Audio Poetry Archives and Anthologies
Caught in the Act: The Making of a Live Poetry + Music CD
Whitman McGowan recounts his experience producing a live poetry performance CD, from its genesis in the dream of a European performance tour through collecting recordings and permissions to designing the CD package, selecting & mastering the audio tracks, and enduring the glitches in the actual CD manufacturing process.
How to Make a CD: A Poet’s Perspective, Part I
Bob Holman’s notes on the genesis of his first CD: “First, make up poems for twenty-odd years... look on CD, like book, as a vehicle for Poem’s Wild Ride... How finished the book feels! unlike the ever-ongoingness of the poems. With a CD it’s different... Mind dances, under the headphones, to poetry on CD.”
Litstation: The Webradio Project, by Jim Finnegan
Founder Jim Finnegan talks about the creation of Litstation.com -- a new Web radio broadcast source for poetry, fiction, interviews, book reviews and essays of literary interest -- and puts out the call for poetry recordings to stream on the Web.
Poetry Picks: The Best CDs of 2007
Listening back through the poetry recordings released in 2007, Poetry Guide Bob Holman offers his selections of the best CDs to add to your audio poetry shelf:
Our Poetry CD Store
A comprehensive listing of poetry recordings reviewed & recommended by your About Poetry guides, Bob Holman & Margery Snyder.
Poetry Picks — The Best CDs of 2009
The year 2009 truly belongs to two poetry recordings, by MC Paul Barman and Ellyn Maybe! Yes, you gotta listen to ’em (the bane of poetry CDs)—but if you don’t you can dance anyway, because these two CDs are so super-produced they’ll penetrate your cilia with groovy grooves and laden beats before you know what hits, which is: the rush of Pure
My Favorite Poetry Recording
Tell us about the poem (or the whole poetry CD) you most like to listen to.
Poetry MP3 Picks
In 2001, Poetry Guides Bob Holman and Margery Snyder scoured the Net to select the best online audio poems, by poets both old and new, for your listening pleasure. Those picks are archived here, in alphabetical order by poet’s name.
Guide Picks: Best Poetry CDs 2002 - 2005
Here’s what we do: put a CD on and never take it out... Your Poetry Guides have selected poetry CDs to add to your collection.
Poetry Picks: The Best CDs of 2004
Casting our eyes back across 2004 in the poetry world, Poetry Guides Bob Holman & Margy Snyder chose the best poetry & spoken word recordings.
Poetry Picks: The Best CDs of 2007
Listening back through the poetry recordings released in 2007, Poetry Guide Bob Holman offered his selections of the best CDs to add to your audio poetry shelf, or your laptop, or your iPod.
Guide Picks: Poetry Anthologies (Recordings)
Selected poetry/spoken word anthologies (in CD form) to add to your collection, recommended by your Poetry Guides.
Academy of American Poets Listening Booth
The Academy's Web site offers a long list of poems read by their authors (in RealAudio) -- everyone from W.H. Auden to Gwendolyn Brooks, T.S. Eliot to Allen Ginsberg, Joy Harjo to Sylvia Plath to William Stafford, William Carlos Williams & W.B. Yeats. A bountiful archive, worth coming back to again and again.
BBC Poetry Out Loud
A collection of audio recordings of poets performing their own work, from Seamus Heaney (“Bogland”) to Derek Walcott (“Homecoming: Anse la Raye”) & W.H. Auden (“After Reading a Child’s Guide to Modern Physics”) to Sylvia Plath (“Lady Lazarus”).
The Book of Voices (e-poets.net)
Kurt Heintz' e-poets.net has a great collection of audio-poems in the chapters of The Book of Voices -- travel to Malawi with Jill Battson or listen to the poke ear music of Example: None. Bring your Realplayer & Quicktime along & visit the e-poets artists catalog for more audio & video clips.
The Cortland Review
Bringing the litmag aesthetic into multimedia bloom, The Cortland Review is publishing everything in RealAudio so you can read along with the poets' voices -- poems like “Leaving an Unknown City” by Charles Simic, “Accident” by Sharon Cumberland & “Divorce or Corrasable Bond” by Daniela Gioseffi.
Electronic Poetry Center Sound Room
“An archive of sound art, spoken word poetry, audio hypermedia, and arts radio broadcasts,” this enormous site has lots to explore: wander through LINEbreak public radio programs (“Interviews & Performances from the Literary Edge”) or check the EPC Soundfiles archive, organized alphabetically by author, producer or composer.
The Favorite Poem Project
Robert Pinsky’s ambitious project asked Americans to record their favorite poems, creating a portrait of the country at the turn of the millennium. The site is full of videos & texts, like Pablo Neruda’s “Puedo escribir” (“Tonight I Can Write” in Merwin’s English translation), Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “God’s Grandeur” read by Stanley Kunitz & Sylvia Plath’s “Polly’s Tree” read by the Miller family.
