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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 
  • 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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