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The top 50 Poetry audiobooks on Libro.fm based on sales from our 1,200+ partner bookstore locations.

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#1: Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass

By Lana Del Rey

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SPOKEN WORD POETRY COLLECTION FROM LANA DEL REY, VIOLET BENT BACKWARDS OVER THE GRASS

Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass is the title poem of the book and the first poem I wrote of many. Some of which came to me in their entirety, which I dictated and then typed out, and some that I worked laboriously picking apart each... Read more »

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Publication date: July 28, 2020

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#2: Inquire Within

By In-Q
Narrated by In-Q /  2 hours 17 minutes

In this powerful and innovative book of poetry and wisdom, award-winning spoken-word poet, songwriter, and performer IN-Q inspires us to question everything we know and see around us and inside us, to discover what matters most.

"Poetry celebrates vulnerability as a strength rather than a weakness. It is a timeless form of storytelling that... Read more »

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#3: Homie

Poems
By Danez Smith
Narrated by Danez Smith /  1 hour 32 minutes

Homie

“In their third collection, Danez Smith shakes to life the parts of people that have gone to sleep waiting for this time in the world to be over. Those emotions that raise up too much anger or grief — all of them are alive again and seen and spoken for with utmost care and a tremendously welcome sense of humor. Pick this book up and carry it with you everywhere. It can be like a video game heart for you, and who doesn’t need an extra heart?”

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#4: 1919

By Eve L. Ewing
Narrated by Eve L. Ewing /  1 hour 5 minutes

The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots comprising the nation’s Red Summer, has shaped the last century but is not widely discussed. In 1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event—which lasted eight days and resulted in thirty-eight deaths and almost 500 injuries—through poems recounting the... Read more »

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#5: And Still I Rise

A Book of Poems
By Maya Angelou
Narrated by Maya Angelou /  22 minutes

Maya Angelou’s unforgettable collection of poetry lends its name to the documentary film about her life, And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.
 
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my... Read more »

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#6: If They Come for Us

Poems
By Fatimah Asghar
1 hour 22 minutes

If They Come for Us

“Raw, but not unpolished. Dripping with sadness and honey. Rage beyond anger, a lesson in history and violence. A comprehensible example of otherness in America for those who haven’t experienced it; for those who don’t know they’re perpetuating it. An honest portrayal of a life shaped by governments’ omissions, of the lies of the self and others, and of waking to the daylight, the promise held in sunshine, and in finding one’s own voice, own words, own way of telling one’s own story.”

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#7: A Fortune For Your Disaster

Poems
By Hanif Abdurraqib
Narrated by Hanif Abdurraqib /  1 hour 36 minutes

A Fortune For Your Disaster

“Hanif Abdurraquib’s powerful collection of poems explores the unending heartbreak of being black in America and how to find strength and self-actualization. Landscaped by graves, mirrors, and music these poems take the personal grief of being barked at by dogs and frames and re-frames those aggression into explorations on how our nation’s history and ceaseless failures cannot stamp our indelible humanity. The series of poems titled “How Can Black People Write About Flowers at a Time Like This” are defiant manifestos that will be talked about for years to come.”

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#8: Nature Poem

By Tommy Pico
Narrated by Tommy Pico /  1 hour 19 minutes

A book-length poem about how an American Indian writer can't bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet. Nature Poem follows Teebs—a young, queer, American Indian (or NDN) poet—who can't bring himself to write a... Read more »

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#9: The Odyssey

Penguin Audio Classics
By Homer
Narrated by Ian McKellen /  13 hours 2 minutes

The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of every man's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, the energy and poetry of Homer's original is captured in a bold, contemporary idiom, giving us an edition of The Odyssey that is a joy to listen to, worth savoring treasuring for its sheer lyrical mastery. This... Read more »

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#10: The Death of Sitting Bear

