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Poetry to the People

Series produced by This Land Press

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Poetry to the People gets poetry off the page and takes it to the street.

The series features poems from writers native to Oklahoma read by everyday people.

Segments include a reading of the poem Cicada III, by Scott Aycock. In our reading of Cicada III, a poem about a dying grandfather, people read the poem and then share their experiences with death.


12 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Poetry transforms this space. friendly takeover?

Bought by KOSU


  • Added: Nov 07, 2013
  • Length: 05:31
  • Purchases: 1
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People on the street lend their own, unique voices to this communal reading of Ken Hada’s “Coming Home.” Full poem below.

  • Added: Aug 06, 2012
  • Length: 02:17
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In this installment of Poetry to the People, people on the street read Laura Brandenburg's chilling poem, "Back Roads," about life in the country t...

  • Added: May 21, 2012
  • Length: 01:39
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People on the street perform Niklaus Faith's "Cardiology" and discuss the importance of one dead bug and the universal desire to move mountains. Fu...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 02:43
  • Purchases: 1
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Deborah J. Hunter's poem "Jazz on a Diamond-Needle Hi-Fi" is performed live in Central Park by jazz musicians Tin Pan. Full poem below.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 19, 2012
  • Length: 02:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Former inmates and activist Mary McAnally read "Stringtown Prison Blues" and discuss their experiences with the penal system. Full transcript of po...

Bought by PRX Remix, KFAI, KOSU, and KOSU


  • Added: Dec 23, 2011
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: From the cover of Mother: A Journal of New Literature (1964). Reproduced with permission., Credit: Joe Brainard
In his poem "Autobiography," Joe Brainard tells us who he is. Some of the things that make him unique challenge the status quo of 1950s Tulsa, wher...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 07, 2011
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 1
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We visit a group of campers who read "Building a Frog," an evocative poem by John Wooley. With the sounds of the forest, cicadas, crickets and frog...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 29, 2011
  • Length: 02:17
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Oklahoma Drought in 2011, Credit: Al Jazeera English
This past July was the hottest month ever on record for Oklahoma, or any other state for that matter. Farmers and ranchers have been hit the hardes...

Bought by KOSU and KOSU


  • Added: Sep 06, 2011
  • Length: 02:32
  • Purchases: 2
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Cleaning Graves in Calvert recounts the ritual of death in small town Texas. Listen as a group of men read Quraysh Ali Lansana's poem and share the...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 05, 2011
  • Length: 02:56
  • Purchases: 1
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In his poem "Driveway," Ron Padgett wrestles with the city in his skin - Tulsa, Oklahoma. In this segment, we had people on the street read "Drivew...

Bought by KOSU and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 13, 2011
  • Length: 05:20
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Cicada, Credit: Jeremy Luther
Cicada III is a communal reading of a poem by Oklahoma native Scott Aycock. In addition to Aycock's poem, we bring you a granddaughter's grief and...

Bought by PRX Remix and KZYX


  • Added: Jun 03, 2011
  • Length: 02:35
  • Purchases: 2