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The Poets on Poets project is an audio archive published by Romantic Circles that testifies  to the continued importance of Romanticism in the contemporary poetry world.  The premise of the collection is simple: we have asked practicing poets from around  the world to read a Romantic-period poem that they particularly admire and that  has influenced the way in which they think about their craft.  The results are gathered here.



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In response to Rob Mitchell, this essay extends his argument regarding the Deleuzean elements of "Mont Blanc" in two key respects. It argues that the poem engages the sublime both on the level of its philosophical content and the mode of its articulation, drawing attention to the level of sensation in philosophical argument through its easily overlooked pattern of irregular rhyme. Poetic articulation is a literary counterpart to sensation as a pre-condition for the experience of the...
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Interview conducted June 1999 (in four parts, mp3 format) Transcriptions and contextual materials available as part of the original print/audio Praxis volume
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In this installment, Robert Pinsky reads "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats. Pinsky was elected Poet Laureate of the United States in 1997, and he teaches in the Writing program at Boston University. During his tenure as Laureate, he began the Favorite Poems Project, an archive of Americans reading their favorite verse. Visit the archive or learn more about Pinsky’s work here . John Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale" 1. My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as...
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The purpose of this paper is to explore specific ways Gilles Deleuze's Difference & Repetition provides a productive critical framework for thinking about revolution in William Blake's America, A Prophecy and, in turn, the way that America's peculiar dramatization of revolution offers a specific political dimension to a Deleuzian ontology. Reading Blake's America in Deleuzean terms suggests an alternative to seeing the poem as either referring exclusively to the material word, or wholly to...
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Plenary delivered at the NASSR/NAVSA 2006 Conference, 2 September 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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Plenary delivered at the NASSR/NAVSA 2006 Conference, 31 August 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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by Ron Broglio
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I am interested in using Deleuze to "flatten" Romanticism and deflate the humanist subject at its center. In place of the subject, I see the physicality of bodies and effects of environmental forces as significant agents. In a sense, Deleuze gives us a phenomenology but without the privileged interiority of the human subject. The work of Deleuze and Guattari opens the way for reassessing and reassembling bodies and desires outside of social machinery and toward what Paul Youngquist...
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This essay highlights the relevance of Deleuze for Romanticists and Romanticism by linking Deleuze's philosophy to a central Romantic-era philosopher, Immanuel Kant, and to one of the more philosophical of the British Romantic poets, Percy Shelley. Deleuze's method of "transcendental deduction" bears on the Kantianism with which scholars of Romanticism are already familiar, but it also highlights a conception of rhythm that is assumed, but not made explicit, in Kant's theory of...
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In this installment, Jennifer Moxley reads “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” by William Wordsworth. Moxley is the author of three books of poetry: Often Capital (Flood 2005), The Sense Record (Edge 2002; Salt 2003), and Imagination Verses (Tender Buttons 1996; Salt 2003). Her translation of the French poet Jacqueline Risset's 1976 book The Translation Begins was published by Burning Deck in 1996. She is poetry editor of The Baffler , contributing editor...
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In this installment, Aaron Anstett reads “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Anstett is the author of Sustenance and No Accident , selected by Philip Levine for the 2004 Backwaters Press Prize. In his introduction, Levine wrote, "Aaron Anstett's No Accident is here for anyone who needs to replenish the belief that American poetry is as healthy and useful as it ever was." Anstett has held fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Wisconsin Institute for...
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by Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi
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Lecture at the University of Loyola Chicago, 19 October 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Stuart Greenhouse reads “Mont Blanc” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Greenhouse 's poems have appeared in journals such as Antioch Review , Bellingham Review , Chelsea , Fence , Paris Review , and Ploughshares . His chapbook, What Remains , was chosen for a National Chapbook Fellowship and was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2005. Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni" I The everlasting universe of things Flows through...
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In this installment, Douglas Kearney reads “A Poison Tree” by William Blake. Kearney 's first full-length collection of poetry, Fear, Some , was published by Red Hen Press in October 2006. A graduate of Cave Canem and CalArts, he lives with his wife in the Valley, right outside LA. William Blake, “A Poison Tree” I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe; I told it not, my wrath did grow. And I water'd it in fears, Night & morning with my...
