Friday, April 4, 2008

online audio/video poetry

April is poetry month so I thought I'd put together some of the websites where you can find poets reading their works:
  • Borders Open Door Poetry - video poetry readings along with print versions of the poems.
  • UCTV (University of California Television) - UCTV has a series called Lunch Poems. You can watch or listen online or you can subscribe to the podcast and download new programs as soon as they become available.
  • PBS NewsHour Poetry - watch or listen online, download readings, subscribe to podcasts, read profiles along with additional information for teachers.
  • YouTube has poetry videos. You should probably exercise some caution if you're directing patrons there as a resource. For example, there are a number of Def Poetry videos where some might find the language offensive. But you'll also find fascinating gems like Billy Collins Animated Poetry:

  • (Academy of American Poets) - information about poets and poems, resources for teachers and librarians for National Poetry month. Listen to poetry readings, sign up to receive a poem a day by email in April. They also have some interesting widgets for Mac users and a Poetcast (podcast) - you can subscribe to.
  • Writer's Almanac - you may be familiar with Garrison Keillor's program on NPR. It's also available as a podcast.
  • Poetry Foundation - a lot of information and poems you can listen to as well as several podcasts.
  • Classic Poetry Aloud - listen to classic poetry online or as podcasts.
  • Finally, it's worth keeping an eye on some of the events podcasts from major public libraries. I ran across a reading by one of my favorite contemporary Polish poets, Adam Zagajewski, as part of theLos Angeles Public Library ALOUD series.

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