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Poetry

  • 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 iTunesFree 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. – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • Eliot, T.S. – The Waste Land – Free MP3
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  • Ferlinghetti, Lawrence – Selections from A Coney Island of the Mind (read by author) – Free MP3Free 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) – YouTubeiTunes
  • 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 DownloadFree 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 – The Gods of the Copybook Headings – Free MP3
  • Kipling, Rudyard – The Way Through the Woods – Free MP3
  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth – Selected Works – Free iTunesFree 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
  • 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
  • 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/StreamQuicktimeRealPlayer
  • 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 FileFree 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 iTunesFree 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

Non-Fiction

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Audio Book Podcast Sites

  • Librivox iTunesFeedWeb Site
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  • Audio Literature Odyssey iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • A collection of classics. Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, etc.
  • Classic Poetry Aloud iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • These poetry podcasts provide readings of the great poems of the past.
  • Classic Tales Podcast iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • The whole point is to make unabridged classics not only available, but approachable.
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    • Podcasts that bring quality crime stories to an audience worldwide. Produced by crime writer Seth Harwood.
  • Escapepod iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Collections of well-reviewed audio short stories.
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  • JC Hutchins iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The author of the 7th Son Trilogy has made available more than 200 hours of audio and video stories and interviews, all of which are available for free download.
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  • Haverford College – Classic/Ancient Text Read Aloud iTunesWeb Site (see site for feeds)
  • Internet Archive
    • Listen to free audio books and poetry recordings courtesy of the Internet Archive.
  • Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture
  • Lit2Go iTunesWeb Site
    • An extensive collection of free audiobooks provided by the University of Southern Florida.
  • Litterature Audio
  • Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
    • Hosts audio recordings of the Beats — Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg and more.
  • The Penguin Podcast
    • Excerpts read from books newly published by Penguin UK.
  • Podiobooks
    • Provides podcasts of largely sci-fi books that we’ve never heard of before. But, you never know.
  • Podlit Classic Literature iTunesWeb Site
    • A new classic short story each week.
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    • The world’s first audio horror magazine
  • Radioboeken iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • “Radiobooks” are just like books, but they will never be printed. They are created by important Dutch and Flemish writers, and will be available in French, English and Spanish versions in 2007.
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    • Very well reviewed sci-fi horror works
  • Stories to Go iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • Stranger Things iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • This high-quality video podcast features stories of ordinary people stumbling into strange worlds (a la The Twilight Zone).
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    • The Classic Tales Podcast makes unabridged classics not only available, but approachable. Includes professional performances.
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    • Explores vintage American fiction. Orson Welles, Philip K. Dick, etc.
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    • A free French-language podcast, created by Lucas Moreno and and Marc Tiefenauer, that offers readings of fantasy and sci fi stories written by noted authors across the Francophone world.
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