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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Philip Metres reads “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Metres is a poet and a translator whose work has appeared in numerous journals and in Best American Poetry (2002). His publications include the chapbooks Instants (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006) and Primer for Non-Native Speakers (The Kent State University Press, 2004), the translation (with Tatiana Tulchinsky) Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004), and the...
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In this installment, Jennifer Grotz reads “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats. Grotz is the author of Cusp (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), winner of the Bakeless Prize for Poetry and the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters and the letterpress chapbook Not Body (Urban Editions 2001). Her poems, reviews, and translations appear in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review , and Best American Poetry . She is the newly appointed assistant...
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In this installment, Jeffrey Thomson reads “London” by William Blake. Thomson’s third book of poems, Renovation , was part of the Carnegie Mellon University Press poetry series in 2005. His second collection of poems, The Country of Lost Sons , inaugurated a new poetry series from Parlor Press at Purdue University in February 2004 and first book, The Halo Brace , was brought out in a limited edition letterpress version from Birch Brook Press in 1998. He is an Assistant Professor of...
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In this installment, Caroline Bergvall reads Percy Bysshe Shelly’s “Mont Blanc,” accompanied with music by Mario Diaz de León, “Pervaded with that Ceaseless Motion.” Bergvall is a poet and performance artist based in London,  England. Her most recent collection of poetic and performance pieces, FIG (Goan Atom 2) has recently been published by Salt Publishing. Her CD of readings and audiotexts, Via: Poems 1994-2004 (Rockdrill 8 ) is available through Carcanet. She develops live...
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In this installment, Geoffrey Brock reads “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by John Keats. Brock is the author of Weighing Light (Ivan R. Dee, 2005) and the translator of books by Cesare Pavese, Roberto Calasso, and Umberto Eco. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is on the faculty of the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas. His website is www.geoffreybrock.com . John Keats, "La Belle Dame Sans...
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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Bill Berkson reads “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Berkson is a poet, art critic, and professor of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. His books of poetry include Serenade , Fugue State , a collection of his 1960s collaborations with Frank O'Hara entitled Hymns of St. Bridget & Other Writings , and Gloria (with etchings by Alex Katz). The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings , a selection of his criticism, appeared from Qua Books in...
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by Robert Burns
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In this installment Kevin McFadden reads "To a Mouse" by Robert Burns. McFadden's first volume of poems,  Hardscrabble  (University of Georgia Press, 2008), won the George Garrett Award for poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in  The Seattle Review ,  Ploughshares ,  Poetry , and  The Kenyon Review . He works for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and lives in Charlottesville....
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In this installment, Tom Thompson reads "O thou whose face hath felt the Winter's wind" by John Keats. Thompson is the author of Live Feed and The Pitch , both published by Alice James Books. His poems and reviews have been published in American Letters and Commentary , Boston Review , Colorado Review , The Hat , Volt and other publications. He lives with Miranda Field and their two sons in New York City, where he currently works at an advertising agency. John Keats, "O thou...
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In this installment, Mary Crockett Hill reads “Little Black Boy” by William Blake. Hill is the author of the award-winning book of poems, If You Return Home with Food . Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Boston Review, River Styx, Pleiades , and American Poetry: The Next Generation . She is currently working on an anthology of poems by mothers and may be reached at marycrocketthill@yahoo.com . William Blake, "Little Black Boy" My mother bore me in the southern...
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by Hartley Coleridge
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In this installment, Don Paterson reads “To Shakespeare" by Hartley Coleridge. Paterson is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Nil Nil (1993), which was awarded the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, God's Gift to Women (1997), which won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and Landing Light (2003), which won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award. He has also been awarded an Eric Gregory Award, a Scottish Arts...
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by John Keats
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In this installment, Curtis Bauer reads “To Autumn” by John Keats. Bauer is the author of Fence Line , winner of the 2003 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry selected by Christopher Buckley.  He is a graduate of Central College and earned the Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. His poetry, non fiction, and translations have appeared in Rivendell , The Cortland Review , Barrow Street , The Iowa Review , Rhino , and numerous other journals. He co-directs the Writing Studio at...
