Reading (or listening) for fun

When was the last time you read a poem?  Or listened to a poem being read?  If you can’t even remember the last time you read or heard a poem, then stop everything and explore some of the options that are out there to help you make contact with poetry on a regular basis.  The best part is that there are a couple of great sites that provide audio clips of poems, so you can indulge even if you don’t have the time to sit down with anything other than required reading.  The Poetry Archive has lots of (mostly) contemporary poets reading their own work.  Think poetry is irrelevant to everyday life?  Think again.  You can browse The Poetry Archive by topic, so it’s easy to find something of interest to you.  You can also browse by poet or poem title.  If you have kids, they can visit The Children’s Archive.  Another excellent audio archive is called PENNsound.  It’s similar in conception to The Poetry Archive – modern poets reading their own works.  While you can’t browse in the same ways you can through The Poetry Archive, you can explore some of the interesting anthologies put together by PENNsound.  In addition to audio clips, PENNsound has video and longer podcasts.  Both of these sites are great ways to make poetry a part of your life!


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