Library of Congress Posts Poetry Readings

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Library of Congress has posted online some 50 recordings from its Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, including readings and lectures by Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Czeslaw Milosz and Paul Muldoon.

The library, which administers the nation’s poet laureateship, has more than 2,000 recordings in that collection, going back to 1943. Most of the recordings were captured on magnetic tape and have previously been available only to researchers who visit the library in person.

The archive includes recordings by prose writers, including Ray Bradbury, who in 1982 delivered a lecture called “Beyond 1984: What To Do When the Doom Doesn’t Arrive!” Additional material will be posted online each month.

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