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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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In this installment, Jeffrey Thomson reads “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Thomson’s third book of poems, Renovation , was part of the Carnegie Mellon University Press poetry series in 2005. His second collection of poems, The Country of Lost Sons , inaugurated a new poetry series from Parlor Press at Purdue University in February 2004 and first book, The Halo Brace , was brought out in a limited edition letterpress version from Birch Brook Press in 1998. He is an Assistant...
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by John Clare
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In this installment, Gillian Kiley reads “I Am!” by John Clare. Kiley lives and teaches in Rhode Island. Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review , Colorado Review , Swerve , and other journals. John Clare, "I Am!" I am—yet what I am none cares or knows; My friends forsake me like a memory lost: I am the self-consumer of my woes— They rise and vanish in oblivious host, Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed Into the...
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In this installment, Anne Waldman performs “Ode to the West Wind” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Waldman, poet, editor, performer, professor, curator, cultural activist carries in her genetics the lineages of the New American Poetry, and is a considered an inheritor of the Beat (Allen Ginsberg called her his "spiritual wife") and the New York School (Frank O'Hara told her to "work for inspiration, not money") mantles. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts award,...
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In this installment, Geraldine Monk reads "If thou wilt ease thine heart" by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Monk was born in England in 1952. Her work has appeared in many of the major anthologies including Conductors of Chaos, the Oxford Anthology of 20th Century British & Irish Poetry and the first Ahadada Reader . Noctivagations , her 2001 collection of poetry and other texts was published by West House Books and her Selected Poems from Salt Publications appeared in 2003. Escafeld...
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In this installment, Don Paterson reads “Let me not deem that I was made in vain” by Hartley Coleridge. Paterson is the author is numerous volumes of poetry, including Nil Nil (1993), which was awarded the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, God's Gift to Women (1997), which won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and Landing Light (2003), which won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award. He has also been awarded an Eric Gregory Award,...
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In this installment, Sarah Gridley reads an excerpt from “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” by George Gordon, Lord Byron. Gridley was educated at Harvard University, where she earned her BA in English and American Literature, and at the University of Montana, where she earned an MFA in poetry in 2000. Her first collection of poems, Weather Eye Open , was published in the New California Poetry Series by the University of California Press, Berkeley. Her poems have appeared in the Beloit Poetry...
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In this installment John Casteen reads "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" by William Wordsworth. Casteen's poems have appeared in Ploughshares , The Paris Review , Lo-Ball , and other magazines; his first book, Free Union , appeared from the University of Georgia Press in 2009. He teaches at Sweet Briar College, and serves on the editorial staff of The Virginia Quarterly Review . The poems here are from his forthcoming collection, For the Mountain Laurel . William...
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In this installment, Cleopatra Mathis reads “The Tyger” by William Blake. Mathis 's sixth book of poems, White Sea , will be published in 2005 by Sarabande Books. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Robert Frost Award, and The Peter Lavin Award for Younger Poets from the Academy of American Poets. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College...
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In this installment, Tom Thompson reads "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats. Thompson is the author of Live Feed and The Pitch , both published by Alice James Books. His poems and reviews have been published in American Letters and Commentary , Boston Review , Colorado Review , The Hat , Volt and other publications. He lives with Miranda Field and their two sons in New York City, where he currently works at an advertising agency. John Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale” My heart aches,...
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In this installment, Ira Sadoff reads “London” by William Blake. Sadoff is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Grazing and Barter . He is also the author of a novel, Uncoupling , and The Ira Sadoff Reader (poems, stories, and essays). His work has been widely anthologized, appearing in both The Harper Anthology of American Literature and St. Martin's Introduction to Literature ; he has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA and has taught at the...
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In this installment, Michael Haslam reads four stanzas from “Child Harold” by John Clare. Haslman (b. Bolton, Lancashire, U.K., 1947) has lived at Foster Clough, on the Pennine moor-edge above Hebden Bridge, in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, since 1970, writing, loving and labouring in the immediate vicinity. Publications include Continual Song (Open Township 1986), A Whole Bauble: Collected Poems 1977-94 (Carcanet 1995), The Music Laid her Songs in Language (Arc 2001), and A...