New and Selected Poems
By N. Scott Momaday
2 hours 28 minutes

The Death of Sitting Bear

“From Pulitzer Prize-winning author (House Made of Dawn in 1969), Oklahoma Centennial State Poet Laureate, and acclaimed artist N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) comes a new collection of more than 100 new and selected poems in The Death of Sitting Bear. Presented in three parts, some poems are quick tributes to natural phenomenon but made no less impactful for their brevity. Simple moments – the sound of fry bread sizzling in childhood – are exquisitely detailed. Complex questions about the nature of animals and humans and their meanings and representations to each other are explored. God, as an entity, as a spirit, as in nature, is called upon. Other pieces are long form poetic narratives, such as Part II, A Century of Impressions, which detail an era in “one hundred haiku/elemental exercise/to nourish the mind.” The titular poem, The Death of Sitting Bear, gives voice to the great man himself in stanzas of poetic prose, detailing Sitting Bull’s life and death as an elite Kaitsenko warrior. Firmly steeped in Kiowa heritage and indigenous oral storytelling traditions, Momaday breathes in the spirit of the Southwest and breathes out masterful imagery onto the page. The poems beg to be read aloud in order to savor the taste of the language, each word carefully chosen to evoke shape, sound, sight, feeling, and history with the weight of its intention: “a blackbird holds still/in the center of sight/and I cannot/look away."”

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#11: Pale Colors in a Tall Field

Poems
By Carl Phillips
49 minutes

This program is read by the author.

A powerful, inventive collection from one of America’s most critically acclaimed poets.


Carl Phillips’s new poetry collection, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, is a meditation on the intimacies of thought and body as forms of resistance. The poems are both timeless and timely, asking how we can ever truly know... Read more »

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#12: Don't Call Us Dead

Poems
By Danez Smith
Narrated by Danez Smith /  1 hour 14 minutes

Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection

Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don't Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place... Read more »

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#13: The Iliad - Abridged

Penguin Audio Classics
By Homer, Robert Fagles & Bernard Knox
8 hours 44 minutes

Dating to the ninth century BC, Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to  the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb Introduction... Read more »

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#14: The Tradition

By Jericho Brown
Narrated by JD Jackson /  59 minutes

Jericho Brown's daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown's poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes... Read more »

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#15: The Odyssey

By Homer
Narrated by John Lescault /  12 hours 23 minutes

In his perilous journey home after the Trojan War, Odysseus must pass through the land of the Cyclopes, encounter Circe the Enchantress, and face the terrible Charybdis and the six headed serpent Scylla.

Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet, Homer, the supposed 8th Century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece... Read more »

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#16: Where to Begin

A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World
By Cleo Wade
57 minutes

“Author and poet Cleo Wade will make your day with her inspiring and uplifting outlook on life” (People) and she returns with another moving collection of poems, mantras, and illustrations encouraging you to remain hopeful and harness your inner power and create change through self-care and social justice.

If you are ready to be a part of... Read more »

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#17: Counting Descent

By Clint Smith
Narrated by Clint Smith /  1 hour 1 minute

Clint Smith's debut poetry collection, Counting Descent, is a coming of age story that seeks to complicate our conception of lineage and tradition. Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates black humanity while living in a world that often renders blackness a caricature of... Read more »

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#18: Felon

Poems
By Reginald Dwayne Betts
1 hour 21 minutes

A searing volume by a poet whose work conveys “the visceral effect that prison has on identity” (New York Times).

