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Poetry's Big Bang

Today's Challenge: Listen to this reading of Walt Whitman by Kenneth Branagh and feel nothing. Or, if you've always sworn you weren't a sucker for accents, give a listen to Jen Hadfield's "Lucky 7." If you thought poetry was far removed from the world of real objects, Simon Armitage's "Chainsaw Versus The Pampas Grass" is here to change your mind.

All of this is possible because of poetryarchive.org, a site started by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, with the express goal of bringing back the importance of hearing poetry out loud. As he puts it (better, of course):

We're hoping this will be The Big Bang for poetry, which is ideally suited to being enjoyed, like music, wherever you are. At the Poetry Archive, we wanted to demonstrate that the sound of a poem is as important to its life and meaning as the words on the page and to bring this to as wide an audience as possible.

Whether you're after classics read by celebrity guests or current poets reading their own work, give some of these a listen. If you're not sure where to start, Rita Dove and Simon Armitage come highly recommended.

Has anyone purchased poetry audio in the past? What was your experience? Who did you listen to?

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 27, 2014 - 2:48pm

I'll be sure to give these a listen.

I actually found out recently that the reason I struggle with prose is I'm actually more of a poet (and not a good poet at that.)

I want to see if there are any Post Modern poets.