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In this installment, Geraldine Monk reads "We do lie beneath the grass" by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Monk was born in England in 1952. Her work has appeared in many of the major anthologies including Conductors of Chaos, the Oxford Anthology of 20th Century British & Irish Poetry and the first Ahadada Reader . Noctivagations , her 2001 collection of poetry and other texts was published by West House Books and her Selected Poems from Salt Publications appeared in 2003. Escafeld...
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In this installment, Lindsay Ahl reads “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Ahl is the author of the novel Desire , published by Coffee House Press. Her work has appeared in BOMB Magazine , Global City Review , Fiction magazine, and others. Her poetry and art appears on the web site www.sfpoetry.org , Issue # 45 April 2006, and she was a fiction fellow at Bread Loaf in 2004. She is the editor of Bliss , an arts & culture magazine, for which she has interviewed W.S....
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In this installment, Mark Yakich reads “This Living Hand” by John Keats. Yakich is the author of Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross (National Poetry Series, Penguin 2004) and The Making of Collateral Beauty (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo 2006). John Keats, "This Living Hand" This living hand, now warm and capable Of earnest grasping, would, if it were cold And icy silence of the tomb, So haunt thy days and chill thy dreaming nights That thou wouldst wish...
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In this installment, Michelle Boisseau reads “The world is too much with us” by William Wordsworth. Boisseau was educated at Ohio University (B.A., M.A.) and the University of Houston (Ph.D.). Her books of poetry include Trembling Air (University of Arkansas Press, 2003); Understory , winner of the Morse Prize (Northeastern University Press, 1996); and No Private Life (Vanderbilt, 1990). She is also author of the popular text Writing Poems (Longman) , in its 6th edition.  Her poems have...
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In this installment, Elizabeth Volpe reads “The Human Abstract” by William Blake. A 2001 and 2004 Pushcart Prize nominee, Volpe lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including: Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Connecticut Review, River Styx, Cave Wall, and roger. She won The Briarcliff Review 2004 Poetry Contest, the 2006 Metro Detroit Writers Contest, and the 2008 Juniper Prize from Alligator Juniper. Her chapbook won the 2007 Robert Watson...
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In this installment, V. Penelope Pelizzon reads from William Blake’s “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.” Pelizzon 's first poetry collection, Nostos (Ohio University Press, 2000) won the Hollis Summers Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s 2001 Norma Farber First Book Award. Other honors include a Discovery/ The Nation Award, The Kenneth Rexroth Translation Award (for Umberto Saba’s poems from Italian), the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry....
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In this installment, Laure-Anne Bosselaar reads "The Garden of Love" by William Blake. Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf and of Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry for 2001.  She is the editor of Outsiders : Poems about Rebels, Exiles and Renegades and Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the City. Her next anthology, Never Before: Poems about First Experiences will come out from Four Way Books in the fall of 2005.  She and...
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In this installment, John Struloeff reads “The Chimney Sweeper” by William Blake. Struloeff is the author of the poetry collection, The Man I Was Supposed to Be , forthcoming from Loom Press in Fall 2007. His poems have appeared or are soon forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly , Prairie Schooner , Zyzzyva , PN Review (UK), The Southern Review , and elsewhere. In 2005, he completed the Ph.D. program in creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently (2005-07) a Stegner...
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In this installment, Anne Shaw reads “The Tyger” by William Blake. Shaw is the author of Undertow (2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize from Persea Books. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including New American Writing , Hayden's Ferry Review , Gulf Coast , New Ohio Review , and Subtropics . A recipient of a Gertrude Stein Award from Green Integer Press and a finalist for the Colorado Poetry Prize, she is assistant professor of English at Franklin Pierce...