Felon tells the story of one man in fierce, dazzling poems― canvassing his wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace― and, in doing so,... Read more »

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#19: Many Miles

Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver
By Mary Oliver
Narrated by Mary Oliver /  41 minutes

Following the success of At Blackwater Pond, this second audio reccording from bestselling poet Mary Oliver contains a selection of thirty-seven previously published poems and four new, read by the poet in her steady, magnetic voice. Oliver recites from the full range of her poetry—from her classic nature writing to her verses for her... Read more »

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#20: Milk and Honey

By Rupi Kaur
Narrated by Rupi Kaur /  1 hour 6 minutes

Milk and Honey

“I want to be someone who gets poetry, but I don’t always. I’d been meaning to try this one, though, since it’s been selling like the proverbial hot cakes — presumably also to people who aren’t really usually into poetry. When I was browsing at Green Apple Books in San Francisco, it jumped out at me, and I sat in the hipster café down the road and started reading. The poetry collection is in four parts — the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing — and I expected to just read one of the parts, but once I’d started I couldn’t stop. Some of these poems, often the shortest ones, which are just two or three lines long, blew me away and put words to feelings I’m always trying to write about. I’m excited to see what Rupi Kaur does next.”

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#21: A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun

The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks
By Angela Jackson
Narrated by Janina Edwards /  7 hours 42 minutes

A look back at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, in celebration of her hundredth birthday

Artist–Rebel–Pioneer

Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the great American literary icons of the twentieth century, a protégé of Langston Hughes and mentor to a generation of poets, including... Read more »

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#22: At Blackwater Pond

Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver
By Mary Oliver
Narrated by Mary Oliver /  1 hour

Mary Oliver has published twenty-one volumes of poetry and six books of prose in the span of five decades, but she rarely performs her poetry in live readings. With At Blackwater Pond, Mary Oliver gives her audience what they've longed to hear: the poet's voice reading her own work. In this audio, she has recorded forty of her favorite poems,... Read more »

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#23: Life on Mars

Poems
By Tracy K. Smith
Narrated by Tracy K. Smith /  1 hour 22 minutes

In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like "love" and "illness" now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence. These poems reveal the realities of life lived here, on the... Read more »

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#24: Billy Collins Live

A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space April 20, 2005
By Billy Collins & Bill Murray
Narrated by Billy Collins /  1 hour 14 minutes

In this exclusive audio publishing event, Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, shares an evening of his poetry in a benefit reading for WNYC, New York Public Radio. Often compared to Robert Frost, his poetry has been embraced by people of all ages and backgrounds, and his readings are most often standing room only.

Performed by the author... Read more »

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#25: Leaves of Grass

1855 Edition
By Walt Whitman
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini /  4 hours 19 minutes

In 1855, Walt Whitman published, at his own expense, the first edition of Leaves of Grass, a visionary volume of twelve poems. Showing the influence of a uniquely American form of mysticism known as Transcendentalism, the writing is distinguished by an explosively innovative free-verse style and previously unmentionable subject matter. Exalting... Read more »

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#26: IRL

By Tommy Pico
Narrated by Tommy Pico /  1 hour 45 minutes

RL is a sweaty, summertime poem composed like a long text message, rooted in the epic tradition of A.R. Ammons, ancient Kumeyaay Bird Songs, and Beyoncé’s visual albums. It follows Teebs, a reservation-born, queer NDN weirdo, trying to figure out his impulses/desires/history in the midst of Brooklyn rooftops, privacy in the age of the Internet,... Read more »

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#27: Brown

Poems
By Kevin Young
Narrated by Kevin Young /  1 hour 51 minutes

James Brown. John Brown's raid. Brown v. the Topeka Board of Ed. The prize-winning author of Blue Laws meditates on all things "brown" in this powerful new collection.

Divided into "Home Recordings" and "Field Recordings," Brown speaks to the way personal experience is shaped by culture, while culture is forever affected by the personal,... Read more »

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#28: I Would Leave Me If I Could

A Collection of Poetry
By Halsey

Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey is heralded as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. In I Would Leave Me if I Could, she reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder.

In this debut collection, Halsey bares her soul. Bringing the same artistry found in her lyrics,... Read more »

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Publication date: November 10, 2020

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#29: A Cruelty Special to Our Species

Poems
By Emily Jungmin Yoon
Narrated by Emily Jungmin Yoon /  1 hour 17 minutes

A piercing debut collection of poems exploring gender, race, and violence from a sensational new talent.

