The Applicant (read by the author) – YouTube
  • Poe, Edgar Allan – Annabel Lee – Free MP3
  • Poe, Edgar Allan – The Raven (read by Christopher Walken) – YouTube
  • Poe, Edgar Allan – The Raven – Free MP3
  • Pope, Alexander - Nature and Art – Free Stream
  • Pope, Alexander – The Quiet Life – Free Stream
  • Pound, Ezra - Cantico del sole – Free MP3 [text]
  • Pound, Ezra - Canto XVII (“So that the vine burst from my fingers’) – Free MP3
  • Pound, Ezra - Canto XXX – Free MP3
  • Pound, Ezra – Canto XLV – Free MP3
  • Pound, Ezra – Canto LVI – Free MP3
  • Pound, Ezra – Early Poems – Free iTunes
  • Pound, Ezra – Homage to Sextus Propertius, Section VI (read by author) – Free MP3
  • Pound, Ezra – Sestina: Altaforte (read by author) – YouTube
  • Pound, Ezra – The Seafarer  (read by author) – Free MP3
  • Rexroth, Kenneth – “One Hundred Poems from the Chinese” and “In Defense of the Earth” (read by the author) – Free Stream
  • Rich, Adrienne – Mourning Poem, Spring Thunder, White Night and other poems (read by author) – Free Stream/Download
  • Rimbaud, Arthur – Illuminations – Free MP3 Zip File
  • Rumi – Like This (read by Tilda Swinton) – YouTube
  • Quintus – The Fall of Troy – Free iTunes
  • Sandburg, Carl - Chicago – Free Stream
  • Sexton, Anne – Waiting to Die (read by author) – YouTube
  • Sexton, Anne – “Her Kind,” “The Ambition Bird,” “Ringing the Bells,” “Music Swims Back to Me,” and “The Truth the Dead Know” (read by the author) – Free Stream
  • Sexton, Anne – “With Mercy for the Greedy,” “The Starry Night,” “Letter Written on a Ferry While Crossing Long Island Sound,” and “Self in 1958,” (read by the author) – Free Stream
  • Sexton, Anne – Divorce, Thy Name is Woman,” “Gods Making a Living,” “Jesus Cooks,” “Jesus Walking,” and “The Fury of Overshoes” (read by the author) – Free Stream
  • Sexton, Anne – “Rowing,” “Riding the Elevator Into the Sky,” “The Play,” “The Rowing Endeth,” “Us,” and “The Touch” (read by the author) – Free Stream
  • Shakespeare, William – Shakespeare’s Sonnets – Free MP3s
  • Shelley, Percy Bysshe – Adonais – Free MP3
  • Shelley, Percy Bysshe – Ozymandias of Egypt – Free MP3
  • Shelley, Percy Bysshe – Ozymandias (read by Bryan Cranston) – Free YouTube
  • Stevens, Wallace – “Credences of Summer” and “An Ordinary Evening in New Haven” (read by the author) – Free Stream/Download
  • Stevens, Wallace – 101 Early Poems – iTunes
  • Stevens, Wallace – “The Idea of Order at Key West,” “The Poem that Took the Place of a Mountain,” and “Vacancy in the Park” (read by the author) – .au format - .gsm format -.ra format
  • Stevens, Wallace – To an Old Philosopher in Rome (read by the author) – Free MP3
  • Tennyson, Alfred Lord – Break, Break, Break – Free MP3
  • Tennyson, Alfred Lord – The Charge of the Light Brigade – Free MP3/Stream – Quicktime – RealPlayer
  • Tennyson, Alfred Lord – The Lotos-Eaters – Free MP3
  • Thomas, Dylan – Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait’ and 14 Other Poems (read by Richard Burton) – YouTube
  • Thomas, Dylan – Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (read by the author) – Free MP3/Stream
  • Thomas, Dylan – Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (read by the Sir Anthony Hopkins) – Free YouTube
  • Thomas, Dylan – The Wild West (read by the author) – Free MP3/Stream
  • Thomas, Dylan – Under Milk Wood (read by the author) – Free MP3/Stream
  • Thoreau, Henry David – Selected Poems and Other Works – Free iTunes
  • Updike, John – Rainbow (read by author) – Free Stream
  • Virgil – Aeneid – Free MP3 Zip Download
  • Whitman, Walt – O Captain! My Captain! – Free MP3
  • Whitman, Walt – Leaves of Grass – Free MP3 Zip File – Free Stream
  • Whitman, Walt – Selected Poems and Prose – Free iTunes
  • Whitman, Walt – Song of Myself and Other Poems – Free Stream/MP3
  • Whitman, Walt – Song of Myself (read by James Earl Jones) – Free iTunes – Free Stream/Download
  • Wilbur, Richard – A Storm in April, The Ride, Shad-Time, Advice From the Muse and Other Poems (read by author) – Free Stream/Download
  • Wilde, Oscar – The Ballad of Reading Gaol – Free MP3/Stream
  • Williams, Tennessee – Selected Poems – Free Stream/Download
  • Williams, William Carlos – Collected Poems – Free iTunes
  • Williams, Willam Carlos – Selected Poems (read by poet 1954 ) – Free MP3
  • Williams, William Carlos – 39 Poems Read for The Library of Congress Recording Laboratory. May 5, 1945 – Free MP3
  • Williams, Willam Carlos – The Red Wheelbarrow, Tract, The Defective Record, To a Poor Old Woman, A Coronal, To Elsie, The Wind Increases, Classic Scene (read by poet 1954 – Free
  • Wordsworth, William – The Last of the Flock – Free MP3
  • Wordsworth, William – Solitary Reaper – Free MP3
  • Wordsworth, William – Tintern Abbey – Free MP3
  • Yeats, William Butler – The Lake Isle of Innisfree, The Fiddler of Dooney, The Song of the Old Mother, Coole and Ballylee (read by the author) – YouTube
  • Yeats, William Butler – Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven – Free MP3
  • Yeats, William Butler – Byzantium – Real Media
  • Yeats, William Butler – Lake Isle of Innesfree (read by the author) – Free MP3
  • Yeats, William Butler – Sailing to Byzantium – Free MP3
  • Yeats, William Butler – The Cold Heaven – Free Stream/MP3
  • Yeats, William Butler – The Fiddler of Dooney (read by the author) – Free MP3
  • Yeats, William Butler – The Song of the Old Mother (read by the author) Free MP3

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