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by William Cowper
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In this installment, Peter Larkin (b. New Forest, Hampshire, UK, 1946) reads “Yardley Oak” by William Cowper. Larkin is the author of two large poetry collections, Terrain Seed Scarcity (2001) and Leaves of Field (2006), as well as many smaller pamphlets. He ran Prest Roots Press from the late '80s until three years ago. He works at Warwick University Library and has published a number of academic papers on the Romantic poets. William Cowper, "Yardley Oak" Survivor sole, and...
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In this installment, Ken Edwards reads “London” by William Blake. Edwards’ books include the poetry collections Intensive Care (1986), Good Science (1992), 3600 Weekends (1993), eight + six (2003), and the novel Futures (1998). He has been editor/publisher of Reality Street Editions since 1993. He is active in music as well as writing: his text for a piece by John Tilbury for piano, voice and sampled sounds, There's something in there…, was premiered in 2003, and his music for Fanny...
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In this installment, Rachel Blau DuPlessis reads “Ode on Melancholy” by John Keats. DuPlessis is known as a feminist critic and scholar with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry, and as a poet and essayist. Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work , a book of essays, was published by University of Alabama Press in 2006; in the same year, Alabama also reprinted DuPlessis’s classic work The Pink Guitar . Her recent books of poetry are Drafts 1- 38, Toll (Wesleyan...
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In this installment, Alexander Long reads “To John Clare” by John Clare. Long's first two books are Vigil (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2006) and Light Here, Light There (C & R Press, 2009). With Christopher Buckley, he is co-editor of A Condition of the Spirit: The Life & Work of Larry Levis (Eastern Washington University Press, 2004). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI , The American Poetry Review , American Writers , Blackbird , Callaloo , and The Southern Review ,...
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In this installment, Carey Salerno reads "When I have fears that I may cease to be" by John Keats. Salerno is the Director of Alice James Books . Her first book, Shelter , won the 2007 Kinereth Gensler Award and was published in 2009. Carey has an MFA from New England College. Her work has appeared in such journals as Rattle and Natural Bridge . She lives in Farmington, Maine. John Keats, "When I have fears that I may cease to be" WHEN I have fears that I may cease to be...
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In this installment, Patrick Phillips reads “A slumber did my spirit seal” by William Wordsworth. Phillips ' first book, Chattahoochee , received the both the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize and was published by the University of Arkansas Press. Poems from the book have appeared in many magazines, including Poetry , Ploughshares , and T he Nation . His honors include a Discovery/The Nation Award, a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Copenhagen, and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell,...
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In this installment, Wesley McNair reads "When I have fears that I may cease to be" by John Keats. McNair has received fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, an NEH Fellowship in literature, and two NEA fellowships. Other honors include the Jane Kenyon Award, the Robert Frost Award, the Theodore Roethke Prize, the Eunice Tietjens Prize from Poetry magazine, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, an Emmy Award, and two honorary degrees for literary distinction....
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In this installment, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs reads "Sonnet LXXVII" from Elegiac Sonnets by Charlotte Turner Smith. Dobbs was born in Wonju-Si, South Korea. Her debut collection, Paper Pavilion , received the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and was published in 2007. Currently, she is assistant professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College and lives in Minneapolis. Charlotte Turner Smith, "Sonnet LXXVII" [From Elegiac Sonnets ] To the Insect of the Gossamer SMALL, viewless...
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In this installment, R. Erica Doyle reads “Sonnet LXX” [From Elegiac Sonnets ] by Charlotte Turner Smith. Doyle was born in Brooklyn after the riots of '68. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry , Callaloo , Ploughshares , Best Black Women's Erotica , Bum Rush the Page , Ms. Magazine , and is forthcoming in Bloom , Our Caribbean: Writing by LGBT Writers of the Antilles , and Quotes Community: Notes for Black Poets . She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright...
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by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
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In this installment, Alan Halsey reads "Song in the Air" by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Halsey's books include The Text of Shelley's Death (1995), Wittgenstein's Devil: Selected Writing 1978-98 (2000) and Marginalien (2005). His edition of the later text of Beddoes's Death's Jest-Book was published by West House Books in 2003, and his several essays on Beddoes's life & work have appeared in various journals & pamphlets. Learn more about him here. Thomas Lovell Beddoes, "Song...