In her arresting collection, urgently relevant for our times, poet Emily Jungmin Yoon confronts the histories of sexual violence against women, focusing in particular on Korean so-called “comfort women,” women who were forced into sexual labor... Read more »

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#30: Heart Talk

Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life
By Cleo Wade
Narrated by Cleo Wade /  1 hour 34 minutes

A beautifully illustrated book from Cleo Wade—the artist, poet, and speaker who has been called “the Millennial Oprah” by New York magazine—that offers creative inspiration and life lessons through poetry, mantras, and affirmations, perfect for fans of the bestseller Milk & Honey.

True to her hugely popular Instagram account, Cleo Wade brings... Read more »

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#31: The Carrying

By Ada Limón
Narrated by Ada Limón /  1 hour 39 minutes

“Ada Limón’s new collection is her best yet, a much needed shot of if not hope, then perseverance amidst much uncertainty.”—NPR From National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limón comes The Carrying—her most powerful collection yet. Vulnerable, tender, acute, these are serious and brave poems, exploring with... Read more »

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#32: Wade in the Water

Poems
By Tracy K. Smith
1 hour 18 minutes

In Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith boldly ties America's contemporary moment both to our nation's fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. These are poems of sliding scale: some capture a flicker of song or memory; some collage an array of documents and voices; and some push past the known world into the haunted,... Read more »

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#33: The Iliad

A New Translation by Caroline Alexander
By Homer & Caroline Alexander
Narrated by Dominic Keating /  19 hours 46 minutes

With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer’s timeless epic of the Trojan War

Composed around 730 B.C., Homer’s Iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieged city of Ilion.... Read more »

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#34: Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across: Poems by Mary Lambert

By Mary Lambert
Narrated by Mary Lambert /  2 hours 34 minutes

Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across is read by Mary Lambert and includes original music exclusive to the audiobook.

Beautiful and brutally honest, Mary Lambert's poetry is a beacon to anyone who's ever been knocked down—and picked themselves up again. In verse that deals with sexual assault, mental illness, and body acceptance, Ms. Lambert emerges as... Read more »

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#35: Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems & A Good Cry

What We Learn From Tears and Laughter
By Nikki Giovanni
Narrated by Nikki Giovanni /  2 hours 42 minutes

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive issues, including race and gender, that touch our national consciousness.

 

Love Poems: Nikki reads a stunning collection of... Read more »

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#36: Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

By Alice Walker
2 hours 18 minutes

Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

Alice Walker, author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple—“an American novel of permanent importance” (San Francisco Chronicle)—reads the English-language editions of the poems in her new bi-lingual collection, a collection that is both... Read more »

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#37: Space Struck

By Paige Lewis
Narrated by Xe Sands /  50 minutes

Space Struck

“This is a book of poetry that desperately wanted to be an audiobook read by Xe Sands. I've listened to several poems over and over, trying to parse the brilliance of Paige Lewis' layered images, fitting characters and places that ought to not coalesce, but somehow, caustically and profoundly, they do. Perfect for readers of Tracy K. Smith.”

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#38: Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings

Poems
By Joy Harjo
1 hour 53 minutes

A musical, magical, resilient volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States

In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from... Read more »

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#39: The Heart of a Woman - Abridged

By Maya Angelou
Narrated by Maya Angelou /  3 hours 1 minute

Maya Angelou has fascinated, moved, and inspired  countless readers with the first three volumes of  her autobiography, one of the most remarkable  personal narratives of our age. Now, in her fourth  volume, The Heart of a Woman, her  turbulent life breaks wide open with joy as the  singer-dancer enters the razzle-dazzle of fabulous  New York... Read more »

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#40: Beowulf

By Anonymous
Narrated by Philip Harburgh /  2 hours 50 minutes

The epic poem BEOWULF has enthralled readers for centuries with its tale of adventure, heroism, and glory in combat. The court of Hrothgar, good king of the Danes, has fallen under attack from the vile giant Grendel. Beowulf, a young hero of the Geats, comes with his band of dauntless warriors to aid the king and prove his might in combat and... Read more »

