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Audio Clips


The Academy of American Poets has one of the most extensive lists of poetry readings on the Web. The so-called Listening Booth contains clips by Pound, Yeats, Eliot, and many others.

The Cortland Review is an on-line magazine that specializes in audio clips.

Ubu contains such rarities as Guillame Apollinaire reading Le Pont Mirabeau in 1913, Antonin Artaud's banned 1947 radio broadcast, To Have Done With the Judgement of God, William Burroughs discussing the origins of the cut-up technique, Wyndham Lewis articulating his "enemy persona", and James Joyce reading from Ulysses.

The Poetry Center has collected and compiled well over 2,000 original recordings of poets and writers reading from their works.

Salon has seven minutes of J. R. Tolkien reading from The Lord of the Rings in 1952, and T. S. Eliot reading The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock. 

HarperCollins provides a generous selection of writers and poets reading their work. This site includes readings by Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, and others.

Boldtype contains audio recordings by Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery, Robert Lowell, and W.H. Auden. 

The Atlantic Unbound's audio section is also useful.

Posterband presents high quality recordings of contemporary poets such as Jane Hirschfield and E. A. Hilbert. 

San Francisco State University has a recording of Lord Alfred Tennyson reading "The Charge of the Light Brigade."

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