April 22, 2007

Wallace Stevens Audio Downloads

Just a brief post about some poems by Wallace Stevens which can be downloaded as podcasts (iTunes).

You can hear many of the most popular of his poems (Anecdote of the Jar, The Emperor of Ice Cream, Peter Quince at the Clavier, Sunday Morning, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird).

They were recorded for LibriVox by Alan Drake and all the poems are in the public domain.

And you may want to listen to another related podcast featuring the literary critic Harold Bloom from his Yale seminar on "The Art of Reading a Poem" (listen in iTunes or get the mp3). Bloom is walking students through his reading of Stevens' "Parts of a World."


  1. Thanks for this information. It's always interesting to hear someone reading his or her own poems, isn't it?

    Can you suggest any other places that have poets reading their own work? As I was browsing through iTunes, one reviewer said that a lot of the poems presented in an audiobook of poetry were available as free downloads elsewhere. Do you have any suggestions as to places to try?

  2. I'd have to give it some thought & search my bookmarks - maybe worth a post of its own - there is http://librivox.org/ which I mentioned here and from England there's http://www.poetryarchive.org/

    more to come


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