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In this installment, Marie Harris reads “Song from Pippa Passes ” by Robert Browning. Harris, New Hampshire Poet Laureate 1999-2004, is a writer, teacher, editor, and businesswoman. In 2003, she produced the first-ever gathering of state poets laureate. She has served as writer-in-residence at elementary and secondary schools throughout New England, and has written freelance articles for publications including The New York Times , The Boston Globe , The New Hampshire Sunday News , and...
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In this installment, Ross Gay reads “The Proverbs of Hell” from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by William Blake. Gay is the author of the collection Against Which (CavanKerry Press, 2006). He teaches at Indiana University and in the low-residency program at New England College. William Blake, "The Proverbs of Hell" In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead. The road of excess leads to the palace of...
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In this installment, Rachel Blau DuPlessis reads “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802” by William Wordsworth. DuPlessis is known as a feminist critic and scholar with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry, and as a poet and essayist. Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work , a book of essays, was published by University of Alabama Press in 2006; in the same year, Alabama also reprinted DuPlessis’s classic work The Pink Guitar . Her recent books of poetry are...
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In this installment, Michael Collier reads “Emmonsail’s Health in Winter” by John Clare. Collier is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College. John Clare, "Emmonsail's Heath in Winter" I love to see the old heath's withered brake Mingle its crimpled leaves with furze and ling, While the old heron from the lonely lake Starts slow and flaps his melancholy wing, And oddling crow in idle motions swing...
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In this installment, Charles Flowers reads “It is a beauteous evening, calm and free” by William Wordsworth. Flowers graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University and received his M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Oregon. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast , Barrow Street , Indiana Review , and Puerto del Sol . Flowers is also the founding editor of BLOOM , a journal for lesbian and gay writing that Edmund White has called "the most exciting new queer literary...
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In this installment, Forrest Gander reads "Frost at Midnight" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Gander's most recent books include Torn Awake (New Directions, 2001) and Faithful Existence: Essays (forthcoming from Shoemaker & Hoard).  Princeton University Press will bring out Gander’s translation, with Kent Johnson, of The Night by Jaime Saenz. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Frost at Midnight” The Frost performs its secret ministry, Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cry Came...
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by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
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In this installment, Aracelis Girmay reads “Dream-Pedlary” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Girmay is the author of Teeth , a collection of poems published by Curbstone Press in 2007. Her poems have also been published in Ploughshares , Bellevue Literary Review , Indiana Review , Callaloo , and MiPOesias , among other journals. A Cave Canem fellow, Girmay teaches writing workshops in New York & California. Thomas Lovell Beddoes, "Dream-Pedlary" If there were dreams to sell, What...
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In this installment, Michael Collier reads “The Mouse’s Nest” by John Clare. Collier is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College. John Clare, "The Mouse's Nest" I found a ball of grass among the hay And proged it as I passed and went away And when I looked I fancied something stirred And turned again and hoped to catch the bird When out an old mouse bolted in the wheat With all her young ones...
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In this installment, Johanna Drucker reads “Stanzas to [Augusta]” by George Gordon, Lord Byron. Drucker is an artist and writer known for her experimental books of visual poetry and typography. She has written and published widely on topics related to the aesthetics of visual language, contemporary art, digital humanities, and the history of design and typography. Her creative publications are in special collections in libraries and museums in the United States and Europe. Her most recent...
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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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In this installment, Terry Ehret reads "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Ehret has published three collections of poetry, including the collaborative volume Suspensions (White Mountain Press, 1990), Lost Body (Copper Canyon Press, 1993), and most recently Translations from the Human Language (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2001).  Literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, and Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize.  She is the co-founder of Sixteen Rivers Press, a...
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by John Clare
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In this installment, Sebastian Matthews reads “I Am” by John Clare. Matthews , a graduate of the University of Michigan's MFA program, teaches part-time at Warren Wilson College and edits Rivendell , a place-based literary journal. He is the author of the memoir, In My Father's Footsteps , and co-editor, with Stanley Plumly of Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews . His poems have appeared in Atlantic Monthly , New England Review , Post Road , Seneca Review, and Tin House among...