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#41: Finna

Poems
By Nate Marshall

Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular—its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy

Definition of finna, created by the author: fin·na /ˈfinə/ contraction: (1) going to; intending to [rooted in African American Vernacular... Read more »

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Publication date: August 11, 2020

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#42: Hope Is the Thing with Feathers

By Emily Dickinson
Narrated by Amy Landon /  4 hours 21 minutes

Part of a new collection of literary voices from Gibbs Smith, written by, and for, extraordinary women—to encourage, challenge, and inspire.
One of American’s most distinctive poets, Emily Dickinson scorned the conventions of her day in her approach to writing, religion, and society. Hope Is the Thing with Feathers is a collection of her vast... Read more »

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#43: Inward

By Yung Pueblo
1 hour 17 minutes

true poweris livingthe realizationthat you are your ownhealer, hero, and leader

Inward is a collection of poetry, quotes, and prose that explores the movement from self love to unconditional love, the power of letting go, and the wisdom that comes when we truly try to know ourselves. It serves as a reminder to the listener that healing,... Read more »

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#44: The Divine Comedy

By Dante Alighieri
Narrated by Group /  12 hours 17 minutes

Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise—the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation. Read more »

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#45: Great African American Literary Voices

By Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Brooks & Sonia Sanchez
Narrated by Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Brooks & Sonia Sanchez /  10 minutes

Hear rare recordings from five of the most-respected African American poets reading their own works: Langston Hughes, The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Arna Bontemps, Nocturne At Bethesda; Countee Cullen, Heritage; Gwendolyn Brooks, The Vacant Lot; and Sonia Sanchez, Black Magic. Recording obtained and published by Rick Sheridan. Read more »

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#46: The Odyssey

The Fitzgerald Translation
By D. S. Carne-Ross, Robert Fitzgerald & Homer
Narrated by Dan Stevens /  10 hours 15 minutes

"In classical Greece men called rhapsodes memorized and recited “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey.” My own rhapsode is the English actor Dan Stevens, whom fans of “Downton Abbey” will know as Matthew Crawley. He’s been performing the Robert Fitzgerald translation, and no Hellene could do it better." — Wall Street Journal

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#47: We Speak Your Names

A Celebration
By Pearl Cleage & Zaron W. Burnett
45 minutes

“Sisterhood in the service of truth is an undeniable force in these remarkable times. My Sisters, here, there, and everywhere, this poem is for you.”

In the tradition of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman, bestselling author Pearl Cleage brings us an inspiring poem for all women, destined to become a classic.

Cleage refers to We Speak Your Names as a... Read more »

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#48: W. B. Yeats

Selected Poems
By William Butler Yeats
Narrated by William Sutherland /  2 hours 58 minutes

William Butler Yeats, the first Irishman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, is not only one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century but one of the most widely read. The landscape, myths, legends, and folklore of his homeland lie at the heart of his poetic imagination, and the unique musicality of Ireland adds to the richness of his... Read more »

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#49: The Iliad

The Fitzgerald Translation
By Robert Fitzgerald & Homer
Narrated by Dan Stevens /  13 hours 59 minutes

Since it was first published more than forty years ago, Robert Fitzgerald's prizewinning translation of Homer's battle epic has become a classic in its own right: a standard against which all other versions of The Iliad are compared. This definitive translation of Homer's epic is timeless in its authority and always fresh in its vivid rendering... Read more »

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#50: The Poets' Corner

The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family
By Mr. John Lithgow
6 hours 30 minutes

From listening to his grandmother recite epic poems from memory to curling up in bed while his father read funny verses, award-winning actor John Lithgow grew up with poetry. Ever since, John has been an enthusiastic seeker of poetic experience, whether reading, reciting, or listening to great poems.

The wide variety of carefully selected... Read more »

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