This excerpt from Leaves of Grass seems appropriate for the the first poetry post since my return from California – with many thanks to Project Gutenberg: Facing West from California’s Shores Facing west from California’s shores, Inquiring, tireless, seeking what is yet unfound, I, a child, very old, over waves, …
Billy Collins reads four poems.
Anne Sexton reads her poem “Ambition Bird.” What do you think?
Poe’s poem “The Bells:”
Adrienne Rich reads her poem “Dedication.”
A reading of John Keats’ “On the Grasshopper and the Cricket”
Some of the purest poetry I’ve ever heard.
Prolific poet W.S. Mervin reads his poem “Yesterday.” Sometimes poetry touches on painful subjects.
Because it’s Monday:
Jane Hirshfield reads her poem “For What Binds Us.”
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads her topical and hope-filled poem “The Miracle of Morning.”
The late Galway Kinnell, who was a Vermont Poet Laureate and a National Book Award Winner, reads his poem “Wait” in this 1986 video. Although the poem is inspired by his student who was contemplating suicide, the poem speaks to all of us who are tired.
Here’s a twofer – Shakespeare’s 18th Sonnet twice. First up is a lovely intro and reading by Sir Patrick Stewart; then scroll down to hear Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour sing the sonnet, which I’m sharing because of my love of Pink Floyd.
A reading of Poe’s “The Raven,” by actor Basil Rathbone.
Detroit native and former Poet Laureate, the late Philip Levine reads his poem “Belle Isle, 1949.”