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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Geoffrey Brock reads “England in 1819” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Brock is the author of Weighing Light (Ivan R. Dee, 2005) and the translator of books by Cesare Pavese, Roberto Calasso, and Umberto Eco. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is on the faculty of the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas. His website is www.geoffreybrock.com . Percy Bysshe Shelley, "England...
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In this installment, Peter Riley reads “A Winter Hymn to the Snow” by Ebenezer Jones. Jones is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Love-Strife Machine (1968), The Linear Journal (1973), Lines on the Liver (1981), Tracks and Mineshafts (1983), Sea Watches (1991), Alstonefield and Distant Points (1995), Noon Province (1996), Snow has Settled . . . Bury Me Here (1997), The Dance at Mociu (2003), and Excavations (2004). The recent special issue of The Gig/Poetry (4:5, 2000)...
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In this installment, Robin Beth Schaer reads "To Sleep" by John Keats. Schaer is the recipient of a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in Rattapallax , Denver Quarterly , Guernica , Painted Bride Quarterly , and Barrow Street , among others. She was educated at Colgate University and Columbia University, and has taught literature and writing at Columbia University and Cooper Union. She works at...
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In this installment, Seth Michelson reads “A Little BOY Lost” by William Blake. Michelson lives in Los Angeles, California. He holds degrees in poetry from Johns Hopkins University and Sarah Lawrence College, and he is currently pursuing a PhD in comparative literature from USC, where he studies the poetry of Latin America (particularly Argentina and Uruguay) in relation to that of the US and UK. He also runs the Fringe Poets Reading Series, and his first collection of poetry, Maestro of...
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In this installment, Thorpe Moeckel reads “Winter Fields” by John Clare. Moeckel’s first book of poems, Odd Botany , was published in 2002 by Silverfish Review Press, and his chapbooks include Meltlines , The Guessing Land , and Making a Map of the River . New poems and essays are forthcoming in Verse , Virginia Quarterly Review , Rivendell , and North Carolina Literary Review . He earned an MFA in 2002 at University of Virginia, where he was a Jacob K. Javits and Henry Hoyns Fellow. A...
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In this installment, Steve Orlen reads “The Instinct of Hope” by John Clare. Orlen is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Permission to Speak (1978), A Place at the Table (1981), The Bridge of Sighs (1992), Kisses (1997), and This Particular Eternity (2001). His work had been honored with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He teaches at the University of Arizona and in the low-residency MFA at Warren Wilson College....
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In this installment, Robert Thomas reads “On first looking into Chapman’s Homer” by John Keats. Thomas’s Door to Door (Fordham University Press, 2002) was chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa as the winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize.  He received a 2003 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his poem "Quarter Past Blue" appeared in the 2004 Pushcart Prize anthology.  His most recent book of poems, Dragging the Lake , is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon...
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In this installment, Rigoberto González reads “Thoughts on my sick-bed” by Dorothy Wordsworth. González is the author of four books, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks , a 1998 National Poetry Series selection; two bilingual children's books, Soledad Sigh-Sighs / Soledad Suspiros and Antonio's Card / La Tarjeta de Antonio ; and a novel, Crossing Vines . He has three titles forthcoming: Butterfly Boy , a memoir; Other Fugitives and Other Strangers , poetry; and a biography...
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by William Wordsworth
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In this installment, Elizabyth Hiscox reads “To a Skylark” by William Wordsworth. Hiscox lives and writes in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches creative writing and English at Arizona State University. An Assistant Poetry Editor for the online journal 42opus , she was recently Poet-in-Residence at St. Chad's College of Durham University, England. William Wordsworth, “To a Skylark” Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky! Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound? Or, while the wings...
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In this installment, Hermine Pinson reads “Music, when Soft Voices die” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Pinson, a native of Beaumont, Texas, is the author of two collections of poetry, Ashe and Mama Yetta and Other Poems , both with Wings Press. She has also published short fiction and critical essays in such publications as Callaloo ; AfricanAmerican Review ; Texas Bound: Short Stories by and about Texas Women ; Konch, Commonwealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia , and Verse . She is presently...
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