Poetry Off the Shelf

Series produced by Curtis Fox

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Contemporary poems read by actors

Poetry Off the Shelf is a production of The Poetry Foundation. It features audio of contemporary poems read by poets and by actors, along with suggested intros and outros. The poems range from :30 to 2:30.

Many of the poems are read and introduced by the poets themselves; others are interpreted by actors. Alfred Molina, Paul Giamatti and other actors give intimate, subtle
readings. Some are funnny, some are sad, some are complex, but all of them deliver a poetic punch. This series would work well as a daily feature starting in April (National Poetry Month) and beyond. New poems will be added every day through March and April, 2007.

The suggested intros/outros should be adapted by stations for their own purposes, but the poet, the reader and PoetryFoundation.org must be credited. No excerpting of poems allowed.

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Poetry Off the Shelf is a production of The Poetry Foundation. It features audio of contemporary poems read by poets and by actors, along with suggested intros and outros. The poems range from :30 to 2:30. Many of the poems are read and introduced by the poets themselves; others are interpreted by actors. Alfred Molina, Paul Giamatti and other actors give intimate, subtle readings. Some are funnny, some are sad, some are complex, but all of them deliver a poetic punch. This series would work well as a daily feature starting in April (National Poetry Month) and beyond. New poems will be added every day through March and April, 2007. The suggested intros/outros should be adapted by stations for their own purposes, but the poet, the reader and PoetryFoundation.org must be... Show full description


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Actor Dion Flynn reads Yusef Komunyakaa's poem Togetherness

Bought by KRUA and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 18, 2007
  • Length: 01:23
  • Purchases: 2
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Jane Kenyon's poem Happiness, read by the actress Mary Testa

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2007
  • Length: 01:35
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Alice Friman reads his poem Affirmation

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2007
  • Length: :53
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Alice Friman reads her poem Seeing it Through

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2007
  • Length: :39
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Kim Addonizio reads her poem Stolen Moments

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2007
  • Length: 01:20
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet C. Dale Young reads his poem Sotto Voce

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2007
  • Length: 01:26
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Michelle Boisseau reads her poem Time Done is Dark

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2007
  • Length: 01:36
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Ralph Angel reads his poem This

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2007
  • Length: 01:18
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Wyatt Prunty reads his poem Learning the Bicycle

Bought by BSR Radio, KRUA, and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 18, 2007
  • Length: 01:32
  • Purchases: 3
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Poet Marilyn Nelson reads her poem Minor Miracle

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2007
  • Length: 02:40
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Marilyn Nelson reads her poem Worth

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2007
  • Length: 01:51
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Tony Hoagland reads his poem Romantic Moment

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2007
  • Length: 02:23
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Marie Ponsot reads her poem Winter

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2007
  • Length: 02:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Marie Ponsot reads her poem Anniversary

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2007
  • Length: 02:46
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Gerald Stern reads his poem Box of Cigars

Bought by KFAI, KRUA, and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 14, 2007
  • Length: 01:41
  • Purchases: 3
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Poet Tony Hoagland reads his poem Responsibility in Metaphor

Bought by KRUA and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 14, 2007
  • Length: 01:57
  • Purchases: 2
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The poet Donald Hall reads two poems by his wife, poet Jane Kenyon

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2007
  • Length: 02:10
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Donald Hall reads his poem White Apples

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2007
  • Length: 01:08
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Donald Hall reads his poem Her Garden

Bought by KRUA and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 14, 2007
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Linda Gregerson reads her poem For the Taking

Bought by KRUA and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 13, 2007
  • Length: 02:25
  • Purchases: 2