From the Fishouse
From the Fishouse is a free online audio archive that “promotes the oral tradition of poetry” by showcasing emerging poets reading their work & talking about poetry.
HarperAudio's archive is rebroadcast at the Internet Multicasting Service, where you can hear Shakespeare's sonnets read by John Gielgud, Robert Frost & Dylan Thomas reading their own work, & Wallace Stevens, the modern sound-poet in his own voice.
Indiefeed Performance Poetry
This is the poetry channel on Indiefeed’s music service, offering poetry podcasts—everything from the hottest new performance poets to archive recordings of Plath & Ginsberg—three times a week. You can subscribe on iTunes and browse the archived podcasts (they’ve done more than 500 shows!) on the Web site.
Litstation: The Webradio Project, by Jim Finnegan
Jim Finnegan is the founder of Litstation.com -- a new Web radio broadcast source for poetry, fiction, interviews, book reviews and essays of literary interest.
Launched in January 2005, PennSound has grown into the richest cataloged archive of poetry audio anywhere. Directed by Charles Bernstein & Al Filreis, it’s a free, non-commercial source of high-quality poetry sound files -- singles for your mp3 player, reading series from Kelly Writers’ House, the Bowery Poetry Club & MiPoRadio, cuts from CDs donated by the artists & preserved classic readings.
Takayuki Nakano: Point d'orgue
Takayuki Nakano's amazing config.sys of Japanese performance po based on Finnegan's Wake: “if you police” with drum accompaniment. This will wake the living -- superb audio stream to keep you comfy on the long surf home.
“SlamMania,” Lisa Martinovic's article for the San Francisco Chronicle, is accompanied online by a series of mpeg & Quicktime audio files of slam poets.
The Poet Speaks With A Thousand Voices
Great use of the blog form to create an anonymous archive of readings: “The Poet Speaks With A Thousand Voices” opens the blog to call-in readers, asking them to share their voices by reading a poem over the phone, and posting the contributions as audio blog entries. Bravo!
The Poetry Archive
Put together by UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion & recording producer Richard Carrington, the Poetry Archive is collecting classics & making new recordings of English-speaking poets reading their own work, and putting them all online for free, with guided tours by people like Motion & Stephen Frye, and lots of ways to search. Ambitious & admirable!
The Poetry Foundation Audio & Podcasts
The Poetry Foundation has amassed a vast library of audio files and puts out a series of podcasts well worth subscribing to: a poem of the day, notes from the editors of Poetry magazine, lectures, round-table discussions, archival recordings of great American poets, and an avant-garde collection.
Salon Audio/MP3Lit Poetry
MP3Lit was the first place to come for a RealAudio listen or an MP3 download and as Salon’s audio department, it still is (although poetry no longer has its own directory). Everyone is here, from W.H. Auden to Ellyn Maybe, Sylvia Plath to Charles Simic to Wanda Coleman.
Sounds from the Underground
From Berkeley performance artist & provocateur Frank Moore, Sounds from the Underground is “cookin’ with sound... music, poetry readings, sound collages, interviews, jams, and whatever else we or YOU(!) come up with!” selections updated monthly or thereabouts. Get your RealAudio up & listen!
This is WAR! SpokenWar, that is. Greg Stant of Denver has one of the most beautiful spoken word sites on the Net, full of audio (“Voice”) and video (“Vision”).
Tapping My Own Phone
Tilt-A-Whirl Press is gone, but all the cuts from Ron Whitehead’s CD Tapping My Own Phone are preserved from their site in RealAudio, unexpected online bounty! Sample treasures like “[http://mark.stosberg.com/tilt-a-whirl/audio/asheville.ram]Asheville.”
ubuweb presents an extraordinary & ever-growing RealAudio collection of “sound poetry” (now expanded to “sound art”) both historical & brand-new. Some of the recordings are old or scratchy or faint, but you can listen to Guillaume Apollinaire, William Burroughs, Jean Cocteau, e.e. cummings, Brion Gysin, Jackson MacLow, Kurt Schwitters, Edwin Torres & more here.
“Dedicated to life, poetry, and the ABC’s of a new art,” Jim Andrews’ Vispo site is mostly devoted to visual poem-art pieces, but also includes a large audio section with works by Andrews & others -- like Paul McKinnon’s stand-up travelogue, “Wake Up & Smell the Bus Depot.”
Wired on Words
Wired on Words is a virtual nexus of the Montreal performance poetry scene -- their Releases catalog offers sample cuts from spoken word+music CDs on the Wired on Words label, like Ian Ferrier’s Exploding Head Man & the Millennium Cabaret compilation.
The Writer’s Almanac
Minnesota Public Radio hosts Garrison Keillor’s daily reading of a poem & notes on literary history, and the audio archives at The Writer’s Almanac Web site go all the way back to 1998.